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Home 9 Membership

Membership is open to all individuals who have a scientific, practical or general interest in any aspect of snow and ice.

The overarching purpose of the IGS is to bring scientists in the cryosphere community together. We do this by organising symposia and seminars, as well as publishing open-access journals, recognising scientists and their work through awards and publishing a regular newsletter. More recently, the IGS has established a group for early-career researchers (IGS-EGG) to provide additional support, connections and resources. While many of the services provided by the IGS are available to non-members, members receive discounted publishing and meeting registration fees, and have the opportunity to shape the future of the IGS through their involvement and service.

New Member?

If you wish to apply for membership please select the appropriate membership from the table below. You will then be redirected to IGS Connect to complete your purchase.

Two year memberships (or more) are available. If this is of interest please email our Membership Manager.

To purchase the hard copies of any of our publications, please also email our Membership Manager.

In 2022 we reduced our rates and we are keeping membership fees the same for 2024.  In 2022 we introduced a new membership fee structure to encourage inclusivity and promote diversity among the membership.  The new fee structure is based on the member’s country of work and the “World Bank country classifications by income level” which classifies countries into four groups according to the Gross Net Income (GNI) per capita as follows:

  • high income
  • upper middle income
  • lower middle income
  • low income.


To find out which category your country of work falls into, check our World Bank Country Listing.

Please note that the system will recognise which category you fit into based on your address. If you think there is a mistake, please contact us at

The new fee for ordinary members from high income countries is slightly reduced from 2021, and there are reductions of 20%, 40% and 60% for upper middle, lower middle and low income groups respectively.

Junior and retired memberships are at 50% of the ordinary member rate. Retired members who wish to support the IGS by maintaining their pre-retirement rate will be designated as “contributing retired members”.

2024 Membership Fees

Membership type


Ordinary Membership £20-£50
Student/Junior Membership (available to students of any age and those under 30 regardless of student status) £10-£25
Retired Membership (available to those who have been ordinary members of the IGS for at least 15 years. £10-£25
Contributing Membership £137
Supporting Membership £277

 Please note that as from 1 January 2024 the IGS will go to online publication only so hard copies of our journals will no longer be available.



2023 Journal of Glaciology – Volume 69 Issues 283–288 (6 issues) £200
2023 Volume of ICE (3 issues) £70
2023 Annals of Glaciology – Volume 65 £120


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Membership benefits include:

  • All current members receive a 10% discount on ‘author processing charges’ (APCs) for papers submitted to the Journal of Glaciology and Annals of Glaciology produced by our publishing partner, Cambridge University Press (CUP).
  • Gold open access to all our online publications; our newsletter, ICE via our website and the Journal of Glaciology and Annals of Glaciology via CUP’s website, Cambridge Core.
  • Where applicable, reduced registration fees for IGS symposia.