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Call for the Central Bureau of the International Gravity Field Service (IGFS)

posted by
Sz. Rózsa

On behalf of the International Association of Geodesy, the IGFS and its member services hereby request proposals for the operation of the IGFS Central Bureau. An organizational
structure to operate the Central Bureau and an operational plan must be provided in the proposal. The proposal should clearly address the capabilities being offered by the institution, its financial ability and commitment to carry them out, and appropriate points of contact.

The funds required for the IGFS Central Bureau have to be provided by the proposing institution. Proposers may also solicit support from external entities in terms of financial
contributions and expertise. From the proposal it should be clear that the proposing institution has the expertise, capabilities and financial background to perform the proposed tasks.

The initial term of this appointment will be 4 years. The term will be automatically renewed subject to satisfactory performance, unless either party gives notice 6 months prior to the end of the term.

Earlier applicants from the previous calls for hosting of the IGFS CB are encouraged to resubmit a proposal with more details on the implementation plan.


The proposal should contain the following parts: title, proposing institution and its address, designated head of the bureau, abstract, goals, expertise, work, schedule and allocated resources.

The proposal should outline an implantation plan for the daily functioning of the Central Bureau, including names and experience of staff (if already known).

The proposal should include planned points of contacts, and the anticipated way of securing efficient communication with the individual gravity field services (IGB, IGeS, ICGEM, ...), the elected president of the IGFS and the GGOS executive. If the director of the Central Bureau is not physically located at the same place as the CB secretariat, details should be provided on how the CB will secure the smooth operation of its regular business.

Some ideas or vision on how to improve the performance of the IGFS in terms of better supporting global geodesy and GGOS from the gravity field community would be welcome.

A time schedule should be given for setting up the web site and communications. Proposals should be concise, no more than 7-8 pages in length. Proposals should be submitted electronically and by mail not later than June 1, 2010. A pdf (or mailed-in) letter by the responsible head of the proposing institution, with the authority for the commitment of human and financial resources, should be enclosed.

Applications to be send to the IAG General Secretary:

International Association of Geodesy (IAG)
c/o Deutsches Geodaetisches Forschungsinstitut (DGFI)
Alfons-Goppel-Straße 11
D - 80 539 Muenchen, Germany

For more details please see complete Call for Proposal in PDF format.
> IGFS_call_for_proposals_2010a.pdf

IGFS CB Call for Proposals 2010