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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Harald Schuh

Lupe [1]

Head of Chair of Satellite Geodesy
Dept. for Geodesy and Geoinformation Sciences
Technical University of Berlin
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104-106
10553 Berlin
Room KAI 2221

Contact: Secr. KAI 2-2

Function and Responsibilities:

Professor for “Satellite Geodesy” at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) and head of Chair of Satellite Geodesy

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

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


Since 2012         Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosiences

2000 - 2012        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

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

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

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

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

1980                   Scientific Assistant, Photogrammetric Institute of the University of Bonn


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 five national research projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and of seven 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)

Research Boards and Committees:

Elected Vice-President of the International Association Geodesy (IAG) since 2011

President of the Austrian National Committee on Earth Sciences for the IUGG (ÖNK) since Jan. 2009, re-appointed 2012

President of the ÖGK (Austrian Geodetic Commission) (since 2008, re-elected 2012) http://www.oegk-geodesy.at/ [2]

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

Elected Chair of the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS) Directing Board (since 2007) http://ivscc.gsfc.nasa.gov/ [3]

Elected member of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Executive Committee (since 2003, re-elected 2007) as Service Representative http://www.iag-aig.org/ [4]

President of IAG Subcommission 1.4 Interaction of Celestial and Terrestrial Reference Frames (2006-2011) http://iag.ensg.ign.fr/index.php?id=47 [5] 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) http://www.iau.org/science/scientific_bodies/commissions/19/ [6]

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) http://www.iau.org/science/scientific_bodies/divisions/I/ [7]

Deputy-Representative of the IVS in the GGOS (Global Geodetic Observing System) Steering Committee (2007-2011) http://www.ggos.org/ [8]

Elected member of the International Center for Earth Tides (ICET) Directing Board (since 2003) http://www.astro.oma.be/ICET/directing/composition.htm [9]

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)

Vice-President of the Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation (OVG) (2006-2012) http://www.ovg.at/index.php?id=902 [10]

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

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

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. More details can be found here [11].

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)

Chair of Satellite Geodesy Dept. of Geodesy and Geoinformation Science
Technical University of Berlin
Secr. KAI 2-2
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104-106
10553 Berlin
Raum KAI 2221

+49 30 314 23203
+49 30 314 21973 (FAX)

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