The Bureau may nominate persons who have given outstanding service to IACS to a Plenary Administrative Session for recognition as “Honorary Members of IACS”. See IACS Statutes
Any IACS Member can submit a proposal to the IACS Bureau to initiate a Working Group (WG). WGs address scientific problems of the cryosphere that are timely and well constrained.WGs shall have explicit aims, objectives, milestones and deliverables. They should be international in composition. They shall define the instruments, for example workshops and conferences, which they will use to achieve their aims and objectives. Working Groups will normally be limited to up to four years duration. They may be renewed for up to a further four years in exceptional circumstances. Working Groups report annually to the Bureau through the appropriate IACS Head of Division. The chair, co-chairs, and all of Working Group members must be IACS members. See the Terms of Reference (ToR) for further information.
IACS is one of 8 Associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
The IACS statutes and by-laws were approved in 2007 and revised in 2015. Further revisions were approved by the IUGG Council in September 2019 in particular to account for the individual membership introduced in 2017.
The Terms of Reference (ToR) define the operation of IACS Working Groups, Standing Groups and Joint Bodies.
IACS Standing Groups address scientific problems of the cryosphere that require medium- to long-term reflection. Standing Groups shall have well considered aims, objectives, milestones and deliverables and should be international in composition. Standing Group activities could include, for example, monitoring, databasing, and dissemination of cryospheric information. Standing Groups will normally have a life-time of eight years. See the Terms of Reference (ToR) for further information.
IACS is organized as a bureau that consists of a President, the Secretary General, the President-elect and immediate Past-President, three Vice-Presidents, and the Heads of the 5 Divisions who may be seconded by deputies.