To apply for financial support that will help you participate at the INURA Bucharest 2016 conference, you can send an e-mail to email@example.com with a short letter until June 30th 2016.
To contribute to the fund, follow the standard procedure for INURA payments as described here: http://www.inura.org/v2/index.php/membership-2/payments/ (choosing the field “other payments and donations” and adding later as a comment at the bank transfer “for the INURA conference fund”).
For more information on the rationale behind the INURA fund and the evaluation process, read the following document drafted during the INURA Tara Retreat 2014 (and finalized by the INURA fund committee 2015).
INURA CONFERENCE FUND
During the INURA Tara Retreat 2014, it was agreed to officially establish the INURA conference fund to support the participation in INURA conferences of activists and others whose costs are not covered by any external funds and who can’t take part for lack of money. Any member or supporter of INURA is more than welcome to contribute to the fund. You should contribute if you feel able to do so, in light of your economic position, other commitments and so on. Some of those whose conference expenses have been supported partly or wholly by their employers may feel particularly well placed to contribute but others may struggle to participate even with that support or view this suggestion as an affront to their negotiated position as knowledge workers.
In any event, Inura hopes that as many people as possible will be able and willing to subscribe in order to make future INURA conferences less exclusive. It is important to note that these are supposed to be personal contributions, and not to be confused with the optional higher conference fee, which in most cases is covered by institutional funding.
The INURA conference fund committee
The INURA fund committee will be responsible to design every year a short application form in line with the agreed proposal and in dialogue with the local organising team in order to establish their priorities. Priorities and expectations should be made clear. [There is no form this first year, but we are in dialogue with the Athens organisers.]
The INURA fund Committee is made up of three INURA members who together more or less represent the diversity of INURA and its principles. Committee members should feel confident that they can act as guardians of the fund in accordance with the agreed proposal. The Committee members could serve for 1-3 years, to allow for continuity. As decided in the Tara retreat 2014, the first fund committee consists of the following three INURA members: Michael Edwards, Panayotis Antoniadis and Britta Grell for the next year. Since there was no decision about the duration of the service in Tara, we will assume that for this first time it will be one year.
Collection of contributions and evaluation criteria
The funds will be paid in and out of the ICO bank account, but the ICO will not be involved in the fund Committee. The fund Committee will be responsible for the budget. There will be no limitation on the amount of the individual contributions but one should keep in mind that if costs of attending an INURA conference are €1000, this would mean that with an amount of €8000 the fund could support the costs of 8 people in full, or 16 people at 50%. Note that people applying for funds should not expect that the total costs for the conference (fees + accommodation + travelling costs + food) will be paid. All INURA members will be able to apply and the Committee will review the applications and take decisions in line with the agreed proposal and in dialogue with the local organising team.
The funds will be allocated across the following categories based on the priorities that will be agreed upon each year:
- Activists who have previously been involved in INURA but who have not been able to participate more recently in order to provide continuity of involved cities and issues.
- Activists who have regularly been involved in INURA and met their own costs. Activists from the local group that organised the previous conference. Activists whose work and experience is particularly relevant to the key themes and issues identified by the local group organising the upcoming conference.
- Activists from the local group that will organise the next conference, and future planned conferences where relevant and possible. All those applying for and receiving funds should be INURA members but non-members can become members in order to apply.
Applicants should indicate the level of support that they are requesting, e.g. 100% of funds; fees or flight only; some specific amount, and a short letter supporting their application. There will need to be an agreed approach to deciding what proportion of costs to fund and the Committee will need to resolve this each year, based on the levels of contributions and the received application.
The Committee should update the retreat each year on all important decisions made to this end. Logistics Contributions will be made through the standard payment interface at the INURA web site: http://www.inura.org/v2/index.php/membership-2/payments/ (choosing the field “other payments and donations” and adding later as a comment at the bank transfer “for the INURA conference fund”).
The deadline for the contributions for the Bucharest 2016 conference will be the June 30th.
Please make a contribution NOW! It will avoid having to remember to do it later.