HOW TO JOIN IUGG
Every country in which "independent activity in geodesy and geophysics has been developed" is eligible for IUGG membership. We believe that IUGG membership contributes to the scientific well-being of our member countries, and may lead to economic benefits through enhanced exchange of scientific and technical expertise.
A copy of the IUGG Statutes and By-Laws is available on our website. According to our Statutes, the following information is required and constitutes an application for membership. If you have specific questions, please contact the IUGG Secretariat.
Regular (paying) member: regular members may send a delegate to
quadrennial meetings of the IUGG Council, and vote on matters of business.
Scientists from member countries may hold office in the Associations and
vote in their business meetings. A regular member pays dues annually
according to a scale ("the category") established by the IUGG Finance
Committee (shown below) and as explained further in Statute III and
By-Law III. An application should specify a category of membership.
Countries are expected to subscribe to a category that is consistent with
their overall economy and participation at General Assemblies. As a guide to
help choose the category, the IUGG Yearbook lists IUGG member countries and
their category of membership. A regular member country that misses an annual
payment temporarily falls into a special class of membership known
as "observers." As of the Year 2015, a single unit of membership is valued at $1905.
The Treasurer uses an algorithm to determine the price of a unit
of membership (Section III.C), and also reviews the category of membership
of regular members at least every quadrennium.
a) The Adhering Bodies to the Union shall pay annually the number of units of contributions assigned to the category in which they adhere, according to the following table.
Associate (non-paying) members: Associate members have no voting rights and persons from Associate countries may not hold office in IUGG or in any of the Associations. On the other hand, scientists are welcome to attend all scientific and social activities at all IUGG and Association meetings, and Associate members are welcome to attend IUGG Council meetings as Listeners. The scientific data and research done within Associate member countries is valued and the opportunities for networking and collaboration with other IUGG Members are enhanced. Associate members receive all of the ordinary correspondence of IUGG, such as notices of forthcoming meetings and information about applications for travel support. Associate membership is welcomed as a first step toward regular membership if a country's economic condition currently does not permit the payment of annual dues.
When the information requested above is ready, please submit your application as a letter to the IUGG Secretary General. The Application will be processed in the following steps (Statutes Section II, section 14):
If the vote by correspondence is affirmative, then the country's membership is accepted provisionally, with full rights and privileges of membership, until the next formal meeting of the IUGG Council of member countries when a final vote will be taken. Annual dues are expected to be paid beginning with the year of provisional membership.
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