Eric Carstens: new life member of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)
Life membership is an honorary appointment in recognition of outstanding service to virus taxonomy. Life members have voting rights in the ratification of taxonomic proposals, when changes to the ICTV Statutes or Rules are proposed, and in elections to positions on the Executive Committee.
Eric first joined the Executive Committee in 1993 as chair of the Invertebrate Virus Subcommittee, in which role he served for 6 years. He then contributed as an elected member of the committee for a further 6 years. After this, he was elected as Vice-President for 3 years and finally as President and Treasurer for 6 years until 2014. This period of continuous service for 21 years makes him the longest-serving Executive Committee member in the 50 year history of the ICTV. The stability, efficiency and good humour that he brought to the roles of Vice-President and President were particularly appreciated by his colleagues on the Executive Committee. Life membership will help Eric to continue his involvement with virus taxonomy.
Michael J Adams (ICTV Secretary)
Andrew J Davison (ICTV President)