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November 2017

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IAG Newsletter November 2017

November 2017

Editor: Gyula Tóth

IAG Communication and Outreach Branch

Department of Geodesy and Surveying

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

H-1521 Budapest, Hungary

Information Service of the International Association of Geodesy

http://www.iag-aig.org               newsletter@iag-aig.org


General Announcements. 3

Strengthening the role of geodesy. 3

Meeting Announcements. 5

Meetings Calendar. 5

IAG Sponsored Meetings. 5

SIRGAS Workshop on SLR in Latin America. 5

12th Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems. 5

UN GGIM AP / IAG / FIG Technical Seminar on Reference Frames in Practice. 5

EUREF Symposium 2018. 5

10th IVS General Meeting. 5

IX Hotine-Marussi Symposium on Mathematical Geodesy. 5

42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly. 5

IAU XXXth General Assembly. 5

GGHS2018. 5

International DORIS Service (IDS) Workshop. 5

IGS 2018 Workshop. 5

21st International Workshop on Laser Ranging. 5

27th IUGG General Assembly. 6

IAG Related Meetings. 6

AGU 2017 Fall Meeting. 6

LBS 2018. 6

Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2018. 6

EGU General Assembly 2018. 6

AOGS 15th Annual Meeting. 6

AGU 2018 Fall Meeting. 6

EGU General Assembly 2019. 6

AOGS 16th Annual Meeting. 6






The IAG Newsletter is under the editorial responsibility of the Communication and Outreach Branch (COB) of the IAG.

It is an open forum and contributors are welcome to send material (preferably in electronic form) to the IAG COB (newsletter@iag-aig.org). These contributions should complement information sent by IAG officials or by IAG symposia organizers (reports and announcements). The IAG Newsletter is published monthly. It is available in different formats from the IAG new internet site: http://www.iag-aig.org

Each IAG Newsletter includes several of the following topics:

I.        news from the Bureau Members

II.      general information

III.    reports of IAG symposia

IV.     reports by commissions, special commissions or study groups

V.       symposia announcements

VI.     book reviews

VII.   fast bibliography




Strengthening the role of geodesy


The new United Nations Subcommittee on Geodesy was inaugurated in Mexico City this week. 


The inaugural meeting for the United Nations Subcommittee on Geodesy was convened on November 26th and 27th, and was hosted by INEGI in Mexico City.


"This is certainly a good day for geodesy", says Gary Johnston, one of the two co-chairs of the subcommittee.

"The new subcommittee is now established and this is an important step for improving global geodesy. We must work for the benefit of all member states," says Alexey Trifonov, who is the newly elected co-chair from the Russian Federation.

The inaugural meeting for the Subcommittee on Geodesy was convened on November 26th and 27th, and was hosted by INEGI in Mexico City in the margins of the 2017 UN-GGIM High Level Forum. 19 Member States and organisations participated in the meeting.

Australia's Gary Johnston is continuing as co-chair for the next year, while Norway's Laila Løvhøiden is stepping down.

"It is important that the co-chairing of the subcommittee is shared between the Member States as this will increase the involvement and spread the work load, Løvhøiden says. Norway has co-chaired the geodesy working group under UN-GGIM since 2013, and I am convinced that it will be very good for our work that the Russian Federation now has acceded this position".

The new co-chair is looking forward to start his new assignment for global geodesy.

"An appropriate governance mechanism is a keystone for future work . And now we must make efforts to make this new governance mechanism as sustainable and long-term as the existing geodetic organizations are," says Alexey Trifonov.

The creation of the subcommittee started last year, when United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) decided to elevate the Global Geodetic Reference Frame (GGRF) Working Group to a permanent Subcommittee on Geodesy. On the 4th August this year the UN-GGIM seventh session in New York endorsed the terms of reference and formally established the first permanent UN-GGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy.

The subcommittee will now focus on continuing the successful efforts of the GGRF Working Group.

"It is about ensuring that all countries in this world have access to precise positioning because we know it benefits their societies and the people that live within them. The geodetic reference frame makes this possible." says Gary Johnston.

The work on developing an implementation plan for the GGRF Roadmap and a position paper for a governance structure is progressing and will be reported to the UN-GGIM Committee of Experts at its eighth session in August 2018.

"We are about strengthening the role of geodesy in society and providing a greater governmental mandate that will hopefully result in sustainable operations of geodetic infrastructure and capacity development programs as well", says Johnston.


Alexey Trifonov is the newly elected co-chair from the Russian Federation. Australia's Gary Johnston is continuing as co-chair for the next year, while Norway's Laila Løvhøiden is stepping down.


 (Photos: Anne Jørgensen and INEGI)


Anne Jørgensen



Meetings Calendar


IAG Sponsored Meetings

November 30 – December 1, 2017, Mendoza, Argentina

URL: http://ingenieria.uncuyo.edu.ar/sirgas2017/en/

December 2-7, 2017, Kyoto, Japan

URL: http://icg12.jp/

May 4-5, 2018, Istanbul, Turkey

URL: https://iag.dgfi.tum.de/en/meetings-calendar/

May 30 – June 1, 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

URL: http://www.euref.eu/euref_symposia.html

June 3-8, 2018, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway

URL: https://video.kartverket.no/the-10th-ivs-general-meeting

June 18-22, 2018, Rome, Italy

URL: https://sites.google.com/uniroma1.it/hotinemarussi2018/

July 14-22, 2018, Pasadena, CA, USA

URL: http://cospar2018.org/

August 20-31, 2018, Vienna, Austria

URL: http://astronomy2018.univie.ac.at/

September 17-21, 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

“Gravity, Geoid and Height Systems 2” Symposium, 2nd joint meeting of the International Gravity Field Service and Commission 2 of the IAG

URL: http://www.space.dtu.dk/gghs2018

September 24-29, 2018, Ponta Delgada, Azores

URL: https://iag.dgfi.tum.de/en/meetings-calendar/

October 29 – November 2, 2018, Wuhan, China

URL: https://iag.dgfi.tum.de/en/meetings-calendar/

November 5-9, 2018, Canberra, Australia

URL: http://www.serc.org.au/ilrs-2018/

July 8 – 17, 2019, Montreal, Canada

URL: http://www.iugg.org/assemblies/




IAG Related Meetings

December 11-15, 2017, New Orleans, LA, USA

URL: https://meetings.agu.org/

January 15-17 , 2018, Zurich, Switzerland

URL: http://lbsconference.org

March 15-17 , 2018, Munich, Germany

URL: http://www.munich-satellite-navigation-summit.org

April 8-13 , 2018, Vienna, Austria

URL: http://www.egu2018.eu/

June 3-8, 2018, Hawaii, USA

URL: http://www.asiaoceania.org/society/public.asp?view=up_coming

December 10-14, 2018, Washington, D.C., USA

URL: https://meetings.agu.org/

April 7-12 , 2019, Vienna, Austria

URL: http://www.egu2019.eu/ 

July 28 – August 2, 2019, Singapore, Singapore

URL: http://www.asiaoceania.org/society/public.asp?view=up_coming