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      IUAES, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

      IUAES is an ICSU member since 1993.

      The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) is a world organization of social and biological anthropological scientists and institutions working in the fields of anthropology and ethnology. It is also of interest to archaeologists and linguistics specialists, among others. Its aim is to enhance exchange and communication among scholars of all regions of the world, in a collective effort to expand human knowledge. In this way it hopes to contribute to a better understanding of human society, and to a sustainable future based on harmony between nature and culture.
      Through its International Congresses of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (ICAES), held every five years, it provides a world forum for the discussion and dissemination of research in these fields. It also holds Inter-Congresses, seminars and symposia, and encourages the participation of anthropologists in other international meetings and projects. Through its Commissions, the IUAES stimulates the convergence of research interests among anthropologists, and the dissemination of research findings through publications.
      The IUAES was established on 23 August 1948 when it merged de facto with the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. The latter was founded in 1934 and was itself the successor to various Congresses of Anthropological Sciences dating back to 1865. The two organizations were united, de jure, in 1968.
      Cooperation and communication among members of the world community of anthropologists is maintained through its Executive Committee. This Committee is internationally representative of geographic regions, and of the sub-disciplines of anthropological and ethnological sciences broadly defined. The Union itself consists of national and institutional organizations from more than 50 countries throughout the world, together with some hundreds of Individual Members. Each country is represented on the Permanent Council of the IUAES by a delegation numbering not more than six individuals chosen by the anthropologists of the country concerned. The Permanent Council is the governing body of the Union, each national delegation having a single vote in its decisions. All paid-up members of the IUAES are entitled to attend and vote at the General Assembly of the Union which is advisory to the Permanent Council, the President and the Executive Committee.
      The IUAES is one of the member organizations of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the International Council for Science (ICSU), and also of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (CIPSH).
      The Union publishes a newsletter, three issues of which appear annually, and most of its research Commissions publish their own newsletters and also sponsor the publication of books and journals relating to their specialized fields. There are currently 23 Commissions.

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