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The IAF (iafastro.org) Subcommittee on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) is looking for young professionals (age 33 or younger) to join their subcommittee. This is a volunteer membership and the candidate should not expect any monetary remuneration. The new members should have a reasonable expectation of traveling to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) each year in different locations in the world. This year's IAC is in Prague, Czech Republic and the 2011 IAC is in Cape Town, South Africa. Also, the IAF holds March planning meetings each year in Paris and it is hoped that the new members could also travel for those meetings. Ideally YP candidates for the subcommittee would have ongoing work experience and/or be in a masters or Ph.D. program in an earth observations-related field.

If interested, please contact:


Brent Smith: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James Graf: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Terms of Reference for the


IAF Earth Observation Subcommittee on GEOSS:

In July 2003 ministers and senior officials from 33 countries, the European Union and 21 participating organizations met in Washington, DC for the First Earth Observation Summit. In subsequent Summit meetings an intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) was established which now comprises some 70 members and 46 participating organizations, all of whom are engaged in leading a worldwide effort to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) over the next 10 years. The IAF – with agency, industry, university/institute and professional society members in countries throughout the world – can help pursue this effort through information exchange, specialized workshops and related activities that foster collaboration among interested organizations and promote greater public awareness of the potential benefits of GEOSS.

The Subcommittee on GEOSS will be under the IAF’s Earth Observations Committee, and contribute to fostering IAF activities relating to the implementation of a Global Earth Observation of Systems (GEOSS). In full coordination with the EO Committee, the Subcommittee will undertake to:


  • Foster information exchange and interaction among IAF member organizations on GEOSS activities and plans. This includes developments at the national and regional level (GMES, USGEO, etc.) that may be of potential interest to member organizations in other countries and regions.


  • Maintain informal liaison with the GEO Secretariat and other organizations seeking to promote GEOSS activities and greater public interest in GEO and GEOSS. This will ensure that the IAF is informed of potential GEO Secretariat developments of interest to IAF member organizations and similarly ensure that GEO members are aware of IAF activities in support of GEOSS.


  • Propose and help organize IAF-sponsored or co-sponsored workshops and seminars relating to GEOSS and its nine societal benefit areas and five transverse areas.


  • Propose and help organize appropriate IAC Plenary Events and/or Highlight Lectures relating to GEOSS.


  • Propose technical sessions relating to one or more GEOSS societal benefit and transverse areas.


  • Contribute to the on-going activities of the IAF Earth Observations Committee.




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