World Data System Members’ Forum

16 May 2023 | Events

The World Data System Members’ Forum will take place leading up to International Data Week on Sunday, 22 October both online and in person in Salzburg. The event will be hybrid for inclusivity, but we strongly encourage your physical attendance for networking and engagement. 
Per the WDS constitution, WDS is required to host a biennial members’ meeting.  More explicitly, the WDS bylaws share the program of the forum is to include a Scientific Session, where members report on their activities and engage with other members; and a Plenary Session which provides a formal mechanism for membership consultation where membership issues can be discussed.

The WDS Members’ Forum is an opportunity for the WDS community to report on their specific developments, activities, and progress, as well as to discuss the strategic and organizational objectives of the WDS.

For the Scientific Session, we are requesting that members submit a five-to-seven-minute video or oral presentation that includes the following information:

·       Your organization’s vision or main priorities for the next five years
·       The opportunities and challenges in realizing the vision or priorities
·       How WDS can assist in realizing the goals or dealing with the issues

A call to membership for your organization’s update with more details on submission guidelines will go out soon.

For the Plenary Session, The WDS-IPO invites all WDS members to submit questions, concerns, or complaints to be addressed at the forum by emailing

The registration for the WDS Members’ Forum will open in the coming months. More details on the program and venue will be shared and published on the WDS website. 

You can view our previous Members Forum from International Data Week 2022 here. 

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