Alexander Rudloff , Consultant of the GFZ Executive Board, has been elected the new Secretary General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) in Montreal, Canada. The end of the IUGG General Assembly on 17 July marks the end of the term of office of his predecessor, Alik Ismail-Zadeh of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The IUGG office has been located at the GFZ in Potsdam since 2013.
Rudloff (54), who holds a doctorate in geophysics, has been active for many years in international research management and in numerous committees. He was a member of the project management team for the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System GITEWS and project manager for the Research Field Earth and Environment of the Helmholtz Association. From 2003 to 2015 he held the position of Treasurer of the German Geophysical Society.
The term of office of the IUGG Secretary General is four years. This is also the period until the next General Assembly that will take place in 2023 in Berlin, which was also decided now in Montreal. The federal capital had prevailed against Athens. Berlin was promoted by a team led by Harald Schuh, Director of the Department of Geodesy at GFZ. The application was supported by the International Office of GFZ, and 'Research in Germany', an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Reinhard Hüttl, Chairman of the GFZ Board, congratulated all participants on the "great team success" and wished Alexander Rudloff every success in his new position. "The IUGG Conference in Berlin will certainly be a major logistical challenge, but it will also be an opportunity to demonstrate the unique concentration of geoscientific expertise in the Berlin-Brandenburg region to an international audience of experts," said Hüttl. Around 4,000 delegates from numerous countries travelled to Montreal for this year's General Assembly. (jz)