To the members of the European Association of the History of Medical Sciences (EAMHMS):
Last year, on 15 September 2017, a first Extraordinary General Meeting of our Association took place in Barcelona regarding the situation and future of EAMHMS. The plan was to discuss and vote upon on the proposed dissolution of the present old European Association based in Paris (France), thus making way for the foundation of a new International Association based in the Netherlands. Since only five members of the present Association could make it to participate in this first Extraordinary General Meeting, the necessary quorum of “at least one half plus one of the members of the Association” (§ 14 of the Association’s statutes) to vote and make valid decisions was not reached.
According to the statutes of the Association, in such a case a second Extraordinary General Meeting must be “reconvened at least fifteen days later” (§ 14). On this occasion “the discussions will be valid however many members are present” (§ 14). A dissolution of the Association can then “be voted only by a two-thirds majority of the members present” (§ 14).
Therefore, we kindly ask you as a member of EAMHMS to participate in this decisive second Extraordinary General Meeting of our Association on Friday, 21 September 2018, to be held at 18.45 in the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau (Sant Pau Art Nouveau Hospital), Francesc Combó Room, 167, Sant Antoni Claret Street, Barcelona (then also venue of the Barcelona 2018 biennial EAMHMS conference).
The agenda consists exclusively of discussing and deciding (voting) on whether to dissolve the present European Association with the intent of founding a new one. Background is that in the past decade, our Association has faced fundamental infrastructural problems regarding the management of status, finances and membership.
Despite these complications, our organization has in the meantime developed into a truly vibrant international body, as the highly successful biennial congresses have demonstrated. So the Board of EAMHMS sees a great chance in charting the proposed route to close down and start anew. We kindly ask you to support us in our efforts, which—as we are convinced—would lead us to a broader, really international and most of all much more flexible and effective Association.
Best regards, on behalf of the Council of the Association,
- Jim Edmonson, Secretary General of EAMHMS
- Thomas Schnalke, President of EAMHMS