Member and Participant Information and Benefit

Membership of the ISMS is open to defence universities and colleges conducting research and teaching at the highest national level. In practice, this means masters and doctoral teaching and staff college of senior officer education. 


Participation in the activities of the Society, including this web site, is open to all who are interested in contributing.  The annual conference of the Society is open, but workshops and activities sponsored by member institutions may have more restrictive criteria.


The International Society of Military Sciences is an informal network of peer institutions for military education and research in democratic countries.  The Institutional members guide and direct the Society through their national representatives, but the work of the society is done by individual participants.   Whether individual participants are military or civilian, their academic freedom to pursue their research interests and contribute openly and honestly to the body of knowledge for military sciences is the first criterion for membership. Participants represent many communities of practice within the military and security professions.


The resources that we share to improve professional military education must be openly accessible to any participant or institution. Other forums exist to share on a more restricted basis; we are concerned with knowledge that contributes to common and collaborative security across the widest community of military professionals concerned with human security, national security, and international security. 


We collaborate on curriculum development and publications, not only amongst member institutions, but in cooperation with institutions engaged in professional military education wherever they may be. Collaboration can many forms, including:

  • Comparing program objectives, content, and delivery
  • Benchmarking course content
  • Sharing information and standards for accreditation and delivery of higher education in military sciences
  • Sharing reading lists and course notes
  • Librarian contacts to enhance access to information
  • Journal editor contacts to discuss special issues, find reviewers, and improve international content
  • Finding peer reviewers and subject experts
  • Developing new fields of learning through working groups and digest groups
  • Matching opportunities for faculty and student deployments or exchanges
  • Sharing sabbatical opportunities 
  • Developing collaboration on research and funding proposals

See this link for a presentation on institutional collaboration (2022)

Institutional membership

Institutional membership is by invitation only.  Members assume responsibility for contributing to the activities of the Society and hosting a conference. 


Individual participants

Individual participants registered through this site are responsible for their own costs in contributing to the work of the Society, including the conference fee, should they participate in the annual conference. Conference fees are typically €150 ($190 USD)