New GGOS President

Dr. Laura Sánchez was elected in July 2023 by the IAG Executive Committee during the IUGG General Assembly 2023 as the new GGOS President. She will hold this position for the period 2023-2027.

Dr. Laura Sánchez is a research scientist at the Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut (DGFI-TUM) of the Technische Universität München, Germany. She holds a doctor degree in Geodesy from the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. Her research interests include vertical datum unification, global height reference systems, GNSS-based regional reference frames, and surface kinematics monitoring. She served as GGOS Vice-President for the period 2019-2023. She also led the GGOS Focus Area “Unified Height System” between 2015 and 2023, the main outcome of which was the establishment of the International Height Reference System (IHRS) and its realisation, the International Height Reference Frame (IHRF). From 2007 to 2015, she was Vice-President of the Geodetic Reference System for the Americas – SIRGAS. Since 2010, she has been in charge of the Regional Network Associate Analysis Centre for SIRGAS of the International GNSS Service IGS), and since 2015, she has been a member of the SIRGAS Scientific Council. She is currently Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the IAG Symposia Series. During 2014-2022, she acted as a Network Representative at the IGS Governing Board. Since 2023, she is a member at large of the Governing Board of the International DORIS Service (IDS). She is an elected IAG Fellow and has been involved in several IAG working and study groups since the 2000s.