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Governance Committees

Awards | Ethics | Global Sponsorship | Meetings | Membership | Publications | Website & Social Media | Carbon Footprint 

You may also want to view information about Regional Sections and Working Groups.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee administers the Awards Program of the Association (except for the Editors’ Award) and proposes to the Governing Board scientists to receive Association awards.

Chair, Joop H. J. Schaminée 

Sara Cousins
Martin Diekmann
Jason Fridley
Deborah Goldberg
Jan Lepš
Nina Smits
Kerry Woods

​2019 Committee Report
2018 Committee Report
2017 Committee Report
2015 Committee Report

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee oversees the implementation of the Code of Professional Ethics for the International Association for Vegetation Science.

Chair, Kerry Woods

Guillaume Decocq
Idoia Biurrun
Alicia Acosta
Tom Wentworth
Milan Chytry

2018 Committee Report
2017 Committee Report

Global Sponsorship Committee

The Global Sponsorship Committee is responsible for facilitating greater participation in the Association by vegetation scientists facing financial and/or linguistic challenges, and for reviewing applications for waiver of membership fees and applications for free digital access to JVS and AVS.

Chair, Alessandra Fidelis, Brazil


Lauchlan Fraser - Canada 
Alireza Naqinezhad - Iran
Peter C. Le Roux - South Africa
Camilla Wellstein - Italy
David Zelený - Taiwan

2019 Committee Report
2018 Committee Report
2017 Committee Report

Meetings Committee

The Meetings Committee coordinates the Symposia of the Association and associated excursions. It evaluates proposals to host the meeting, advises the local organizing committees, and works to assure conformance with the established guidelines of the Association.

Chair, Javier Loidi 

Guillaume Decocq
Jason Fridley
Gudrun Bornette
Meelis Pärtel
Valério Pillar
Jodi Price
Angelika Schwabe-Kratochwil
Scott Franklin
Otto Wildi

2019 Committee Report
2018 Committee Report
2017 Committee Report

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee serves to promote increased membership in the Association and better services for members. This includes solicitation of input from members or potential members, and the assessment of member services and benefits.

Chair, Jürgen Dengler (DE)

Javier Loidi (ES)
Bianca Andrade (BR)
Riccardo Guarino (IT)
Reginald Tang Guuroh (GHC)
Gerald Jurasinski (DE)
Alireza Naqinezhad (IR)
Frank Yonghong Li (CN)

2018 Committee Report
2017 Committee Report

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee oversees the publications of the Association. It reviews and approves proposals from the Chief Editors for major changes in the structure and content of the journals, and is responsible for a recurring 4-year review of the Chief Editors.

Chair, Peter Minchin 
Bob Peet (US)
Hans Henrik Bruun (DK)
Jessica Gurevitch (US)
Tomáš Herben (CZ)
Michael Manthey (DE)
Martin Zobel (EE)
Norman Mason (NZ)

2019 Committee Report
2019 Chief Editors Report
2018 Publishers Report

2018 Chief Editors Report
2017 Committee Report
2017 Chief Editors Report
2016 Chief Editors Report
2015-16 Publications Committee Report
2015 Chief Editors Report
2014-15 Publications Officer Report
2013-14 Publications Officer Report

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Website & Social Media Special Committee

The Website & Social Media Special Committee reviews the general structure and content of the Association website, updates links to other websites, and develops ideas about how to use new social media for communication in the Association.

Chair: Viktoria Wagner 

Heike Culmsee
Florencia Yannelli
Gerald Jurasinski

Interested in becoming involved with this committee?  Contact Viktora Wagner.

Carbon Footprint Special Committee

The Carbon Footprint of IAVS will investigate the carbon footprint of IAVS and determine how to quantify a baseline estimate of our current impacts


Viktoria Wagner 
John Rodwell
Martin Diekmann


Next Meeting

2021 IAVS Annual Symposium: Madrid, Spain, 27 June - 2 July 2021
We are sorry to announce that the Vladivostok symposium has been cancelled. Please, read details at the symposium website. We hope to see many of you next year in Spain!


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