(Published 2 Nov 20)

The International Association for Military Geosciences was founded by the registrants at the 10th ICMG, Aviemore, Scotland, in 2013. The Association constitution was agreed, with subsequent ammendments made at the 2015 (Annapolis) and 2017 (Stellenbosch) conferences.

The following constitution is the amended version from 2017. No amendments were recommended in 2019 (Padua). In the event of any comments or questions please contact the Association Secretary.

Constitution of the International Association for Military Geosciences (v.2019)

Article 1: Name

This organization shall be known as the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MILITARY GEOSCIENCES (IAMG), hereafter called the Association.

Article 2: Objectives

The main purpose of the Association is to encourage and support research and publication in military geosciences in general, more particularly through the organization of a biennial International Conference on Military Geosciences (ICMG). The Association shall seek to attract the largest possible number of researchers in the field of military geosciences and join with researchers from other fields to pursue certain common objectives and projects.

Article 3: Scope of research

Military geosciences, as they are understood here, comprise all disciplines that are interested in military activities within a geological, geographical or, more generally, spatial context, of which those listed below are but a few examples:

  • Engineering Geology;
  • Hydrogeology;
  • Geospatial Sciences;
  • Terrain Analysis;
  • Archaeology;
  • Historical Geography;
  • Geomorphology;
  • Environmental Science;
  • Geophysics;
  • Human Geography;
  • Climatology; and
  • Cognate disciplines

Article 4: Organization

The International Association for Military Geosciences is a not-for-profit organization, administered by its members and represented by a Council.

Article 5: Members

Membership in the Association is free and open to researchers of all countries, with no distinction of religion, nationality, gender or language.

Article 6: Council

The Council shall be composed of at least four (4) and not more than six (6) members:

  1. The President and Secretary of the Association;
  2. The past President;
  3. One member of each of the Organizing Committees of the last two conferences;
  4. One member of the Organizing Committee of the upcoming conference; and,
  5. In the event of any of the above not being able to serve, general members may be elected by the General Assembly to bring the Council to six (6) members.

Their responsibilities shall include:

  1. Representing the Association and liaising with other organizations;
  2. Representing the Association in the general public;
  3. Organizing or supervising the organization of the Association’s activities; and
  4. Maintaining communications with the members, by means of an open website, and of a newsletter to be e-mailed quarterly to members.

The Council will also support the organization of the biennial Conference.  Council business will be conducted by and through a Secretary, appointed by its members.

General members of the Council shall be elected or reelected by the General Assembly to serve for two (2) years. The President will be expected to serve for four (4) years. The Secretary will be elected or reelected by the General Assembly to serve for two (2) years. Council members from Organizing Committee may in effect be requested to serve for six (6) years.

Article 7: Other committees

The Council may, from time to time, set up committees to execute specific mandates. The existence of those committees shall be of a limited duration and their members shall be appointed by the Council.

Article 8: Activities

The activities of the Association are organized by its members or by those committees specially mandated to do so. Among those activities are:

  1. The biennial International Conference on Military Geosciences (ICMG);
  2. Special sessions and symposia on the theme of military geosciences at other meetings;
  3. Publications; and
  4. Support and encouragement of research in military geosciences.

Article 9: General Assembly

The General Assembly of the members shall ordinarily be held during the biennial International Conference on Military Geosciences. The General Assembly shall also discuss and may adopt resolutions submitted by IAMG members. Where the Council deems necessary, a general electronic consultation (email or conference call) shall be held in place of a Special General Meeting to adopt urgent resolutions.

Article 10: Language

English shall be the ordinary language of work of the Association, although any other language may also be used in certain presentations from time to time.

Article 11: Constitution

This Constitution may be amended by a two-third majority of the members present at the General Assembly.

Article 12: President

The General Assembly may elect an President, to serve for a term of four years, to liaise with the Council in achieving the objectives of the IAMG.