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Articles of the ITI

Rev. April 21, 2018

I. Name, domicile, purpose

Article 1: Name, domicile

Under the name of ITI International Team for Implantology (Internationales Team für Implantologie) (referred to as the ITI), there is an Association pursuant to these Articles of Association and Art. 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. The domicile of the Association is in Basel, Switzerland.

Article 2: Purpose

The objectives of the ITI are the promotion and dissemination of knowledge about implant dentistry and its related fields through education, research and interpersonal exchange.

These objectives are achieved through the ITI Philosophy, which encompasses scientific credibility, independence and a sense of responsibility towards the patient through a non-profit academic organization of clinicians and researchers in a scientific alliance.

The Association has solely charitable objectives and is politically and denominationally neutral. The official language of the ITI is English.

II. Membership

Article 3: General prerequisite

Natural persons with the relevant qualifications as defined in Article 5, who are interested in participating in all aspects of the ITI community, can be admitted as Members or Fellows of the ITI.

Article 4: Categories of membership

There are different categories of membership, including:

  1. Members
  2. Postgraduate Members
  3. Fellows
  4. Senior Fellows
  5. Honorary Fellows

Additional categories may be added as necessary upon approval by the Board of Directors.

Article 5: Requirements for ITI membership

Membership is open to professionals with an expressed interest in any facet of implant dentistry and its related fields who wish to participate in the ITI and abide by its principles and obligations. Membership, while registered internationally with ITI Headquarters in Basel, is primarily based upon local and/or regional participation in ITI activities.

The ITI accepts candidates for membership on the basis of their professional qualifications. An applicant must be a dentist, physician, PhD scientist, certified dental technician, registered dental hygienist or a registered professional working in a field connected to implant dentistry and related tissue regeneration with a countryspecific qualification.

To qualify for postgraduate membership, applicants must fulfill the above criteria and be currently enrolled in a full-time postgraduate course at a university or educational institution offering postgraduate programs leading to a recognized dental specialization. Applicants for postgraduate membership must provide written confirmation of their status in English, issued by the university or education provider. Applicants are only eligible for postgraduate membership while enrolled in such a program. 

All further references to “Members” in this document also include and apply to Postgraduate Members.

Article 6: Requirements for ITI fellowship

To be nominated to the category of Fellow in the ITI, a candidate must demonstrate a high level of activity in at least one of the following areas: Education, research or leadership in a professional dental organization.

Nominations for fellowship may only be made by ITI Fellows with at least four years seniority. Each nomination must be supported by two additional ITI Fellows. The nominator is responsible for the coordination of the support letters. Before submitting the nomination and support letters, the nominator must discuss each nomination with the Section Leadership Team of the country in which the candidate will reside after being granted fellowship. The nominator and both supporters must provide letters of nomination or support, respectively, to ITI Headquarters. The letters must provide details of the candidate’s high level of activity in one of the designated areas. A current curriculum vitae of the candidate must accompany the nomination letter.

ITI Headquarters reviews all nominations for completeness and compliance with the fellowship nomination process and provides the Board of Directors with its feedback.

Nominees for fellowship must be recognized as being supportive of the ITI, its objectives and philosophy.

The nominee must demonstrate a high level of activity in one of the following areas: 

  • Education: Dental implant education, whether institutionally based or in the area of organized continuing education.
  • Research: A documented record of publication in scientific/peer-reviewed journals on subjects relating to the general area of implant dentistry.
  • Leadership: Leadership in international, national or regional dental professional organizations.

Fellows who retire from professional activities become Senior Fellows upon notification of ITI Headquarters.

Persons who have achieved particular merit in service to the ITI may be appointed Honorary Fellows upon nomination by a Fellow and unanimity of the Board of Directors.

Article 7: Reversion, resignation and expulsion 

Membership or fellowship is cancelled following:

  1. The resignation of a Member or Fellow. ITI Headquarters must be notified of this resignation in writing. Dues for the year in which the resignation was submitted must be paid.
  2. Expulsion. The Board of Directors, upon the motion of a Fellow, may expel Members or Fellows who act against the interests of the ITI, are convicted of a felony or violate the Articles of the Association. The expulsion can take place without disclosure of the reason. If the annual fee has not been paid by the due date specified by the Board of Directors, member- or fellowship is automatically cancelled.

Article 8: Rights and obligations of Members and Fellows

Members and Fellows, including Honorary and Senior Fellows, have the following rights
and obligations:

  1. The principles of treatment established by the ITI are to be respected by Members and Fellows.
  2. Members and Fellows commit themselves to a friendly and loyal spirit among colleagues.
  3. The progress achieved in implant dentistry by individual Members or Fellows in practical or scientific fields should be made available to all Members and Fellows of the ITI. The Fellows must endeavor to support one another as much as possible.
  4. Members and Fellows are to pay the agreed dues within the time period set by the Board of Directors. Honorary Fellows are exempt from due contributions; Senior Fellows are exempted upon written notification of their change in status. 
  5. Members and Fellows are to attend Section meetings, national ITI Congresses and World Symposia whenever possible. In addition, Fellows are to attend the ITI Annual Meetings whenever possible.
  6. Fellows, including Senior and Honorary Fellows, possess voting rights and have the right to submit motions at the General Assembly. Members do not have the right to submit motions or vote at the General Assembly.
  7. Only Fellows are eligible for appointment as members of the Association’s Board of Directors and committees. Exceptions may be made if unique qualifications for a given office are required.
  8. Fellows who are active on the Board of Directors or a committee must agree that the intellectual property rights relating to ideas exchanged at meetings of such committees belong to the ITI.

III. Organization of the Association

Article 9: Executive organs

The executive organs of the Association are:

  1. The General Assembly
  2. The Board of Directors
  3. The Auditors

a) The General Assembly

Article 10: Powers of the General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest body of the Association. The General Assembly comprises Fellows, Senior Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The General Assembly has the following powers:

  1. To approve the Annual Report of the President and the annual financial statements (including profit and loss statement as well as balance sheet); 
  2. To discharge the members of the Board of Directors;
  3. To approve the annual dues for Members and Fellows in Swiss Francs* as proposed by the Board of Directors;
  4. To elect and recall the President nominated by the Board of Directors;
  5. To elect and recall the President-elect and four Board members nominated by the Board of Directors;
  6. To elect and recall the Auditors;
  7. To adopt and amend the Articles of the Association;
  8. To pass resolutions regarding issues which are reserved for the General Assembly by law or the Articles of Association or are submitted by the Board of Directors;
  9. To dissolve the Association

* Annual dues may be collected in currencies other than Swiss Francs as determined by the Board of Directors. The exact amount in the individual currencies is assessed annually based on currency exchange rates as well as purchasing power parity and may be adapted.

Article 11: Ordinary and extraordinary General Assembly

The ordinary General Assembly convenes every year for the annual meeting of the Fellows of the ITI. An extraordinary General Assembly is summoned either by the Board of Directors or based upon a motion submitted by one fifth of the Fellows or based upon a motion submitted by the Auditors. 

The Board of Directors is required to convene an extraordinary General Assembly within 60 days after such a motion has been submitted.

Article 12: Convening of the General Assembly

To convene the General Assembly, written notification, including the agenda, must be sent out by the Board of Directors with advance notice of at least 28 days. 

Article 13: Organization of the General Assembly

The General Assembly is presided over by the President, and in his/her absence, by the Past President or President-elect or another member of the Board of Directors.

Minutes must be kept on the sessions of the General Assembly, which are to be signed by the President and the author of the minutes.

Article 14: Resolutions of the General Assembly

The ordinary and extraordinary General Assemblies are deemed duly constituted regardless of the number of Fellows present. Decisions and elections at the General Assembly are determined by a simple majority of the votes recorded. In the case of a tie vote, the vote of the President decides. To adopt and amend the Articles of the Association and for the dissolution of the Association, a two-thirds majority of the cast votes is required.

Decisions and elections are generally taken by a show of hands. A secret ballot can be requested by a single Fellow.

b) The Board of Directors

Article 15: Composition of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of:

  1. The President
  2. The Past President or President-elect
  3. 4 Fellows at large
  4. The Chairpersons of the ITI Comittees
  5. 1 person representing the Board of Directors of the Straumann Holding A (hereinafter “Straumann”)
  6. 1 person representing the management of Straumann

Article 16: Election and appointment of the Board of Directors

The President, the President-elect and four Fellows are nominated by the Board of Directors and elected by the General Assembly. The Chairpersons are appointed by the Board of Directors as Chairpersons of the respective committees and are, in their capacity as Chairpersons, members of the Board of Directors. The two members representing the Straumann Board of Directors and management are appointed by Straumann. With the exception of Straumann appointees, only Fellows can be members of the Board of Directors. All members have the right to vote.

The term as a member of the Board of Directors is limited to four years. With the exception of the President, the members may serve one additional term of office (max. eight years in total); no term limitation applies to Straumann representatives. The President cannot be re-elected for a second term.

After a four-year term of office, the President serves for two additional years on the Board of Directors as Past President. After these two years, he/she leaves and a President-elect is nominated by the Board of Directors. The nomination is announced to the General Assembly and the nominated President-elect must be approved by the General Assembly at the Annual General Meeting two years before the end of the current President’s term. The President-elect then assumes the position of President at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting two years later. Should the General Assembly not approve the Board’s nominee, the Board of Directors will nominate an alternate candidate who must be approved by the General Assembly at the Annual General Meeting in the following year.

Article 17: Powers of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is entrusted with the direction of the Association as well as the supervision of ITI Headquarters and its management. The duties of the Board of Directors include in particular:

  1. To manage the Association and issue the necessary directives and regulations;
  2. To determine the organization of the Association, in particular the organization of ITI Headquarters, as outlined in the Articles of Association;
  3. To approve strategies for all ITI activities;
  4. To approve the annual financial statements and budget;
  5. To approve new Fellows;
  6. To appoint the Committee Chairpersons and committee members with the exception of the Straumann representatives, and to nominate the President and President-elect, as provided by the Articles of Association;
  7. To appoint the Editor-in-Chief of the ITI’s journal “Forum Implantologicum”;
  8. To appoint, appraise and dismiss the Executive Director of the ITI and to grant signatory power;
  9. To allocate funds to the ITI Committees and projects;
  10. To approve all annual budgets;
  11. To handle all Association matters that do not fall within the jurisdiction of the General Assembly.

The President and the Past President or President-elect each have signatory power when countersigned by another member of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is empowered to delegate certain powers and responsibilities to its President, to one or several members of the Board of Directors, to committees, task forces or to the management of ITI Headquarters by enacting appropriate regulations and/or directives. All regulations, guidelines, handbooks and similar publications issued and/or amended by the committees are to be approved by the Board of Directors.

Article 18: Organization of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets as often as business requires, called by the President or, in his/her absence, by the Past President or President-elect, or when one member of the Board asks for a meeting. The agenda for the meeting is to be announced in writing at least 10 days before the meeting. All necessary supplementary material to the agenda should be submitted at the same time.

Decisions of the Board of Directors are taken by the absolute majority of the members present. A meeting is duly constituted when the majority of its members are present. In the case of a tie, the President has a casting vote. The Board of Directors can pass decisions and resolutions by means of circulation (letter, fax, email, etc.) by a majority of its members, unless a member demands an oral discussion. Minutes of the decision and resolutions of the Board of Directors are to be kept.

The management of ITI Headquarters as well as the necessary secretarial assistance may participate in the meetings of the Board of Directors at the discretion of the Board of Directors without the right to vote.

Article 19: Remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors are entitled to reimbursement of expenses incurred when active in the interests of the Association and to compensation corresponding to their activities, as determined by the Board of Directors itself.

Article 20: Officers

The officers of the ITI comprise the President, the Past President and the Presidentelect. The terms of their office are defined in Article 16. At no point do the Past President and President-elect serve at the same time. In the absence of the President, the Past President or the President-elect takes on his/her role.

Article 21: Powers and duties of the President

The President has the following duties and powers:

  1. To call meetings of the General Assembly and Board of Directors;
  2. To set the agenda and request reports for all meetings of the General Assembly and Board of Directors;
  3. To preside over all meetings of the General Assembly and Board of Directors;
  4. To provide a casting vote on resolutions of the General Assembly and Board of Directors only in the case of a tie vote (tiebreaker);
  5. To charge committees with tasks through their chairpersons;
  6. To serve as an official ITI spokesperson to external persons/groups;
  7. To serve as an official ITI spokesperson at ITI Congresses.

c) The Auditors

Article 22: Election of the Auditors and their duties

The General Assembly elects one or several independent persons as Auditors. Legal entities and auditing companies may be elected as Auditors. The tenure is for one year; re-election is possible.

Unless an ordinary audit is required by Swiss law, the Auditors undertake a limited statutory examination of the financial statements in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Act on the Amendment of the Swiss Civil Code (Part Five: The Code of Obligations) and present a written report and motion for the attention of the General Assembly on the result of their examination.

IV. Committees

a) Research Committee and Research Steering Group

Article 23: Composition of the Research Committee and the Research Steering Group

The Research Committee consists of a maximum of ten members: the Chairperson and up to eight Fellows, all of whom are appointed by the Board of Directors, and one Straumann representative appointed by Straumann. The Research Steering Group consists of a maximum of four members: the Chairperson of the Research Committee, up to two Fellows, ideally all members of the Research Committee, and one Straumann representative appointed by Straumann. The Chairperson and Fellows are appointed for a four-year period and may be re-appointed for one additional term of office (maximum eight years in total). In exceptional circumstances, the term of office may be extended. No term limitation applies to the Straumann representative. If appropriate, the Research Committee and the Research Steering Group may appoint consultants with specific expertise.

Article 24: Tasks of the Research Committee and the Research Steering Group

The tasks of the Research Committee are:

  1. To define research priorities and the scope of activities;
  2. To evaluate grant applications and allocate grants;
  3. To supervise research awards and prizes;
  4. To provide recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the definition and implementation of regulations concerning intellectual property rights of research results;
  5. To define and implement appropriate strategies and tools to actively promote the ITI’s research funding activities;
  6. To submit an annual report and budget to the Board of Directors.

The tasks of the Research Steering Group are:

  1. To identify, promote and direct cutting-edge research in implant dentistry;
  2. To develop RFPs (Request For Proposal);
  3. To take new technologies into consideration, identify potential collaborators and to help develop protocols for Board approval;
  4. To liaise with Straumann regarding their research.

b) Education Committee

Article 25: Composition of the Education Committee

The Education Committee consists of a maximum of ten members: the Chairperson and up to eight Fellows, all of whom are appointed by the Board of Directors, and one Straumann representative appointed by Straumann. With the exception of the Straumann representative, ideally all members of the Education Committee are Section Education Delegates. The Chairperson and Fellows are appointed for a four-year period and may be reappointed for one additional term of office (maximum eight years in total). In exceptional circumstances, the term of office may be extended. No term limitation applies to the Straumann representative.

Article 26: Tasks of the Education Committee

The tasks of the Education Committee are:

  1. To disseminate knowledge about the fundamental principles and the latest knowledge from research and development in implant dentistry and related fields including tissue regeneration;
  2. To ensure the highest possible standards of further education and to provide a broader public with access to ITI treatment methods at both a local and global level;
  3. To coordinate educational products, tools and activities and develop educational concepts, curricula and speaker support material;
  4. To analyze and assess ITI education activities and products and to define parameters to measure their success;
  5. To regularly organize Consensus Conferences. The results of these conferences are to be published in the form of ITI Consensus Papers and in a form as determined by the Board of Directors;
  6. To regularly organize ITI World Symposia and to oversee the organization of national ITI Congresses;
  7. To establish and maintain guidelines and principles for Fellows and Members who represent the ITI as speakers as part of the ITI’s continuing medical education activities;
  8. To maintain a register of official ITI Speakers, who must be ITI Fellows or Members and qualified scientists, educators, clinicians or dental technicians. The Education Committee regularly updates the list of such speakers;
  9. To oversee ITI Study Club activities and to implement educational content to be disseminated among Study Clubs worldwide;
  10. To submit an annual report and budget to the Board of Directors.

The Education Committee works very closely with local partners. This collaboration is based upon a detailed agreement between both partners.

c) Section Management Committee

Article 27: Composition of the Section Management Committee

The Section Management Committee consists of a maximum of four members: the Chairperson and up to two Fellows, all of whom are appointed by the Board of Directors, and one Straumann representative appointed by Straumann. With the exception of the Straumann representative, ideally all members of the Section Management Committee are Section Chairpersons. The Chairperson and Fellows are appointed for a four-year period and may be re-appointed for one additional term of office (maximum eight years in total). In exceptional circumstances, the term of office may be extended. No term limitation applies to the Straumann representative.

Article 28: Tasks of the Section Management Committee

The tasks of the Section Management Committee are:

  1. To oversee Section administration and Section activities;
  2. To establish clear expectations for outcomes of Section activities;
  3. To establish budget guidelines and budget distribution models;
  4. To align Section activities with the ITI’s overarching strategies and goals;
  5. To assess the activities of each individual Section;
  6. To evaluate applications for establishment of new Sections, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors;
  7. To coach Sections;
  8. To define and screen membership-related processes;
  9. To define and evaluate the benefits package for Fellows and Members;
  10. To submit an annual report and budget to the Board of Directors.

d) Leadership Development Committee

Article 29: Composition of the Leadership Development Committee

The Leadership Development Committee consists of a maximum of six members: the Chairperson and up to four Fellows, all of whom are appointed by the Board of Directors, and one Straumann representative appointed by Straumann. The Chairperson and Fellows are appointed for a four-year period and may be re-appointed for one additional term of office (maximum eight years in total). In exceptional circumstances, the term of office may be extended. No term limitation applies to the Straumann representative.

Article 30: Tasks of the Leadership Development Committee

The tasks of the Leadership Development Committee are:

  1. To evaluate Scholarship applications and select ITI Scholars;
  2. To call for and evaluate applications for new ITI Scholarship Centers and make recommendations to the Board;
  3. To regularly evaluate the ITI Scholarship Program, including existing ITI Scholarship Centers, and make recommendations to the Board;
  4. To define measures and programs to direct former Scholars to the ITI and to guide them to leading positions in ITI Sections as well as internationally and as ITI Speakers;
  5. To identify ambassadors who act as mentors in their academic centers for young faculty members to support their development within the ITI;
  6. To submit an annual report and budget to the Board of Directors.

V. ITI Headquarters

Article 31: ITI Headquarters and its duties

ITI Headquarters is a service and coordination office for the ITI and its bodies.

The Board of Directors appoints an Executive Director to oversee the management of ITI Headquarters and grants signatory power. The Executive Director’s task is to assure the effective organization and administration of all ITI activities in order to support the implementation of the objectives, philosophy, policies and procedures of the ITI. ITI Headquarters also acts as the interface to Straumann.

The Executive Director has direct authority for the staffing requirement and staff performance within ITI Headquarters and is responsible for presenting a report on staffing annually to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director prepares a business plan for a duration specified by the Board of Directors and is responsible for presenting the plan and an evaluation of its implementation annually to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director submits an annual report and budget to the Board of Directors.

VI. National and Regional Sections

Article 32: Purpose and composition of national and regional Sections

For purposes of educational training and exchange of knowledge, the Board of Directors establishes national or regional Sections upon application to ITI Headquarters and recommendation from the Section Management Committee.

National and regional Sections comprise Members and Fellows of the ITI. Fellows and Members are affiliated with a specific ITI Section defined by the correspondence address submitted. Fellows and Members are free to participate in the activities of any ITI Section.

National or regional Sections are managed by a Section Leadership Team that is responsible for the organization and coordination of all Section activities. The Section Leadership Team comprises up to five members, depending on Section size. Three categories of size (small, medium and large) are defined by the Board of Directors. The Section Leadership Team of every Section includes a Section Chairperson, Education Delegate and Section Manager. Medium-sized and large Sections also include a Study Club Coordinator. In addition, large Sections have a Communications Officer. The Section Chairperson, Education Delegate, Study Club Coordinator and Communications Officer are all being Fellows from that Section and elected by the Fellows of the Section. The Section Manager is appointed by Straumann after having proposed such candidate to the ITI. The responsibility of the Section Manager is to manage all organizational matters of the Section in close coordination with Section leadership.

The Section Chairperson is responsible for upholding the objectives, philosophy and adherence to the Articles of the ITI. The Chairperson is required to prepare regular reports on the Section’s activities. ITI Headquarters acts as the liaison office between the Sections and the Section Management Committee.

The Section Chairperson is also responsible for encouraging local professionals with an expressed interest in any facet of implant dentistry and its related fields to become Members and is responsible for the local acceptance of such professionals as Members.

The Education Delegate is responsible for the development of an education program according to the scientific principles established by the central ITI Education Committee.

The Education Delegate is also responsible for speaker approval for continuing medical education courses. ITI Speakers are ITI Fellows or Members who provide lecturing/teaching services as part of the ITI’s activities. When carrying out this function, Speakers are representatives of the ITI and are required to present their work in the spirit of the ITI Philosophy and according to the principles outlined in the ITI Consensus Papers.

The Study Club Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and supporting the various Study Clubs within a Section as well as evaluating and suggesting new Study Clubs for the Section. The Study Club Coordinator is the link between the Education Committee and the Section’s Study Club Directors. In small Sections, the duties and responsibilities of the Study Club Coordinator are handled by the Education Delegate.

The Study Club Coordinator is required to prepare regular reports on Section Study Club activities.

The Communications Officer is responsible for providing regular Section reports to the Forum Implantologicum, keeping the Section website up to date, moderating the Section Forum on the ITInet and promoting the ITInet and its content as well as conducting regional public relations activities. In small and medium-sized Sections, the duties and responsibilities of the Communications Officer are handled by the Section Manager. 

The Chairperson, Education Delegate, Study Club Coordinator and Communications Officer are elected by the Fellows of the Section at the Fellow Meeting. Section officers may serve a total of three four-year terms of office overall, and must rotate off the Leadership Team after serving one term of office as Chairperson. Section officers may be elected either as a team or individually.

The Fellows of the Section must be informed of the Fellow Meeting in writing not less than 90 days prior to the proposed date of the meeting. One third of the Fellows are required to be present to constitute the meeting: Only Fellows from that Section are entitled to vote and a relative majority is required. The election procedure is to be held in a manner determined by the Fellows present. In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, the term of office of an officer may be extended.

The Sections receive financial support from the Association. The extent of the support is decided by the Board of Directors on an annual basis and based on an annual  budget submitted by the Section.

Section leadership, in conjunction with the Section Manager, prepares a strategic plan as well as a Section activity plan and budget for presentation to the Board annually.

If warranted by its size and activities, the Section may form its own local committees.

Under exceptional circumstances, the Sections may, upon approval of the Board of Directors, enact their own constitution.

In areas where no ITI Section has been established, but which require coordination of local educational activities, the Board of Directors may nominate an ITI Fellow as an Area Coordinator.

VII. Finances

Article 33: ITI Foundation

In order to achieve its goals, the ITI closely cooperates with the ITI Foundation.

Article 34: Assets

All personal liability of the Members and Fellows for obligations of the ITI is excluded.

Only the assets of the ITI are liable for its obligations.
The funds of the ITI are based upon membership dues, donations, income from ITI activities, the transfer of funds from the ITI Foundation for specific purposes, and yields from the Association’s Assets.

Retired and expelled Fellows or Members have no claim on the Association’s assets.

VIII. Association year

Article 35:

The Association year corresponds to the calendar year.

IX. Liquidation

Article 36:

If the liquidation of the Association is decided, then the members of the Board of Directors act as liquidators. A liquidation surplus is to be allocated to another nonprofit organization with a similar purpose.

X. Sundries

Article 37:

Moreover, articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code are valid.

Thus decided by the General Assembly of August 30, 1987.

Waldenburg, September 1995 (Revision of articles)
Waldenburg, August 1997 (Revision of the articles)
Waldenburg, August 1998 (Revision of the articles)
Gstaad, August 2003 (Revision of the articles)
Stuttgart, August 2008 (Revision of the articles)
Geneva, April 2010 (Revision of the articles)
Barcelona, August 2011 (Revision of the articles)
Istanbul, April 2015 (Revision of the articles)
Chicago, April 2016 (Revision of the articles)
Basel, May 2017 (Revision of the articles)
Amsterdam, April 2018 (Revision of the articles)