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.

The next EB elections will be held in 2022, the extended deadline for nominations by National Committees is 14 March (nomination letter & CV needed). Five positions will be vacant. 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

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


Executive Board

Mr. Paul Short

Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association, 11420 – 142 St, Suite #1, Edmonton, AB T5M 1V1, Canada
+1 780 455 0654 mobile: +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

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


Dr Meng Wang

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

Prof Dr Dedi Nursiamsi

Komplek Laladon Indah Jl. Sigura-gura B V/3, Ciomas, Bogor 16610, Indonesia
+62-251-8634752, +62-812-9923-4321
ddnursyamsi (at) yahoo.com

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