By-Laws for Swiccomas

Swiss Community for Computational Methods in Applied Sciences


  1. Name

It is agreed between the funding members that a Swiss Association called Swiccomas (hereinafter referred to as the “Association”) is created following the articles 60 and followings of the Swiss Civil Code on January 11, 2016.

The legal seat of Swiccomas is at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. The Managing Board and the General Assembly will decide the location and the rules governing the operational seat and secretariat.


  1. Objectives

Swiccomas is a non-profit association. Its aim is to foster discussions and collaborations within the Swiss community of Simulation-Based Computational Sciences and Engineering. This involves colleagues active in various fields including Computational Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Sciences at large (Computational Life Sciences, Computational Biology, Computational Chemistry, Computational Physics, Computational Geo-Sciences etc..), Scientific Computing, and Applied Mathematics.

It also aims to stimulate and promote research and education.


  1. Affiliations

Swiccomas is affiliated with the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS), It will work in collaboration with the Swiss Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC),


  1. Membership

To become a member, individuals or research groups should be active in one of the fields mentioned in § 2.

The Board is elected every three years by secret votes of the members and should be composed by three members, including a President, a Vice-President and a Treasurer.

The Presidency of the Managing Board will rotate every three years.

Members of the Association can resign for the next year by sending a written notification to the President until September 30th of the year.

Prospective members must apply in writing to the President who will inform the board.


  1. Annual General Assembly and Managing Board meetings

The General Assembly is composed of representatives of the members of the Association. It is the highest authority of the Association and responsible for all major decisions.

The GA will elect the members of the Managing Board. The President will be elected by the members of the Managing Board.

The Managing Board will convene at least one time per year. In order to optimize the time used for the meetings, they can be carried out as video-conferences. It is decided that some decisions can be taken by the board by e-mails.

As far as the General Assembly is concerned, it should take place every two years. Any member can be represented by a proxy, provided a written notification has been sent to the secretariat.


  1. Finances and annual fees

The fiscal year begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st.

Individual members should pay an annual fee of 20.- CHF and groups such as research laboratories should pay 100.- CHF. These fees will finance the ECCOMAS membership, support the organization of the General Assembly, activities related to the aims of Swiccomas, and a Swiccomas annual Ph.D. award to be then nominated for an ECCOMAS price.

Members who have paid their annual membership fees have voting rights and are entitled to representation in the Swiccomas General Assembly and to propose candidates for the Managing Board.

This same rule counts for ECCOMAS.

The Swiccomas association bank account is managed by the Managing Board with signature of the treasurer, or by default the president or vice president.


  1. Official language

French, German, Italian and English are accepted for internal communications. However, English is the official language of the association and only text in English in the present by-laws is recognized.


  1. Amendments of the By-laws and Dissolution

Any voting member can present a proposal to the Managing Board to amend the By-laws or to dissolve the Association. The Managing Board shall communicate the proposal to the General Assembly. An extraordinary General Assembly should be called in not later than 3 months after the presentation of the proposal. A decision is adopted only if passed by a 2/3 majority of the members present or represented at the general assembly.

The GA will decide the way the Association will be dissolved.