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CIES currently has 23 special interest groups (SIGs) that allow CIES members who share common research interests to connect and collaborate. SIGs focus on a geographic region or on a specialized topic. SIG membership is $10.  You must be a current CIES Member to join a SIG.  If you are currently a CIES Member and would like to join a SIG, please visit: to submit SIG Dues. 







Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a forum within CIES for the involvement of individuals drawn together by common interest in a field of study. Recognized SIGS will also receive conference space for sessions at the Annual Conference. A SIG must be constituted by at least 15 active CIES members.

Any group of 15 or more active CIES members may petition for the establishment of a SIG. Each petition should include the printed names, email or mailing address, and signatures of the CIES members as well as a rationale describing the purpose, scope, and uniqueness of the SIG and its membership. These petitions will be reviewed and accepted or rejected by the CIES Board of Directors. Approved SIGS are required to submit an annual report. Any questions regarding SIG formation should be sent to the CIES Secretariat's Office. All relevant information pertaining to SIGs is found in the SIG Handbook.

To register your interest in creating or joining a SIG, send an email to

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