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Emeritus Professor Chris RizosEmeritus Professor Chris Rizos has been voted in as President-Elect of the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) during the General Assembly in Montreal in July 2019.

The IUGG is a non-profit global organisation dedicated to promoting international cooperation in earth sciences. Founded one hundred years ago, with Australia as one of the union’s nine founding members, IUGG is committed to the principle of free exchange of data and knowledge among nations, and encourages unreserved scientific participation by all peoples.

Through his new role, Professor Rizos hopes to raise visibility of IUGG and communicate its continued relevance for global science, as well as increase engagement with early-career scientists in developing countries.

Professor Elaine Sadler AO FAA, the Australian Academy of Science’s Foreign Secretary, commended Professor Rizos on his election and its impact on science in Australia.

“Professor Rizos’s appointment is an excellent example of Australia’s reputation as an active and valuable member of the international science community,” she said, “His service will enhance Australia’s authority on the international stage and cultivate relationships that can facilitate meaningful research.”

Professor Rizos is the second Australian President in the union’s 100-year history. He is an emeritus professor of geodesy and navigation at UNSW Sydney, a previous Head of School of UNSW Surveying and Geomatic Engineering, a member of the bureau of the IUGG, and an observer on the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Earth Sciences. He has previously served as Chair on the union’s Visioning Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.

Information above sourced from a press release from Australia Academy of Science:
The Academy’s involvement in the IUGG General Assembly included a networking reception to celebrate Australian geodesy and geophysics, commemorate the IUGG’s centenary and recognise Australia’s role as one of the union's nine founding members.

About Chris Rizos:
Professor Rizos’ early fascination with old maps and Australia’s exploring pioneers sparked his own exploration of what we know today as the global navigation satellite technologies of the future. His research in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), and their applications extends across the whole spectrum of uses from Navigation to Geodesy. With over 20 years of service to some of the most prominent international geodetic organisations, he has had the opportunity to be part of the evolution of a field that has considerable global impact.

Chris has been researching the technology and applications of GPS since 1985, and is an author/co-author of over 700 journal and conference papers.

As a big picture thinker he has watched Geodesy rapidly evolve with its tools and datasets helping geoscientists monitor global change (including natural and climate change), changes in the environment (to ice sheets and atmosphere) and geohazards (volcanos and earthquakes), and surveyors and engineers applying these technologies from small-scale building works to international mapping projects. Through his research, Professor Rizos’ aims to “spatially enable” all aspects of life, through the further development of technologies and systems that provide continuous, seamless, high accuracy positioning of objects, people and every feature on the surface of the Earth.

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