Upcoming Events

Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Mgmt.

The Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will be held from 31 July - 4 August 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Preceded by a number of related side events from 31 Jul y - 1 August 2017, the Seventh Session of UN-GGIM ( 2-4 August 2017 ) will bring together senior officials and executives from national geospatial information and statistical authorities within Member States, and international geospatial experts from across the globe.

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) established the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) in July 2011 (ECOSOC Resolution 2011/24) as the official United Nations consultative mechanism on global geospatial information management.

The primary objectives of the UN Committee of Experts are to provide a forum for coordination and dialogue among Member States, and between Member States and relevant international organizations, and to propose work-plans with a view to promoting global frameworks, common principles, policies, guidelines and standards for the interoperability and inter-changeability of geospatial data and services.

Website | Location: United Nations Plaza, New York, NY, USA | Date: 2017-07-31 through 2017-08-04


IAG and IASPEI Joint Scientific Assembly

On behalf of the Geodetic Society of Japan, the Seismological Society of Japan (SSJ), and the IAG-IASPEI 2017 Local Organizing Committee, we would like to invite you to the Joint Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior (IASPEI) to be held in Kobe, Japan from July 30 through August 4, 201

Website | Location: Kobe, Japan | Date: 2017-07-30 through 2017-08-04


AOGS 14th Annual Meeting

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) was established in 2003 to promote geosciences and its application for the benefit of humanity, specifically in Asia and Oceania and with an overarching approach to global issues.

Website | Location: Singapore | Date: 2017-08-06 through 2017-08-11


2017 International Symposium of Asia-Pacific Space-Geodynamics (APSG) Project

The main objective of the Asia-Pacific Space Geodynamics (APSG) Program is to unite all relevant activities in the region into a cooperative research project in plate tectonic, crustal motion and deformation, and sea level change in the area. This will provide a synergistic umbrella for scientists in the region to cooperate and to contribute to the better understanding of the processes involved and better prediction of major disastrous events. A major impetus for this program has been the emergence of space geodetic techniques with mm measurement capability. The first International Meeting of the APSG was held in Shanghai in June 1996, and more than 2 decades passed, it is a good time for us to review the progress of APSG and space geodesy, as well as the study of astro-geodynamics in Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Website | Location: Shanghai, China | Date: 2017-08-15 through 2017-08-18


2017 CEOS SIT Technical Workshop

The SIT Technical Workshop is intended to review CEOS progress against the current Three-Year Work Plan, to prepare topics for the next CEOS Plenary, and consolidate CEOS contributions and reporting to major 2017 events and their key stakeholders.

Specific objectives of the 2017 SIT Technical Workshop will be announced soon.

Website | Location: Frascati, 00044 Frascati, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy | Date: 2017-09-11 through 2017-09-14


IAG Workshop: Satellite Geodesy for Climate Studies

The growing record of space-gravimetric and -geodetic data (GRACE, GNSS, radar altimetry, InSAR, VLBI, …) provides a new view on Essential Climate Variables such as terrestrial water storage and continental ice-mass changes, steric and barystatic sea level variability, sea ice coverage, tropospheric water vapor variations, and others.

These observational data sets have the strong advantage to be homogeneous around the globe, and independent from any other data commonly used to validate climate models.

Geodetic time series start to reveal a complex picture of low-frequency natural climate variability, long-term climate change and other anthropogenic modifications in geodetic data. It is still difficult to evaluate decadal variability from geodetic data alone, but in combination with other observations or reanalyses they provide excellent tools for climate model evaluations.

Website | Location: Bonn, Germany | Date: 2017-09-19 through 2017-09-21


GGOS Days 2017

​The Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) is the observing system of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG).

GGOS works with the IAG components to provide the geodetic infrastructure necessary for monitoring the Earth system and for global change research. It provides observations of the three fundamental geodetic observables and their variations, that is, the Earth’s shape, the Earth’s gravity field and the Earth’s rotational motion.

GGOS Days is an annual comprehensive series of GGOS component meetings, including meetings of the GGOS Consortium, Coordinating Board, Bureaus, Working Groups, and Focus Areas.

For more information, please visit http://www.ggos.org.

Website | Location: Jeju Island, South Korea | Date: 2017-09-18 through 2017-09-22


COSPAR Symposium 2017

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) was established by the International Council for Science in 1958. Among COSPAR’s objectives are the promotion of scientific research in space on an international level, with emphasis on the free exchange of results, information, and opinions, and providing a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of symposia, publication, and other means.

The COSPAR symposium has been initiated by COSPAR which aims to promote space research at a regional level in emerging countries and will be held every two years in a different area of the world. The first COSPAR symposium was in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013 with the theme of “Planetary Systems of our Sun and other Stars, and the Future of Space Astronomy”, and the second symposium in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil in 2015 with the theme of “Water and Life in Universe”. The third symposium will be held in Jeju, South Korea on 2017 with the topic of “Small Satellites for Space Research”. Worldwide scientists and professionals will get together to discuss of new opportunities of space research with small satellites.

The Symposium will allow various communities to share stimulating discussions and near-future among the scientists using the small satellites, which would be a quantum leap in the field of space science.

Website | Location: Jeju Island, South Korea | Date: 2017-09-18 through 2017-09-22


Journées 2017, des Systèmes de Référence et de la Rotation Terrestre

The Observatoire de Paris and the Universidad de Alicante are pleased to announce that the “Journées des Systèmes de Référence et de la Rotation Terrestre“ (*) will take place from 25 to 27 September 2017 at the University of Alicante, Spain. The Journées are supported by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the International Association of Geodesy (IAG).

In the interest of enhancing the interactions between Astronomy and Geodesy these Journées are devoted to the study of the space-time celestial and terrestrial reference systems and their evolution with time, with the emphasis on the rotation of the Earth. The scope of the meeting will range from concepts and theoretical solutions to observational techniques and data analysis.

The sub-title of this meeting is “Furthering our knowledge of Earth Rotation” and addresses the challenges brought by the accuracy requirements of the Horizon 2020 project. Therefore, our discussions will help to develop the tasks of the IAU/IAG Joint Working Group on “Theory of Earth rotation and validation”, among others.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Theory of Earth rotation variations: precession/nutation, polar motion, LOD/UT1

- Observation methods of Earth rotation variations: Earth Orientation Parameters (EOP) determination

- Celestial and terrestrial reference systems and frames: improvements

- Modelling of Earth rotation variations: solar system dynamics and global geophysical fluid mass transports

- Relativity and new concepts in Earth rotation theory

Website | Location: Alicante, Spain | Date: 2017-09-25 through 2017-09-27



With innovation highlights, technology catalysts, panel discussions on the latest issues and a huge variety of specialist and background information, INTERGEO 2016 is working to plan and steer the future on a sustainable basis. Indeed, it is by pulling together information and communication that we achieve far-sightedness, planning, coordination and concentrated activities.

Some 530 exhibitors from 33 countries, a packed three-day conference programme covering headline issues such as the smart city and BIM and the integrated specialist platforms INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS and Smart City SOLUTIONS create a sound basis for focussed information-sharing and communication between user sectors.

Taking in four exhibition halls and covering a total area of 30,000 square metres in Hamburg, INTERGEO is once again demonstrating its outstanding international importance and its standing as a leading trade fair for the sector. All the market leaders are there. By exploring trailblazing application areas in greater depth, the trade fair has drawn in new exhibitors, including international brands such as Intel, Oracle and Autodesk. The hosts are expecting to welcome approximately 17,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.

Website | Location: Berlin, Germany | Date: 2017-09-26 through 2017-09-28


ION GNSS+ 2017

ION GNSS+ is the world’s largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products and services. This year’s conference will bring together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present new research, introduce new technologies, discuss current policy, demonstrate products and exchange ideas.

ION GNSS+ 2017 will take place September 25-29, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Website | Location: Portland, Oregon, USA | Date: 2017-09-25 through 2017-09-29


ILRS Technical Workshop

The International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) provides global satellite and lunar laser ranging data and their related products to support geodetic and geophysical research activities as well as IERS products important to the maintenance of an accurate International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF). The service develops the necessary global standards/specifications and encourages international adherence to its conventions. The ILRS is one of the space geodetic services of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG).

The 2017 ILRS Technical Workshop will take place at the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia.

Please visit the workshop website for more information.

Website | Location: University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1586, Latvia | Date: 2017-10-02 through 2017-10-06


GEO XIV Plenary

GEO’s Fourteenth Plenary Meeting, to be held in Washington, D.C., Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th October, 2017 will focus on the delivery of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.

The GEO Plenary is the annual meeting of GEO’s 104 Member governments and 109 Participating Organizations, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), JAXA, NOAA, NASA, USGS,, United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and Observers such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Secretariat on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM).

Please visit the GEO website for more information.

Website | Location: Washington, D.C., USA | Date: 2017-10-25 through 2017-10-26


IGS 50th Governing Board Meeting

50th meeting of the IGS Governing Board, immediately preceding the AGU.

Please see IGS.org for more information.

Website | Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA | Date: 2017-12-10 through 2017-12-10


AGU Fall Meeting

With more than 23,000 Earth and space scientists in 2016, AGU’s Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. The meeting continues to be the premiere place to present your research; hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field.

Fall Meeting sessions will take place throughout the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Website | Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA | Date: 2017-12-11 through 2017-12-15


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