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How IAATO Works

How IAATO Works

How IAATO Works


IAATO’s objectives are enshrined in Article II of the Association’s Bylaws. The membership is expected to operate within the inherent obligations outlined in these objectives.

While some objectives outline duties of the Secretariat (Sections A, B, F, G and H of Article II) others place a requirement on the membership in general or to certain categories of membership. It is important that all members (Members, Associates and Affiliates) are aware of, and understand, their particular obligations under the objectives. If you have any questions regarding these obligations, please feel free to ask the Secretariat.

Secretariat Contact

The IAATO Secretariat looks after the administrative and operational functions of the association.

Mailing address:

225 Dyer Street
2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: +1-401-841-9700

Further information about staff and their roles can be found on our Secretariat page.

IAATO Committees and Working Groups

In this section:

  • Introduction
  • General Terms of Reference for All IAATO Committees
  • IAATO Committees
    • Executive Committee
    • Membership
    • Marine
    • Bylaws
    • Finance
    • Field Operations
    • Climate Change
    • Deep Field & Air Operations
    • Compliance and Dispute
    • Yacht
    • Antarctic Gateway
  • Working Groups
    • Managing for Growth
    • Associate
    • Ship Scheduling
    • Emperor Penguin
    • Education & Outreach
    • Ross Sea
    • Helicopter
    • Submersibles
    • Delegations

Liaisons with External Organizations


Part of IAATO’s role is to ensure that the Membership is represented effectively to the outside world. There are four main strands to this representation: