WAS is renewing its strategic plan and we
welcome your feedback……..
mid-year meeting held in Forteleza in Brazil 11-15 November 2015, the WAS
Board’s Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee met for two days, accompanied by the
majority of Board members, to develop the outline for the Society’s Strategic Plan
for the next five years (2016-2020). The
committee identified six higher level strategic goals on which the Board and
staff will focus effort in the coming five years. The committee also identified seven second
level goals representing continued focus on efforts initiated over the last 5
WAS exists to serve its members and we welcome input and feedback on our development and so present here a summary of these draft strategic goals. We welcome your feedback on these goals and will continue to seek your input as the plan develops over the next 3 months. Please take our online survey [here] to provide feedback or write directly to the WAS home office.
Updated Mission Statement
World Aquaculture Society (WAS) is the global leader in aquaculture science,
contributing to the growth and development of aquaculture. We serve as a primary facilitator of
information exchange, technology transfer, policy development, and
communication between all sectors engaged in aquaculture
HIGHER LEVEL STRATEGIC GOALS
Increase membership and
Increase membership by a minimum of 25% in the next 5 years through improved
understanding of regional requirements from professional society membership and
targeted initiatives in regions and countries.
Implement the re-invigoration
Plan for the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.
Targeting JWAS to become a leading aquaculture
journal with a 10% improvement in member satisfaction and an impact factor
greater than 1.5 by 2020.
Deliver an effective,
efficient and consistent communication platform that supports and enhances the
WAS brand, Vison and Mission
Improve communication with our diverse
membership through a range of traditional and modern media with a consistent
message that enhances our brand and meets identified member needs.
Further develop a
conference and meeting strategy that delivers a consistent approach to
continuous improvement in transferring quality science and technology,
knowledge and education to benefit the members and the aquaculture industry at
Enhance member satisfaction with WAS
conferences and expand attendees at a wider diversity of events targeting the varied
needs of the aquaculture community.
Develop a comprehensive
plan to address the succession of the executive director and event management
roles within the society and develop and implement an employee performance
Assess risk associated with eventual succession
of key WAS staff and further develop HR policies.
Exhibit leadership in
the critical issues facing the aquaculture industry
Develop society functions to further support
industry members including the development of Communities of Practice.
SECOND LEVEL STRATEGIC GOALS
of WAS publications to align with membership demands
professionals and students for their contributions to aquaculture using a
consistent, coordinated process that distinguishes criteria for selection and
expectations of the award that ensures diversity of awardees.
Develop mechanisms to
effectively engage students in WAS activities to increase student membership
and increase transition rates of student members to full members
Enhance linkages and alliances with aquaculture and related
Develop consistent and effective strategy for Chapters to
support the Society and contribute to increased membership
Ensure global representation in the Society’s governance
Maintain a sustainable business model