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Executive Board

The Executive Board (EB) is responsible to the Annual Assembly for the management of the Society. It comprises the 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents and 2-8 ordinary members, and is chaired by the President of the Society. The term of office is four years.

The next EB elections will be held in 2024. Contact your National Committee if you are interested.

To reflect the balance of industry and science IPS stands for, Executive Board members come from both areas. Further emphasis is laid on a cultural, gender and geographical balance.

With the exception of the Presidents, only one Board member from each country can be elected to the Board. Substitute members are not allowed. Elections for Executive Board members are held at the Annual Assembly on nominations by the IPS National Committees, usually every two years. Executive Board members are eligible for re-election.

To contact the EB, write an email to eb (at) peatlands.org.

Members of the Executive Board in 2018-2020


Marko Pomerants
Mr Marko Pomerants
Näituse 37, Rakvere, 44314, Estonia
+372 503 1365
marko.pomerants (at) peatlands.org

First Vice President

Mr Guus van Berckel
Lutsborgsweg 71, 9752 VT Haren, The Netherlands
+31 653114810
g.vanberckel (at) griendtsveen.de

Second Vice President

Professor Jack Rieley
1 Closes Side Lane, East Bridgford, Nottingham NG13 8NA, United Kingdom
+44 779 337 3236
jack.rieley (at) peatlands.org

Ordinary members

Mr. Donal Clarke

1 Westhill Park, Gorey, Co Wexford Y25 N297, Ireland
+353 86 255 3806
donalcla (at) eircom.net

Dr. Sabine Jordan

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Soil and Environment, Box 7014, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden
+46 18 67 1946
sabine.jordan (at) slu.se

Asha Hingorani

Executive Board

Giedrius Kavaliauskas

Executive Board

Bernd Hofer

Executive Board

Anna-Helena Purre

Executive Board

Meng Wang

Executive Board
Northeast Normal University, Institute of Peat and Mire Research, 5268 Renmin Street, Changchun 130024, China
+86 180 4317 2512
wangm581 (at) nenu.edu.cn

Tuija Vähäkuopus

Geological Survey of Finland, GTK Innogate, PL 97, Teknologiakatu 7, 67101 Kokkola, Finland
+358 29 503 5224, mobile +358 50 349 3477
tuija.vahakuopus (at) gtk.fi


to be decided 2022-2024

Executive Board

Executive Board

Cecilia Luetgebrune

Growing Media Europe, Rue de Trèves 61 1040, Brussels, Belgium
+32 2777 1590

Honorary President Juhani Päivänen

Helsinki, Finland
juhani.paivanen (at) helsinki.fi