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Persönliches Profil:

Profilfoto von  Prof. Dr. Harald Schuh

Prof. Dr. Harald Schuh

Leitung Geodätische Weltraumverfahren

Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam
Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ

Haus A 17, Raum 10.02
14473 Potsdam
Telefon: +49 331 288-1100
Fax: +49 331 288-1111
E-Mail: harald.schuh(at)gfz-potsdam.de


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Funktion und Aufgaben:

Director of Dept. 1 “Geodesy and Remote Sensing” at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Professor for “Satellite Geodesy” at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Chair of the Internal Scientific Council

Professor (on leave) for “Higher Geodesy“ at Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien)


1980             Scientific Assistant, Photogrammetric Institute of the University of Bonn

1980-1986     Scientific Assistant, Geodetic Institute of the University of Bonn

1987-1988     Associate Professor (C1), Geodetic Institute of the University of Bonn

1989-1995     Program Scientist and Coordinator for research programmes of the EC, German Air and
                    Space Agency (DLR), Cologne

1995-2000     Senior Scientist and Head of Dept. 1 ‘Earth Rotation‘, German Geodetic Research Institute (DGFI),

2000-2012     Full Professor (Chair), Director of the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics (2003-2012), Head of
                    Research Unit Advanced Geodesy (2000-2012), Chair of Study Committee (until 5/2007),
                    Vice-Dean of Study Affairs (until 12/2007), Chair of Faculty Board (2006-2011) University of
                    Technology Vienna, Austria

since 2012    Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

Abitur, Hebel-Gymnasium Pforzheim, Germany, 1974

Diploma (=M.S.) in Geodesy (Majors: Adjustment Theory and Statistics, Photogrammetry), University of Bonn, Germany, 1979

Ph.D., University of Bonn Germany, Doctoral thesis: ‘VLBI for the determination of station displacements and Earth rotation‘, 1986


Convener or Co-Convener of several national and international symposia, meetings and workshops

Coordinator of the IVS Pilot Project – Tropospheric Parameters (2002-2003) and of the IVS operational project TROP (since 2003)

Referee, member of evaluation committees and consultant of the German Ministry of Research and Technology and of the DFG

Coordinator of the German Research Group on Earth Rotation (1999-2003) funded by the German Research Foundation

Coordinator of the International EOP Prediction Comparison Campaign (EOP_PCC) within the IERS (since 2005)

Principal proposer and project coordinator of twelve national research projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and of eight research projects funded by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Co-proposer of thirteen research projects funded by DFG, FWF, and other funding organizations

Co-PI of the proposal for the GRASP space mission by NASA/JPL

Principal proposer and project leader of several bi-lateral projects funded by DAAD, MPG, and ÖAD (Germany-China, Germany-Spain, Austria-China, Austria-Hungary, Austria-Poland, Austria-Spain, and others) and of project BALGEOS with several Balkan countries

Supervisor, reviewer or examiner of more than 30 diploma theses, of 26 doctor theses, and of 6 habilitations since 1983.

At present: Supervisor of eight doctor theses, which will be completed within the next three years (topics: VLBI, GPS, combination of space geodetic techniques, troposphere, ionosphere, Earth rotation, interactions in system Earth)

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

Elected President of the International Association Geodesy (IAG) since 2015

Corresponding Member of the DGK (German Geodetic Commission, since 2002), Member since 2012

Elected Chair of the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS) Directing Board (2007-2013), Member of the Directing Board (2001-2015)

Elected member of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Executive Committee (since 2003, re-elected 2007) as Service Representative, Vice-President 2011-2015

President of IAG Subcommission 1.4 Interaction of Celestial and Terrestrial Reference Frames (2006-2011) and member of the Steering Committee of IAG Commission 1 ‘Reference Frames’ (2007-2011)

Member of the Steering Committee of IAG Commission 3 ‘Earth Rotation and Geodynamics’ (2003-2007, 2007-2011)

President of IAU Commission 19 (C19) “Rotation of the Earth” (2009-2012) 

Member of the Organizing Committee (OC) of C19 as IAG Representative (2006-2009), as C19 President (2009-2012), and as C19 Past President (2012-2015)

Member of Division I (“Fundamental Astronomy”) Organizing Committee (2009–2012) 

Deputy-Representative of the IVS in the GGOS (Global Geodetic Observing System) Steering Committee (2007-2011) 

Elected member of the International Center for Earth Tides (ICET) Directing Board (2003-2015) 

Chairman of IVS Working Group 2 (2001-2002) ‘Product Specification and Observing Programs‘

Chairman of IAG/ETC Working Group 6 (1997-2000) ‘Solid Earth Tides in Space Geodetic Techniques‘ and co-chair since 2001 (within Commission 3 of the IAG)

Member or consultant of various commissions, study groups and working groups in geodesy (IAG) and astronomy (IAU)

President of the Austrian National Committee on Earth Sciences for the IUGG (ÖNK; 2009-2013)

President of the  Austrian Geodetic Commission (ÖGK; 2008-2013)

Vice-President of the Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation (OVG; 2006-2012) 

Scientific Advisory Board of the German Research Group on Satellite Geodesy (FGS, 2010)

Scientific Advisory Board of the European Optical Fibre Project NEAT-FT (2012-2015)

Chair of Scientific Advisory Board of the Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut (DGFI), München, Germany (since 2010)


Descartes Prize of the European Union (300,000 EUR) for the Project ‚Non-rigid Earth nutation model – Pinpoint positioning in a wobbly world’, 2003

Elected as a Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), 2007

Doctor honoris causa (Dr. h.c.) of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Geodesy (UACEG), Sofia, Bulgaria, 2009

Vening Meinesz Medal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), 2011

Author & Editor:

Author or co-author of about 320 publications (70 peer-reviewed), main subjects: VLBI, Earth rotation, geodynamics, reference frames, troposphere, ionosphere

Editor or co-editor of thirteen national and international publications (books, proceedings, or special issues)

Co-editor of Journal of Geodesy (2004-2007)

Co-editor of ‘vgi’ (Journal of the Austrian OVG, 2006-2012), of ZfV (Journal of the German DVW), of Advances in Astronomy and Space Physics (AASP, Ukraine), of Journal of Geodesy and Geoinformation (Turkey), of Reports on Geodesy (Poland), of Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica Hungarica (AGGH, Hungary)

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