ISSOL is the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life and Astrobiology Society. As of 2009, the society has over 500 members representing over 20 countries in disciplines as varied as astronomy and molecular biology. The society’s supporting journal, Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres (OLEB), has been publishing work in the field since 1968 and is the longest established and most authoritative journal for Astrobiology and origins of life research. Jack W. Szostak and Ada Yonath, were recipients of 2009 Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine and Chemistry, respectively. The leadership of the organization strives to be inclusive of ethnicity and gender, having elected the first woman president for 2008–2011.
Revised By-Laws draft
Dear ISSOL members,
The ISSOL by-laws needed significant revision, so Sandra Pizzarello and I have edited them to take into account changes in our society over the past decade. The draft was approved by the Executive Committee and Council and can be downloaded from here.
I hope you will take time to read the draft and send any comments to me for consideration. We will use the draft to guide planning for Origins 2014 in Nara, Japan, July 6 – 10. At the ISSOL business meeting during the conference, we will ask for a vote of members to formally approve the draft as the official ISSOL by-laws for the next decade.Dave Deamer President, ISSOL deamer <at> soe.ucsc.edu