USERN is organized exclusively for advancement of authentic, ethical and professional scientific research and education and consequently advancement of science for non-military purposes and public good.
We envision a reliable network of universally validated resources including ideas, facilities, human, financial and educational resources in order to launch and facilitate authentic, ethical and professional scientific research intended to improve human life.
Our mission is to provide scientific and technical infrastructure in order to universally:
1. Validate ideas, facilities, human, financial and educational resources and determine their scientific credibility and reliability
2. Classify and grade ideas, facilities, human, financial and educational resources
3. Improve ideas, facilities, human, financial and educational resources
4. Connect and share ideas, facilities, human, financial and educational resources considering their scope and their grades and establish their collaboration
5. Allocate facilities, human, financial and educational resources to ideas with the most importance for improvement of human life
1. USERN is committed to uphold high technical and ethical standards in all processes in the network.
2. USERN is committed to ensure that all processes in the network are in accordance with highest ethical and scientific values and to appropriately address any unethical issue such as research misconduct, data fabrication, falsification, misrepresentation or plagiarism.
3. USERN is committed to respect and encourage respect for fundamental human rights and freedom.
4. USERN is committed to respect the privacy of its members and not to disclose their confidential issues and provide and protect confidential communications.
5. USERN is committed to treat all members with honesty, dignity, respect and sensitivity and appreciate the value of diversity and to avoid discrimination against its members on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, or other factors that are not related to their scientific competence and integrity.
6. USERN is committed to respect intellectual property, to honor patents, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property and to give credit where credit is due.
7. USERN is committed to take responsibility for all its actions, results, and risks to all members in the network.
8. USERN is committed to use outcomes of its actions as opportunities for improvement.
9. USERN is committed to disseminate easily accessible and understandable member related policies and processes to all members in the network.
Governance and management is separated in USERN. The Policy Making Council is responsible for overall policy and direction of the network, and delegates the responsibility of day-to-day operations to the executive director and managers (staff). In addition, the advisory board provides non-binding strategic advice to both Policy Making Council and staff in a number of matters.
The first draft of the Statute of USERN was written on 21 January 2015, which was revised on 20 March 2016 to be signed by a number of top scientists worldwide. The USERN Statute would be inaugurated during the 1st USERN Festival on Nov 10th, 2016. In the first three years, the Statute may be modified by the advisory board and by the approval of both Policy Making Council and the President.
Here by in this agreement we define USERN as follows:
Members of this agreement believe that USERN will one day become a reliable network of universally validated resources including ideas, facilities, human, financial and educational resources in order to launch and facilitate authentic, ethical and professional scientific research intended to improve universal science policy making and human life.
Our mission is to provide scientific and technical infrastructure in order to universally:
Governance and management shall be separated in USERN. The Policy Making Council is responsible for overall policy and direction of the network; and delegates responsibility of operations to the Executive Director and managers (staff). In addition, the Advisory Board provides non-binding strategic advice to both Policy Making Council and staff in a number of matters.
The first President of USSERN would be the founder responsible for establishment of USERN statute and structure. His term of presidency would start after establishment of first Policy Making Council comprised of at least 3 members in each different sub-branches of science.
USERN shall be established as a non-profit network and therefore, all financial resources, including network incomes shall belong to the network and would be expended in the network in order to proceed with scientific missions. The stockholders and members of USERN shall not financially benefit from USERN as salary or any personal pension. Decision making on incomes and expenses of network shall belong to the Policy Making Council with a three-quarter vote for any decision on network expenses. The fiscal/financial year of the USERN shall start January 1st through December 31st.
The Advisory Board is responsible for providing non-binding strategic advice to both Policy Making Council and staff in a number of matters and dissolving disputes in the network. In addition, they can strengthen the brand name of USERN via its advertisement and dissemination. Advisory Board shall advise the Policy Making Council on strategic matters and its members have the privilege of attending all USERN Policy Making Council meetings and participating in discussions. Advisory Board members shall be categorized and sorted into one of the different fields of science and they can elect their representatives in Policy Making Council with their votes.
The Advisory Board shall have unlimited number of members who are outstanding in their field of study and met the eligibility requirements, including top 1% scientists based on the ESI, Nobel Laureates, Abel Prize Laureates, Copley Medal Recipients and USERN prize winners.
Clause I. Any scientist nominated by at least three Advisory Board members could be potentially voted by Policy Making Council (a three-quarter vote) to be included in the Advisory Board.
Resignation from the Advisory Board must be in writing and received by the President.
Any renowned scientist could potentially become the member of Advisory Board at the initiation of fulfilling the Advisory Board membership criteria. The Advisory Board list would be updated in 3-year intervals to include new members of Advisory Board.
The membership of any Advisory Board member shall be terminated following disrespect to USERN statute and/or guiding principle at any time by a majority of the vote (a three-quarter vote) of the Policy Making Council members. The Advisory Board member would also have the right to terminate his/her membership through sending formal request to the USERN President.
The Policy Making Council is responsible for overall policy and direction of the network, setting policy, and providing a strategic executive plan. The board shall include at least one representative of each field of science, the President, and the Executive Director as a non-voting member. They would be also responsible for nominating and electing the President.
The Policy Making Council members would be elected from among Advisory Board members who have fulfilled their membership for at least three consecutive years and have gained the majority of the vote of the Advisory Board in each major branch of science.
All board members shall serve a 3-year term, but are eligible for re-election for another consecutive term. They can be re-elected after 3 years interval.
The Policy Making Council has the right to and is responsible for making decisions for all issues of the network, except for the main structure of the network including vision, mission, and the concept of Policy Making Council and Advisory Board. Issues regarding establishing a new activity shall arise from Advisory Board members, Policy Making Council members or Executive Director. These decisions should be discussed in a board meeting and be approved by the majority of the vote (50% + 1 vote) of the board members. Any issues regarding the Policy Making Council itself should be approved by the majority of the vote (50% + 1 vote) of the Advisory Board. Establishing any clause or defining a new part in the statue shall be discussed by the Policy Making Council and be approved by at least a three-quarter vote of the Advisory Board members.
The membership ofa Policy Making Council member shall be terminated from the board by the majority of the vote (a three-quarter vote) of the remaining board members due to not fulfilling his/her duties or poor performance or being proven inconsistent or performing incompatible activities and operations with those of USERN at any time
Clause: In case of removal or resignation of a Policy Making Council member, the new representative of the respected field shall be elected by the Advisory Board.
President is responsible for:
A President shall be elected by the majority of the vote (50% + 1 vote) of the Policy Making Council members. A Policy Making Council member shall be nominated for President of the Policy Making Council.
The President shall serve a 3-year term, but could be eligible for re-election for another consecutive term. They can be re-elected after 3 years interval.
of regular membership is free
A member shall be suspended or removed from the network due to disrespecting USERN statute and/or guiding principle upon approval of President or Executive Director.
The basic duties of USERN staff shall be managing the entire USERN approved activities, adopt the plan of activities according to strategies developed by the Policy Making Council and is subject to the direction and control of the Policy Making Council.
It shall comprise the Executive Director, managers and the respective management divisions as follows:
This division is responsible for:
This division is responsible for establishing scientific steering councils for each major branch of science. Any sub-division (including associations, interest groups, networks and etc) shall be supported by at least one of the Advisory Board members and shall be approved by the majority of the vote (50% + 1 vote) of the scientific steering councils for each major branch. Members of each branches of science can be nominated to be members of the respective scientific steering council and they shall be elected by votes of the members of that branch.
Clause:The membership of scientific steering council is not limited to the Advisory Board members. The criteria for membership of scientific steering council in each major branch of science would be established by the Policy Making Council.
Scientific steering councils are responsible to provide:
Clause I: The Policy Making Council may create management committees as needed.
The responsibilities of Executive Director shall include carrying out the organization’s goals and policies. The Executive Director will attend all board meetings, report on the progress of the network, answer questions of the board members and carry out the duties described in the job description. The board can designate other duties as necessary. Main duties of the Executive Director include:
The President could nominate an Executive Director from either the board or staff members. The Executive Director then shall be elected by the majority of the vote (50% + 1 vote) of the Policy Making Council.
The Executive Director shall serve a 3-year term, but could be eligible for re-election for another consecutive term.
The authorities of Executive Director could be assigned to another candidate in case of board decision, not respecting USERN statute or poor performance.
New members and current staff members shall be appointed by the Executive Director and upon approval of the President of the Policy Making Council.
Resignation from the staff must be in writing and received by the Executive Director.
The statute and network policies would be reviewed in 3-year intervals and may be amended according to the inputs of Advisory Board and by approval of both Policy Making Council and President. The principles of statute except for vision and mission and basic structure of network may be amended when necessary by a three-quarter vote of the Advisory Board. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the President to be sent out with regular board announcements.
USERN prize is an international award, established by the USERN, which would be annually bestowed to junior scientists or researchers less than 40 years of age for any novel advancement or achievement in scientific education, research, or serving the humanity in five scientific fields including formal sciences, physical sciences, biological sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences.
The eligible candidates would either apply for the prize independently or be nominated by the Advisory Board members or any senior scientist in the respective field.
The USERN prize shall be awarded annually for the following purposes:
The prizes for the winners will include:
The jury shall comprise of at least 10 Advisory Board members in each major branch of science who would be responsible for evaluation and ranking of candidates according to defined criteria of selection and principles of ethics. The Policy Making Council members of each field shall annually nominate at least 10 Advisory Board members of each five major branches in order to form the jury. The Advisory Board members could also nominate candidates for receiving the USERN prize that would be then evaluated by the respective board.
The Policy Making Council shall be responsible for establishing and announcing the selection criteria for awarding USERN prize. Any amendments in principles of evaluative criteria shall be based on a majority of the vote of Policy Making Council members (a three-quarter vote) in each major branch of science. The eligible candidates would be evaluated according to their best scientific work or achievement and their scientific resume. The proposed works would be scored according to their contribution in research, education, and serving the humanity.
All the proposed works in each of five scientific fields would be evaluated and judged together, irrespective of their aspect (research, education or serving the humanity). The evaluative criteria for assessment of the best scientific work would include Novelty, Significance, Rationality, Design of the project, Leadership, Teamwork, Productivity, Extent of the project, Interdisciplinarity, Multidimensionality, commitment to principles of Ethics, and Impact on human subjects.
The scientific resumes would be evaluated in different aspects including educational, research, executive, and other backgrounds. The evaluation criteria for assessment of candidates’ resume in each aspect shall include:
* This statute was written in 9 articles and 34 sections and overall has 5 clauses.