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Peruvian Society for Neuroscience

Bylaws of SONEP

Article 1. Name, duration, domicile, and territorial scope

1.1. Under the name Society for Neuroscience of Peru, abbreviated as SONEP, a Peruvian civil association is established, non-profit, governed by these statutes and other applicable legal provisions.

1.1.1. The Society’s duration shall be indefinite.

1.1.2. Its initial domicile shall be in Lima, Peru. Av. Honorio Delgado # 430 Urb. Ingeniería. S.M.P. Lima 31. Peru. Telephone (511) 7857337, Email: This registered address may be changed if circumstances warrant, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, with the approval of the majority of the General Assembly. This registered address does not limit the Board’s freedom to convene General Assemblies and Scientific Meetings wherever it deems most appropriate.

1.1.3. The Society shall extend its activities throughout the Peruvian territory.

Article 2. Objectives

2.1. The Society aims to:

2.1.1. Promote the development of knowledge in the field of Neuroscience, bringing together scientists from different disciplines, and facilitating the integration of research directed at all levels of organization of the nervous system.

2.1.2. Promote education in the field of Neuroscience.

2.1.3. Foster relations with national and international homologous societies and organizations.

2.1.4. Inform the public about the results and implications of ongoing research in the areas of Neuroscience.

Article 3. Members

3.1. The Society shall consist of five classes of Members:

Founder, Ordinary, Honorary, Emeritus, Associated, and Protector.

3.1.1. Founding members are the professionals who promoted the formation of SONEP, automatically becoming Ordinary members.

3.1.2. Distinguished scientists -Peruvian and foreign- who have notably contributed to the progress of Neuroscience may be elected as Honorary Members.

3.1.3. Qualified scientists -Peruvians by birth, adoption, or residents in Peru- who research in the areas of Neuroscience and have conducted and published original and meritorious research may be elected as Ordinary Members.

3.1.4. Upon retirement, an Ordinary Member who so desires may become Emeritus by requesting it in writing to the Board of Directors, which will then refer it to the Admission Committee.

3.1.5. University students and graduates interested or linked to Neuroscience may be elected as Associate Members.

3.1.6. Individuals or entities wishing to contribute to the support and development of the Society may be elected as Protector Members.

3.2. Acquiring Membership

3.2.1. Persons meeting the required conditions who wish to join the Society as Ordinary or Associate Members shall apply in writing to the Secretary of the Board of Directors, who shall submit the application to the Admission Committee. Membership processing shall be free of charge.

3.2.2. To be admitted as Ordinary or Associate Members, a positive vote of the majority of the Admission Committee members shall be required. The conclusions reached by this Committee shall be preceptively reported to the General Assembly.

3.2.3. Honorary Members shall be proposed by the Board of Directors and elected by the General Assembly by a simple majority. They may also be proposed to the Assembly by a number of Ordinary Members not less than the number of the Board of Directors.

3.2.4. Protector Members shall be accepted by the Board of Directors, which shall preceptively inform all members of its decision, and eventually to the General Assembly. They may also be proposed to the Assembly by a number of Ordinary Members not less than the number of the Board of Directors. International advisors shall be considered as Protector Members.

3.3. Member Rights

Members of the Society have the following rights:

3.3.1. Attend General Assemblies. Only Ordinary and Emeritus Members shall have voting rights to adopt agreements.

3.3.2. Only Ordinary Members shall be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors or other management bodies that may be designated.

3.3.3. Attend all general events scheduled by the Society.

3.3.4. Participate in all programs and activities authorized by the Board of Directors and receive the publications and programs published by the Society.

3.4. Member Obligations

Member obligations include:

3.4.1. Actively participate in the society’s activities, demonstrating a spirit of cooperation and interest in promoting and improving Neuroscience.

3.4.2. Comply with the provisions of these Statutes, as well as with all other provisions and rules agreed upon by the General Assembly or the Board of Directors within their respective powers.

3.4.3. Pay membership fees.

3.4.4. Emeritus and Honorary Members shall be exempt from Society fees, as well as from other financial burdens.

3.5. Loss of Membership

Membership shall be lost for any of the following reasons:

3.5.1. By the voluntary decision of the interested party expressed in writing to the President of the Board of Directors.

3.5.2. By majority agreement -endorsed by secret ballot of the General Assembly- of the Board of Directors due to non-compliance by the member with these Statutes or any agreement of the General Assembly or the Board of Directors.

3.5.3. Upon proposal by at least 10 Ordinary Members of the General Assembly, which shall decide by secret ballot.

3.5.4. For failure to pay membership fees. Members who do not pay the corresponding fee for the year shall be notified to that effect and shall have 60 days to regularize their situation.

Article 4. Governing Bodies

4.1. The governing bodies of the Society are:

4.1.1. The General Assembly.

4.1.2. The Board of Directors.

Article 5. General Assembly

5.1. The General Assembly of the Society is the deliberative and decision-making body of the Society. This Assembly may be ordinary or extraordinary.

5.1.1. It shall meet at least once every two years -coinciding as much as possible with the Activities and/or scientific meetings- at the location designated by the Board of Directors, who shall convene it with a notice of no less than 10 days and no more than 50 days prior to the date of its holding. The Ordinary General Assembly shall have the powers provided for in Article 5.1. of these Statutes.

5.1.2. It shall also meet on an extraordinary basis, and upon prior notice in the manner indicated, whenever decided by the Board of Directors, or requested

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