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The Bylaws of the International Symposia on Discharges and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum (ISDEIV) supplement the Articles of Incorporation and specify rules of operation. 



1. The Permanent International Scientific Committee (PISC)

1.1 Duties

The primary duties of the PISC are (1) to determine policy for the ISDEIV, (2) to select Chairmen for LOC's charged with organising individual symposia, (3) to maintain continuity between individual symposia, and (4) to perform any other duties it sees fit in furtherance of the purpose of the ISDEIV.

1.2. Membership

The PISC will be composed of up to 21 members excluding ex officio members. Members are elected by the current PISC, and remain members until resignation, death, dismissal, or absence from meetings for a period of 4 years. The Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) may appoint one ex officio member of the PISC.  

1.3. Officers

The PISC shall have four officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers will be elected by the PISC from amongst its members by a simple plurality vote. Officers will serve a term of 6 years, unless terminated sooner by resignation or failure to remain a member of the PISC. Duties of the officers are:

a. Chairperson

The Chairperson will:

i) preside at all the meetings of the PISC

ii) be the official spokesperson of the ISDEIV

iii) be empowered to make decisions on behalf of the PISC that cannot await a PISC meeting.

b. Vice Chair

The Vice Chair will:

i) Take over the function of the Chairperson if the Chairperson is absent

ii) Hold contact to the National Laboratories

iii) Oversee strategic directions for the future development of the symposia

iv) Support the Chairperson according to informal communication with the Chairperson

c. Secretary

The secretary will:

i) record the Minutes of PISC meetings

ii) notify PISC members of coming PISC meetings, and communicate to them copies of the Minutes of Meetings

iii) perform other secretarial duties as assigned by the Chairperson

iv) preside at PISC meetings in the absence of the Chairperson and Vice Chair

v) maintain records, proceedings and other documents relevant to the history of the symposium.

vi) maintain a symposium mailing list.

d. Treasurer

The treasurer will:

i) maintain accurate financial records of the PISC

ii) make a financial report to the PISC at each meeting

iii) preside at PISC meetings in the absence of the Chairperson, Vice Chair, and Secretary

iv) take Minutes of the PISC meetings in the absence of the Secretary.

v) prepare and submit documents for tax reporting purposes; the treasurer may seek professional help to prepare tax reporting documents.

1.4. Meetings

In years in which a symposium is held, PISC meetings will be held at the symposium. In the interim period, the Chair, Secretary, or designated PISC member can organize virtual meetings by e-mail or other telecommunication means. 

1.5. Quorum

A quorum of 6 members is required to conduct PISC business. A non-attending member may send a representative with full voting powers, or may designate another member as his proxy, with full voting powers, by notifying the Chairperson in writing prior to the beginning of the meeting. A representative or proxy is counted toward achieving a quorum. A simple majority of those voting is sufficient to carry any decision.

1.6. Poll

The Chairperson may bring forward matters for decision of the PISC by a poll of all members using mail, e-mail, or other communications media. The same rules of quorum and majority listed in 5 above pertain.

1.7. Subcommittees

The PISC may appoint and dissolve subcommittees, either on a standing or ad-hoc basis. Each subcommittee will be chaired by a member of the PISC, but may contain non-PISC members.  The Awards Committee is a standing subcommittee.

1.8. Website

The PISC will maintain a permanent website with a link to current and future LOC webs sites.  Currently, the PISC web URL is (it may point to other, hosting sites).


2. Local Organizing Committees (LOC)

2.1. Duties

Each individual symposium will be organised and administered by a LOC.


2.2. Organization of LOCs

The PISC will appoint a LOC Chairperson for each symposium. Alternatively, the PISC may select a host organisation, who will designate a LOC Chairperson, subject to the approval of the PISC. The LOC Chairperson or host organisation will be responsible for appointing further members to his LOC, and organising it according to his judgment.


2.3. Reporting

The LOC Chairperson will periodically report on progress and problems in organising his symposium. The LOC Chairperson shall submit an interim financial statement to the PISC treasurer for 31 December of the year of the Symposium. It is recognised that all expenses may not be determined, especially the page charges for journal publication. This interim financial statement should include actual income and expenses for the symposium, together with estimates of any outstanding income and expenses, such as page charges. A final report and financial statement should be submitted to the PISC by 31 December of the year following the Symposium. The LOC Chairperson, if not a PISC member, will be invited to attend as an observer portions of the PISC meetings two years prior to and during the symposium.


2.4. Guidelines

The LOC will follow guidelines for the organisation and conduct of symposia issued by the PISC as far as possible. Deviations from the guidelines must be approved by the PISC, or its Chairperson.



1. The PISC may raise and disburse funds to further its purposes stated in the Articles of Incorporation. Funds may be raised

·       by imposing a surcharge on individual symposia, currently $20 per paying registrant (excludes students and retirees)

·       by solicitation from corporate or public bodies,

·       from interest and investments,

·       from the sale of symposium proceedings, and

·       by other means approved by the PISC.

2. Funds may be disbursed

·       as seed money for an individual symposium if requested,

·       for supporting PISC meetings,

·       for supporting the travel of PISC members to meetings,

·       to aid in on-site planning of individual symposia,

·       for support of the PISC web site,

·       for other PISC matters, in co-ordination with and full reporting to the treasurer, and with the approval of the Chairperson.

Subsidiary bank accounts may be opened for this purpose by any officer. The main accounts of the PISC will be administered by the treasurer. Any bank account in the name of the PISC must have two officers with full signatory powers. The PISC may direct the treasurer to disburse funds for functions other than those specified in this paragraph but in general keeping with the purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation.


3. In the event of dissolution of ISDEIV, whatever assets held by the ISDEIV will be transferred to other non-profit scientific organisations, as decided upon by the PISC.  



A. Formal Relationship

There shall be a formal relationship between the ISDEIV and the Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

1. The Symposia organised by the ISDEIV shall be IEEE technically cosponsored meetings.

2. The Proceedings of the Symposia will be an official IEEE document, which means they will be included in the package of journals, proceedings, etc. which the IEEE supplies to libraries.

3. The necessary number of Proceedings from each individual Symposium will be supplied to the IEEE-DEIS as agreed with DEIS.

4. The DEIS may appoint one ex officio member of the PISC.


B. Awards

The Dyke, Chatterton, and Japan Prize/Best Paper Awards will continue to be administered by the PISC, with no official connection with the DEIS.



1. Frequency and Timing

Symposia will normally be conducted every two years, in the fall of even-numbered years.


2. Appointment and Announcement

LOC Chairperson will normally be appointed at least two years prior to the symposium which they are charged to organise, and the date, location, and contact address for the next symposium will be announced at the current symposium.


3. Financial Arrangements

Each symposium will be financially self-sufficient and will contribute a surcharge of $20 per participant to the PISC for financing PISC activities. Upon request by the LOC Chairperson, the PISC treasury may loan up to $1000 "seed money" to finance the organisation of the symposium until other revenues are secured. The seed money loan is to be returned, without interest, and the surcharge remitted to the PISC treasurer no longer than one year after the conclusion of the symposium.


4. Support

The LOC will make every effort to minimise the registration and accommodation fees to the participant by seeking financial sponsorship, university housing, etc.


5. Participation

Symposium participation will not be denied to any applicant on the basis of sex, religion, nationality, or creed.


6. Invited Speakers

The PISC suggests names of invited speakers and topics to the LOC no later than one year prior to the symposium. The LOC has the discretion to modify the list of suggested invited speakers.


7. Sponsorship

In addition to the formal technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society, the LOC will seek the sponsorship of other national or international scientific, corporate, government, academic, or public bodies.


8. Proceedings

Proceedings of the Symposium will be printed in IEEE acceptable format. In addition, the LOC shall produce an electronic version on CD-ROM.  Contributed papers should be limited to a maximum of 4 pages, and invited papers to a maximum of 6 pages. The Proceedings should be available to participants at the time of the Symposium. Post-symposium distribution and sales of the Proceedings should be arranged through the IEEE. A sufficient number of copies of the Proceedings shall be printed to allow for

·       distribution to those attending the Symposium,

·       the number of copies required by the IEEE, and

·       two copies to be submitted to the PISC secretary for archival purposes.


9. Journal Publications

The LOC Chairperson will arrange for the publication of selected, reviewed, and revised papers in special issues of the IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science or other journals as determined by PISC.  The LOC Chairperson can call upon the services of members of the PISC for aid in editing and reviewing papers. The LOC plans to subsidize journal pages charges to support quality publications by those whose institution cannot provide the page charge; the amount of subsidies is typically about $5000 per symposium.


10. Language

The official language of the symposium is English, which should be used for all written submissions and for all presentations. Normally translation facilities are not provided.


11. Reporting

The LOC chairmen will present a symposium plan, including scientific, accommodations, and financial aspects, to the PISC for its approval at its meeting prior to the symposium. An interim report, including a financial statement, shall be presented to PISC during a PISC meeting at the symposium, and a final report in the year following the symposium.


12. Announcements and Website

The LOC shall maintain an up-to-date website. It is recommended that at least the first Announcement is also printed and mailed using conventional postal service. The first announcement of the symposium, and invitations to invite speakers, should be made no later than 9 month prior to the symposium, followed by a second announcement at least 4 months before the symposium, and a final announcement at least one month before the symposium. A programme should be distributed at the symposium.


13. Chatterton Award Support

The LOC will submit to the Chairperson of the Award Committee papers to be considered for the Chatterton Award.  This submission should occur not later than two month prior to the Symposium.  Electronic submission is preferred.


14. PISC Meetings

The LOC should arrange for a suitable meeting room and time should be allocated for the PISC to meet during the symposium.


15. Expenses

Because of IEEE requirements, expenses for Symposia should be divided into two categories:

a. Special Expenses

·       Any travel and living expenses for invited speaker;

·       Any subsidy for hotel rooms;

·       Page charges for publication of selected and reviewed symposium papers in IEEE journals.

b. IEEE Expenses

·       The Proceedings copies required by the IEEE;

·       The PISC surcharge mentioned in §2 FINANCES;

·       All other Symposium expenses.

Income for a particular Symposium will consist of registration fees, plus direct financial support obtained from other sponsors (V.7).

The financial statement in the final report shall be divided into two categories: Special budget and IEEE budget.

·       The Special budget shall consist of the Special Expenses and an equal amount of income so the net Special budget balance is zero.

·       The IEEE budget shall consist of a remaining income and the IEEE expenses. It may be necessary to allocate income from a particular source to both the Special and IEEE budgets in order to balance the Special budget.  The LOC is encouraged to discuss the budget issues with the PISC treasurer.



Dyke Award


To recognize an individual contributor to the science or application of electrical discharges or electrical insulation in vacuum for a body of significant contributions.



a. Nomination.

Any worker in the field may nominate a candidate. The nomination should be in the form of a letter to the Chair of the Awards Committee, detailing the contribution of the candidate, and its significance. Publicity about the award should be included in each symposium proceedings, and in other media as appropriate.

b. Recommendation

The Award Committee, a subcommittee of PISC, will review all nominations, and make recommendations to the PISC.

c. Selection

The PISC will make the final selection in the year between symposia. Alternatives will be designated in case the selected Awardee declines.

d. Eligibility

Any worker in the field is eligible to be nominated except previous recipients of the Dyke Award.  PISC members who have been nominated will not participate in the selection discussion. Should an Award Committee Member be nominated, the member is immediately and automatically to be excluded from all further discussions and decisions. 



The award will consist of a plaque and a monetary award, in a sum determined by the PISC.

Financing for the above will be from the PISC treasury. The award committee will be responsible for the preparation of the plaque in coordination with the LOC. The award will be presented at the symposium at a time determined by the local organising committee, preferably at the symposium banquet. The Awardee will be invited to give either a historical or scientific talk, in co-ordination with the local organising committee, preferably the opening presentation.  The Awardee will be the guest of the symposium, and the local organizing committee will undertake to provide travel and accommodations support.



The PISC Chairperson, or another PISC member designated by him or her, will contact the designated Awardee to notify him of his selection, explain the significance of the award and presentation ceremony, and to obtain his acceptance. After an Awardee has accepted, the PISC Chairperson will notify the LOC Chairperson, who will coordinate details of timing and support.


The ISDEIV Best Paper Award – Japan Prize


The “ISDEIV Best Paper Award – Japan Prize” is given in recognition of the most significant contribution of the past Symposium of ISDEIV.  Significance will be judged by scientific or technological novelty and the likely impact on the fields of electrical discharges and electrical insulation in vacuum.  Special attention will be paid to innovative ideas and breakthrough findings.  One “ISDEIV Best Paper Award – Japan Prize” will be given at each symposium to an individual or a team of authors. 



a. Formal requirements

The contributions must be

(a)  presented at the symposium and

(b)  included in the Proceedings of the symposium in award-worthy quality.

(c)   An altered and expanded version of the symposium contribution is required to be accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.


b. Nomination and review; eligibility

One contribution and one alternate will be nominated by the Awards Committee, a subcommittee of PISC.  The Awards Committee will consult with the IEEE Guest Editors and PISC members.  PISC members or Award Committee members who are nominated are excluded from any further discussions of the nomination and selection process.


c. Recommendation

The nominated contribution and the possible alternate will be recommended by the Award Committee to PISC for final confirmation and approval.


d. Selection

The PISC will make the final determination at its "interim meeting" (via e-mail or phone conference) between the Symposia.  The Chair and Secretary of PISC are responsible for the organizing this meeting.



The Award will consist of

(i) a plaque,

(ii) a monetary (cash) award,

(iii) limited travel support.

The cash award and the travel support must be consistent with the available designated funds as determined by the PISC treasurer.  The PISC treasurer will give an appropriate recommendation to PISC about the amount of the award and he is responsible for providing the check at the Award Ceremony.  If the Award is given to team of authors, the Award will be shared among the authors.  Travel support will be given to the main author who is the designated Recipient to receive the Award at the next Award Ceremony on behalf of all authors.  The amount of the travel support will take into account the need of the Recipient.  The award committee will be responsible for the preparation of the plaque in coordination with the LOC.  The Award will be presented at the (next) Symposium at a time determined by the LOC, preferably at the symposium banquet, by the PISC Chair and a designated representative of Japan, the sponsoring body.  The Recipient will be invited to give either a historical or a scientific talk during the symposium, in coordination with LOC program arrangements.  The limited travel support is designed to assist the Recipient to travel to the symposium at which the award will be given.



The PISC Chairperson, or another PISC member designated by him or her, will contact the designated Recipient to notify him or her, explain the significance of the award and the expectation to be present for the award ceremony, and to obtain his or her acceptance.  After the Recipient has accepted, the PISC Chairperson will notify the LOC Chairperson, who will coordinate details of timing of the award ceremony, plaque production, etc. 



This Award will start from the XXIInd ISDEIV (Japan 2006) with the first Award given at the XXIIIrd ISDEIV (Romania 2008).


Chatterton Young Investigator Award


To recognize outstanding achievement of young investigators in the field of discharges and electrical insulation in vacuum and to encourage young scientists and engineers to enter this field.



To be eligible for the Chatterton Award, the candidate must

·       Be under the age of 38 as of the closing date of the symposium;

·       Present a paper at the ISDEIV, in which he or she is either the sole author, or the first author of a multi-author paper  (submission of a single-author paper is strongly encouraged)

·       Be affiliated with an academic, government, or other non-profit institution.



(1)    The LOC of each Symposium will include in the author kit a copy of these Guidelines and a form requesting consideration for the Chatterton Award.  The form has a space in which the candidate indicates his or her date of birth.

(2)     Candidates are required to submit a written paper to be included in the Symposium Proceedings and to present their work as a poster during a special poster session.

(3)     At the first day of the Symposium, the LOC will organize a special Chatterton Award Poster Session in which all candidates are required to present their work.

(4)     Selection of the Awardee will be based on the quality of the work presented.  This includes quality of the written paper, the poster, and proof of knowledge at the poster board.

(5)     The Awards Committee, a subcommittee of PISC, will nominate a candidate and make a recommendation to PISC.  PISC will make a final decision.



(1) The award will consist of a plaque or certificate and a cash award.  The amount of the cash award is to be determined by the sponsor.

(2) The award will be presented at the Symposium banquet or a similar suitable occasion.

(3) The awardee will be prominently mentioned in the Proceedings of the following Symposium, as done on page 8 of the Proceedings of the XIXth Symposium.



Funding for the first awards (1992-2014) was provided by Calor Emag Medium Voltage Products, a subsidiary of ABB.  Calor-Emag (ABB) has the option to continue funding the following awards. The name of the sponsor will be prominently mentioned in all publicity connected with the award



The Bylaws of the ISDEIV may be amended as stated in the Articles of Incorporation. 



Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this organisation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an organisation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.




Date: 15th July, 2015

Andre Anders,
Aug 5, 2015, 4:50 PM