Guidelines for Selection of Task Group Members

Most ICRP Task Group (TG) members are selected from among applicants to an open call. This is usually a highly competitive process, with many more applicants than available positions. This guidance helps ensure a consistent approach to the selection of TG members.

  • The first criteria for selection of TG members must be their ability to contribute to the work based on their expertise, experience, communication skills, availability, and dedication to the task.
  • ICRP benefits from a diverse global membership. Given similar qualifications, candidates from under-represented regions of the world (e.g., Africa, Caribbean, Central/South America, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Oceania) are preferred.
  • ICRP benefits from gender diversity. As a substantial majority of current members are male, given similar qualifications, female and non-binary candidates are preferred.
  • ICRP benefits from new and younger members. Consideration should be given to including younger and less well-known candidates. Knowledge of ICRP work is essential, but prior experience working with ICRP is not a requirement.
  • ICRP benefits from the important role of Committees in oversight and quality control of TG work. Very few (much less than half) of the members of a TG should be Committee members. At least one TG member (not necessarily, but often, the Chair) must be a member of the Main Commission or a Committee. It is generally good practice for the TG Chair or Vice-Chair to be a member of the responsible Committee.
  • TG membership should have a reasonable geographic mix and gender diversity, not have too many people from a country/region, and only exceptionally have more than one member from the same institute.
  • TGs usually consist of about 10-15 members depending on the nature of the expertise needed and work to be undertaken. This is a typical range, not a minimum and maximum.
  • Although the top priority of a TG is to fulfil the mandate specified in its Terms of Reference, TGs are also a way to bring new members into ICRP and can be a proving ground for possible future Committee membership.