The IUGG Electronic Journal
Volume 3 No. 7 (June 25, 2003)
This short, informal newsletter is intended to keep IUGG Member National Committees informed about the activities of the IUGG Associations, and actions of the IUGG Secretariat. Past issues are posted on the IUGG Web site. Please forward this message to those who will benefit from the information. Your comments are welcome.
1. IUGG General Assembly
The 23rd IUGG General Assembly will begin on 30 June. Over 4200 persons are now registered to come and participate in the scientific sessions and business meetings and to enjoy extraordinary opportunities to interact with their colleagues at this, the first IUGG General Assembly to be held in Asia.
We wish to reassure all participants worried about the SARS virus. The Local Organizing Committee has had to work hard with Sapporo, Hokkaido, and Japanese national authorities to meet their requirements. Some of the participants have had to change their plans significantly in order to comply with the precautions that are being taken to insure that the SARS virus is not imported into Japan. The World Health Organization designates the areas that are at risk from SARS. The WHO website http://www.who.int/csr/sars/areas/ lists the affected regions; this information is being continually reassessed and updated daily. The IUGG Local Organizing committee wishes to stress that visas are still being issued for persons from SARS infected regions, and admission to Japan will not be denied to persons from those regions unless they actually show SARS symptoms. A special document, sent to everyone who is expected to come, must be presented at registration. For further information, please consult the bulletins posted on the IUGG General Assembly web site: .
2. National Reports are posted on the IUGG Web page
National Reports from the following countries are now posted on the IUGG Web page (http://www.IUGG.org): Argentina, Canada, Croatia, India, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey. An excellent printed report has been sent by Hungary that will be available in Sapporo. Other reports are nearing completion (South Africa has sent portions of their report) and will be sent to us soon.
Please view these reports and either print out copies as needed or request a printed copy (if available) directly from the individual National Committees.
3. IAG officers for the new term
The International Association of Geodesy (IAG) has completed its election process and the following persons will serve from the end of the 23rd General Assembly to the end of the 24th General Assembly in 2007.
President: Gerhard Beutler
IAG has also announced that the Travaux 1999-2003 are now available on the IAG web page http://www.gfy.ku.dk/~iag/Travaux_03/contents.htm including national reports from Belgium, New Zealand, and Spain.
4. IUGG-related meetings occurring during July - September 2003
A calendar of meetings of interest to IUGG disciplines (especially those organized by IUGG Associations) is posted on the IUGG Web Site [ www.iugg.org/calendar.php ]. Specific information about these meetings can be found there. Individual Associations also list more meetings on their web sites appropriate to their disciplines.
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