ISCA - International Speech
Communication Association

ISCA By-laws (June 2017 - Aug 2018)


1.1 According to the statutes of the Association (article 9), the Board is permitted to draft any "by-laws" deemed necessary to the efficient running of the Association. The by-laws are intended to act as a supplement to the statutes and as a collective "memory" for the Association; the by-laws provide a repository of Board decisions and other practical guidance. By-laws are approved by the Board and may be changed at any Board meeting.


2.1 ISCA is registered as a French association in Grenoble. Any changes to the statutes have to be translated into French, registered and approved in France. Changes in the membership of the Board also have to be registered in France.

2.2 For proposed changes to the statutes at a General Assembly, if a called vote appears to be close via show of hands, a secret paper ballot will be held.


3.1 According to the statutes, the Association may support several classes of membership: personal, institutional, honorary, associated and student. Only personal, institutional, and student membership categories are supported at the present time.

3.2 Student membership is conditional on the availability of written confirmation of an individual's student status from an approved educational establishment.

3.3 Student membership is available for both under-graduate and post-graduate students.

3.4 All registrants for an ISCA event have to be members of the Association. Each non-member registrant automatically becomes a member of the Association for a period governed by the membership scheme. This supercedes the requirement that the Board should approve each membership application individually.

3.5 A member will be deemed to have resigned if the membership fee is not paid within three months of a second reminder.

3.6 Each member will receive a copy of the membership directory for the appropriate calendar year as part of the annual ISCA CD-ROM.

3.7 The membership directory will be made available as a publication of the Association on payment of an appropriate fee.

3.8 ISCA membership by institution is made in increments of 5 members per institution, with a comparable scaling of the membership fee.


4.1 The Board will have no more than 14 members.

4.2 The Board will meet at least twice a year for a full day.

4.3 If a Board member resigns, an election will normally be held for a replacement within three months of the resignation. The Board may also decide not to fill the vacant post until the next regular election.

4.5 The Secretariat will maintain a list of past and present Board members, together with their dates of office.

4.6 Depending on the requirement to fill vacant posts on the Board, elections may take place in April or May every two years. The membership will be invited to nominate candidates at least two months before the election date. The Board may also nominate candidates. If necessary, a postal/email ballot will be conducted of all members. At least one month will be allowed for votes to be registered. The Secretariat will administer all aspects of the process.

4.7 Nominations to the Board are to be made in writing with the support of three members of the association, and with agreement from the candidate in either written or electronic form.

4.8 If the number of candidates is not larger than the number of vacancies, no ballot is required and the nominated candidates are deemed to have been elected.

4.9 In the event of a tie, the President will cast a deciding vote.

4.10 If a Board position remains vacant due to the lack of candidates at an election, a member may be co-opted by the Board. Alternatively, the duties associated with the vacant position may be taken on by an existing Board member.

4.11 A newly constituted Board should elect its President before the next General Assembly of the Association. The final official act of an outgoing President is to oversee this election. The new President must be approved by an absolute majority of the Board members.

4.12 The results of the elections are publicly announced at the next General Assembly of the Association.

4.13 Responsibility is transferred to a new Board (and the new President) at the close of the next General Assembly.

4.14 In order to ensure some continuity in the running of the Association, the immediate Past-President is invited to participate in Board meetings as adviser for one further year. The Board may invite up to two additional persons to participate in Board meetings as advisers. The invited advisers have no voting rights on the Board, and they are not subject to the restrictions of Statute 4.1.

4.15 Duties will be assigned to each Board member by the President (after due consultation with the member) within three months of a new Board being established. 

4.16 The Association may provide travel grants for Board members to attend Board meetings. In order to reduce costs, it is desirable for Board meetings to take place in combination with other organized events, in particular the yearly INTERSPEECH Conference, for which Board members are expected to obtain their own funding to attend. In the event that a Board member is unable to obtain funding to attend the Board meeting, the Board member may request funding support from the Association, in January of the year of travel when ISCA's annual budget is reviewed, for an amount not exceeding that of a student travel grant. The requests may be granted when the annual budget allows, and any such awards will be announced in the board's report to the assembly.


5.1. The function of the Advisory Council is to provide advice to the Board on a range of subjects including, but not limited to, the venue of future INTERSPEECH conferences.

5.2. Subject to the transitional arrangements in 5.4 to 5.8, 
(a) the Advisory Council shall consist of approximately twenty-five senior speech communication researchers who are not members of the Board; 
(b) members of the Advisory Council shall be elected by the Board, taking into consideration nominations by the current Advisory Council. There shall be no restriction on the re-election of members of the Advisory Council; 
(c) members of the Advisory Council shall be elected for a four-year term beginning on 1 January of an odd-numbered year; 
(d) in order to ensure continuity, approximately half of the members of the Advisory Council shall be elected in every even-numbered year in order to begin a four-year term on 1 January of the following year; 
(e) upon the completion of an INTERSPEECH conference, the Chair of the Organizing Committee of that conference shall become a member of the Advisory Council until 1 January of the next odd-numbered year plus an ordinary four-year term. 
(f) at the time a Past-President of ISCA is no longer a member of the Board and no longer takes part in the activities of the Board, the Past-President shall be invited to be a member of the Advisory Council until 1 January of the next odd-numbered year plus an ordinary four-year term.

5.3. The President shall chair the Advisory Council without voting rights.

5.4. The following transitional arrangements shall apply to the Advisory Council: 
(a) all persons who were members of the Advisory Council on 1 January 2003 shall remain members of the Advisory Council until 31 December 2004; 
(b) approximately half of these persons shall remain members of the Advisory Council until 31 December 2006. The selection of these members shall be made by the Board.

5.5. In case of the Permanent Council of ICSLP relinquishing responsibility for INTERSPEECH/ICSLP conferences, the following additional arrangements shall apply: (a) all persons who were members of the Permanent Council of ICSLP on 1 January 2003 shall become members of the Advisory Council unless they are members of the Board; the term of membership on the Advisory Council of these persons shall end on 31 December of the year in which their term of membership of the Permanent Council of ICSLP would have ended; 
(b) the founders of EUROSPEECH and ICSLP shall become members of the Advisory Council for life.

5.6. The Advisory Council shall elect one of its members as the Minute Secretary for each meeting.

5.7. Meetings of the Advisory Council shall be held at each INTERSPEECH conference.

5.8. Decisions of the Advisory Council shall be made by a simple majority vote of those attending a meeting. In between conferences decisions shall be made by mail or e-mail ballot. In case of mail or e-mail ballots, background information required by the members in order to make an informed decision on the subject of the vote shall be provided to them by the President

5.9. The Secretariat shall keep records of the Advisory Council membership, of the term of office for each Advisory Council member and of the minutes of Advisory Council meetings.

5.10. The members of the Advisory Council shall receive abridged minutes of each Board meeting.


6.1 All INTERSPEECH conferences shall be titled "INTERSPEECH - Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association".

6.2 INTERSPEECH Proceedings: each year the proceedings are to be made available free of charge to everyone online at the first day of conference

6.3  Bids for INTERSPEECH: the deadline each year for bids to host INTERSPEECH four years hence is November 1st (details are to be posted on the ISCA website well ahead); the Board selects the site.

6.4 Doctoral Consortium: each year at INTERSPEECH , ISCA will hold a student event called the Doctoral Consortium; the SAC (Student Activity Committee) will invite submissions from PhD students and select the best ones for presentation.

6.5 Financial support to attend INTERSPEECH : Upon request, ISCA will pay for reasonable travel/accommodation for ex-officio Board members (in the event that INTERSPEECH organizers do not cover such costs)

6.6 Papers at INTERSPEECH have a maximum of 5 pages each (the 5th page, if used, is uniquely for references only)

6.7 ISCA budgets a number of ISCA student travel grants to support students to attend INTERSPEECH conferences (funds used to pay for registration and travel expenses) annually

6.8 The exchange rate for ISCA membership and ISCA donation in Euros for INTERSPEECH is to be fixed at the rate on the first business day after paper acceptance notification is sent out. 

6.9 Funds should not be deposited in ISCA accounts on behalf of conferences, workshops, or SIGs whereby ISCA functions as a bank. Surpluses may be given to ISCA with ISCA then being able to decide what best to do with the funds.

6.10 ISCA establishes an “INTERSPEECH Risk Fund,” for which guidelines will be published on the ISCA Web. The Board will establish a Committee to manage this fund, which will apply to all ISCA conferences. Use of the fund is optional for each meeting.  The purpose is to manage financial risk across all ISCA meetings, with the objective to maintain low registration fees.

6.11 Technical Committee: ISCA establishes a Technical Committee, to maintain continuity across yearly INTERSPEECH meetings.  This committee will advise and consult the Organizing Committee for each ISCA meeting.  The committee will maintain a reviewer portal, to be used for each INTERSPEECH.  Members of this committee will include Technical Chairs from current, upcoming and past meetings



7.1. The role of the INTERSPEECH Steering Committee (ISC) is to provide organizational support and guidance to INTERSPEECH organizing committees. In addition, the ISC shall maintain the ISCA Guidelines for INTERSPEECH conferences, and prepare the call for proposals to organize INTERSPEECH conferences.

7.2. The ISC will be chaired by the International Conference Coordinator.

7.3. The ISCA Treasurer shall be a member of the ISC.

7.4. The ISC shall have no more than eight members.

7.5. The other members of the ISC shall be the last 2 INTERSPEECH conference organizers, the current organizer and the next 3 future ones.

7.6. The ISC meets at every INTERSPEECH conference, in order to promote a fruitful exchange of experiences between conference organizers.

7.7. The ISC shall maintain the ISCA Guidelines for INTERSPEECH conferences, call for proposals to organize INTERSPEECH conferences, negotiate contracts between the Association and INTERSPEECH organizing committees, and provide organizational support and guidance for INTERSPEECH organizing committees. See separate guidelines for INTERSPEECH conferences


8.1. An INTERSPEECH Technical Program Committee (TPC) shall be formed for each INTERSPEECH conference in order to administer the review process and to establish the program.

8.2. The TPC will be chaired by the Technical Program Chair of the INTERSPEECH conference.

8.3. The TPC shall have no more than 25 members.

8.4. The ISCA Board member responsible for Scientific Diversity shall be a member of the TPC. Some ISCA board members should be included in the TPC, since they can help the organizer in many ways during the review and the conference itself, due to the experience they have from previous conferences.

8.5. The other members of the TPC shall be suggested by the INTERSPEECH Organizing Committee and approved by the ISCA Board. The TPC members should be chosen to achieve a proper balance between the various scientific and technical areas, taking into account the typical number of submissions in each area. The TPC members should be well-known experts, with a good track record as reviewer coordinators, so that their names contribute to the attraction of participants. In addition, some amount of balance with regard to geographical region and gender should be sought.


9.1 The Board approves the membership of the organizing committees for special events such as ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshops (ITRW), and for ongoing activities such as Special Interest Groups (SIG) and Regional Chapters (RC).

9.2 ISCA Technical Committee: a permanent committee composed mostly of Board members, to advise on the review process for INTERSPEECH.

9.3 ISCA Committees: members of the Board participate in the following committees: Special Interest Group, Publication and Archive, Web, Training and Education, Technical, Communication, Election, Electronic Access, Grants and Awards, Fellow, ISCA Student Advisory, Workshop, Distinguished Lecture, Industry; many of these have non-Board members as well.


10.1 The function of a SIG is to encourage interest and activity in specific topic areas within the broad field of the Association. The function of an RC is to encourage interest and activity in the field of the Association within a specific region. The activities of SIGs and RCs may include workshops, special conference sessions, dedicated web pages and other schemes that might be proposed. A SIG can have a single scientific focus, but could also have a wider scope and relate to language or member status.

10.2 The establishment of a SIG or RC shall be approved by the Board.

10.3 Before it is approved, a candidate SIG or RC is given one year in which to organize itself and to meet the requirements of the by-laws.

10.4 Each SIG and RC shall have a statement of purpose and a constitution, approved by the Board, and shall be designated as an "ISCA Special Interest Group on ", or "ISCA Regional Chapter for".

10.5 A SIG or RC shall have a committee of at least two elected officers - Chairperson and Secretary - and elections shall be held for these positions every two years. These two officers must be members of ISCA. Re-election is possible but consecutive appointments are limited to four successive terms. The election procedure must be specified in the constitution.

10.6 Each SIG and RC shall appoint a Liaison Representative (who may be one of the officers) who shall be responsible for communication with members of the SIG or RC and with the Board.

10.7 Each SIG and RC committee shall provide a written annual report to the Board before 1st July each year.

10.8 A SIG's or RC's statement of purpose, current officer information, and annual report shall be published on the web pages of the Association.

10.9 Each SIG and RC may have access to the membership list of the Association, and SIG and RC announcements may be included in normal publicity of the Association.

10.10 A SIG or RC must have at least twenty-five members, and it shall maintain a list of its members and supply this to the Board along with its annual report. It is not obligatory for a member of a SIG or RC to be member of the Association. However, membership of the Association should be encouraged by the SIG or RC.

10.11 A SIG may hold workshops in conjunction with conferences of the Association (independent of other workshops it may hold).

10.12 A SIG or RC may decide whether an event organized by them is an ISCA event or not. Only in case of an ISCA event, ISCA membership rules shall apply. 10.13 The Association will not provide any automatic financial support for a SIG or RC. Each SIG and RC must cover its own running costs, and any significant proposed expenditure must be approved by the Board. A SIG or RC may apply to the Board for an annual budget - not to subsidize events, but as an advance on costs.

10.14 A SIG or RC is not required to solicit subscriptions from its members. Any proposal to support a SIG or RC via membership subscriptions must be explicitly approved by the Board.

10.15 Profits from any activity organized by a SIG or RC will be shared in equal parts by the organizers, the SIG or RC, and the Association.

10.16 A SIG or RC must obtain Board approval for any activities sponsored jointly with any organization(s) other than ISCA.

10.17 The Board may approve the establishment of a SIG or RC jointly with other organizations. In that case, at least two members of the SIG or RC committee should be member of the Association, one of whom should be the Liaison Representative. All by-law articles on an ISCA SIG or RC should apply to a joint SIG or RC, respectively. Participants in SIG or RC activities should be members of at least one of the organizations that established the SIG or RC.

10.18 The Board may choose to close a SIG or RC at any time on grounds such as failure to adhere to the required procedures, inactivity over a period of years, or divergence from the interests of the Association

10.19 “Summer Schools”: each year the Board will consider funding (amount of about 10 000 euros per school)



11.1 The Board may approve the establishment of cooperative relationships with other national and international organizations, and would seek to obtain special dispensations for the members of those organizations.


13. Honors

13.1 ISCA Medalist: each year the Board will select the ISCA Medalist from among candidates submitted in nominations by any member of the Board or the IAC.  Each candidacy must have supporting material (e.g., a brief CV).  A nomination form is available at the ISCA website; the deadline each year is listed at the site as well.

13.2 ISCA Service Medal: each year the Board will decide whether to present an ISCA Service Medal to an ISCA member who has provided extraordinary service to ISCA over his or her career.  If so decided, nominations are solicited from the Board or the IAC, and the Board chooses the medalist.  Each candidacy must have supporting material (e.g., a brief CV).  A nomination form is available from the ISCA Secretary. Unlike the annual ISCA Medal, the Service Medal is exceptional and presented rarely, e.g., typically once a decade.  

13.3 ISCA board members are not eligible for any ISCA awards or honors, including ISCA Fellow, during their term in the Board.

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