What is a CHAPTER?

A chapter is the basic unit of UAEM’s organisation. It is a group of self-organised students and in some cases, young professionals, primarily based at an academic institution, often with faculty support. Chapters range in size, from more intimate groups of 2 or 3, to larger gatherings of around 30 or more students. Find your chapter! Don’t have one at your university? Start one! Email to find out more.

How do chapters operate within THE NETWORK?

The answer to this question varies depending on where in the world you are, all chapters are encouraged to reach out to other chapters around them. This often works on a national or regional basis, according to geographical, cultural, and logistical constraints as well as the needs and goals of the individual chapters involved.

In the United States and Canada, chapters organize on a national and international level, having virtual and physical meetings to collaborate on activities. To get involved in the North American (NA) network, email or find your local chapter.

The North American Coordinating Committee is a panel of UAEM student leaders who are responsible for shaping UAEM’s work in North America as well as leading key projects throughout the course of the year. They can be reached at

In Europe, some chapters have organized into national branches, such as the UK and Germany, while there are also activities based on language with Francophone and Germanophone meetings. All of these collaborate on a European level via the European Coordinating Committee.


We try hard to base all of our work at a chapter level, or the ‘grassroots’, which means that there are numerous activities for chapters, although the decision about which campaigns and projects to work on always rests with the chapters themselves. We do have an overarching international strategic plan and activities should contribute towards our general UAEM goals and objectives.

Traditionally, chapters have focussed primarily on organising themselves, and then pursuing a campaign for implementation of the Global Access Licensing Framework at their university. However, as more and more universities have adopted licensing strategies, we have moved to new advocacy tools and strategies, such as the University Report Card.

Basic activities that chapters conduct include:

  • Educational events: holding panel debates, workshops, documentary screenings, and webinar courses.
  • Direct action: putting pressure on inert faculty through flash mobs, protests, and public demonstrations.
  • Awareness raising: publishing articles, creating materials such as posters, videos and songs, using social media, appearing on radio and television.
  • Advocacy: conducting independent research, holding meetings with key-decision makers, publishing policy briefs and submitting to consultation processes.

For assistance in organizing chapter events and actions fill out this form to set up a remote meeting or in-person visit with our chapter contact. You can also always find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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