Join the Peat Family!

The International Peatland Society is open to all individuals and organisations dealing with peat and peatlands. Become one of us and join our 1500+ active members in 37 countries all over the world!

The IPS is bringing together mire scientists, peatland enthusiasts, universities and research centres as well as professionals of the peat industry, horticulture and energy under one roof, in a worldwide association. We fully depend on membership fees – every new member is important.

To foster information exchange, education and dialogue, we are regularly organising conferences, meetings and symposia on all matters related to peat and peatlands.

Photo: Simon Rae

Join us and you’ll get:


Lower registration fees for our symposia, workshops and other events.


Face-to-face networking with major players from science and industry.


Immediate access to the Peatlands International Magazine – four times a year.


Receive the Peatland Snippets newsletter and other ad hoc updates each month.


Quick support from the IPS Secretariat and IPS volunteers, five days a week.


Attend National Committee activities in 16 countries – close to you and in your language.


20% discount on all publications in the IPS online shop.

How to join?

Countries with National Committees

  • Contact the Chair of your National Committee to join the IPS. (Available for the following countries: Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the USA)
  • You can also fill in the online membership application form, and we forward your information to the National Committee.
  • Before you gain full membership from your National Committee, you can order a temporary membership for 60 euros by contacting ips (at) This terminates automatically after 6 months.

Countries without a National Committee

  • Fill in our quick online membership application:
  • Pay your membership fee invoice.
  • Wait for approval by the Executive Board.
  • Note that Russia and Belarus are embargoed currently.
  1. Membership costs (annually, proposal 2024):
    € 55 for individual members
    € 29 for student members
    € 10 for junior members (below the age of 21) NEW!
    € 355 for corporate / institute / ngo members (six contacts)
    (50% discount for members in World Bank’s low-income countries,
  2. Payments can be made by bank transfer or PayPal (credit card)
  3. Membership invoices are regularly sent in May/June after the Annual Assembly, in 2024 in August.
  4. The membership will continue automatically until further notice.