About Us

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.

Executive Board of the IPS

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


Mr Gerald Schmilewski
Flensburger Str. 12, 26160 Bad Zwischenahn, Germany
+49 162 983 8688
+49 4403 5401
gerald.schmilewski (at) peatlands.org

First Vice President

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

Second Vice President

Dr Samu Valpola
Geological Survey of Finland, GTK Innogate, PL 97, Teknologiakatu 7, 67101 Kokkola, Finland
+358 20 550 5245
+358 50 348 6023
samu.valpola (at) gtk.fi

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

Dr. Lulie Melling

Sarawak Tropical Peat Research Institute (TROPI), Lot 6035, Kuching-Kota Samarahan Expressway, 94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia
+6082-662491 (0), +6082-662495 (D)
luliemelling (at) gmail.com

Mr. Erki Niitlaan

Estonian Peat Association, Männiku tee 104, EE-11216 Tallinn, Estonia
+372 668 1016, +372 552 7327
erki (at) turbaliit.ee

Professor Jack Rieley

1 Closes Side Lane, East Bridgford, Nottingham NG13 8NA, United Kingdom
jack.rieley (at) peatlands.org

Mr. Paul Short

Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association, 13 Mission Avenue, Suite 2208, St. Albert, AB T8N 1H6, Canada
+1 780 460 8280, +1 780 862 7455
paul.short (at) peatmoss.com

Mr. Frank Tamminga

Aurich-Wiesmoor-Torfvertriebs GmbH, Wittmunder Strasse 147, 26639 Wiesmoor, Germany
+49 4944 91447 11
f.tamminga (at) torfvertrieb.de

Prof. Dr. Ping Wang

Zhengping Wang, Department of Food Science and Engineering, Bioactives and Clinical Nutrition Research Center, No.1 Hunan Road, Liaocheng, Shandong Province, 252059, China
+86 15821000682
bioactiveschina (at) 163.com, wangzhengping (at) lcu.edu.cn

Attending EB meetings

Honorary President, Professor emeritus Juhani Päivänen.