International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA)
Electromagnetic Induction in the Earth
With over 1,000 people on the MTNet emailing list, the prior Working Group I.2 of IAGA was by far the largest and most active of all WGs in IAGA. Accordingly, at the Prague IUGG Assembly in 2016 IAGA elevated WG I.2 to division status, namely Division VI. The main activity of the Division is the biennial Electromagnetic Induction in the Earth Workshops, initiated in 1972 in Edinburgh by Drs. Rosemary Hutton and Bruce Hobbs at the suggestion made by Professors Ashour and Kertz at the IUGG in Moscow in 1971. A brief personal retrospective by Rosemary Hutton of the workshops from 1972-1990 can be found here.
The activities of the Division are organized by the Division Committee. Scientists are nominated for vacant positions on the committee, and, if there are more nominations than vacancies, a ballot of all attendees at the Division business meeting is held. Nominations by the committee for vacant positions take into account primarily scientific expertise as well as geographic distribution and gender of members.
A member normally serves on the committee for a term of eight (8) years. From the committee a member is chosen to be the Co-Chair for a period of four (4) years. Normally, the Co-Chair is elected to the Chair of the Division Committee, and holds that position for four (4) years. In addition, there are non-voting observer positions on the committee. The four ex officio standing ones are the position of Past Chair, and the positions of Chairs of the Local Organizing Committese for the previous, next and subsequent workshops. Others may be appointed as Observers when deemed necessary by the Committee.
From the perspective of the IAGA Executive Committee however, the only "officials" of the Division are the Chair and Co-Chair. The Division structure and membership are internal matters for the Division, in accordance with IAGA's bottom-up policy, as stated in the IAGA statutes (see Section 1, Sub-Section 1.1 of Guidelines for IAGA Officers ).
At the WG Business Meeting of the 2000 EM Induction Workshop it was decided to move the election of the WG Committee members to the Business Meetings of the WG at the EM Induction Workshops on even years, rather than at the BMs during IUGG General Assemblies on odd years. (Hence, Pascal Tarit's term as Chair was 5 years, not 4.) This was because the BMs at Workshops are attended by 250+ delegates, whereas those at IUGG General Assemblies are usually attended by 20-30 at most. Thus, the move was made in order to give far more WG members the opportunity to participate in the democratic election of the WG Committee members.
This decision though brought the WG out of alignment with IAGA and IUGG, who elect their officials during the IUGG Assemblies. Pressure was brought to bear on the IAGA WG I.2 officials (Chair and Co-Chair of the WG) during the period 2003-2009 by the Executive Committee of IAGA to bring the WG back into alignment. This was resisted by the WG, who made the arguments about greater democracy being exercised at Workshops rather than at IUGG Assemblies. (The May, 2009 email exchange, leading up to the 2009 IAGA Assembly, between Alan Jones and Bengt Hultqvist, then Secretary-General of IAGA, that outlines the issue and gives arguments for remaining with elections at Workshops can be read here.)
At the Sopron IAGA Assembly in 2009 a compromise process was agreed at the WG BM, and accepted by IAGA, whereby there is a separation in terms of office between the Chair and Co-Chair of IAGA WG I.2, and those of the Chair and Co-Chair of the WG Committee. From 2010 forwards, the Chair and Co-Chair of the WG Committee (now Division Committee) are elected at the BM of the Workshop in the year preceeding an IUGG, and take their place as Chair and Co-Chair of IAGA Division VI at the IUGG the following year, and become the Chair and Co-Chair of the WG Committee the year after that. The process is described in the Minutes of the WG I.2 BM held at the Sopron IAGA in 2009.
The procedure and timing is thus:
- 2010 (and every 4 years thereafter): Elect next Chair and Co-Chair of Division 6 at EM Induction Workshop
- 2011 (and every 4 years thereafter): New Chair and Co-Chair become Division officials at IUGG General Assembly
- 2012 (and every 4 years thereafter): New Chair and Co-Chair become Dividion Committee Chair and Co-Chair at EM Induction Workshop
Division Committee Members: 2016-2018
|Nick Palshin||Chair||Russia||2004 - email@example.com|
|Ute Weckmann||Co-Chair||Germany||2008 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kiyoshi Baba||Publications coordinator||Japan||2012 - email@example.com|
|Shimeles Fisseha||Ethiopia||2016 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sergio Fontes||Brazil||2010 - email@example.com|
|Wiebke Heise||New Zealand||2016 - 2024||W.Heise@gns.cri.nz|
|Svetlana Kováciková||Czech Republic||2010 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Yuguo Li||China||2012 - email@example.com|
|Pilar Queralt||Spain||2012 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|CK Rao||India||2016 - email@example.com|
|Stephan Thiel||Australia||2016 - 2024||Stephan.Thiel@sa.gov.au|
|Martyn Unsworth||Canada||2016 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Observers - ex officio|
|Ian Ferguson||Past Chair||Canada||2008 - email@example.com|
|Weerachai Siripunvaraporn||Chair, LOC past workshop (2016)||Thailand||2012 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Toivo Korja||Chair, LOC next workshop (2018)||Sweden||2016 - email@example.com|
|Ahmet Basokur||Chair, LOC subsequent workshop (2020)||Turkey||2014 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Observers - appointed|
|Steve Constable||Funding coordinator and Industry liaison||USA||2016 - email@example.com|
|Eduard Petrovsky||IAGA EC liaison||Czech Republic||2015 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Oliver Ritter||Division VI web coordinator||Germany||2016 - email@example.com|
1995-1999 Working Group Committee
1999-2002 Working Group Committee
2002-2006 Working Group Committee
2006-2008 Working Group Committee
2008-2010 Working Group Committee
2010-2011 Working Group Committee & IAGA members
2011-2012 Working Group Committee & IAGA members
2012-2014 Working Group Committee & IAGA members
2014-2016 Working Group Committee & IAGA members
IAGA WG I.2/Division VI Chairs and Past Chairs, and their official terms
|1971 - 1975||Ian Gough||Canada|
|1975 - 1979||Ulrich Schmucker||Germany|
|1979 - 1983||Antal Adam||Hungary|
|1983 - 1987||Bruce Hobbs||U.K.|
|1987 - 1991||Sven-Erik Hjelt||Finland|
|1991 - 1995||Al Duba||U.S.A.|
|1995 - 1999||Alan Jones||Canada|
|1999 - 2004||Pascal Tarits||France|
|2004 - 2008||Andreas Junge||Germany|
|2008 - 2011||Yasuo Ogawa||Japan|
|2011 - 2015||Ian Ferguson||Canada|
|2015 - 2019||Nik Palshin||Russia|
Division VI is one of five Divisions within IAGA - International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy
|I||Internal Magnetic Fields||Cathy Constable||Harald Boehnel|
|IV||Solar Wind & Interplanetary Field|
|V||Geomagnetic Observatories, Surveys & Analyses|
|VI||Electromagnetic Induction in the Earth & Planetary Bodies||Nik Palshin||Ute Weckmann|
IAGA is one of eight Associations within IUGG - International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
|IACS||International Association of Cryospheric Sciences|
|IAG||International Association of Geodesy|
|IAGA||International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy||Dr Eduard Petrovsky||Dr. Mioara Mandea|
|IAHS||International Association of Hydrological Sciences|
|IAMAS||International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences|
|IAPSO||International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans|
|IASPEI||International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior||Thorne Lay||Johannes Schweitzer|
|IAVCEI||International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior||Donald Bruce Dingwell||Roberto Sulpizio|
IUGG is one of thirty unions within ICSU - International Council for Science
The President of IAGA for 2015 - 2019 is
Dr. Eduard Petrovsky of the Institute of Geophysics, Acad. Sci. Czech Republic.
The Vice-President for the same term is Dr. Monika Korte of GFZ, Potsdam.
The Secretary-General of IAGA for 2009 - 2019 is Dr. Mioara Mandea Centre National D'Etudes Spatiales, Paris.
IAGA publishes the IAGA News (irregularly). To get on the distribution list, contact Dr. Mioara Mandea.
IAGA is one of the five Associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).
The President of IUGG for 2015 - 2019 is Professor Michael Sideris of the University of Calgary, Canada.
The Vice-President for the same term is Professor Kathy Whaler of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Secretary-General is Dr. Alik Ismail-Zadeh, of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
IUGG electronically publishes the IUGG Chronicle. To get on the distribution list, contact Alik Ismail-Zadeh.
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