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Volunteer with ILADS

Much of the work done with ILADS is through the time, dedication, and expertise of our members who serve on committees. If you are an ILADS member who is interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form below. Once received, the ILADS Membership Director will reach out to you to discuss placement on a committee. Be sure to include an accurate phone number and email address on your application.

ILADS Volunteer Expectations:

  • Most committees have regularly scheduled monthly conference calls (usually 1 hour) on Zoom with Agenda and an ILADS Staff Liaison.
  • Volunteer hours/month: typically, 1-2 hours, possibly more based on projects; Committees work year-round.
  • Only ILADS members are allowed to serve on committees.
  • By submitting the ILADS Volunteer Form, you agree that all work done by the Committee while serving on that committee will be wholly owned by ILADS. This is true regardless of whether you leave the group before the work is concluded.

For more details, please contact the ILADS Membership Director, Whitney O’Donnell at


ILADS Committee Descriptions

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is responsible for overseeing and guiding the membership on matters related to professional medical behavior and conduct. They meet as needed and often work closely with reviewing procedures and protocols listed in the Bylaws of the society.

European Committee

The European Committee is responsible for the conceptual development and the content of the annual ILADS European Scientific Conference. This committee recruits speakers and reviews all abstracts as to worthiness and appropriateness based on the concept and content of the conference. Members with experience planning international events and who have colleagues outside the U.S. are preferred. This committee meets monthly via Zoom.

Medical Education (ME) Committee

The ME Committee is responsible for developing programs and educational materials to further professional education for members and licensed medical professionals. Their focus is to share knowledge and techniques that will allow the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases. They prepare an annual slate of online learning opportunities as well as, recruit speakers for monthly/quarterly webinars. At times, members of the ME Committee are asked to moderate such webinars. This committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00 PM EDT.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee plays an integral part in reviewing/approving new members each month. If needed, committee members may be asked to interview new member applicants. Additionally, the Membership Committee is responsible for creating and implementing strategies for membership retention and recruitment, as well as promoting membership benefits. This committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at 8:00 PM EDT.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is responsible for recruiting new ILADS and ILADEF elected officers. They prepare a slate of nominees to be voted upon by the general membership during the ILADS Scientific Conference each year. The slate of potential new leaders is to be created at least 5 months prior to the Scientific Conference. This committee meets by email and/or telephone (via Zoom).

Annual Conference Program Committee
The Program Committee is responsible for the conceptual development and the content of the annual ILADS Scientific Conference. This committee is formed prior to the end of the annual conference each year and is responsible for designating the number of plenary speakers and breakout sessions for the Annual Scientific Conference. The committee is required to review all abstracts from potential speakers as to worthiness and appropriateness based on the concept and content of the conference.

The first meeting of the Program Committee is held in December following the annual conference. Bi-monthly meetings are held from January through May or until the program is finalized. They meet via Zoom.