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April 22, 2019 
ISPRS IPAC - International Policy Advisory Committee


The role of IPAC is to advise Council on issues relevant to Society interaction with intergovernmental organizations, especially those that relate to ISPRS collaborative activities with various elements of the United Nations, the International Council of Science (ICSU), the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), and other similar organizations.

IPAC Terms of Reference

  • Identify, coordinate and prioritize issues on which ISPRS should have a public policy.
  • Provide the ISPRS Council with early warning of relevant international policy issues and recommend spokespersons on these issues.
  • Flag legal issues, problems and scenarios which may arise in the context of ISPRS activities in the context to international policy issues.
  • Provide advice for and with the ISPRS Council on policy towards international organizations in which ISPRS is represented.
  • Collaborate with the ISPRS Council to provide policy advice when requested by international bodies.
  • Provide advice to, and coordinate inputs of, ISPRS Commissions and Working Groups on international policy issues.
  • Ensure any advocacy stances are fair and in the best interests of all segments of the ISPRS membership.


IPAC Membership

The IPAC Chair is appointed by Council, with Members selected by the Chair with ratification by Council. Members are selected based on their knowledge of international and national policy and legislative activities related to the mission and objectives of the Society. ISAC Members and activity shall be periodically reviewed by Council and adjusted in collaboration with the Chair. To ensure proper representation, the IPAC Chair will strive to maintain active participation representing both public, private and academic sector perspectives as well as global/regional perspectives on policy issues relevant to the Society. The following experts are currently members of the IPAC:


   IPAC Member  Institution  Email  Country
1 Gunter Schreier (IPAC chair) DLR email Germany
2 Rock Jeng-Shing CHERN China University of Science and Technology email Taiwan
3 Sias Mostert Space Advisory Company email South Africa
4 Irmgard Niemeyer Forschungszentrum Jülich email Germany
5 Frans Von der Dunk University of Nebraska-Lincoln- email USA
6 George Cho University Canberra email Australia
7 Michael Rast ESA ESRIN Italy
8 Mathias Schardt University Graz email Austria
9 Barbara Ryan GEO Secretariat Director email Switzerland
10 Olga Gershenzon Vice President, RBC Signals email Russia
11 Marcello Maranesi Ex-CEO, eGEOS Italy
12 Einar Bjorgo UNITAR-UNOSAT, UN Switzerland
13 Andre Nonguierma UN Economic Commission for Africa, UN Ethiopia