The organization is governed by the presidents which are elected for a period of two years. To ensure continuity within ISIS´s guidance the actual President is surrounded by an Immediate Past President and a President Elect. After the cycle of two years a new President Elect is nominated, the actual President Elect becomes President and the President becomes Immediate Past President.


The Vice-Presidents are elected for one period, but can be reelected for unlimited cycles. Each Vice-President is in charge of a special field of activity which is essential for ISIS. He will develop the main strategic direction to establish and run this field successfully, as well as set up its operation together with the secretariat. As the field manager the basic decisions are dedicated to him.


The President is the main representative of ISIS. He is ISIS’s ambassador in the public and conducts ISIS’s activities during his period. Together with the Vice-President for Protocol and the Vice-President for Funds he is an authorized signatory of the organization. It isagreed that the President will host one international conference on information studies at the end of his election period.

Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Sweden)

Immediate Past President

The Immediate Past President will hand over his experience of ISIS´s development within the last two years to the actual President and President Elect to ensure continuity of ISIS progress. Together with the other Presidents he is ensuring the improvement of ISIS as an organization.

Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Austria)

President Elect

The President Elect will become President after the end of the current period. To prepare his period of Presidency he is supporting the actual President in shaping the future development strategy of the organization.

Terrence Deaconc (USA)

Vice-President for Protocol

The Vice-President for Protocol is in charge of the internal organization, operation and legal representation. Together with the President and Vice-President for Funds he is an authorized signatory of the organization.

Pedro Marijuán (Spain)

Vice-President for Funds

The Vice-President for Funds is in charge of the expedient usage of funds including the internal and external reporting. Together with the President and Vice-President for Protocol he is an authorized signatory of the organization.

Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Austria)

Vice-President for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity

Multi- and interdisciplinary scientific approaches remain within their frameworks of disciplinary research. The concept of transdisciplinarity exceeds the multi- and interdisciplinary approach by integrating different disciplinary perspectives as well as aspects of applied science and considers socio-political questions beside the scientific analytical processes. It includes stakeholders by active collaboration to ensure a holistic view of knowledge.Transdisciplinarity is a guiding principle for the co-operation of ISIS members, governed by the Vice President for this subject.

Joseph Brenner (Switzerland)

Vice-President for Institutional Membership

Following the guiding principal of transdisciplinarity, ISIS aims to focus not only on research institutions, but also is inviting other public and non public organizations to participate on ISIS´s activities as active institutional members. The Vice President for Institutional Membership is in charge of shaping this strategy to ensure the openness of the society to all those who want to participate on a high level research in the field of information and apply the results to day to day life.

Xueshan Yan (China)

Vice-President for Special Interest Groups

As the field of information studies is a widely spread area, touching almost all scientific disciplines, ISIS´s activities have to be structured in core areas, based on the interests of ISIS´s members. These Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are working groups, which assemble around specific issues of relevance to ISIS and build the professional organizational frame of the society.

Peter Fleissner (Austria)

Vice-President for Regional Chapters

ISIS, as a global organization, has to face a lot of challenges resulting from geographical and cultural differences of its members. To cover the regional aspects of a scientific collaboration in a professional way, the Vice-President for Regional Chapters will shape the geographical organizational frame of the society.

Tadashi Takenochi (Japan)

Vice-President for Archives

Providing a representative knowledge base of scientific findings in the field of information studies to an international audience is an ambiguous target which has to be developed step by step and maintained continuously. ISIS provides the service to present the scientific findings of its members, but to give an representative overview regarding the field of information studies collaboration with other medias is necessary as well. The Vice-President for Archives develops the policy and ensures the growth of the archive.

Wu Kun (China)

Vice-President for Research

ISIS aims to carry out own research especially in the field of the fundamentals of information science in order to support the aim of establishing information science as a field of its own. To govern ISIS´s policy in its own research activities the Vice-President for Research trigger all research activities.

Søren Brier (Denmark)

Vice-President for Educational Affairs

Information science as a field of its own requires the building of a systematic edifice of teachings as well as foundations for curricula. ISIS will support its development coordinated by the Vice-President for Educational Affairs.

Yagmur Denizhan (Turkey)

Vice-President for Conferences

ISIS will host one conference for Information Studies during one election period of a President. Additionally ISIS is supporting its members by organizing conferences on their request. The Vice-President for Conferences is the contact person for all of these activities, managing the services provided and ensuring best practice to those we support.

Luis Emilio Bruni (Denmark)

Vice-President for Publications

ISIS offers the possibility of publishing open source contributions to their members. To ensure a fair balance between openness to enable a wide range of interdisciplinary discussion and the demand of scientific pertinence the Vice-President for Publications will ensure this requirement by managing the publishing activities.

Mark Burgin (USA)

Vice-President for Communication

To fulfill the requirement of a global, interdisciplinary, scientific organization the aspect of communication becomes a central point in its success. Efficient communication exceeds the usual provision and transmission of information. Globalization and interdisciplinarity necessitates a strategy of managing this information in a way that the content reaches the specific recipient and understanding is guaranteed. The Vice-President for Communication is in charge of developing ISIS´s communication strategy considering content and addressees as well as the technical tools and platforms.

José María Díaz Nafría (Spain)