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Authors Registration Deadline Closed
midnight 10 May 2011 UTC

Early Bird Registration Closed
11 April 2011

Standard Registration Rate Applies Closed
till 24 June 2011

IUGG 2011 General Assembly
28 June 2011 – 7 July 2011

Associations, Codes

  • IACS: C (Cryosphere)
  • IAG: G (Geodesy)
  • IAGA: A (Aeronomy, Geomagnetism)
  • IAHS: H (Hydrology)
  • IAMAS: M (Meteorology)
  • IAPSO: P (Physical Oceanography)
  • IASPEI: S (Seismology, Geophysics)
  • IAVCEI: V (Volcanology, Geochemistry)

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IUGG 2011 Final Program Now Available
Current as of the 6 June 2011

ONSITE: Detailed Program Amendments as of Wednesday 6 July 2011

ONSITE: Poster Program Amendments as of Wednesday 6 July 2011

IUGG 2011 Program Guidelines

IUGG 2011 Scientific Program

Welcome to the Scientific Program of 2011 International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly.  On behalf of the Scientific Program Committee we hope you find the preliminary program exciting and a great way to discuss areas of science that are both of direct interest to you and which also extend your horizons.

Explore the IUGG 2011 Final Program

This program is subject to change and is current as at 6 June 2011.

All changes to the program from this point forward will be noted on the program amendments boards’ onsite and available via the website during the dates of the General Assembly.

Requested changes need to be communicated to the program managers via email ( up until midday Friday 24 June (AEST) /  0200 (2am) Friday 24 June (UTC) or at the Program Desk on level 2 onsite at the General Assembly. These changes will not be included in the printed program.

Final Program – Overviews

The Final Program Overview provides a basic overview of symposia and sessions within the 10 days of the General Assembly.

IUGG 2011 Final Program Overview (6 June)

To locate the dates and time frames sessions are taking place for your desired association, click on the above line and search (Ctrl F) for the acronym of the association eg. IACS, IAMAS.

The date hard-copy posters are on display is also listed next to the symposia codes. Hard-copy posters are on display for one day only.

The Final Room Overview provides a schedule of the program by room allocation.

IUGG 2011 Final Room Overview (6 June)

Rooms are spread across 3 levels of the Melbourne Convention Centre (Ground, First and Second Levels). This overview also includes business meetings and workshops held at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Maps and further information is included in the full handbook, provided to delegates upon arriving onsite at the General Assembly.

The Final Associations’ Overview provides a schedule of the program by room allocation.

IUGG 2011 Final Associations’ Overview (6 June)

This overview is sorted by Association then Symposia and provides information on the contains Symposium Title, the Organisers (underlined), Co-Sponsors of the Symposium and the Lead Convenors. Co-Convenors are only listed via the relevant pages below.



Final Program – Oral and Poster

The below links are extracted pages from the IUGG 2011 Handbook which will be provided to all delegates and speakers amongst arriving onsite at the General Assembly.

These pages are the IUGG 2011 Final Scientific Program pages for the Oral and Poster sessions.

Final Detailed Oral Program starts with the index of dates, sessions and session times, followed by a detailed structure of each session held between 28 June 2011 and 7 July 2011. Sessions’ date, time and room are indicated in the table at the beginning of each new session. This is then followed by the association information and the symposium code the session belongs to. Symposium title and, if applicable, session title is provided along with chair persons’ name.

The session structures are organised according to six 15-min speaking slots. The times of the speaking slots are listed on the left-hand side of each session. Next to it you will find abstract number e.g. #1212, followed by the presentation title, presenting author’s name in bold and co-authors’ information (a maximum of 4 co-authors are listed with all co-authors listed within the USB and abstract proceedings). Lead convenors have also dedicated certain speaking slots to Introductions, Discussions and Poster Presentations.

Note the Final IUGG Program lists presentations of registered authors only. Abstracts of authors who had not completed their registration online by 6 June 2011 were automatically removed from session structures. See Attention Speakers at the top of this page for more information.

Please be advised the program is subject to change. Any changes going forward must be:

  • Emailed to the program managers at by midday Friday 24 June (AEST) /  0200 (2am) Friday 24 June (UTC) or
  • Communicated at the Program Desk on level 2 onsite at the Melbourne Convention Centre during the dates of the General Assembly.

The Program Updates Boards and the online program amendments will display the following changes to the printed detailed program and poster program:

  • Cancelled presentations
  • Movement of sessions between rooms
  • Reinstated presentations as presenting author has now registered

The following changes to the program will not be updated on the boards or online:

  • Change of presenting authors
  • Change of chairpersons
  • Change to session structures

The Final Detailed Poster Program begins with the index by date and association. Hardcopy poster presentations will be displayed for one day with a dedicated poster session held each day of the General Assembly from 1500 – 1630.

In additional to the dedicated poster sessions two (2) Poster Social sessions will take place within the IUGG 2011 Scientific Program.  The Poster Social sessions will be held on Friday 1 July and Monday 4 July from 1800 - 1900.

Each poster session within the program lists date, association and symposium code along with its title, followed by each of the poster presentations for the symposium. The abstract number e.g. (#4345) is followed by its title, then the presenting author’s name in bold and the co-authors. The numbers on the left-hand side next to the abstract number and presentation title correspond to poster board numbers. Authors need to display their presentations onsite on the relevant poster board.

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EPresenter™ is an online poster presentation system designed specifically to allow an additional option for poster authors to present their work.  Dedicated computer terminals will be located onsite for your perusal.

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The Final Author Index only lists the Presenting author. All co-authors can be found on the abstracts proceedings.

An index legend (on the first page) provides reference to understanding which symposium, session code, date etc oral presenters are scheduled for, along with symposia, date and board numbers that poster presentations are displayed on.

As a reminder changes to the program need to be communicated to the program managers via email at by midday Friday 24 June (AEST) /  0200 (2am) Friday 24 June (UTC) or at the Program Desk on level 2 onsite at the Melbourne Convention Centre during the dates of the General Assembly.

Final Program Guidelines

ePresenter – Electronic Poster and Oral Overview Presentations

ePresenter™ is an online presentation system designed specifically to allow an additional option for poster and oral authors to present their work electronically.   

In addition to the mandatory hard-copy version of poster presentations and oral presentations within sessions, IUGG 2011 presenting authors were also offered an opportunity to display their work via dedicated ePresenter™ terminals onsite and for up to 12 months following the General Assembly.

We now welcome the general public to peruse the high calibre of electronic presentations presented at IUGG 2011 via ePresenter™. Simply sign up and explore.

IUGG 2011 – Electronic Presentations – click here
Note:  Not all presenting authors uploaded their presentations. Full oral presentations slides will not be made available, unless presenting author uploaded via ePresenter an overview version (max. 5 slides).

Presenting authors may upload their 5 powerpoint slide presentations via their exclusive access page by midnight Thursday 29 September 2011.

In preparation for the IUGG 2011 General Assembly, important guidelines in the form of "Briefing Notes" had been prepared and communicated electronically to all Chairpersons, Lead Convenors and Presenters on the 21 June 2011.
For your convenience, this information is now also available on the IUGG website. Please refer to the points below.

Chairperson Briefing Notes

To prepare for the role of a Chairperson at the General Assembly, please refer to the Chairpersons' Briefing Notes. The notes contain important information on the registration and program desks opening times, speaker and chair preparation room onsite, program changes, guidelines on running your sessions as well as other instructions that you may find helpful in preparation for your onsite experience.

Oral Presenter Briefing Notes

These instructions have been prepared for oral presenters to ensure their presentation runs smoothly and the overall onsite experience proves satisfying. To refer to these notes, please click on link Oral Presenters' Briefing Notes.

Details regarding registration, the opening times of registration and program desks, speaker preparation room along with program changes are included in the document. Information on how to upload your powerpoint presentation and how to use the ePresenter portal on the IUGG website is also included. Note unique log in details to access Poster and ePresenter (electronic poster) were communicated to all speakers in an email dated 21 June 2011. Oral Presenters' Briefing Notes have been prepared to acquaint you with a number of services and facilities provided onsite, so please take your time to read them before arriving at the General Assembly.

Poster Presenter Briefing Notes

Guidelines for the preparation of hardcopy and electronic posters are included in these notes. Poster Presenters are encouraged to refer to the Poster Presenters' Briefing Notes to ensure their hardcopy and electronic posters conform to the General Assembly's criteria.

Information on the location of the hardcopy poster display area, presentation time, poster set-up and removals as well as detailed instructions on the use of the ePresenter portal on the IUGG website is also included. Note unique log in details to access Poster and ePresenter (electronic poster) were communicated to all speakers in an email dated 21 June 2011. All poster presenters are strongly encouraged to refer to the notes in order to acquaint themselves with the services and facilities provided for them.

Speaker Biographies

Should you wish to read the General Assembly's speakers' biographies, please click on the link below:

Speaker Biographies

Speakers' information is arranged according to the symposia sessions they are presenting their papers for. You can locate the name of the speaker by using the search function within the PDF i.e. hold down the Control key 'Ctrl' and the F key on your keyboard. This will bring up a small text box in which you may enter the speaker's surname and press Enter/Search. Alternatively, you may look up all speakers' biographies of the symposia session of your interest by entering in the text box the session code and pressing Enter/Search.

Note speakers' biographies have not been edited by the General Assembly Managers. The text was provided by the speakers on the submission of their abstracts. Also be advised a number of speakers did not supply their biographies.

Chilean Volcano Ash Cloud - Travel Update

The IUGG General Assembly will go ahead as planned next week at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre despite the intermittent effects of the drifting volcanic ash cloud from South America affecting some flight schedules.
We strongly recommend you consult your airline carrier for up to date information on your flight schedule. To assist with your travel, please see below links to useful websites:

Qantas Airlines
Virgin Airlines
Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Recent Pacific Rim Disasters – Earth on the Edge

The recent events in the Pacific Region will be of particular interest at IUGG 2011.  

Here are some of the relevant symposia and a workshop focusing on the Sendai Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Catastrophes, the Chile Earthquake and Tsunami, the Christchurch Earthquake Crisis, Queensland Floods and Cyclone Yasi.

  • Grand Challenges in Natural Hazards Research and Risk Analysis (U02S1 – U02S4) and Earth on the Edge - Recent Pacific Rim Disasters (U02S5 – U02S6)
  • Volcanic and Seismic Issues Related to Siting of Nuclear Facilities / Probabilistic Volcanic Hazard Mapping (JV10V19)
  • Monsoons, Tsunamis, Tropical Cyclones and Tropical Dynamics (JM10S1 – JM10S20)
  • The Greatest Disasters of our Times (W01 – Workshop)

Union Plenary Lectures

Thursday 30 June 2011 


Sunday 3 July 2011



Environmental Observations as a Basis for Environmental Intelligence
Grey Ayers


Probing the Earth
Brian Kennett


Present-day Sea Level Rise: How Unusual and Can We Explain It?
Anny Cazenave


Forecasting Earthquakes and Predicting Their Hazards
Thomas Jordan


The Hidden History of Ice Sheets: The Secret to Predicting Sea-level Rise
David Vaughan


The Challenge in Earth Observation: From the Fast Response to Catastrophic Events to the Reliable Detection of Very Small Trends
Markus Rothacher

Tuesday 5 July 2011


Learn more about our
Union Plenary Speakers here.


Assessing Solar and Solar-Terrestrial Influences as a Component of Earth’s Climate Change Picture
Daniel Baker


Hydrology and Change
Demetris Koutsoyiannis


Volcanism and Global Sustainability
Stephen Self

Have further questions?

Any questions or if you require assistance in finalising your symposium sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact the IUGG 2011 Program Managers (below details) or relevant members of your Association for guidance.

Phone: + 61 3 9417 0888