Eligibility for Membership

Eligibility for Membership

Members of the Biological Society of Cyprus (CBS) are divided into:

A) Regular Members
They are all founding members and those approved, if they have been Prospective members for at least one (1) year.

B) Prospective Members
Cypriot Citizens, graduates of the Departments of Biology and Biological Sciences of Cyprus and abroad with recognised degrees from a Cyprus government institution can be registered as Members. Cypriot students of the Departments of Biology and Biological Sciences of Cyprus and abroad, may be registered as Prospective members and while they retain this membership, they do not have the right to vote or be voted, until their graduation.

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C) Corporate members
Corporate members may be companies, organisations, associations, clubs, groups or other similar legally registered organisations that are interested in the operation of the Cyprus Biological Society (CBS). Corporate members of CBS may attend the meetings of CBS with their representative.

D) Honorary Members
The General Assembly may declare by simple majority, life-long Honorary Members on a proposal of the Governing Body. The Governing Body, in exceptional cases, may declare, for the period its term of office, honorary persons who have proven to have contributed to the achievement of the objectives of the Cyprus Biological Society (CBS).

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E) Associate Members
Citizens of third countries can be registered as Associate Members with their country passports – without the identity (id) of the Republic of Cyprus, graduates of the Departments of Biology and Biological Sciences of Cyprus and abroad with recognised degrees from a Cyprus government agency. They do not have the right to vote nor the right to be voted.

New Member Registration:
The registration of a new member is made upon request by two (2) members of the Cyprus Biological Society (CBS) and is accompanied (1) by the registration fee and (2) the first annual subscription. The approval of a new member is decided by a majority vote by the Governing Body. If the application is rejected the applicant has the right to submit a new application after six months. A member is entitled to retire through a written note to the Governing Body, whereby the member must settle any liabilities to the Cyprus Biological Society (CBS) and the Cyprus Biological Society (CBS) to the member.

Subscription Fees and Annual Subscription:

  • Member registration fee: €20
  • Annual membership fee: €20 for Affiliated, Prospective and Associated Members
  • Annual membership fee for corporate: €200

Cancellation of Membership:
A Regular member is struck off the registry when he / she fails to comply with the statutes and decisions of the General Assembly or the Governing Body or does not settle his /her financial obligations. The Prospective members are removed by simple act of the Governing Body sufficiently reasoned. Regular Members are removed by decision of the Governing Body, which is taken after a Governing Body meeting, in which the interested member is invited in writing to be given the opportunity to attend and present his views. The decision of the Governing Body of CBS is final regarding the member.

Members’ Rights:
Regular members who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Society have the right to attend and vote at General Meetings and the right to “elect and be elected” in the management of the Society. Regular members also have all other rights as stated by the Statutes. Prospective, Corporate, Honorary, Associate members may attend the General Assembly (except for electoral and Statutory General Assemblies) and express opinions without having the right to vote and be voted.
Board Members who have fulfilled all their financial obligations to the Society have the right to attend and vote at General Assemblies and the right to “elect and be elected” in the management of the Association. Members also have any other rights under the Articles of Statutes. The other members (Prospective, Corporate, Honorary) may attend the General Assembly (except for electoral and Statutory General Elections) and express opinions without having the right to vote and to “elect and be elected”. Membership is not representative and is neither transferable nor inherited.

Obligations of members:
Each member has the following obligations, in addition to any other obligations arising from the Constitution.
(A) To comply with the provisions of the Statutes, the decisions of the General Assembly and the Governing Body.
(B) All members, except for Honorary members, shall be required to pay their annual subscription as provided for in Article 5.

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