FIAV

The Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques (FIAV, English: International Federation of Vexillological Organizations) is an international federation of 50 regional, national, and multinational associations and institutions across the globe that study vexillology, which FIAV defines in its constitution as “the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge.”

History
FIAV was provisionally organized on September 3, 1967, at the Second International Congress of Vexillology held in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, and officially created on September 7, 1969, at the Third International Congress of Vexillology held in Boston, Massachusetts.

Governance
FIAV has a three-person Board consisting of a President, Secretary-General, and Secretary-General for Congresses. The Board manages the current affairs of FIAV and convenes the biennial sessions of the General Assembly, which are held during each International Congress of Vexillology (ICV). The FIAV General Assembly is composed of a delegate from each of FIAV’s members. The General Assembly elects the Board and is responsible for setting policy.

Members
Current members of FIAV are:

Associació Catalana de Vexil·lología (ACV) (Spain: Catalonia)
Bandiere Storiche (BS) (Italy: Milan)
The Burgee Data Archives (BDA) (Canada)
The Canadian Flag Association (CFA) / L’Association canadienne de vexillologie (Canada)
Centre Belgo-Européen d’Études des Drapeaux (CEBED) (Belgium)
Centro Italiano Studi Vessillologici (CISV) (Italy)
Centrum Flagi Ziemi (CFZ) (Poland)
Česká vexilologická společnost o. s. (CVS) (Czech Republic)
Chesapeake Bay Flag Association (CBFA) (United States: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia)
Cumann Geinealais na hÉireann Teoranta / Genealogical Society of Ireland Limited (GSI) (Ireland and Northern Ireland)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flaggenkunde e.V. (DGF) (Germany)
Flag Heritage Foundation (FHF) (United States)
The Flag Institute (FI) (United Kingdom)
The Flag Research Center (FRC) (United States)
Flag Research Centre of Sri Lanka (FRCSL) (Sri Lanka)
Flag Society of Australia Inc. (doing business as Flags Australia) (FSA) (Australia)
Flags of the World (FOTW) (Canada)
Fundación Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios Culturales (CIDEC) (Argentina)
Great Waters Association of Vexillology (GWAV) (United States: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio)
Heraldica Slovenica (HS) (Slovenia)
Heraldischer Verein “Zum Kleeblatt” von 1888 zu Hannover e.V. (HVK) (Germany)
Hrvatsko grboslovno i zastavoslovno društvo (HGZD) (Croatia)
Indian Vexillological Association (IVA) (India)
Instytut Heraldyczno-Weksylologiczny (IHW) (Poland)
Kevarzhe Vannielouriezh Vreizh (KVV) / Société Bretonne de Vexillologie (France: Brittany)
Magyarországi Zászlo Társaság (MZT) (Hungary)
Македонско Хералдичко Здружение (MHZ) / Makedonsko Heraldièko Združenie / Macedonian Heraldry Society (Macedonia)
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Vlaggenkunde (NVvV) (The Netherlands)
New England Vexillological Association (NEVA) (United States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont)
New Zealand Flag Association (NZFA) (New Zealand)
日本旗章学協会 / Nihon Kishôgaku Kyôkai (JAVA) / Japanese Vexillological Association (Japan)
Nordisk Flaggselskap (NF) / Nordisk Flagselskab / Nordiska Flaggsällskapet / Norræna Fánafélagið / Pohjoismaiden Lippuseura (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden)
North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) (Canada and United States)
Partioheraldikot r.y. (PH) (Finland)
Polskie Towarzystwo Weksylologiczne (PTW) (Poland)
The Portland Flag Association (PFA) (United States: Oregon)
Русский Центр флаговедения и геральдики (RCVH) / Russian Centre of Vexillology and Heraldry (Russia)
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Fahnen- und Flaggenkunde (SSV) / Société Suisse de Vexillologie / Società Svizzera di Vessillologia (Switzerland)
Sociedad Española de Vexilología (SEV) (Spain)
Societas Vexillologica Belgica (SVB) (Belgium)
Societatea de Genealogie, Heraldică şi Arhivistică “Paul Gore” (SGHAPG) (Moldova)
Société française de vexillologie (SFV) (France)
Southern African Vexillological Association (SAVA) (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe)
საქართველოს პარლამენტთან არსებული ჰერალდიკის სახელმწიფო საბჭო / State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia (Georgia)
Stichting Vlaggenmuseum Nederland (SVN) (The Netherlands)
Stichting Vlaggenparade Rotterdam (SVPR) (The Netherlands)
Středisko vexilologických informací (SVI) / Flag Data Centre (Czech Republic)
Українське Геральдичне Товариство (UHT) / Ukrayins’ke Heral’dychne Tovarystvo / The Ukrainian Heraldry Society (Ukraine)
Vexillological Association of the State of Texas (VAST) (United States: Texas)
World Vexillological Research Institute (WVRI) (Czech Republic)

Officers
The members of the FIAV Board are:

Michel R. Lupant (President) of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
Charles A. Spain, Jr. (Secretary–General) of Houston
Graham Bartram (Secretary–General for Congresses) of London