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Design Society supports Special Interests Groups (SIGs). SIGs provide opportunities for DS members and non-members to network, share ideas, experience and knowledge, collaborate, learn and open new research topics.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) may be established with approval of the Board of Management. SlGs shall be responsible for the organisation of events and activities within a particular area of interest to further the Society‘s aim and objectives.
A SIG is managed by one or more chairperson(s) – the SIG-Leader(s) –, for each SIG an appropriate committee (steering committee) can be established in order to support the SIG Leader(s) in carrying out their tasks. The SIG Leaders must be the members of the Society.
Members of SIGs must also be members of the Society. SIGs may welcome non-members to participate in their activities.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) address specific topics for a limited time. SIGs have to act in the interest of the Design Society as a whole and therefore have to follow a set of rules.
Any member of the Design Society may propose the formation of a SIG to the Board of Management at any time. Proposers are requested to use the appropriate application form. The formation of a new SIG within the Design Society requires a formal confirmation by the Board of Management and ends with a written agenda agreement between the Design Society and the SIG, represented by its Leader(s).
The Design Society requires all SIGs to submit an annual report for review by the Board of Management. Based on the reports submitted, the Board of Management will review each SIG annually and decide about its continuation, modification or termination. The review process will take place at the “Rigi” meeting of the Board of Management (usually mid of March every year).
Below, rules and guidelines for starting and running a SIG are provided. Please read this information carefully. In addition, forms for applying for a new SIG and for the annual reporting of existing SIGs are provided.