November 7th, 2018, 16.00 – 20.00
November 8th , 2018, 08:30 – 12.00
Amager Strandvej 384, 2770 Kastrup, Danmark
Invited: Jon Hausken (N), Astrid Helene Sydtveit (N), Kirsten Simonsen (Dk), Greta Edelstam (S), Otala Marjut (Fi), Steinunn Thorsteinsdottir (Ic),Kirsten Louise Tryde Macklon (Dk) Ann Thurin (S)
Present: All Board members except Steinunn
- NFS 2019 Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden 22-24 August 2019
Ann Thurin presented the scientific and social program. Everything is in control and ready for the big event. The budget was presented and the Board decided the early Congress fee 2900,- and late fee 3900,- We hope for 300 – 350 participants. The organizing committee will now approach the industrial companies to offer exhibition stands; gold, silver and bronze. They also need to advertise for the meeting using web sites and FB messages.
- Election of new NFS President
SFY has proposed Marjut Otala, now a member of the Board, as the new President of NFS The Board is pleased that Marjut will be willing to stand as President. The general assembly held in Gothenburg 2019 will make the final decision.
- Secretary of NFS
The Board discussed the need of a secretary. The Board is positive to such a scheme. The next President will see if this is needed.
- FB and the NFS website
As previous reported there are difficulties with the cooperation with Kristian Skriver. It is impossible for Steinunn to do the job. The Board decided to find a new Provider. Jon will send Kristian a letter about ending the collaboration. Steinunn will look for a Provider local. And update is crucial. The link to the video recordings does not work.
- NFS education courses Copenhagen Nov 2018
Elisabeth informed upon the next education course, 8 th and 9 th of November. Ferring provide the facilities. The video recording is done by the same company as in Helsinki 2017. There are more than 60 participants. The education courses have been a success. The Board decided to make a certificate / attending the meeting for the education courses. Janicke will be asked to do the job.
- The Education Course 2019 will be held in Sweden
Julius and Greta will address this at the next board meeting SSRM.
- NFS and economy
Astrid informed about the negative interest rate in Denmark. The Board discussed the situation and the alternatives. NFS is not in a position where investing is an option. Change Bank and transferring money to another Country is not easily done. In one year the situation could be change. The board decided to put forward a request to three different Danish banks to see if it’s possible to get better value for our savings. The Board decided that The President and cashier will have the authorities to pay bills and do signatures. Astrid will ask the bank about how to go forward. One physical NFS board meeting cost about 50 000 Dkr and one education course cost about 70 000 DKR.
- News from the national societies
Main news from Sweden is the new legislation which will come into effect in January 2019. Embryo donation, double donation and gamete donation in IVF at private clinics will be allowed. 10 years cryostorage of embryos and modernization of the parenthood legislation, especially regarding transsexual patients. News from national society in Norway was that changes in the law are awaiting governmental assessment. It was expected that egg donation and treatment of single women should have started this autumn.
- Next meeting; Copenhagen 9 th -10 th of May
- Matters arising
The Board will suggest a change in NFS bylaws at the GA in Gothenburg;
§11.Changes of the Articles of Association shall be adopted by a majority of at least 2/3 of the members of two successive General Assemblies. Alternatively, a change can be approved by the boards of the national societies at least 4 weeks before and then adopted at the subsequent General Assembly.
The board decided to introduce a prize for best oral presentation at the Gotenb meeting to the tune of 15000 DKK. The org committee NFS2019 and the national societies have to announce this through their channels (emails, web site and FB)
Jon Wegner Hausken
President of NFS
15 th of November 2018