The eighth edition of the CLGE Students’ Contest

The eighth edition of the CLGE Students’ Contest, organised by the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE) in partnership with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), is now open for submissions. The deadline for applications is 23:00 on 29 July 2019.

For the eighth consecutive year, the CLGE Students’ Contest is inviting students of topography, GIS, geodesy, mapping and related studies to submit their innovative ideas. Each winner or winning team stands to win a prize of EUR 1000.

There are five categories in the competition:

• Geodesy, topography,

• Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus,

• GIS, mapping,

• Cadastre and property surveying,

• Student and youngster engagement.

The first four are open to all Bachelor and Masters students in the surveying sector or a related field from all European countries. PhD students are not currently allowed to participate with their PhD thesis, but this may change in the future. However, they can participate with their Bachelor or Master’s thesis, if it meets other requirements. The fifth category is open to surveyors under the age of 35 or those who have been registered as surveyors for less than 10 years.

More information: https://www.gsa.europa.eu/newsroom/news/2019-clge-students%E2%80%99-contest-scouting-ideas 

Time Transfer based on Satellite Laser Ranging

A new study on Japanese Geodetic Satellite Ajisai, led by Dr D Kucharski, has just been published online. Using a photometry observation system in Graz, Austria, the reflectivity of Ajisai surface could be very precisely monitored.

Authors: D. Kucharski, G. Kirchner, T. Otsubo, H. Kunimori, M. K. Jah, F. Koidl, J. C. Bennett, H-C Lim, P. Wang, M. Steindorfer, K. Sośnica
Title: Hypertemporal photometric measurement of spaceborne mirrors specular reflectivity for Laser Time Transfer link model
Journal: Advances in Space Research (Available online 28 May 2019)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2019.05.030

Academic Partnership project just started

We are happy to announce that WUELS receive a NAWA funding for a project “Interdisciplinary international cooperation as the key to excellence in science and education” (INCREaSE). The project will strengthen a collaboration with key European research universities: Technical University of Vienna, Technical University of Dresden and Imperial Collage London. Master and PhD students as well as staff can participate in research exchange and workshops. More details are available here.

Open PostDoc Position in the field of Satellite Geodesy

The Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformatics (IGiG), WUELS, has a world-leading position in the domain of GNSS precise positioning, processing multi-GNSS observations, precise orbit determination, integration of GNSS and SLR data, and determination of global geodetic parameters. IGiG leads and participates in many scientific projects funded by the European Space Agency, the Polish National Science Center, and the European Union.

Hereby, IGiG announces an open PostDoc position that will be funded by the Polish National Science Center in the framework of the project “Determination of Global Geodetic Parameters using the Galileo Satellite System” (project number: 2018/29/B/ST10/00382). More information about the project can be found here

Main tasks:
• Software development for precise positioning using Galileo data
• Processing and predictions of station and satellite clock parameters
• Analysis of the time series of Galileo-derived geodetic parameters
• Publishing scientific papers and presentation of results at scientific conferences
• Assist in education of master and Ph.D. students

Requirements:
• Ph.D. University degree in geodesy, informatics, physics, mathematics, aerospace engineering, or a similar discipline acquired between February 2012 and February 2019
• Proficiency in programming (e.g., in C++, Perl, Fortran, Python)
• Experience in the time series analysis of geodetic parameters and/or precise point positioning using multi-GNSS data
• Excellent record of scientific achievements, including publications as the first author in high-level journals, such as Journal of Geodesy, GPS Solutions, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, or similar
• Proficiency in English (oral and written) and the willingness to learn the basics of Polish
• Capability to work independently and timely, enjoying to participate actively in meetings of international teams and to present complex research matter concisely and appealingly (oral and written).

Required documents:
• Application with the motivation letter
• CV
• list of publications (track record)
• copy of the doctoral degree (Ph.D. diploma)

Application deadline: January 31, 2019

Salary: 10000,00 PLN per month (gross), which is equal to about 2400,00 EUR per month (gross)
Contract: 24 months
Contact: Dr. Krzysztof Sośnica, e-mail: krzysztof.sosnica@upwr.edu.pl
Head of the Department of Satellite Geodesy

Applications will follow the Regulations on the mode of granting financial resources for the completion of tasks funded by the National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki, NCN) as regards research projects, post-doctoral fellowships and doctoral scholarships (resolution no 16/2018 of the Council of the NCN of 8th March 2018), including annex 4:

New scientific project at IGG

National Science Centre has announced the laureates of OPUS and PRELUDIUM contests. We are pleased to inform that two project proposals prepared by members of the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformatics have been awarded grants.

In the frame of the OPUS 15 under the supervision of Krzysztof Sośnica will be realized the project: “Determination of Global Geodetic Parameters using the Galileo Satellite System” whose total cost is 998 860 PLN

In the frame of the PRELUDIUM 15 under the supervision of Grzegorz Bury will be realized the project: “Precise orbit determination of GNSS satellites using combined optical and microwave solutions” whose total cost is 195 000 PLN

Sincere congratulations!

New publication on Galileo satellites

Today, a new article in Journal of Geodesy has been published concerning the Galileo constellation, including the satellites launched accidently into highly eccentric orbits: “Validation of Galileo orbits using SLR with a focus on satellites launched into incorrect orbital planes”. The article has been published as on Open access and can be downloaded from the Springer website: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00190-017-1050-x

Prestigious START stipend awarded to Karina Wilgan

One of our team member, Karina Wilgan was awarded prestigious START stipend from Foundation for Polish Science, “Supporting the best, so that they can become even better”. This award is handed in recognition of exceptional research performance in geodesy and cartography. Karina’s research is linked with GNSS positioning and troposphere modelling. This year over 100 stipends where awarded. Congratulations!

http://www.fnp.org.pl/stypendia-start-2017-przyznane/

New ILRS AAC at IGIG

We are very pleased to inform that on the basis of the decision of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) Governing Board and the ILRS Analysis Standing Committee, our Institute officially gained a status of the ILRS Associate Analysis Center. We provide operational products based on the microwave and laser observations to new GNSS systems, such as GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou and QZSS. The results are available in the on-line service: http://multi-slrgnss.rhcloud.com/.