Joining the IGU
Formal ‘membership’ of the IGU is by affiliated countries only and represents the geographical community in that country as a whole (see section on IGU National Committees). Nevertheless, individual affiliation to the IGU is possible via one of its research Commissions.
Joining them is actually very easy; it is free and it is without any commitment. The IGU now has some 41 ‘Commissions’ – these are groupings of geographers who are interested in particular elements of the discipline – say Climatology or Urban Geography or Population Geography. Each commission has its own steering committee and organises conferences and workshops (often around major IGU events but not always), distribute newsletters containing information related to the topic including of course the news of any upcoming meetings, and publish books and special issues of journals related to the topic.
Anyone can get involved with one or more of the commissions totally free of charge and without commitment- simply write an email to the appropriate commission chair and let them know you would like to be put on their list of corresponding members. You can find a full list of all the commissions with details of contact persons and their own website addresses etc. on the IGU home page – follow the links to ‘Commissions’