The new President of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), CSIRO scientist Dr Tom Beer.

The new President of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), CSIRO scientist Dr Tom Beer.

Australian Beer elected President

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An Australian research scientist has been elected President of the international body that guides research into the nature of our planet.

  • 25 July 2007

Dr Tom Beer, a senior scientist with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research and an expert in environmental risk, will steer the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) until 2011.

The IUGG is a union of eight associations in the fields of meteorology, oceanography, volcanology, seismology, hydrology, geomagnetic science, geodesy and cryospheric science.

“The union fosters collaborative research and information exchange between Earth scientists in 68 countries,” says Dr Beer. “It also encourages the application of this research to societal needs, such as mineral resources, mitigation of natural hazards and environmental preservation.”

The Council of the IUGG voted in favour of having their next General Assembly in Melbourne in 2011. “I am proud that an Australian President is going to be able to host IUGG in Australia, which attracts attendance by some 5000 Earth scientists from around the world,” Dr Beer said.

The President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Kurt Lambeck, who nominated Dr Beer, welcomed the announcement of Dr Beer's four-year term. "Dr Beer has had a long association with the IUGG. He was the founding Chair of the IUGG Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability, and most recently was IUGG Vice President. He will make an outstanding President.”

Dr Beer is a Stream Leader in the Transport Theme of the Energy Transformed Flagship of CSIRO. He won the CSIRO Chairman's medal in 2000 for his work as part of a team examining greenhouse gas emissions from low-emission vehicles. He is the author of twelve books, one which has been translated into Chinese, and has published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

“I am proud that an Australian President is going to be able to host IUGG in Australia, which attracts attendance by some 5000 Earth scientists from around the world,”
Dr Beer said.

Dr Greg Ayers, Chief of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, congratulated Dr Beer on his appointment. "As well as his scientific expertise, Tom's extensive experience in developing countries, including a review of oceanographic programs in ASEAN countries and an examination of Thailand's greenhouse strategy, will provide the background needed to help the IUGG coordinate information exchange between scientists around the world."

Australian scientist, Ian Allison from the Australian Antarctic Division, also became President-elect of the IUGG’s newest constituent Association – the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences. This is the first time in 85 years that the IUGG has agreed to the formation of a new Association.

“I am keen to work with the new International Association of Cryospheric Sciences and believe that their joining the seven other International Associations that used to form the IUGG will produce a stronger and more relevant Scientific Union,” said Dr Beer.

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