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How to become an AC Forum Member? 

AC Forum membership is for supranational associations with a base in Europe. To fulfil the AC Forum membership criteria, an organisation and its activities, including conferences, must be self-managed. AC Forum is exclusively for and by associations.

Membership is open to any organisation legally registered as a non-profit association according to the laws of the country in which it is constituted.

AC Forum consists of two types of members: full members and provisional members.

Full Membership:

  • the organisation is a supranational association representing a particular profession or professional field;
  • the organisation is not a trade organisation;
  • the organisation commits to fully participate in AC Forum activities in Europe through AC Forum’s educational offerings and General Assembly;
  • the organisation does not contract an association or congress management company to manage its organisation, unless this company has been established by the non-profit organisation with the exclusive purpose to serve the aims and objectives of the non-profit organisation according to its article of association;
  • the organisation holds a conference on a regular basis, e.g. every 2 years with at least 2,000 registered participants;
  • the organisation has ownership of, and is the initiator of, the conference and the programme structure under the executive responsibility of a senior member of staff having substantial responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organisation's conference.

Provisional Membership:

Provisional membership is open to organisations that fail to meet all criteria for full membership at the time of application, but have clearly stated the intention to fulfil the criteria for full membership within the next 3 years.

Provisional membership is granted on an observer basis for a period of 1 year and is subject to renewal after such a period. Renewal is considered only in cases where sufficient interaction with AC Forum exists, thus making further collaboration useful.

Provisional members have no voting rights and someone from the organisation is not eligible for positions in the Board.


Application for Membership

Organisations applying for full or provisional membership must provide AC Forum with:

  • the completed application form signed by the President or an individual legally authorised to sign;
  • proof of registration as a non-profit organisation (preferably in English);
  • organisational chart showing structure and staffing;
  • association governing document, e.g. articles of association, constitution or by-laws;
  • latest strategic plan;
  • by-laws of commercial entity or foundation belonging to the Association (preferably in English) (if relevant).

More information is available here.

Upon invitation by AC Forum, applicant associations present their organisation during the next General Assembly.

Decisions on membership are made by the General Assembly on recommendation by the Board.

Applications for membership should be sent to the Secretary General at before 1 October.

AC Forum Secretariat

Finola Quinn
T: +353 51644040

Registered Address

AC Forum
c/o Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Dr. Karl Lueger-Platz 5
A-1010 Wien

Corresponding Address

AC Forum
c/o Finola Quinn
Co Kilkenny
E32 H729