IULTCS merit award created

21 March 2005

During the March 2005 Congress in Florence, Italy, the IULTCS executive committe decided to create the IULTCS Merit Award for Excellence in the Leather Industry. It will be given biennially by the IULTCS executive to an individual whose past or current endeavors have had an extraordinary impact on our industry and provide an example for others to follow. The executive committee will make its selection by normal vote and will announce its decision to the regions and on its website at least six months prior to the next IULTCS Congress. The first IULTCS Merit Award will be made at the USA Congress in 2007. The recipient of the IULTCS Merit Award will receive a custom-made plaque signifying recognition by the IULTCS. Along with the award, the recipient may also be granted an allowance towards travel. The maximum amount paid by the IULTCS should not exceed US$800. The intent of this monetary amount is to help defray expenses towards attendance at the IULTCS Congress where the recipient will be honoured by the Union. The preamble to the Statutes of the IULTCS state that the society was founded for the purpose of encouraging the technology, chemistry and science of leather on a worldwide basis. They feel it is appropriate, therefore, that they recognise the achievements of those of stature in the industry who have contributed significantly to global understanding of the leather industry and its byproducts and those who have excelled in promoting the aims and objectives of the society. Examples of efforts that are worthy of recognition include: Published research that results in significant new technologies; Publications that contribute significantly towards the understanding of leather and its byproducts, eg books, review articles; Significant contribution towards the development, writing, and organisation of industry test methods or specifications; Achieving a level of peer recognition through his or her activities in industry trade organisations, industry associations, publications in trade journals, industry presentations or discussions; Practical achievements that lead to successful developments in leather processing technology. It is expected that the recipient will be an active or recently retired member of a leather technical association that is a paid-up member of the IULTCS. Twelve months before an award is to be made the IULTCS secretary will post a notice to all regional representatives requesting nominations of potential candidates. Regions will then be given four months to make proposals. All submissions should be in writing and are to include a CV on the individual candidate along with an explanation of why they should be considered. The executive committee may request more information on submissions. Executive committee members reserve the right to enter additional nominations. These latter nominations will also require written submissions. It is not a requirement that the award be made every second year.

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