What is SIL?

The International Society of Limnology (formerly International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology; Societas Internationalis Limnologiae, SIL) promotes and communicates new and emerging knowledge among limnologists to advance the understanding of inland aquatic ecosystems and their management.

The aim of SIL, which was founded in 1922, is to further the study and understanding of all aspects of limnology. A primary means toward this end is through the organization of triennial congresses to promote scientific intercourse among those pursuing fundamental research and those concerned with practical fishery, pollution, and water-supply problems. Generally about a week is devoted to contributed papers and discussions and a week or longer for scientific excursions to lakes and rivers, laboratories, fishery institutions, places where pollution problems are being addressed, and water treatment facilities. Any member is entitled to give a lecture on one of a great diversity of subjects of special interest. A few authorities are invited to lecture on subjects of particular current interest and other speakers are encouraged to make contributions to selected themes of either outstanding universal topicality or of special relevance to the host country.

In addition, SIL has a number of active Working Groups in specialized limnological subjects that address improvements in research and communication among workers in these interest areas. SIL also sponsors numerous international symposia and workshops on research subjects of theoretical and applied limnology.

SIL brochure (PDF file, 533kb)

More about SIL

SIL National Representatives


Prof. Dr. Yves Prairie
Université du Québec à Montréal
Departement des Sciences Biologiques
C.P. 8888 Succ. A
Montréal, QC H3C 3P8
Email: prairie.yves@uqam.ca

Executive Vice-President
Prof. Dr. David Livingstone
Ueberlandstrasse 133
CH 8600 Düebendorf
Email: living@eawag.ch

Executive Vice-President
Prof. Dr. Sally MacIntyre
The University of California
Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150
Email: sally@eri.ucsb.edu

Executive Vice-President (Developing Countries)
Prof. Dr. Vera Huszar
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Museu Nacional
20940-040, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Email: vhuszar@gbl.com.br

General Secretary-Treasurer
Prof. Dr. Tamar Zohary
Y. Allon Kinneret Limnological Laboratory
Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research Ltd.
P.O. Box 447
Migdal 14950
Email: tamarz@ocean.org.il

Editor-in-Chief, Inland Waters
Prof. Dr. John R. Jones
University of Missouri-Columbia
SNR, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
302 Anheuser-Busch Nat. Res. Bldg.
Columbia, MO 65211-7240
Email: jonesj@missouri.edu

Newsletter Editor, SILnews
Dr. Ramesh D. Gulati
De Rijklaan 19, 1217RD
Hilversum, The Netherlands
Email: r.gulati@nioo.knaw.nl
Telephone: +31357725025

Business Manager
Mrs. Denise Johnson
5020 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Road
Graham, NC 27253
Email: siloffice1922@gmail.com

Dr. Gordon Goldsborough
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Email: webmaster@limnology.org

Page revised: 9 July 2015

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