Icon Networks

Icon’s Networks provide the means for members to come together to consider cross-disciplinary topics, or to progress short-term or long-term objectives focusing on issues

There are currently eight Icon networks:

What is a Network?

  • Cross-specialist
  • Outreach and engagement oriented
  • Committee of two or more Icon members: Proposer and Seconder
  • Set objectives allied to Icon’s strategic plan
  • Focus on an area outside Icon’s current core activities
  • Can be fixed-term
  • Subject to ratification by Icon’s Board of Trustees

Do you want to start a new Network?

Members seeking to set to set up a new Network should read through the Guidelines below, and follow the instructions provided.

What do I need to do?

All prospective Icon Networks are subject to ratification by Icon’s Board of Trustees. Once approved Networks gain formal recognition within Icon and can apply for funding to support events and other costs. Networks can also use Icon’s internal communication systems to raise awareness of their topic among members and non-members alike.

Speak to the Head of Membership in the first instance to discuss your idea and objectives. You can then complete and submit a Network Inception Form (below).

Network Inception Form


What is required?

  • A Chair
  • A second committee member
  • Evidence of support amongst the Icon membership

Icon's Membership Manager will act as Treasurer

What support is available to Networks?

  • Status within Icon
  • Opportunities to engage Icon members and potential members
  • Communications with the membership
  • Potential funding for events and Committee expenses (in line with Icon’s established policies)
  • Website space
  • Admin support
  • Publicity

What is excluded?

  • Cannot be used for groups of members to apply for funding to attend non-Icon events of any description
  • Cannot be used for groups of members to advance commercial interests, for example to stage a conference promoting a private organisation
  • Cannot be used for groups of members to go on conservation-related study trips​

Image: Delegates at Icon Conference 2016; Bianca Harvey