Get involved

We invite you and/or your organisation to become part of our global Network. There are several ways to get involved. You may subscribe as an Individual member, as an Institutional member, form or join an Initiative, or become an official Consortium Partner.

How to become an Individual Member?

Any individual that supports the vision and mission of the WOCAT Network can become a WOCAT Network Member by creating a WOCAT account to access the WOCAT databases and receive the WOCAT Newsletter.

How to become an Institutional Member?

Any institution that supports the vision and mission of the WOCAT Network can become a WOCAT Network Member by contacting the WOCAT Secretariat for registration (wocat@cde.unibe.ch). If wished, Institutional Members can sign voluntarily a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU has been prepared to formalise and facilitate collaboration (and identify roles and responsibilities) between the WOCAT International Secretariat, and the WOCAT Regional / National Institutional Network Members.    

Please download the MoU for Institutional members and send it, once completed, to wocat@cde.unibe.ch. 

How to become an Initiative or part of an Initiative?

A specific WOCAT Initiative is established if one or more Institutional Members and/or Consortium Partners collaborate in a country or region to jointly apply the WOCAT tools and methods. These Initiatives operate in a self-organized, autonomous, decentralized, and self-funded manner, and are steered by a leader and a committee. New WOCAT Initiatives can register by contacting the WOCAT Secretariat (wocat@cde.unibe.ch). If wished, WOCAT Initiatives can sign voluntarily a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to formalise and facilitate collaboration (and identify roles and responsibilities) between the WOCAT International Secretariat and the Initiative.  

Please download the MoU for Initiatives and send it, once completed, to wocat@cde.unibe.ch.

How to become a Consortium Partner?

A Consortium Partner is an Institutional Member with a seat in the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee of WOCAT International currently consists of eight Consortium Partners and the WOCAT Secretariat, who bear a shared responsibility for the functioning and further development of the WOCAT Network, while empowering Regional and National Network Members to implement the Network’s vision and mission in their country and/or region.  

Any Institutional Member agreeing to the vision, mission, overall goals and objectives of WOCAT International can become a Consortium Partner of WOCAT International, subject to the approval of the Steering Committee. The minimum number of Consortium Partners is three and the maximum number is ten. If more than ten institutions wish to become Consortium Partners, the Steering Committee will assess the performance of the existing Consortium Partners and decide on the possible replacement of Consortium Partners based on levels of active involvement.

If you are interested in becoming a Consortium Partner you may contact the WOCAT Secretariat (wocat@cde.unibe.ch).

Get connected and stay informed:

Network Meetings

The whole WOCAT Network meets biennially at the Global WOCAT Network Meeting. The Global Network Meeting brings together WOCAT Regional and National, including WOCAT Individual members, WOCAT Institutional Members (with their Regional and National Initiatives) and WOCAT International, with the Consortium Partners and the Secretariat, Coordinator and Director. Each Institutional Member and each Consortium Partner is encouraged to nominate at least one participant to attend the Global Network Meeting on a self-funded basis. Individual Members are free to participate on a self-funded basis.  

Newsletter and social media channels

By subscribing to WOCAT you will automatically receive a small number of WOCAT newsletters to stay informed about our activities. Furthermore, we are sharing the latest news and developments with you on our social media channels: