Rules on membership
Membership in the Commission is not confined to Geographers or academics but includes scientists and practitioners from all disciplines related to water, including natural and social sciences, engineering, medicine and law.
Membership is free of charge but requires maintaining a minimum of active participation in activities of the Commission e.g. by attending Commission meetings (including co-authoring papers without physical presence), contributions to newsletters, reports, publications, student exchange initiatives, collaborative projects, research visits, sharing of data, contribution to discussions, preparation and conduct of conferences, internal peer-review, paper editing assistance for other members etc. Where no such activities can be traced for an extended period of time (>2 years) members will be alerted to this fact before being eventually removed from the mailing list.
Benefits of membership in the Commission include but are not limited to the following:
- facilitating interactions with like-minded colleagues in the field of water sustainability by organising regular meetings with dedicated field trips on water-related topics organised by local members,
- issuing of official invitations for attending such meetings,
- where possible, presented papers will be published in conference proceedings and special editions of scientific journals
- facilitating professional networking within an internationally recognised scientific body
- if required certificates of membership can be issued,
- assistance of needy members for attending larger IGU conferences through supporting grant applications,
- assisting members with submission of manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals through internal pre-reviews and identifying cost-efficient means for language editing using member networks,
- providing young scientists and students with opportunities to gain experiences in presenting on international level in a well-meaning environment
- facilitation of collaboration between members in form of mutual research visits, student exchange, guest professorships, joint project applications etc.