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International Society for Occupational Science

ISOS history

2019




November 2019
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.


August 2019
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.

 

 

2018




May 2018
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.


October 2018
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.

November 2018
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. .

 

 

2017




November 2017
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.

 

 

2016

August 2016

A new strategic plan for 2016-2021 was developed by the ISOS Board. The document is titled Positioning for the Future.

September 2016

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.

November 2016

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)

 

 

2015


October 2015
The 2015 Annual General meeting was held on 30 October.

There was no need for elections.

 

 

2014


November 2014
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) 


October 2014
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

September 2014
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.

July 2014
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

 

 

 

2013

November 2013

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


October 2013

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.

March 2013

The ISOS website was revised with the assistance of Diego Cifuentes

2012

October 2012

The 2012 Annual General Meeting was held on 1 October. No elections were required.

September 2012

The ISOS Facebook was launched on 25 September.

www.facebook.com/InternationalSocietyForOccupationalScience

May 2012

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.

March 2012

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

2011

October 2011

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.

September 2011

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".

April 2011

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".

2010

October 2010

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

July 2010

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

February 2010

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.

2009

December 2009

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.

2008

July 2008

An article titled “The International Occupational Science Thinks Tanks: Catalysts for developing occupational science internationally” was published in the German journal ergoscience

June 2008

ISOS undertook an electronic survey of members using Survey Monkey.

December 2008

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:

  1. that the Board consist of 5 members, rather than 3, as was stipulated in the original Constitution
  2. that the name of ISOS be changed to International Society for Occupational Science

June 2008

A new public website for ISOS was launched: www.isoccsci.org

May 2008

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.

2007

October 2007

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

July 2007

The Way Forward Plan for ISOS, developed by the Interim ISOS Executive, was announced

May 2007

  • 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.

April 2007

  • 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

2006

August 2006

Dr Elizabeth Townsend retired as Vice President (Finance).

July 2006

  • 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

2005

May 2005

The Journal of Occupational Science (JOS) became the official journal of ISOS, and ISOS became an official associate of JOS.

2004

June 2004

The ISOS website was launched

2003

December 2003

ISOS was acknowledged as a tax exempt association.

2002

November 2002

The University of Southern California became the second ISOS Charter Institutional Member.

June 2002

An informal gathering of the ISOS executive, members and interested others was held in Stockholm

March 2002

The University of Texas, Medical Branch became the first ISOS Charter Institutional Member.

2001

October 2001

ISOS became an incorporated association.Peter Williamson, Australia, accepted the position of ISOS Public Officer.

May 2001

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.

2000

December 2000

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

May 2000

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.

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