The mandate of the governing council will terminate at the end of 2020. It is not yet clear what will happen at the start of 2021.
TMBI’s Governing Council is currently composed of elected representatives for each of TMBI’s 10 main fields, with one full member and an alternative, together with the director (Simon Thorpe) and a deputy director (Nicholas Asher). The current composition is shown in the figure.
We used a very innovative system for electing representatives for each area. Rather than asking for volunteers, we used a totally bottom-up procedure. All TMBI members interested in a given field can vote but are automatically potential candidates. The voting was totally automated and anonymous using “Balotilo” which sends emails to voters with a personalized link for voting and a prespecified deadline. In the first round of voting, each person chose 3 names and those with support from at least 10% of those who voted were asked if they wanted to be a candidate for the second round. For that, people could just vote for 2 names, and the two candidates with the most votes were elected to the Governing Council.
The elections took place between the 28th November and the 7th December 2016. The Direction and the Elected Representatives for the 10 core areas in TMBI are as follows:
- Simon Thorpe, DRCE CNRS, CerCo
- Nicholas Asher, DRCE CNRS, IRIT
- Rachid Alami DR LAAS