Since 2013 the office of the IUGG Secretariat is located in Potsdam and hosted by the Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Department 1. The IUGG Secretariat is administrated by the IUGG Secretary General Dr. Alik Ismail-Zadeh (KIT, Karlsruhe) and the Executive Secretary / Assistant Secretary General Dr. Franz Kuglitsch (GFZ, Potsdam) and is assisted by Ms. Katrin Gundrum (GFZ, Potsdam).
The International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) is a non-governmental, non-profit, international organization established in Brussels on 28 July 1919. The IUGG is dedicated to the promotion and coordination of scientific studies of the Earth and its environment in space. These studies include the shape of the Earth, its gravitational and magnetic fields, the dynamics of the Earth as a whole and of its component parts, the Earth's internal structure, composition and tectonics, earthquakes and elastic wave propagation, the generation of magmas, volcanism and rock formation, the hydrological cycle including snow and ice, all aspects of the oceans, the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and solar-terrestrial relations, and analogous problems associated with the Moon and other planets. IUGG encourages the application of this knowledge to societal needs, such as mineral resources, mitigation of natural hazards and environmental preservation.
For more information about the Union, please visit the IUGG homepage www.IUGG.org.