June 30, 2010 CAETS Council Meeting, Copenhagen

June 30, 2010 12:00AM




  International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, Inc.


0900 - 1630 Wednesday June 30, 2010

Technical University of Denmark, Building 101A, Conference room no. S01,

Anker Engelunds Vej 1, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Copenhagen

 Summary Minutes

Approved July 1, 2011 


1.      The President welcomed all and asked that each person identify themselves.  Attendance list

2.      The proposed agenda was approved. 

3.     The Summary Minutes of the Council Meeting of July 17, 2009 were approved.   

4.     The Secretary summarized the outcome of the Board meeting of June 28, 2010. The Board had received the Report of the Audit Committee and approved the proposed 2011 Budget. The President noted the report of the Executive Committee review of member academies paying at the $1,000 dues level and added that this subject would be reviewed each year.

 5a.   The Council elected the following for the 2011 Board of Directors

             President-elect              René Dändliker                         SATW, Switzerland

             Member2                         Board to consider nomination by NAT

             Member2                        Petr Zuna                                    EA CR, Czech Republic

             Member2                       Mike Manton                              ATSE, Australia

             Member2                       Achiel Van Cauwenberghe     BACAS, Belgium

        The Secretary requested attention be given to the Rotation Schedule and the proposed nomination opportunities for future Board membership. 

       5b.  As recommended by the Board, the Council approved continuation of the current dues structure for FY2012. [The current dues structure is:$1,000: ANI, Argentina; BACAS, Belgium; HATZ, Croatia; EA CR, Czech Republic;  MMA, Hungary; AcTI.nl, Netherlands;  IAS, Slovenia; SAAE, South Africa; ANIU, Uruguay. $3,000: CAE, Canada; ATV, Denmark; TAF, Finland; NATF, France; acatech, Germany; NAEK, Korea; AI, Mexico; NTVA, Norway; RAI, Spain; IVA, Sweden; SATW, Switzerland. $6,000: ATSE, Australia; CAE, China; INAE, India; EAJ, Japan; RAEng, United Kingdom; NAE, United States.

[For the record, from the Council meeting of July 14, 2005, “…and noting that certain reservations had been expressed after the dues structure had been agreed. The reservations included: those academies paying the lowest level of dues should do so on a well justified basis and endeavor to strengthen their financial base and increase their dues payment to the middle level in the near term; decisions by the Board on these matters should be transparent and without the potential for conflict-of-interest.]

5c.       After brief discussion and explanation, the Council approved the following amendments to the CAETS Bylaws: (added and deleted)

Article 2 - Council Membership: Section 2  Functions:  e. “Approve the general concept and outline of CAETS Convocations, Symposia, projects, and endorsed activities.”

Article 6 – Language  “The language of CAETS Convocations, Symposia, Council, Board of Directors, and all other meetings and activities shall be English.”

            And the Council approved the following changes to the CAETS Rules of Procedures:

“2. Convocations, Annual Meetings of the Council, and Other Activities
Further to Article 2 - Council Membership, Section 5 - Meetings, the following apply.

a. The member academy providing the president for the year normally shall host the CAETS one-day Symposium and the Annual Meeting of the Council for that year.  That academy shall propose and the Council shall approve the theme of the Symposium at least one year before the event.

The member academy providing the president for an odd-numbered year normally shall host the CAETS biennial Convocation, the major Council forum for discussion of engineering, technology, and other matters related to the objectives and purposes of CAETS. That academy shall propose and the Council shall approve the theme about two years before the event. The Annual Meetings of the Council for those years shall be held in conjunction with these Convocations.

“b. From time to time, upon request of the then scheduled host academy at least two years in advance, the Council may approve a longer time (up to 2 ½ days) for a specific theme-based Convocation.

The member academy providing the president for an even-numbered year normally shall host that year’s Annual Meeting, preferably in conjunction with an engineering-related seminar or similar meeting.

c. For Convocations, Symposia, Annual Meetings of the Council, and other meetings the host member academy may, in consultation with the Board of Directors, invite participation as observers by non-member organizations and individuals. Normally, consideration will be given to inviting representatives of engineering academies, particularly those considered potential future CAETS members. In addition, consideration will be given to inviting representatives of engineering and related organizations to Convocations, Symposia and that year’s Annual Meeting of the Council. The Council or the Board of Directors may approve the hosting of other CAETS activities by member academies and, if so requested at least 12 months in advance, extend CAETS sponsorship to other activities.”

“3. Rotation Schedule
Further to Article 3 – Board of Directors, Section 5 - Selection, the following apply.
a. The Rotation Schedule has evolved during the existence of CAETS. It is the basis of the rotation of member academies that nominate officers and members of the Board of Directors and host Convocations, Symposia, and Annual Meetings of the Council. The Secretary, reflecting decisions of the Council and the Board of Directors, updates the Rotation Schedule each January.

“b. Normally for each year, the first member academy on the Schedule nominates the President and hosts the Symposium or Convocation (odd numbered years) and Annual Meeting of the Council (every year). The second member academy on the Schedule nominates the President-elect; each fifth member academy following nominates a Member of the Board of Directors (up to a maximum of four Members). Newly elected member academies will be added to the end of the Schedule effective on the date of election, and in order of the date of receipt of its complete application for membership. On January 1 the member academy nominating the President for the previous year shall be placed at the bottom of the Schedule and nominate the Past President.”

 5d.       The report of the Committee on International Organization (CIO) was introduced by its Chair, Bruno Jarry, and additional comments were provided by Achiel van Cauwenberghe, John Zillman, and John Leggat. The need to build stronger CAETS links with other international organizations with shared objectives was emphasized.   John Zillman reminded the Council of the history of the CIO and its objectives. Tsuneo Nakahara reviewed briefly the report of the Committee on CAETS Membership (CCM). (Note: The Board of Directors on June 28, 2010 appointed Mike Manton, ATSE, Australia, chair of the CIO beginning January 2011 and welcomed Hiroshi Komiyama, EAJ President, as a member of the CCM, replacing Tsuneo Nakahara.)  The President noted that the Executive Committee would also work on membership issues.

 5e.       John Leggat briefly reviewed the wide distribution within Canada of the 2009 CAETS Statement, including contact with various offices of the Canadian Government.  Advice was also provided on distribution of the Statement within some other countries. The Secretary confirmed that copies had been sent to relevant international organizations.

 5f.        Jose Antonio reviewed his academy’s proposed theme of Risk Assessment for the 19th Convocation in Mexico City, June 27 – July 1, 2011. After some discussion the Council approved a theme along the lines of “Engineering Analysis and Management to Reduce Risks.” Member academies were asked to suggest specific topics and speakers to fit this general theme in the near future, at the latest the end of August.

            The 2012 CAETS meetings will be hosted by SATW, the suggested theme is “Public Transportation and Settlement Development,” to be held in Zurich during August 29 – 31.

            It was noted that the 2013 meetings will be held in Hungary at the end of June with the one-day symposium dealing with engineering education. The 2014 meetings will be in Sweden hosted by IVA. The CAE, China, will consider hosting the CAETS meetings in 2015.

6.         Vaughan Beck, ATSE, presented the Working Group Report “Deployment of Low Emissions Technologies for Electric Power Generation in Response to Climate Change.”  The Working Group would welcome comments on the report from all Member Academies by the end of July. Assuming general agreement from the Member Academies on the text of the Report, the Council approved release of the report as a CAETS Working Group Report, together with a brief summary of recommendations and conclusions as a CAETS Statement. It was further agreed that: (a) CAE, Canada, would present the Statement on behalf of CAETS to the World Energy Congress being held in Montreal September 12-16, 2010; and (b) Member Academies are encouraged to forward the Statement and/ or the WG Report to relevant stakeholders in their countries.  The Council agreed that the efforts of the Working Group be continued along the lines proposed by the Working Group, and that the Working Group would report to the Council in June 2011 on this further work . The President thanked the participants and supporting academies for their efforts in this excellent work.        .

7.         The Engineering Academy of Japan reported on its continuing “Study on Eco-Innovation.”   EAJ will continue its work and the results of the study will be summarized by the end of 2011. 

8.         Tor Kihlman, IVA, presented a report from the CAETS Noise Study Committee (PPT of presentation attached).   The Council agreed to revise the name of this committee to the “CAETS Noise Control Technology Committee” and further agreed that the committee’s continuing work on global noise policy would focus on promoting the adoption of policy to effectively use the available technology for reducing the noise emissions of the world’s principal noise sources. Member academies were strongly encouraged to support the committee in its activities to realize this objective.

            NAE briefly reported on its completed and soon to be released study on “Technology for a Quieter America.”

9.         The Indian National Academy of Engineering reported on its International Conference on “Research Policy for Sustainable Energy” held on October 12 – 13, 2009 in New Delhi. This Conference was a CAETS sponsored meeting. 

10.       After lunch attention turned to draft 2 of the proposed CAETS Statement “Sustainable Food Systems – Toward Food for All.” The President first advised that it had been proposed that the Statement be issued as a “CAETS Symposium Statement and  asked for identification of false text, then text that needed increased emphasis, then text that needed less emphasis, and finally recommendations that needed to be sharpened. The rationale for the proposed change of title was queried and explained and suggested changes to the draft text were proposed with final editing left to Lance Davis and the Secretary with approval by the President. It was agreed that the final text would be posted on the CAETS website and the printed version sent to member academies for appropriate distribution in the near future.

11.       Carthage Smith, Deputy Executive Director, ICSU, reported on the ICSU Foresight Analysis (presentation ppt attached). During April 2010 CAETS member academies had been invited, along with any interested person, to contribute via the ICSU web site their considered views on what will be the key drivers influencing international science over the next 20 years. The purpose, planning and methodology of the analysis were explained. Attendees raised questions and offered comments and support. The Study Group will continue its work and engage ICSU members at its 2011 General Assembly. The President thanked Carthage for his presentation and invited member academies to review the presentation and convey to ICSU any further thoughts considered useful.

12.       Charles Vest, NAE (US), led the Council discussion on the topic of “Engineering Education Today – Leading in a Globalized World,” followed by: Reiner Kopp, acatech; Baldev Raj, INAE; Jong Kee YEO, NAEK; Petr Zuna, EA CR; and Yunhe PAN, CAE, China. All prepared brief papers which were posted on the web. 

            The NAEK proposal of World Young Engineers Internship/Exchange Program, attached to the meeting agenda at item 15. Member academies were welcomed to consider the proposal.

            Member academy attendees shared their problems and experiences relating to engineering education, attracting and retaining students, and dealing with global competition and cooperation.

13.       The Issues of Concern were noted by the President as an important means of communicating among member academies to help identify those common issues that were most appropriate for Council discussion or additional CAETS effort. The Secretary welcomed contributions from those member academies not included in the material posted on the web.

14.       The Secretary also welcomed contributions from all member academies to the Activities of Interest.

 15.       The NAEK proposal on World Young Engineers Internship/Exchange Program was mentioned during agenda item 12.         

16.       Certificates of appreciation for services rendered to CAETS were presented by the President to: John Leggat, CAE Canada; Jong Kee Yeo, NAEK; Charles M. Vest, NAE (US); and Reiner Kopp, acatech.

17.      The President-elect thanked all for their suggestions on the theme for the 2011 Convocation and welcomed suggestions for specific topics and speakers before the end of August. The Past President thanked the President and the staff of ATV on hosting the CAETS meetings during these three days. The President thanked all for attending and adjourned the meeting.


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