Benefits of Membership
Formed in 1951, the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) includes over 60 national societies from every continent committed to advancing scientific knowledge and clinical application in reproductive sciences.
Objectives of the IFFS:
- To stimulate basic and applied research and the dissemination of knowledge in all aspects of reproduction and fertility.
- To stimulate the creation of societies for basic and applied work in the field of reproduction and fertility.
- To contribute to the standardization of terminology and evaluation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the field of reproduction.
- To hold at regular intervals, World Congresses, each successively in a different country.
- To promote, on request, regional or national congresses organized by affiliated societies. Where possible, to help co-ordinate the dates of conferences which are relevant to the field of reproduction.
- To represent affiliated societies whenever joint scientific action is appropriate.
- To establish and maintain relations with other organizations and to promote activities which further the objectives of the federation.
MEMBERSHIP IN IFFS
IFFS members include those societies who have stated an interest in the clinical and research aspects of reproduction and fertility. Their organizational constitution must conform to the objectives of the Federation. Each member society must have a minimum of 40 individual members.
Membership has grown and at present, over sixty national fertility societies are affiliated. It is estimated over 60,000 specialists worldwide in the areas of fertility and sterility are brought together under one umbrella organization.
An "associated” society is a society or a federation which pursues the same or similar goals as IFFS and formally aligns itself with IFFS. Its membership includes several IFFS societies or members from several countries.
An association with IFFS offers opportunities for various collaborations, notably:
- Exchange lectures and sessions during congresses;
- Links on the internet; and
- Collaborative works on ethics and clinical standards.
These may be defined at the time of the association and can be revised whenever needed by both Boards of Directors.
IFFS member societies have the opportunity to collaborate in any of the activities described below.
IFFS World Congress:
Holding a world IFFS Congress is a major scientific, cultural and social event. The IFFS holds this important meeting every three years. Very successful world congresses have been held in the past in Europe, Asia, Africa, North & South America, and Australia. The next two World Congresses have been scheduled for 2013 in Boston, USA and 2016 in India.
IFFS International Symposium Series:
Bringing science and practice home, the IFFS International Symposium Series focuses on topical areas of reproductive health relevant to regional concerns, presenting cutting edge research, contemporary review and topical debate.
A workshop organized by IFFS is one where IFFS assumes full responsibility for the scientific program and controls all aspects of the workshop, including the budget.
A workshop held under the auspices of IFFS is organized by a member or associated society. The scientific program is prepared by the member or associated society and has full approval of the IFFS. It includes the participation of one or more invited speakers selected by the IFFS Education Committee.