Call for Candidates for the Chair of OISTAT Research Commission

Dec 9, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

The Chair election of OISTAT Research commission will be held at the Research commission meeting during the OISTAT Hub event in Prague, Czech Republic in 2023.


OISTAT Research focuses on exchanging ideas, sharing innovations, encouraging experimentation and promoting collaborative international research around history, theory and practice in professions that support the development of design, space and technology for live performance.

We would like to thank the current Chair Kate Burnett for her achievement and commitment in opening up various possibilities and collaborations for OISTAT Research Commission. We hope that the succeeding Chair will lead the Commission in the following four years building on this work, encouraging and involving members and developing new initiatives and partnerships. 

The call for candidates is now open. OISTAT Centres, Associate Members and Individual Members are encouraged to send nominations to Headquarters at headquarters@oistat.org no later than February 9, 2023.

The Candidate nominations from OISTAT Centres and Associate Members should include a letter of nomination from the OISTAT Centre or the OISTAT Associate Member, the candidate’s CV and the candidate’s statement of intent. Nominations from Individual Members should include a letter of nomination from the nominator, the candidate’s CV and the candidate’s statement of intent.

The Chair of OISTAT Research is a member of OISTAT Governing Board (GB). Governing Board members shall work under the auspices of the Congress and not as representatives of their OISTAT Centres and shall meet with the Executive Committee at least once a year, not including its meeting at the Congress. The Chair of OISTAT Research shall also organize Commission meetings at least once a year to discuss projects, Commission affairs and collaborations with other Commissions.

Guidelines for election of Chairs of Commissions can be found in OISTAT Statutes-Appendix 2:


A general schedule for elections which ensures continuity and complies with the Statutes shall be made by the Executive Committee.


  1. Members of OISTAT Centres, Individual Members and delegates of Associate Members are eligible to be elected as Chair of a Commission.
  2. At least six months before a Commission meeting takes place at which a Chair is to be elected, the EC will ask the OISTAT Centres, Individual Members and Associate Members to nominate    candidates for the post of Chair of the Commission in question.
  3. The OISTAT Centres, Individual Members and Associate Members should send names and addresses of possible candidates to the EC within two months.
  4. The EC will appoint one or more persons who will contact the persons in question for further information.
  5. This list will be made public at least two months before the Commission meeting at which the election is to take place.
  6. Only delegates of the OISTAT Centres, Individual Members and delegates of Associate Members attending that Commission meeting will be entitled to vote.
  7. The election takes place by secret ballot.
  8. The candidate who has the highest number of votes cast, if these are more than half of the votes cast, will become Chair.
  9. If such a result is not obtained during the first election, then a second election will be held between the two candidates with the highest number of votes. If two candidates have equally received the second highest number of votes, then an  election shall first be held between these two candidates.
  10. After the Chair has been elected, one or more Vice-Chairs will be chosen.
  11. Should the Chair resign or otherwise leave office during his/her term of office, the Vice-Chair will hold office until the next scheduled meeting.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your recommendations and nominations. 


Aby Cohen  

Executive Director
Wan-Jung Wei

International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians
Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théâtre
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