Report on the ad-hoc review of the IUGS Commission on Tectonics and Structural Geology (TecTask)

William Cavazza, Stephen T. Johnston, Peter Cawood, Olivier Lacombe

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The IUGS Executive Committee (EC) is required by its Statutes and Bylaws to undertake a formal review of all commissions and other bodies funded by the Union every four years. The primary tasks of ad-hoc reviews are (i) to review the activities of those scientific bodies and (ii) provide accountability for the expenditures incurred by the Union. TecTask was established as a Task Group in 2004, and was subsequently upgraded to a Commission in 2009. It has never been subject to a formal review.

During the 71st annual meeting of the IUGS EC, held in Paris in February, 2017, a decision was made to review Tec-Task within the next year. As a result, on March 27th, 2017, William Cavazza informed Rodolfo Carosi that an IUGS Ad-Hoc Review of the TecTask Commission was to be scheduled for the fall of 2017. At that time Carosi was provided with the relevant documentation and information regarding the review process. Subsequently, in consultation with Carosi, it was confirmed on June 16th, 2017, that the Ad-hoc Review Committee (ARC) would convene in Turin on September 11-12, 2017. At this time Carosi was informed that the main goals of the review were to (i) analyze the past performance of the TecTask Commission, (ii) assess TecTask objectives for their alignment with the aims of the IUGS, and (iii) help identify ways to increase the impact and significance of the Commission, including the identification of concrete objectives for the near future. To carry out the review, an ARC was established (see composition above). The composition of the ARC was ratified by a vote of the EC on July 23rd 2017. On August 2nd Carosi delivered the following Tec-Task materials to the ARC: copies of the annual reports for TecTask for the years covering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and a document describing TecTask and its overall objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-358
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

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