What is IDA

Political organisation

IDA is a non-partisan organisation consisting of two political bodies and an elected president for a period of three years.

The Board of Representatives

IDA’s Board of Representatives is the society’s supreme authority. The Board of Representatives consists of 65 people elected by the society’s voting members.

The Board of Representatives appoints an Executive Committee, which deals with the society’s administration on behalf of the Board of Representatives.

The Chairman of the Board of Representatives convenes meetings of the Board during the second and fourth quarters of the year, and at other times when the Chairman or a majority of the members of the Executive Committee deem this to be necessary.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee deals with the society’s administration on behalf of the Board of Representatives.

The Executive Committee consists of the Chairman of the Society, who is elected by the Board of Representatives, together with 14 other members with deputies who are elected by and from among the Board of Representatives’ members by proportional representation from lists of candidates.

The Executive Committee shall:

  • Establish frameworks and guidelines for the society. 
  • Make decisions on issues concerning the society’s policies.
  • Decide on fundamental and general matters.
  • Assume overall control of the society on behalf of the Board of Representatives.
  • Prepare IDA’s budget for approval by the Board of Representatives.
  • Agree on goals and frameworks, and prepare budgets for regional and professional work.
  • Deal with matters relating to pay, employment and pension conditions for those members not covered by membership categories 1-4.

The Executive Committee is also responsible for the political harmonisation and coordination of the work relating to appointing committees, etc., including the relevant parts of the society involved in drawing up and implementing policies.

IDA's Policy Work

IDA is politically independent and engages in a wide range of political issues that affect the work and the role of engineers and science professionals in society.

IDA’s goal is to be an influential, high profile society. Several politically appointed committees ensure that the views and objectives of our society become known and are made visible in areas ranging from education policy, equal opportunity, industrial and labour market policies, work environment and research and technology.

We aim to promote technology and the significance of our members’ skills and work to make sure the voice of engineers and science professionals will have an impact on political processes.

IDA’s duties in relation to individual members and the profession as a whole are dealt with by a number of committees, which are appointed by and report to IDA’s Executive Committee.