IESG Liaison

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Additional information about the IAB liason to the IESG

This page describes some general advice beyond that listed the Liaison Shepherd Job Description page.


The IESG and the IAB have a close working relationship that requires joint meetings and discussions. There are two members of the IAB that sit on the IESG, the first being the IAB chair as a de-facto voting member of the IESG and the non-voting IAB liaison to the IESG (here after referred to as the IESG Liaison).


The IESG Liaison is expected to attend:

  • weekly IESG meetings
  • IESG meetings at IETF conferences
  • the IESG retreat
  • the iabiesg jabber channel

The IESG Liaison will not attend any IESG executive sessions, which are privileged to voting members.

Passing of Information

The IESG Liaison is expected to capture information of interest to the IAB at IESG events and pass that back to the IAB via the IAB list(s) or at IAB meetings. Although this is likely to be done by the IAB chair as well, the IESG Liaison serves as a non-voting, neutral third-party to double check that all relevant information is indeed reported and to accurately summarize the opinions of the IESG.