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Remarks from President Susan Wiser

Why should you belong to IAVS?  What is the advantage to you as an individual member?  Since 1939 IAVS has been the premier international organization for students of vegetation science, and as such it has served us well.  Although the character of science and scientific communication is changing rapidly, the leadership of your Association is dedicated to keeping IAVS a modern, vibrant organization, dedicated to serving its members in new ways while retaining its traditional strengths. If you think of new and better ways IAVS can serve you or its membership, please do not hesitate to contact me or other members of the Governing Board.

The IAVS statutes include five primary aims of the Association, which I think provide a useful framework for summarizing some of our many on-going IAVS activities and benefits to its members.

(A) “to promote research and education in vegetation science” IAVS has long promoted research and education through excellent publicationssymposia and excursions. However, we are developing new approaches. We expect our website to become a critical source for discipline-specific resources such as software tools and training aids. We are working to establish international standards and best practices, such as for data exchange and classification of vegetation. Also, we have moved to an expanded and entirely digital IAVS Bulletin, so as to allow inclusion of more and different types of information and distribution to more individuals.

(B) “to promote the publication of research results in vegetation science” Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science continue to flourish under the leadership of our dedicated Chief Editors. Subscriptions to these journals are available to members at a substantial discount.

(C) “to facilitate scientific and personal contacts among vegetation scientists of all countries” The annual meetings and associated excursions of IAVS have been the central focus of the Association for its long history. Moreover, IAVS maintains Working Groups to advance specific subdisciplines and regional sections to facilitate regional interactions and activities. In addition, new digital tools are becoming available that facilitate scientific and personal contact. We have created an IAVS group on Facebook to facilitate social networking among vegetation scientists. We have also created a public email list for those of you who wish to exchange ideas with a larger community. Finally, the IAVS Global Sponsorship Committee is working to assure that vegetation scientists with limited financial resources are able to take advantage of the various member services the Association provides.

(D) “to promote applications of vegetation science;” and (E) “to increase awareness and to disseminate knowledge about vegetation.” The leadership of IAVS has recently reaffirmed the dedication of the Association to promoting vegetation science beyond the community of members.  We believe that vegetation scientists should make critical contributions to how society addresses many contemporary issues such as preservation of biodiversity, mediation of the impacts of global change, and land-use planning. One IAVS foray into this arena was the passage of a resolution on Biofuels. We would welcome other for how IAVS might further advance the application our field.


In conclusion, I see a bright future for IAVS with many innovations over the next several years and look forward to working with you to realize them. All of you can help! Please let me and other members of the Governing Board know of your ideas and willingness to help. Just email me at

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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