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Working Committees of the Working Time Society

Committee members

If you are not a WTS committee member, you are encouraged to contact appropriate an committee member to discuss any issues or problems you would like their committee to address.If you wish to promote your ideas and/or committee recommendation usability, share your committee communications with all of us.

  • Communications Committee

  • Elections Committee

  • Finance Committee

  • Honours and Awards Committee

  • Membership Committee

  • Publications Committee

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee works on development, maintenance and use of the Society's website, social media accounts and mailing list. The committee has been working to integrate different kinds of media and make the news from the society accessible for all members and persons who have interest in this field.

Contact person: Dr. Claudia Moreno

Elections Committee

The first WTS election was a positive start towards a democratic organization, but our methods need improvement before we have another election. WTS might wish to use "nominations" made by a committee (in addition to open nominations). The WTS Board is working towards better geographical and gender representation, but it needs more guidance with regard to these issues. The Elections Committee will consider these issues in advance of election time, make practice recommendations to the Board, and carry out future elections to office. The Elections Committee will organize, hold and tabulate all future WTS elections.

Finance Committee

WTS Membership is not intended to place a financial burden as a condition of membership. At the same time, WTS does need some modest funds to support current and future activities. There are many ways WTS might obtain these funds. Some possibilities are: "membership dues", "sustaining members", "sustaining organizations", "assessments", SIN advertisers, and "public workshops for a fee", and other possibilities. The Finance Committee is charged with considering all possible funding methods, and developing a Proposal to the Board aimed at solving the WTS financial problem in an appropriate and practical manner. Once the WTS Board approves a financial methodology, this Committee will advise the Treasurer as needed, do an annual informal audit of WTS financial activities, establish a banking system, and recommend related financial change when needed in the future.

Honours and Awards Committee

The WTS Constitution and Rules include a special member honour, that of designation as a "Fellow" of the Society. It also allows for awarding "Honorary Member" status to non-members of the Society. This committee will perform these functions, as well as consider the possibility that some additional special awards should be made (for example, awards for "Best Oral Paper", "Best Poster", etc.). The Honours Committee will recommend to the WTS Board criteria and procedures for selecting award winners. Once the Board approves these awards and methods, the Honours Committee will be responsible for the performance of these activities.

Membership Committee

WTS by-laws (see the web site) require that we have a Membership Subcommittee to consider new applications for membership. Currently, it is appropriate to note that WTS does not have a complete and valid Membership list. The first task the Membership Committee is the development of a current and valid listing of WTS voting members. Once WTS has a valid membership list, this committee will be responsible for maintaining the list, attracting new membership applications, and evaluation of these applications.. Membership is not to be limited to those who are able to attend the most recent Symposium. Making sure we retain old members is important. Recommending membership termination is difficult. A public access membership directory for the Society should be considered.

Contact person: Dr. Greg Roach

Publications Committee

Papers from shiftwork symposia have been published, over the years, as books or as dedicated journal issues. The advantages and disadvantages associated with each of these two approaches are not the same. The Publications Committee will examine this publication issue, and develop some guidelines for the WTS Board to consider with regard to future publications. In addition, the Publications Committee will become an active agent-for-quality-publication. This might include tracking and promoting the citation and sale of past symposia papers, the endorsement of new publications, and/or the promoting future meetings. The Committee will solicit and consider all proposals for publication and then make recommendations to the WTS Board. These proposals may or may not include a journal dedicated to working time papers; endorsement of existing journals or meetings; and, encouraging WTS Member to make presentations at non-WTS meetings. 

Contact person: Dr. Imelda Wong

Nomenclature Committee (suspended)

Working time nomenclature is poorly defined in the literature, and significant international differences in definitions exist. This working group will develop operational definitions (when possible) for working time nomenclature, monitor the use of nomenclature, and recommend definitions changes in nomenclature when needed. In addition, they will encourage Editors and symposium authors to use the WTS nomenclature. This committee will work on the development of a standard working time notation system for use by editors and authors, and encourage the development of a working time database using WTS nomenclature and notation. The working area is here.

Please send questions and suggestions to Elections Committee.
Regarding the proposed procedures for the next voting
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