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IVS Committee on Education and Training

The general aim of IVS CTE is to support education and training in the field of geodetic and astrometric Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), in order to hand over and maintain expertise in this field for the next generations.

The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the IVS CTE are:

  • To organize IVS Training Schools on VLBI for Geodesy and Astrometry on a triannual basis in connection to IVS General Meetings and regional VLBI meetings.
  • To establish and maintain contacts to education institutions in geodesy, geosciences and astrometry worldwide with the aim to raise the interest for geodetic and astrometric VLBI among students.
  • To develop education material that can be distributed to education institutions.

The IVS Directing Board decided on its 30th meeting held at GFZ in Potsdam in September 2013 to create the IVS Committee on Training and Education, successing the IVS WG 6 on Education and Training. Rüdiger Haas (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) was voted as the Chair of the new committee. In March 2021 Nataliya Zubko (Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, National Land Survey of Finland) was elected as a new chair of the IVS CTE.

The current members of IVS CTE:

Nataliya Zubko (Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, NLS, Finland), chair, Dirk Behrend  (NVI, Inc./NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA), Simone Bernhart (Reichert GmbH/ BKG, Germany), Johannes Böhm (TU Vienna, Austria), Laura Fernandez (National University of La Plata, Argentina), Rüdiger Haas (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden), Christopher Jacobs (JPL, USA), Sekido Mamoru (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan), Lucia McCallum (University of Tasmania, Australia), Matthias Schartner (ETH Zurich, Switzland), Fengchun Shu (SHAO, China), Nancy Wolfe Kotary (MIT Haystack Observatory, USA), Aletha de Witt (SARAO, South Africa).

IVS Training Schools on VLBI for Geodesy and Astrometry:

1st IVS VLBI school, 2013 Espoo
2nd IVS VLBI school, 2016 HartRAO
3rd IVS VLBI school, 2019 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
4th IVS VLBI school, 2022 Helsinki

Additional material:

Open tutorial for educational purposes written by Axel Nothnagel. The tutorial is intended, in particular, for newcomers to geodetic and astrometric VLBI, but also for the specialists wanting to expand their knowledge about topics, which are not in their main focus.

Read more information about IVS (International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry).