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Academy of Sciences of Haiti (ASH)

The Academy of Sciences of Haiti (ASH) is an institution whose mission is the knowledge, promotion, research and dissemination of science and technology in the country, as an essential basis for national development, sustainable and independent. It is a private, non-partisan, non-profit entity that has been in existence for two years.

Objectives, functions and purposes

Encourage, support and finance research in all areas of human knowledge. Promote and fund the publication of books and magazines through which the most important research results are disseminated. Periodically organize events and activities that encourage exchanges and debates among Haitian scientists, as well as between them and their colleagues abroad.

Develop concrete initiatives that establish and promote cooperative links with academies, institutions and scientists around the world. To express their opinions openly and critically on any relevant political, economic or social event that occurs inside or outside the country. Advice the Haitian State, private companies, NGOs and community organizations in areas where the scientific potential of the Academy of Sciences can be useful. Ensure the protection and defense of natural resources, understood as an essential and vital heritage of the country, goods and wealth belonging to society as a whole and to future Haitian citizens. To grant distinctions of merit to national scientists who stand out in all fields of knowledge and to foreign scientists who contribute to the progress of science in the country. To stimulate in the national public a scientific attitude towards life and an interest in scientific activity and its fruits. The Academy of Sciences of Haiti (ASH) was founded on March 8, 2018 by the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Architecture (FASGA) of the Queensland University (UQ) www.uqstegnetwork.org its head office will be located on the Campus of Queensland University (UQ) according to the decisions of the General Assembly.

Academy of Sciences of Haiti (ASH)

The Academy of Sciences of Haiti (ASH) is a non-profit association incorporated under the Constitution of March 29, 1987 as amended, and created by the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Architecture (FASGA) of the Queensland University (UQ) on March 8, 2018, joined by other Haitian researchers, professors and engineers from the Public University of Artibonite Gonaïves (UPAG) represented by Professor Josper Junior Joseph. The statutes of the Academy of Sciences of Haiti are the result of a democratic and participatory assembly that took place from March 8 to 10, 2019 in four sessions of eight hours each. The statutes incorporate the definition of the objectives and functions of the academies of sciences in the postmodern world and the growing social responsibilities in the defense of sustainable development, human rights and in the formulation of public policies in favor of the development of science, its technological application and innovation in which we are committed to the development of different scientific activities of the Academy of Sciences of Haiti. These regulations guarantee institutional functioning mechanisms that allow our members to participate in a framework of plurality, tolerance and ethical respect for diversity. They precisely define the categories of members and create the conditions for discrepancies and operational difficulties that may arise in the functioning of the committees; as well as the proposal of candidates to the board of directors and the electoral campaigns are developed within a framework of ethical integrity and respect for differences of ideas.


Chapter I

Nature, mission, objectives, philosophy and values
1a- Nature and mission

Art.1- The Academy of Sciences of Haiti (ASH) is a non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit institution, created and managed by people dedicated to scientific activity, in order to promote science and its technological applications to promote development social sustainability that contributes to the well-being of populations within a framework of equality, justice, democracy, cultural, ideological, political and ethnicity tolerance in Haiti, sponsoring community participation and cooperation with other academies and scientific institutions national, regional, continental and global.

1b- Vision

Art.2- To be an Academy of Sciences with national and international credibility and influence through the quality of research, publications and their adherence to the truth to defend the national interest and the development of science; an Institution strengthened in administrative and institutional aspects in order to act effectively in favor of the economic, cultural, social and environmental development of the country, contributing to public policies in favor of increasing the application of technology and innovation.

1c- Objectives, philosophy and values

Art.3- To accomplish its mission, the objectives of the Haitian Academy of Sciences are:

  • a) Carry out, encourage, support and finance research in all areas of human knowledge.
  • b) Carry out, promote and finance the publication of books, magazines and other media through which the results will be the most important of the surveys carried out and disseminate knowledge.
  • c) Organize periodic events and activities to encourage exchange and debate among Haitian scientists, as well as between them and their foreign colleagues.
  • d) Develop specific initiatives that establish strong cooperation links with academies, institutions and scientists around the world.
  • e) To make the opinions of our institution heard in an open and critical manner to circumvent any scientific, political, economic, cultural, environmental or social relevance that occurs in or outside the country.
  • f) Advise the Haitian State, businesses, private organizations, NGOs and social and community organizations in areas where the scientific potential of the Haitian Academy of Sciences can be useful.
  • g) Ensure the protection and defense of natural resources, biodiversity, environment and conservation of ecosystems, in the understanding of which constitute a heritage and an essential and vital part of the country, which belongs to society as a whole and future citizens Haitians.
  • h) Promote the adoption of policies and measures that help prevent global climate change threatening to have a catastrophic impact on the planet.
  • i) Grant recognition of merit to national scientists who excel in any field of knowledge, as well as foreign scientists who contribute to the advancement of science in the country.
  • j) To stimulate at the national level a culture of positive assessment and a scientific and philosophical attitude before life, society and its fundamental values.
  • k) Maintain an attitude in favor of the preservation and defense of fundamental human rights enshrined in the Haitian Constitution, international conventions and treaties.
  • l) Promote equality of races, ethnicities, sexes and respect for ideological diversity in the philosophical, political, and religious and tolerance orders in sexual preference.
  • m) Create spaces that allow scientific and philosophical discussion in the search for truth and contribute to peaceful coexistence between human beings and among the nations of the world.

Chapter II

Organization, structure and functions
II.a- Of the General Assembly.

Art.4- The General Assembly is the supreme body of the Academy of Sciences of Haiti composed of all members of the academy and chaired by the president of the Governing Council. The General Assembly can be of three types: constitutive, ordinary and extraordinary.

Art.5-The Ordinary General Assembly will be held each year on the first Saturday in February at ten in the morning and, if a public holiday, on the following Saturday. At the Ordinary General Assembly, the quorum will be 33% of its members.
In the event that the quorum is not reached, a second call an hour later, for the third Saturday, be able to assume its next assembly all decisions with the active members present. Decisions will be taken by an absolute majority, that is to say more than half of the members present. It will be published as set out in article 8 of these statutes.

Art.6- Functions of the Ordinary General Assembly:

  • a) To elect, every three years by secret ballot, the President, Vice-President and members of the Board of Directors of the Academy and his alternates.
  • b) Know the annual report of the board of directors on the activities of the Academy.
  • c) Know and approve the rules of procedure of the Assembly and of the board of directors.
  • d) Knowing and approving the annual economic and financial report, duly audited.

Art.7- The Extraordinary General Assembly is made up of all the members of the Academy of Sciences, whose objective is to know exclusively those matters expressly indicated in the statutes and others not attributed to any other body of the institution.

Art.8- It may be convened by the President, by a majority of the members of the board of directors, 33% of all members of the Academy of Sciences, via the Secretary. The quorum of the Extraordinary General Assembly must be at least 40% percentage of members of the Academy of Sciences with voting rights. Decisions are taken by absolute majority, if half of the people present.

Art.9- The Extraordinary General Assembly will be convened at least twenty (20) days in advance, highlighting the points of the agenda, and publicity due in at least two (2) national newspapers, and communicated to each member by letter or by any other electronic means.

Art.10- The functions of the Extraordinary Assembly are:

  • a) Modify the statutes of the Haitian Academy of Sciences
  • b) Know the final expulsion of its members, for serious offenses committed.
  • c) Know the dissolution of the Academy of Sciences and decide on the distribution of their assets.
  • d) Decide on any other unforeseen matter or the competence of another body.
II.b- The Board of Directors and its functions:

Art.11- The Board of Directors will be composed of nine (9) members: a chairman, a Vice-president, a treasurer and six (6) members. Except for the President who in his absence will be replaced by the vice-president, the others. They will have eight (8) substitutes.

Art.11- The functions of the Board of Directors are:

  • a) The Board of Directors will meet regularly, established by the Board. May also be convened extraordinarily by the President, or three (3) members, via the Executive Secretariat.
  • b) The decisions of the board of directors are taken by a simple majority of the members present to form a quorum. The quorum shall be composed of five (5) members of the Executive Council, including the president or the vice-president, if acting according to the president.
  • c) When there is a tie in a board decision plan, a new vote, and if there is a new vote the President's vote will decide the matter. When the case justifies it, the decisions of the board of directors will be passed by secret ballot.
  • d) Approve the admission to the Academy of Sciences of new members.
  • e) Establish the rules of procedure that must be followed both in the administration of available resources as in any activity of the Academy if necessary or desirable define specific regulations.
  • f) Approve the annual expenditure and income budget of the Academy.
  • g) Establish priorities in the use or exploitation of material resources which can be used freely by the institution.
  • h) To subcontract the services of persons or entities qualified to carry out specific projects or programs, for consultancy purposes, or for the permanent provision of its services for the benefit of the Academy.
  • i) Agree on the attribution of the academic prize, an annual prize or any other special recognition to exceptional persons in the field of knowledge. In the case of Laudatio, this must be approved by a General Assembly.
  • j) Appoint the executive secretary of the Academy.
  • k) Know the annual report to be presented by the Executive Secretary on his management and administration of the Academy's budget.
  • l) Decide on any jurisdictional conflict that may arise between officials or agencies of the Academy.
  • m) Resolve any disagreements in the working committees or any other body on general or specific questions of the institution.
  • n) Releasing their positions or responsibilities in the Academy to the negligent member of a committee who commits errors or does not respect the commitments made.
  • o) Temporarily suspend from the Academy any member who has violated or violated the Statutes, principles or code of ethics, after having been heard, their situation assessed and given the opinion of the ethics commission and the higher council advisory. This requires the approval of two-thirds of the board of directors. The final separation decision will be ratified or not by the General Assembly.
  • p) Prepare the regulations of the bodies or committees necessary to achieve the objectives of the university environment and its inclusion in the manual of administrative policies of the Academy.
  • q) Approve the creation or incorporation of new committees or the merger of existing ones, avoiding in any case duplication of efforts.
  • r) Submit an annual written report to the General Assembly, for knowledge and approval.
  • s) Authorize or organize the liquidation of the furniture and equipment used according to the best judgment.
  • t) In cases where the board of directors considered, special committees may be appointed for the interdisciplinary formulation or evaluation of Projects.
  • u) Approve the existence and production of scientific magazines in charge of the various commissions of the Academy.
II.c- Compliance of the Executive Council and election of its members.

Art.13- The members of the Board of Directors will be chosen by election at the Ordinary Assembly by secret ballot among all its members, meeting the provisions of Chapter II, article 6, section a) and article 20, sections a), b ) and c). They will last three (3) years in office from their inauguration and may be re-elected.

Art.14- The president cannot be elected to occupy this position by the Electoral Assembly in more than two consecutive periods.

Art.15- The president, once he has ceased his functions, will take the position of full member within the new Executive Council.

Art.16- Any candidate for the presidency is required to present to academics a work program and members who integrate them, within the time limit set by the Electoral Commission, according to the regulations.

Art.17- Candidates for management positions, their collaborators and sponsors must develop Their electoral campaign within a framework of respect and respect for the code of ethics being prohibited personal references and denotations to their opponents. They must strictly adhere to electoral regulations. Those who violate this provision will be sanctioned by the removal of his candidacy and submitted to the Ethics Commission, which will determine the extent of the applicable penalty in accordance with the regulations.

Art.18- In the event of the death, resignation, separation or incapacity of a member of the board of directors, a substitute replaces him for the remaining time.

Art.19- They will not be elected to the Board of Directors more than two representatives of the same commission.

Art.20- To be president or vice-president, the candidate needs:

  • a) Be a Haitian citizen in the exercise of these civil and political rights.
  • b) Have demonstrated outstanding compliance with the Academy Number member's requirements.
  • c) Have shown a permanent interest in the Academy and have the time, capacity and managerial experience to perform this function.
  • d) Have been a member of the board of directors or have done exceptional work within the institution, either as committee coordinator or director of one of the Academy's magazines.
  • e) Sign a declaration, under oath, that the performance of his duties as President will not be partisan and will respect and protect members' participation in accordance with academic goals, regardless of their partisan position.
  • The positions assumed by the Academy will always be taken as an expression of the principle of independence and the general interest of the country and nation, which governs its institutional policy.

  • f) The president of the Academy of Sciences, during the exercise of their functions, cannot occupy any position of direction in a political party.

Art.21- The vice-president will temporarily replace the President in the event of absence or illness and, definitively, in the event of impossibility of performance or resignation.

Art.22- The Executive Secretary will be appointed by the Directive Council. To be executive secretary, you must belong to the Academy. The Secretary The executive will have administrative functions and may attend meetings of the board of directors, when necessary, with voice but without a vote.

Art.23- When selecting the Executive Secretary, will take into account the Curriculum Vitae and experience for the effective performance of its work.

Art.24- The powers of the Executive Secretary are as follows:

  • a) Collaborate with the president in the conduct of the affairs of the Academy.
  • Provide facilities for the execution and coordination of committee activities and different committees.
  • Prepare the draft annual programmatic budget for the funds of the Academy and its priorities, for the knowledge and approval of the Board of Directors.
  • And all the other functions that the Governing Council determines.

Art.25-The treasurer will be chosen by the Executive Council from among one of its members.

Art.26-The functions of the Treasurer are:

  • a) Guarantee the proper use and management of the financial resources and property of the institution.
  • b) Sign jointly with the President or the person appointed by the Commission verifies checks for commercial values.
  • c) Report to the President and keep a record of their activities.
II.e- Of the Superior Consultative Council.

Art.27-Members must attend and participate in meetings called by the president. They will have the function assigned to them by the Council or by the President. The alternates will replace the members, with voice and vote, in the absence of the incumbent.

II.d- Members and substitutes.
Structure and functions.

Art.28-The Superior Advisory Council is an organization made up of recognized members of the academy who have distinguished themselves by their scientific work, meritorious humanist and institutional experience, created to guide and advise on the strengthening of objectives, vision, mission, principles, philosophy and ethical values of the Academy, in a way that draws on their experience and historical heritage in the fundamental decisions of the Academy of Sciences.

Art.29-The Superior Consultative Council will be composed of 11 members and 4 substitutes, chosen by absolute majority jointly by the elected board of directors and the first.
They may be members of the Board of Governors, consult members of the Academic Laudatio, former presidents, founding members and representatives of boards of directors previously willing to serve the establishment. It will be chaired by one of its members, chosen by the members of the Board of Governors Advisory.

The functions of the Superior Consultative Council are:

Art.30-Guide, suggest and advise the Executive Council concerning the vision, mission, objectives and ethical values, on the content of the activities and functions of the various bodies of the Academy of Sciences.

Art.31-The Superior Consultative Council will meet the ethics commission by an absolute majority of its members, in the event of a divergence of views which have not been corrected in the instances where they occur.

Art.32-The Superior Advisory Council may act at the request of the Board of Directors and other bodies of the Academy, for specific or general questions. We may, in cases where we deem it necessary, to carry out, on our own initiative, suggestions and express opinions to the Board of Directors and / or to the Academy, always internally, on certain subjects, than in any case , the board of directors and the Assembly to decide, how it confers its Statutes.

II.e-Operating rules.

Art.33-The Superior Consultative Council will establish its own operating rules, the frequency of their meetings and the distribution of their internal responsibilities, which should be submitted for final approval to the Executive Council. Extraordinary meetings may be held at the request of the Board of Directors or on its own call, depending on the need or the urgency of the matters justifying it.

Art.34-The Superior Advisory Council has the faculty, in turn, to consult the board of directors and the commissions of the Academy of Sciences in their process of preparing responses to requests for information requested and by making proposals and suggestions, communicating them to the board of directors.

II.f- Commissions, structure and functions

Art.35-The Academy of Sciences is organized by commissions according to the fields of knowledge and from the point of view of intellectual work. They represent sciences, philosophical disciplines, technologies and other related fields.

Art.36-There will be as many commissions as resolved by the Board of Directors, which can appoint, group or delete them.

The current commissions are as follows:
    a. Basic sciences and technology.
    b. Natural sciences and environment.
    c. Economy.
    d. Legal and political sciences.
    e. Health Sciences.
    f. Linguistics and theory of art.
    g. Philosophy and epistemology.
    h. Social Sciences.
    i. Ethics.
    j. New admissions and presentation of honors.
    k. Nutrition and human food
These committees in turn have the corresponding sub-committees.

Art.37-Each commission will have a coordinator, a secretary and as many members who consider themselves necessary appointed by itself.

Art.38-For the accomplishment of their works and tasks, specialized and special committees may be created, which must be approved by the Executive Council.

Art.39-The coordinator of each commission represents the other bodies of the Academy. The coordinators will be elected by the commissions, will last three (3) years in their functions and they can be re-elected for two additional terms.

Art.40-The commission may be notified, for the purpose of evaluating scientific work, of persons or establishments deemed qualified to judge the value and content of the work in question.

Art.41-These are functions of the Commissions of the Academy of Sciences:

  • Elect the coordinator and the secretary for a period of three years, previously convened for such a purpose.
  • Propose to the Board of Directors the admission as members of the Academy of those professionals who, in its opinion, meet the conditions required in accordance with the admission regulations for new income.
  • Research and have at least one magazine and one other media dissemination of academic books and other knowledge of their specialty, with the frequency that your resources allow
  • Encourage its members to publish works in the Journal.
  • Prepare scientific research projects, and indicate priorities and relevance
  • Scientific research projects approved by the directive of the commission, and that they are to be funded by the Academy, will be sent in due course to the board of directors, where it will finally be decided on its relevance and funding.
  • Manage the financial support and facilities that the Academy can provide to those who have shown vocation or talent for scientific activity within the field of knowledge that corresponds to the commission.
  • To use, to the extent that they are available, the facilities and facilities of the Academy and the services of the Executive Secretariat for the purpose of developing the activities of the commission.
  • Prepare a draft annual budget for expenses and submit it to the Board of Directors, for its approval and incorporation into the general budget of the Academy.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with people and entities related to their own scientific activity, at home or abroad.
  • Present an annual activity report to the board of directors.
  • Advise the board of directors on all material to be published which relates to the field of competition.

Art.42-When the members of a committee cannot reach among themselves the consensus necessary to put the committee into operation, or when the members of a committee do not fulfill their responsibilities, the board of directors shall have the power to '' intervene and find a solution to the problem in question.

Art.43-The committees will adopt their decisions by simple majority, that is to say more than half of the members present, provided that they have convened by the corresponding channels

Art.44-Committee meetings may be called by their coordinators, by half of their members or by the board of directors.

Chapter III

Membership and other categories
III.a- Members

Art.45- The Academy of Sciences has two categories of members:

  • a) Full members.
  • b) Corresponding members.

Art.46- There are other names

  • a) Candidates for full members.
  • b) Collaborators or volunteers.
  • c) Sponsors.
From candidates to members

Art.47- Before entering as a full member, the condition of candidate for full member status will be fulfilled. To be a candidate for full member status, it is necessary to meet the conditions established in sections a, b and c of article 20.

  • a) Have a scientific and research production that has published work in the fields of their specialty or income category, which constitutes an original and scientifically indisputable contribution, according to national and international criteria, established in the New Income Regulation.
  • b) If he is a foreigner, the candidate must be linked to the scientific activity of the country.
  • c) Be active in scientific research and academic excellence.

First paragraph. The duration of the candidate's condition will last from three months to three years, depending on the quality of production and scientific publications.
Second paragraph. Exceptionally, the Board of Directors may award researchers of extraordinary merit, with a national and internationally recognized scientific career, the title of Full Member Category, exempting it from the previous requirement.

III.b- Effective members

Art.48- To be a full member, you must:

  • a) Have been a Candidate for a Member of the Academy, with the exception of the exceptional conditions established by the second paragraph of the previous article.
  • b) Be accepted by the New Commission and later by the Board of Directors.
  • c) Give to the Academy or in a public and solemn act, his entrance speech on a subject of his specialty.
  • d) To be a person attached to scientific truth, tolerant of the ideas of others, of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.

Art.49- Laudatio Members. Full members who, due to their extraordinary academic and moral merits, are proposed by the Commission for New Enrollments and the Granting of Honors and / or by the Board of Directors and approved by the Ordinary Assembly will be designated Laudatio academic.

Art.50- The statutes of full member and candidate member are lost for one of the following causes:

  • 1.- Serious violation of the principles and values of the Academy established in the statutes and its code of ethics, after opinion of the ethics committee.
  • 2.- Misappropriation of Academy funds, after advice from the Ethics Commission and the Superior Advisory Council.
  • 3.- Consecutive and unjustified absences from three General Assemblies to which he has been officially convened.
III.c- Corresponding Members:

Art.51- Corresponding members will be appointed teachers or researchers residing abroad who, in addition to meeting the requirements of sections b), c) and d) established in article 48, have expressed their desire to maintain regular cooperative relations with the Academy.

Single paragraph - Corresponding Members may participate with the right to speak, but without the right to vote, in the Assemblies of the Academy.

III.d- General Provisions concerning membership

Art.52- The decisions of the commissions and the New Admissions and Honors Commission concerning the admission of new members will be strictly secret. The committees and the board of directors reserve the right to publish or not the resolutions taken.

Art.53- In general, all members have the right to participate in scientific, cultural or simply protocol activities promoted or sponsored by the Academy.

Art.54- Upon acceptance, any new member must pronounce in a public and solemn act, a Magisterial Conference to formalize his admission to the Academy. The subject, its scope and its nature will be at the choice of the exhibitor, and it must be an original and undoubtedly scientific essay.

Art.55- Members must submit to the Secretariat of the Academy at least every three (3) years the update of their Curriculum Vitae.

III.e- Other categories

Art.56- The Academy of Sciences of Haiti (ASH) has two categories to designate the people who work for the objectives of this institution:

  • a) Volunteers
  • b) Sponsors
III.f- Volunteers

Art.57- Volunteers will be proposed by the commissions or by the Board of Directors and must meet the requirements of aptitude and adherence to the philosophy of the Academy defined in section d) of article 46 hereof. Statutes.

Art.58- Volunteers who join one of the work teams of a scientific commission must be professionals, technicians or people interested in cooperating with the Academy.

Art.59- Young scientists can only be part of the Academy of Sciences if they meet the conditions set by the Statutes.

III.g- Sponsors

Art.60- The sponsors of the Academy of Sciences are the natural or legal persons who promote their activities, by direct grant or through their mediation, to obtain help from material and financial resources.
These statutes come into force to regulate the Academy of Sciences of Haiti (ASH) upon approval, at the Extraordinary General Assembly of March 8, 2019, Port-au-Prince, and Republic of Haiti.
The Academy of Sciences of Haiti (ASH) was founded on March 8, 2018.