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IVS School on Very Long Baseline Interferometry

The IVS organized its 2nd training school at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO), South Africa, 9‒12 March 2016. The purpose of the training school was to help prepare the next generation of researchers to understand VLBI systems and inspire them in their future careers. The 45 participants included 32 students from institutions in different countries in Africa and Asia, Europe, and North America as well as 13 professionals (including postdocs) from the VLBI community and other fields of space geodesy. For more information, please click here!

The ITRF 2014 has been published

The new version of the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF) was released in January 21, 2016, and is available at the dedicated website: http://itrf.ign.fr/ITRF_solutions/2014/. For more information, please click here!

Milestone reached on Svalbard

The Norwegian Mapping Authority’s new geodetic Earth observatory at Ny Ålesund in the Svalbard islands is taking shape, with the first stage completed just over a year after construction began.

This means that the new instrument building is now ready to receive the antennas which will be used to measure the planet’s motions and changes. For more information, please click here!

A roadmap for the enhancement of geodesy

The United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Working Group on the Global Geodetic Reference Frame (GGRF) is now drafting a roadmap for the enhancement of the Global Geodetic Reference Frame. Importantly the roadmap will also address factors affecting the Sustainability of the GGRF. For more information, please click here!

UN General Assembly urges sharing of geospatial data to benefit people and planet

The science that supports the precise pinpointing of people and places should be shared more widely, according to the United Nations General Assembly as it adopted its first resolution recognizing the importance of a globally-coordinated approach to geodesy – the discipline focused on accurately measuring the shape, rotation and gravitational field of planet Earth. For more information, please click here!

Welcome to the International Association of Geodesy

The International Association of Geodesy (IAG) is a scientific organization in the field of geodesy. It promotes scientific cooperation and research in geodesy on a global scale and contributes to it through its various research bodies. It is an active member of the International Association of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) which itself is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU).
The IAG has a long and distinguished history that goes back to 1862, the year, in which the "Mitteleuropäische Gradmessung" was established. This organization was formed to promote scientific work in geodesy in Central Europe, following a proposal made a year earlier by J.J. Baeyer (1861). In 1867, the name of the organization was changed to "Europäische Gradmessung", because by then countries from all of Europe had joined the organization. In 1886, the name was changed to "Internationale Erdmessung", emphasizing the need for international cooperation to solve the scientific tasks of geodesy. The French and English translations of this name resulted in the current name "International Association of Geodesy (IAG)". Thus, the IAG as an international scientific organization goes back to 1886 and is one of the oldest international organizations of this kind.


The Mission of the Association is the advancement ofgeodesy. The IAG implements its mission byfurthering geodetic theory through research andteaching, by collecting, analyzing, modelling andinterpreting observational data, by stimulating technological development and by providing a consistent representation of the figure, rotation, and gravity field ofthe Earth and planets, and their temporal variations.

  • Report: 4th IAG Symposium “Terrestrial Gravimetry. Static and Mobile Measurements”
  • Report 3rd JISDM 2016
  • IAG Commission 4 Symposium - Positioning and Applications

  • Current date: May 27, 2016

    2016-05-23- 2016-05-27
    Airborne Gravimetry Summer School
    Silver Spring, MD, USA


    GGHS 2016
    Joint Symposium of Commission 2 and IGFS
    Thessaloniki, Greece
    Abstract submission

    2016-06-05- 2016-06-09
    18th Int. Symposium on Geodynamics and Earth Tides

    2016-06-06- 2016-06-10
    IGS Geoid School
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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