In light of the global pandemic the ISOS board announced the deferral of the inaugural World Occupational Science Conference. The conference is now scheduled for August 25-27, 2022 with a pre-conference date on August 24. The conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held on November 17. There was a call for nominations from October 30-November 6, with voting open from November 7-13. The re-elected Board members taking on an additional term were Nadine Blankvoort (Netherlands), Natalia Rivas-Quarneti (Spain) and Suzanne Huot (Canada). A newly elected board member serving her first term is Liesl Peters (South Africa). We are delighted to have her join the board.
The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held on November 7. There was a call for nominees from October 21-28, with voting open from October 30 to November 5. The newly elected Board member is Etsuko Odawara (Japan). This is Etsuko’s second consecutive term on the ISOS board and we are delighted to have her return.
The ISOS board announced that the inaugural World Occupational Science Conference would take place from August 25-28, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
On May 22 the Board presented an interactive poster, entitled ‘Opportunities for Advancing Global Perspectives on Occupational Science’ at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress in South Africa. A PDF version of the poster is available here.
In October the Board hosted a World Cafe style workshop at the ENOTHE Annual Meeting in Portugal entitled ‘Advancing global perspectives on occupation: discussing the contribution of a kaleidoscopic European perspective to a World occupational science conference’. The abstract is available here.
The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on November 8. There was a call for nominees from October 15-22, with voting open from October 23 to November 1. The newly elected Board member is Rebecca Aldrich (USA). Rebecca has previously served on the executive board and we are delighted to have her return. .
The 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on November 20. As the term of 3 members of the Board had expired, there was a call for nominees 27 October – 4 November, then voting was open 6-16 November. The newly elected Board members are Suzanne Huot (Canada) serving her second term, and Natalia Rivas Quarneti (Spain) and Nadine Blankvoort (Netherlands), serving their first terms.
A new strategic plan for 2016-2021 was developed by the ISOS Board. The document is titled Positioning for the Future.
On 30 September, at the Third Joint Research Conference. ISOS convened a meeting for representatives of the various occupational science societies around the world and for other interested people to discuss the feasibility of holding a world occupational science conference.
These are the notes taken at the meeting.
The 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on 20 November. As the term of 2 members of the Board had expired, there was a call for nominees 27 October – 4 November, then voting was open 6-16 November. The newly elected Board members are Etsuko Odawara (Japan) serving her first term and Susan Forwell (Canada), serving her second term. (Click here)
The 2015 Annual General meeting was held on 30 October.
There was no need for elections.
The 2014 Annual General meeting was held on 20 November. Three new Board members were required to replace 2 members whose terms had expired and one member who resigned for personal reasons. Four nominations were received and so a ballot took place.
The following three members were elected to the Board:
Rebecca Aldrich (USA)
Suzanne Hout (Canada)
Alison Wicks (Australia)
They joined the incumbent Board members:
Susan Forwell (Canada)
Tomoko Kondo (Japan)
ISOS was one of the hosts of the Joint International Occupational Science Conference, 16-18 October, 2014, in Minnesota, USA.
ISOS convened a workshop titled International connections in the study of occupation.
There were 3 presentations at the workshop, moderated by Alison Wicks.
- Mapping the discussion about social issues and building international dialogues
Ana Paula Serrata Malfitano, Lilian Magalhães, Elizabeth Townsend
- Critical occupational perspectives on societal issues: Reframing the problems of ‘population aging’
Elizabeth Townsend, Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Charles Christiansen
- Journal of Occupational Science: A means of advancing international connections for the study of occupation
Susan Forwell, Mandy Stanley, Shoba Nayar, Clare Hocking, Sandra Rogers, Birgit Prodinger
The 4th online google discussion forum was held. The topic of the discussion was Developing occupational science as a critical and socially responsive discipline: Challenges and opportunities.
It was hosted by Western University, Canada and the facilitators were Lisette Farias, Debbie Laliberte Rudman & Lilian Magalhães.
There was much robust discussion, which was translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese. There was a significant increase in registrations from around the world prior to and during the forum.
At the WFOT Congress in Yokohama, Japan, ISOS convened a workshop titled International connections in the study of occupation.
For additional information, refer to http://isos.nfshost.com/workshops.php for inform
The 2013 Annual General Meeting was held on 27 November. Elections for 3 new Board members were required. Three nominations were received and accepted by the Board. Elections were not required.
The new ISOS Board members are:
Mona Eklund, Sweden
Susan Forewell, Canada
Tomoko Kondo, Japan
Pollie Price and Alison Wicks will each serve another 12 months on the Board
On October 23, ISOS called for nominations for presentations at the workshop it is convening on day one of the Joint International Occupational Science Conference 16-18 October, 2014, in Minnesota, USA.
ISOS members were invited to nominate to present at this workshop on International connections in the study of occupation.
ISOS Board members, Eric Asaba and Alison Wicks, are members of the Scientific Committee for this conference being organized jointly by CSOS, SSO and ISOS.
The ISOS website was revised with the assistance of Diego Cifuentes
The 2012 Annual General Meeting was held on 1 October. No elections were required.
The ISOS Facebook was launched on 25 September.
Karolinska Institute and ISOS collaborated to convene a workshop in Stockholm . Incorporating diverse ideas into the Occupational Therapy curricula – a dialogue between teachers, clinicians and studetns. Eric Asaba was the Chair and the keynote speakers were Jeanne Jackson (Ireland), Virginia Dickie (USA) Alison Wicks (Australia) and Hans Jonsson (Sweden). About 80 people participated.
A chapter about ISOS was published in a text book on occupational science.. Wicks, A (2012). The International Society for Occupational Science: facilitating development of occupational science through international networks and intercultural dialogue. In C. Hocking & G, Whiteford (eds), Critical perspectives in occupational science: Society, inclusion, participation. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford. 163-183. ISBN -13: 978-1-4443-3316-9; ISBN-10: 1-4443-3316-X
The 2011 Annual General Meeting was held on 15 October. There were no elections required. A revised version of the ISOS Constitution was accepted by the membership in an online poll.
The third online google group discussion was held. The facilitator was Dr. Moses Ikiugu, from University of North Dakota, USA. The title of the discussion was "Occupation and Climate Change".
The second online google group discussion was held. The facilitator was Dr. Hans Jonsson, from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. The title of the discussion was "Naming and Framing Occupation".
Two ISOS Board members, Debbie Rudman and Alison Wicks, conducted a workshop at the CSOS-SSO:USA conference held in London, Ontario. A meeting between the executive members of SSO:USA and the two ISOS Board members was also held during this conference. The aim of the meeting was to explore ways that ISOS and SSO could collaborate.
The inaugural online discussion on the ISOS google group was facilitated by Dr Ruth Zemke, from the USA. The title of the discussion was "Occupational Patterns in Time and Space".
The annual general meeting was held on 31 October. The new Board members, elected for a three year term, were:
Eric Asaba – Sweden, Japan
Roshan Galvaan – South Africa
Pollie Price – USA
Robin Stadnyk – Canada
Alison Wicks – Australia
In collaboration with the Chilean Society for the Study of Occupation (CSSO), ISOS convened an international meeting at the WFOT Congress, held in Santiago, Chile.
Approximately 40 people from 16 countries attended. The attendees were representatives of various national occupational science societies, institutional members and other relevant organizations. Previous Board members were also present. The focus of the meeting was enhancing networking and collaboration in occupational science.
In addition, ISOS conducted a workshop for about 70 congress participants. The aims of the workshop were to: explore ways forward in maximizing collaboration of occupational science and occupational therapy; stimulate ideas for global networks for fostering occupation-based programs, practices and research; and provide examples of how occupational science is currently contributing to occupational therapy education and practice
The new name for ISOS, International Society for Occupational Science Incorporated was officially ratified by the NSW Office of Fair Trading on 5 February.
A rejuvenated ISOS website, offering members access to Google Group discussion and the convenience of making donations / contributions using the PayPal. Some pages on the website are available in Spanish.
By the end of 2009, 6 institutions had responded to the invitation to become institutional supporters of ISOS by making a financial contribution.
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
University of East Anglia, UK
University of Newcastle, Australia
University of Wollongong, Australia
York St John University, UK
30 September 2009
The Annual General Meeting was held electronically on 30 September.
7-10 July 2009
ISOS supported the Occupational Justice Symposium and Occupational Justice Think Tank, held in Cape Town South Africa and convened by Health Sciences, University Cape Town.
An article titled “The International Occupational Science Thinks Tanks: Catalysts for developing occupational science internationally” was published in the German journal ergoscience
ISOS undertook an electronic survey of members using Survey Monkey.
ISOS reviewed and renewed its agreement with JOS.
28 - 29 November 2008
The ISOS President conducted a one day workshop, presented the keynote address and participated in panel discussions at the Inaugural Taiwan Occupational Science Symposium.
25 September 2008
ISOS collaborated with ECOTROS and ENOTHE to conduct a one day occupational science workshop in Berlin. Three of the ISOS Board and three ISOS members were involved in the workshop. The workshop was held prior to the 14th ENOTHE meeting.
8 September 2008
The Annual General meeting was held electronically.
3 September 2008
Two Special Resolutions were passed by the ISOS membership:
- that the Board consist of 5 members, rather than 3, as was stipulated in the original Constitution
- that the name of ISOS be changed to International Society for Occupational Science
A new public website for ISOS was launched: www.isoccsci.org
On May 24, three ISOS Board members participated in the ECOTROS workshop at the 8th European Congress of Occupational Therapy held in Hamburg. The Congress was convened by COTEC. The aim of the workshop was to develop a European Occupational Science research agenda. Planning for the ISOS/ECOTROS/ENOTHE workshop to be held in September in Berlin also took place.
As the term of the Interim Board had expired, a call was made for nominees for a new Board. An election was subsequently held. The new Board members, elected for a three year term, were:
Alison Wicks – President
Eric Asaba – Vice President - Promotions
Hans Jonsson – Vice President, Administration
Debbie Rudman – Secretary
Erna Imperatore Blanche – Treasurer
The Way Forward Plan for ISOS, developed by the Interim ISOS Executive, was announced
- Karolinska Institute (KI) became the third institutional member of ISOS.
- ISOS became a member of the ENOTHE MUNDUS network.
- ENOTHE applied for funding support to conduct a one day workshop on occupational science at the May 2008 European Congress being organised by COTEC.
- ISOS convened the Second International Occupational Science Think Tank (TT2) on Catalina Island, USA. TT2 was hosted and sponsored by the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California.
- Dr Florence Clark resigned as Vice President of ISOS.
- The 29 TT2 participants became members of ISOS and supported a proposal to rejuvenate ISOS. The new members elected an Interim ISOS Executive to develop a plan to take ISOS forward:
Eric Asaba, Japan
Erna Blanche, USA
Hans Jonsson, Sweden
Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Canada
Alison Wicks, Australia – Chair
Dr Elizabeth Townsend retired as Vice President (Finance).
- ISOS convened the Inaugural International Occupational Science Think Tank (TT1) which was hosted by AOSC, the Australasian Occupational Science Centre, in Nowra, Australia. TT1 received local, national and international sponsorship.
- Dr Ann Wilcock retired from her position as President of ISOS
The Journal of Occupational Science (JOS) became the official journal of ISOS, and ISOS became an official associate of JOS.
The ISOS website was launched
ISOS was acknowledged as a tax exempt association.
The University of Southern California became the second ISOS Charter Institutional Member.
An informal gathering of the ISOS executive, members and interested others was held in Stockholm
The University of Texas, Medical Branch became the first ISOS Charter Institutional Member.
ISOS became an incorporated association.Peter Williamson, Australia, accepted the position of ISOS Public Officer.
ISOS, in collaboration with the Australasian Society of Occupational Scientists (ASOS), launched the occ sci list server to facilitate global dialogue and dissemination of information among occupational scientists.
The inaugural ISOS Executive was elected by the membership:
President: Ann Wilcock, Australia
Vice President: Florence Clark, United States
Vice President (Finance): Elizabeth Townsend, Canada
Alison Wicks, Australia, accepted the position of Executive Assistant
ISOS endorsed a proposal to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) to pilot an International Advisory Group: Occupational Science. This proposal was accepted by the WFOT Council.
The inaugural meeting of ISOS, originally called the International Interdisciplinary Group for the Promotion of Occupational Science, took place in a forum at the OT Australia National Conference in Canberra. 32 occupational therapists with a self-professed interest in occupational science were the founding members.