There can be no doubt that the significance of hydrography to global trade, the environment, our living standards and maritime security continues to grow.
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, AO, RANR
Welcome to the Australasian Hydrographic Society, regional focus for
hydrography and related sciences in SE Asia, the SW Pacific and beyond.
Recent and extraordinary progress in ocean based technology means that the maritime industry and undersea exploration will be to this century that which aviation and aerospace exploration was to the last. There is concurrently great public interest in the heritage of exploration. As such, the Society aims to serve anyone with an interest in the science (and art) of this subject, the influence of which makes it the great common denominator for maritime nations.
Steve Duffield, President AHS
Membership of The Australasian Hydrographic Society is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in the science (and art) of hydrography, hydrographic exploration and its heritage.
Applications are accepted for the AHS Education Award for evry Academic Year. The closing date for applications is in April/May every year.
All regions of the Australasian Hydrographic Society organize and manage their own ocasional events, conferences, exhibitions and webinars. Visit AHS event calendar to find out more.
Because of the geographical area covered by the Society, meetings of members and other activities are generally conducted on a Regional basis. Each Region has its own Management Committee consisting of at least a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
In the meantime work proceded in the international arena and at a meeting held on 13 - 14 May 2002 The Hydrographic Society Council formalised the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies with a structure to bring together the National Hydrographic Societies.The International Federation of Hydrographic Societies is a unique partnership of learned national and regional hydrographic societies which, through its international membership, has the ability to reach representatives of every specialism within the hydrographic profession, at all levels of experience and expertise. It, therefore, has great international power as a focal point for ideas and as a catalyst for their realisation.
Membership of the Federation is comprised exclusively of national hydrographic societies or similar organisations. The founding members were the national hydrographic societies which evolved from the former Branches of The Hydrographic Society. From 2005 membership is open to any other national society or similar organisation, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
The IFHS is a "one national society, one vote" organisation, irrespective of individual membership numbers or in the case of regional societies such as we are, the number of countries that society represents. Each National Society will have one National Representative.
On Monday 01 November 2004, the evening preceeding Hydr04, on the conclusion of the 32nd, and final Annual General Meeting of The Hydrographic Society, the National Representitives of the five member hydrographic societies of Australia, Benelux, Denmark, United Kingdom and USA each signed a Special Resolution formally adopting a new Memorandum and Articles of Association thus formally marking the inauguration of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies.Visit IFHS Website
IFHS has an accurate list of upcoming events around the world. To visit a list of events please click here.
Corporate memebers' news from all the memeber socities around the word is published here. The member societies are Australasia, Benelux, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, South Africa, United Kingdom
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