Member categories

Member categories of the IPS

The International Peatland Society has 1,486 members from 35 different countries (31 December 2015).

Membership of the IPS is open to all scientific, industrial, commercial and other organisations with the status of a legal entity and to any individual person interested in the study, conservation and utilisation of peat and peatlands.

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Members of the Society can be of three categories:

National Committees

At present, 16 National Committees with altogether 1413 members belong to the IPS. These are 1070 individual and 230 corporate members, 51 students, 13 research institutes, 11 governmental institutes, 38 honorary members and 31 temporary members.

Only one IPS National Committee with the status of a legal entity or some other organisation with the status of a legal entity to which the Executive Board of the Society has granted the status of an IPS National Committee, will be recognised in each country.

In countries with a National Committee all interested organisations, companies, universities, foundations and individuals are affiliated to the Society through the National Committee concerned.

National Committees currently exist in Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

Members in countries without an IPS National Committee

The IPS has 19 individual, 14 corporate, 5 honorary, 2 student and 2 research institute members in 18 countries without a National Committee (31 December 2015):  Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Burundi, Denmark, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Peru, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine.

Corporate members must be legal entities, such as corporations, foundations or organisations of a scientific, industrial, commercial or similar nature. The annual membership fee for Corporate Members amounts currently to EUR 310.

Individual members are affiliated directly to the Society. They pay an annual membership fee of currently EUR 51.

Admission to membership is subject to approval of the Executive Board.