Constitution

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 2015. The 2017 ammendments will be published shortly. In the event of any comments or questions please contact the association secretary.

Constitution of the International Association for Military Geosciences (v.2015)

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;
  • Climatology; and
  • Cognitive disciplines

Article 4: Organization

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

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: Coordinating Committee

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

  1. One representative of each of the Organizing Committees the last two conferences;
  2. One representative of the Organizing Committee of the upcoming conference; and
  3. Up to three other members to be elected by the General Assembly

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

Article 7: Other committees

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

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. Members of the Coordinating Committee shall be elected by the General Assembly to serve for two years. The General Assembly shall also discuss and may adopt resolutions submitted by IAMG members. Where the Coordinating Committee 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: Honorary President

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