At the BSI's AGM in 2009, it was agreed to replace the BSI Council with the BSI Forum - the BSI's 'think tank' and the place where the issues and ideas that are of importance to the Society and its members are raised, discussed and developed.
The Forum meets twice a year and develops ideas and proposals for the consideration of the Board of Trustees.
Members of the Forum are expected to:
- Attend Forum meetings
- Be forward thinking, proactive and participatory
- Be respectful of the views and concerns of fellow Forum members
- Be familiar with current trends and issues of relevance to the Society
- Be willing and able to engage with members of the Immunological community in order to glean and disseminate information
- Consider issues pertinent to the many diverse interests of the Society's members
- Support and promote the strategic aims of the Society
- Encourage membership of the Society
- Be prepared to lead or take part in small working groups as appropriate
Membership of the Forum is for three years (four years for Board Members).
The Forum has 15 permanent roles as outlined below, with additional members invited as required. These invited positions currently consist of the Animal Science Group Representative (reporting to and from the Animal Sciences Group) and the Policy Representative (reporting to and from the Society of Biology).