Up until the 2007 Spring MIST meeting a single MIST coordinator was responsible for co-ordinating MIST. However, it was felt that the increased needs of the community could not be well served by a single individual and so it was agreed at the MIST business meeting that a new council be formed to organise MIST activities. It is hoped that the council will help to raise the visibility and impact of MIST science. The 1st MIST council was elected by the community (estimated 30% turnout with 75 returns) on 18 June 2007, and a sixth member was added in 2016.
Members of MIST Council serve for three year terms and the PhD Student Representative serves for a one year term, as outlined in the MIST Charter. Elections are held annually in June, and typically two positions on MIST Council fall vacant in a given year. Members of MIST Council can only stand for election for two consecutive terms (but there is no restriction on the total number of times that a member of the MIST community can stand for election).
Current members of MIST council are: