As a committee member and someone who thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a lot from the last IAA AFIR / Life colloquium I would like to encourage more people to join the IAA.
To become a member all you need to do is click the relevant box when you fill your membership subs form for whichever act governing body you belong to.
The formal sessions allow you to learn what is going on in other countries in your own area so that you obtain a wider rather than a parochial view.
The networking sessions, as well as being enjoyable, allow you to discuss the details of the formal sessions in a more informal setting, again enabling you to gain a far greater insight
There is a saying a problem shared is a problem halved, sharing a problem internationally reduces well below the 50% level!