Legal form, objective and seat

Art. 1

Under the name of “Investigadores chilenos en Suiza – ICES” a non-profit association is created governed by these statues and by articles 60 and following ones of the Swiss Civil Code.

Art. 2

The objectives of our association can be divided in three main levels, going from the short-term in the first level to the long-term in the third:

  • Level 1: Support Chilean researchers through their entire stay in Switzerland
    • Create an information platform for researchers and students in Chile interested in Switzerland for their academic and professional career opportunities.
    • Facilitate the integration of new Chilean researchers and students in Switzerland.
    • Strengthen the academic and scientific links between Chilean researchers, academics, students and professionals living in Switzerland.
  • Level 2: Promotion of scientific and professional collaboration between Chilean and Swiss institutions and individuals
    • Create a platform where Chilean and Swiss researchers and students can share information, solve questions and find project partners or career opportunities in both countries.
    • Foster the development of new scientific and academic projects and initiatives involving both countries.
    • Show Chile in Switzerland as a valuable opportunity for research and collaboration.
  • Level 3: Participate in the discussion for the scientific and academic development of Chile
    • Participate and collaborate with different associations and networks of Chilean researchers in Chile and abroad.
    • Contribute from our experience to the development of policies for the reintegration of researchers and students returning to Chile. In particular, we would like to help students that are part of the Becas Chile program for post-graduate studies.

Art. 3

The seat of the association is in Lausanne, Vaud Canton. Its duration is unlimited.

Art. 4

The association respects the personal convictions of its members and has no link with political or religious organizations.


Art. 5

The different organs of the association are:

  • The general assembly;
  • the financial and administrative organ;
  • the broadcasting organ;
  • the Directive board.



Art. 6

The financial resources of the association are constituted by the ordinary or extraordinary registration fees of its members, donation or legacy, as a results of the activities of the association and, if appropriate, by subventions, donations or funding from public authorities.

The financial year starts on January 1st and finishes on December 31st.

The commitments are guaranteed by the property, with exclusion of any personal responsibility of its members.



Art. 7

May be members all natural persons interested in the meeting the objectives mentioned in Art. 2.

In its means the association considers the production of a newsletter oriented to its members and related persons.


Art. 8

The association is composed only by individual members, namely natural persons.


Art. 9

The admission requests are addressed to the Directive board. The Directive board accepts new members and informs of its decision to the General assembly.


Art. 10

The membership is lost:

  1. due to resignation. In any case, the annual subscription remains paid.
  2. due to expulsion by “fair reasons”

The expulsion is responsibility of the Directive board. The concerned person can invoke the general assembly to revoke this decision. The repetitive non-payment of the subscription (2 years) causes the immediate expulsion from this association.


General Assembly

Art. 11

The General Assembly is the supreme power of the association. It includes all its members.


Art. 12

The competences of the General Assembly are:

·    To adopt and modify statutes;

·    to choose the members of the different organs of the association;

·    to determine the working guidelines and to lead the activity of the association;

·    to approve administrative and financial reports, and to vote the budget;

·    it delivers the responsibility to the Directive board; financial and broadcasting organs;

·    to stipulate the annual subscription of the members;

·    to face new projects presented in the association’s agenda.

The General Assembly can take care or request to take care of any object that has not been trusted to another organ of the association.


Art. 13

The assemblies are convened at least 20 days before the due date by the Directive board. The Directive board can convene to extraordinary general assemblies as frequent as needed. The assemblies can be carried out in any way as far as a record remains (postal mail, electronic mail). The assemblies can be carried out physically or electronically by means of conference or video calls.



Art. 14

The assembly is presided by the President. On its absence it can be presided by any member of the Directive board.


Art. 15

At least 3 members of the Directive board have to be present to carry out the General Assembly.


Art. 16

The decisions of the General Assembly are taken by simple majority of the present members. In case of draw the decision of the President will be preponderant.


Art. 17

In general the decisions are taken by show of hands. By request of at least 5 members a secret ballot can be carried out. One member cannot vote on behalf of another one.


Art. 18

The assembly is gathered at least once a year. The Directive board is responsible for convening the assembly.


Art. 19

The list of activities of the annual assembly (ordinary) includes necessarily:

  • the Directive board’s report about the activities of the association during the previous year;
  • an exchange of views and decisions related to the development of the association;
  • the cash flow and financial report;
  • the changes in the members list;
  • the election of the Directive board members and all organs of the association;
  • individual proposals.


Art. 20

The Directive board should bring into the agenda of the General Assembly (ordinary or extraordinary) any proposal of a member presented by written at least 10 days before the meeting day.


Art. 21

The extraordinary General Assembly meets under the call of the Directive board or under request of one fifth of the members.


Directive board

Art. 22

The Directive board executes and applies the decisions taken in the General Assembly. It steers the association and takes all necessary measures to reach the set objective. The Directive board is specially preoccupied by the points that are not expressly reserved to the General Assembly.


Art. 23

The Directive board has at least 4 members, elected each year in the General Assembly. The Directive board’s members can be re-elected with no limit. The Directive board is constituted itself. It meets as often as needed with respect to the exigencies of the association. The meetings of the Directive board can take place physically or by electronic means.


Art. 24

The association is validly engaged by the collective signature of 4 members of the Directive board.


Art. 25

The Directive board is in charge of:

  • taking the necessary decision to accomplish the objectives of the association;
  • convening the ordinary and extraordinary General Assemblies;
  • taking the decision related to admission and resignation of members as well as their expulsion;
  • ensuring the implementation of the statutes, write the rules and mange the goods of the associations.


Art. 26

The Directive board is responsible of the finances of the association.


Art. 27

The Directive board hires collaborators with no salary (volunteers) from inside or outside the association to cope with the administrative tasks. It can trust to any member a mandate limited in time.


Financial and administrative organ

Art. 28

The financial and administrative organ verifies the financial management of the association and presents a annual report to the General Assembly. It monitors the changes in the members list. It is composed at least by one member chosen by the General Assembly.


Broadcasting organ

Art. 29

The broadcasting organ does whatever is needed for spreading the association with the community with nearby targets by means of direct or electronic contact, maintaining a Website and sending periodical newsletters. This organ presents an annual report to the General Assembly. It is composed at least by 2 members chosen by the General Assembly.



Art. 30

The dissolution of the association is decided in the General Assembly with two thirds of the votes in favour. The eventual actives will be attributed to another organism with similar objectives.


These statutes have been adopted in the Constitutive Assembly on January 21st, 2015 at 17:00.


On behalf of the association,





Lorenzo Enrique – Reyes Chamorro – Álvaro Ignacio – Ayala Ramos – Luis Felipe – Orellana Espinoza

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