ISES officers consist of a Director, a Deputy Director, and the secretaries for World Days and for Space Weather. Candidates for office must be a working member of one of the ISES centers. Officers are elected for four-year terms by the Directing Board and can be re-elected. The Director is limited to two four-year terms. The call for election of officers is done as needed, e.g., retirement of an officer or end of term. If the office of Director becomes vacant, the Deputy Director shall act as Director until a formal election is completed.
The ISES directing board consists of the ISES Officers and one delegate from each ISES Center. Each board member has the right to vote on formal decision of ISES and for electing the Director and Deputy Director.
The ISES network is comprised of Members, Associate Warning Centers, and Collaborative Expert Centers.
Regional Warning Centers (RWCs) are the institutions responsible for the coordination and exchange of information throughout the ISES network and are the primary distribution sites for products and services to the public. All RWCs serve the needs of their local geographical areas but may also distribute products of broader or global interest. RWCs must have the endorsement of their national governments as space weather service providers.
Associate Warning Centers (AWCs) are institutions that fulfill many of the same functions as Members but must be affiliated with an existing RWC and must coordinate their operations with that RWC. AWCs allow the functions provided within a region to be distributed among multiple organizations.
Collaborative Expert Centers (CECs) are institutions that have a demonstrated expertise in space weather and conduct space weather service activities. A CEC may or may not have the endorsement of a national government as a space weather service provider. CECs can be universities, national laboratories, consortia of organizations, or intergovernmental bodies. The CEC is a membership category that enables expert organizations to participate in ISES activities, and it allows new members to join ISES on an experimental basis with the possibility of becoming an RWC or AWC in the future.
The resources to operate the ISES Centers are the responsibility of the host institutions. The Directing Board decides the roles and responsibilities for the member institutes of ISES (Bylaw #2). Member institutes may resign by submitting written notice to the Director.
Institutions may apply for membership by submitting a written proposal to the Director indicating their ability to comply with the ISES standards (Bylaw #3). Proposals for membership as a Regional Warning Center or as an Associate Warning Center must indicate the endorsement of the appropriate national body. After ensuring compliance with ISES standards (Bylaw #3) and the ability to carry out the roles and responsibilities (Bylaw #2) the Deputy Director submits the proposal to the Directing Board for approval. The Directing Board will evaluate the applicant’s qualifications against the need for the service and provide its recommendation to the Director for action within three months of the date of request.
ISES cooperates and interacts with local and international agencies to accomplish its mission by encouraging appropriate research and development and by assisting in the transition of research results into operations. As a Network Member of the ICSU-WDS, ISES is committed to the free and open exchange of data and products, long-term data stewardship, compliance with agreed-upon data standards and conventions, and providing mechanisms to facilitate and improve access to data and services. ISES works closely with the World Meteorological Organizations and other international organizations to benefit from complementary activities that enhance the availability of data, the exchange of information, and the improvement and dissemination of services.