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Join the International Wader Study Group – we are committed to diversity and inclusivity. Everyone is welcome to become a member irrespective of their age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality and socio-economic status.

As well as being part of the wider IWSG community, get our journal Wader Study delivered direct to your doorstep, three times a year! It’s packed with the latest research and news from the wader world. Plus, receive for free any issues of International Wader Studies that are published during your membership. You will also be able to access all PDFs of publications online during your membership and can choose to have electronic access only if you wish to reduce the number of paper journals you have. What’s more, as a paid-up member of IWSG you can attend our lively and informative annual conference at a reduced rate.

Membership of the International Wader Study Group runs on a calendar year basis (January-December).

Regular membership rates are €42. We have a special Family rate of €63 and an Institution package for €98 (Please read T&C for specifics of Institutional package). For those of you who wish to be a member for the long term you can consider our Life membership at €840. We also offer two reduced rates: two years for the price of one for members in Low-income countries thanks to generous donations from our supporters (two years for €42), and a Student rate of €32 for MSc and below only. Please contact the Membership Secretary Katharine Bowgen to find out if you are eligible for the latter two categories.

Following our 2019 AGM the membership voted to switch to a Euro based fee system to account for changes to the exchange rates in recent years. Online payments will automatically account for this difference into your preferred currency and other payment methods are available via direct communication with our Treasurer (see the Membership Form for further details). If you have any difficulties paying please contact Katharine and the Treasurer Emma Penning directly via email and we will do our best to help you.

Membership Rates



Institutional Subscription


Low-income country

Student (MSc and below)





Two years for €42


Pay online

The best way to join the IWSG is to pay online by credit or debit card using our secure payment.

To do so you’ll need to have registered for an account on this website (link at the top of this screen). Once you are logged in you, go to My Account where you can select the membership type and years for which you’d like to pay. As soon as your payment is processed you’ll be able to access publications online and book conference places (subject to availability). Please note that you do not need to make a separate Mollie or PayPal account to use this online payment method. A walkthrough of paying online can be found here.

Pay offline

If you do not wish to pay online, see the Membership Form for alternative payment methods.

For queries, questions or information about payments please contact the Treasurer Emma Penning.

Need help?

If you have any questions about membership, please email our Membership Secretary Katharine Bowgen.

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