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Executive Board


From Scientific Unions

Orhan Altan

Orhan Altan served twice as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and in the period of 1994-97; he worked also as Head of the Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry. He is Member of the Turkish Chambers of Civil Engineers and Surveying Engineers, and Turkish Societies for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, for Geodesy and Geophysics, for Geotechnics and for Rock Mechanics.

Between 1978 and 1980 he worked as liaison officer between ISPRS Commissions V and VII, in non-topographical applications of photogrammetry. He is member of the German Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and the Working Group "Close-Range Photogrammetry", Chairman of the former OEEPE (The European Organization for Experimental Photogrammetric Research) now EuroSDR (European Spatial Data Research)  Working Group ”Spatial Data Quality Management", invited member of the IAG (International Association of Geodesy) Working Group IV "Applications of Geodesy to Engineering", vice-chairman of the FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) Working Group 5.3 "Cinematic and Integrated Positioning Systems" and corresponding member of the German Geodetic Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.

He is the initiator and co-organizer of the symposium series “Turkish–German Joint Geodetic Days” since 1995. He is also member of the American and German Societies for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

He is member of the UN expert group of the ad-hoc Committee of the UN Entity, SPIDER (Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergence Response) and chair of the JB GIS (Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies) ad hoc Committee on Risk and Disaster Management.

He is also Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

He was Ordinary Member of the Executive Board of The ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites / ISPRS Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage (CIPA) for the period 2000-2005. He was also Symposium Director of the XIXth CIPA Symposium in ANTALYA/TURKEY in 2003.

He worked as “Guest Professor” in Stuttgart, Berlin, Munich Technical Universities (Germany) and ETH-Zurich (Switzerland) during the period 1990-2005.

In the ISPRS Congress in Amsterdam he was nominated as the Congress Director of the ISPRS Congress in 2004 in Istanbul. At the Congress in Istanbul in July 2004 he was elected as the Secretary General of ISPRS for the period 2004-2008. At the last ISPRS Congress in Beijing in 2008 he was elected as the President of ISPRS for the period 2008-2012.

He has been a Council Member of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) since 2000. He has published more than 150 papers in Turkish, German and English in Domestic and International Journals. He is editor or co-editor of more than 16 International Books.

His main working areas are Digital and Architectural Photogrammetry, Spatial Information Systems and Deformation Measurements.

He is married, has one daughter and one son.

John Buckeridge

John Buckeridge is Professor of Natural Resources Engineering at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, where he maintains wide international involvement in the environment and ethics. Immediate Past President of the International Union of Biological Sciences, President Emeritus of the International Society of Zoological Sciences, Chair of the International Union of Biological Sciences Ethics Commission, Honorarprofessor of Engineering Ethics at Wismar University of Business, Technology and Design (Germany) and an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Biological Division). Publications exceed 300 – in professional ethics, environmental impact assessment and the palaeobiology, evolution and distribution of marine invertebrates.

He is passionate about bio-science education and has run seminars for Rotary International Science Fora (for year 11 secondary school pupils) for more than 20 years (he was awarded the Paul Harris fellowship for this work in 2008. He has also promoted broad biological education for indigenous children, and has run courses in both Australia’s Northern Territory and New Zealand.

Manuel de Léon

Manuel de León was born in Requejo (Zamora, Spain) in 1953. He received his Master Degree from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) and then the PhD degree in the same university in 1978. His work has been mainly devoted to the study of Differential Geometry and its applications to Mechanics and Mathematical Physics (more than 200 papers and 3 monographs). He is currently a member of a number of Editorial Boards and Scientific Committees and founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Geometric Mechanics (AIMS). He was also co-founder and Director of La Gaceta de la RSME (1998-2004). Manuel de León founded the series of International Fall Workshops on Geometry and Physics (23 editions up to now). He also develops an intense activity in the popularization of mathematics.

Manuel de León is Research Professor in the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), where he was the founder of the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT), a joint research institute between the CSIC and three universities of Madrid, UAM, UCM and UC3M, and is currently its Director; ICMAT has been selected as one of the Centers of Excellence in Spain in 2011. He has a large experience in evaluation, not only in Mathematics; indeed he has been member of different committees: Committee of Physical and Engineering Sciences, CSIC, 2001-2008 (two mandates); Coordinator of Mathematics of the Spanish Agency for Evaluation and Prospective-ANEP (Ministry of Education and Science), 2003-2005; Representative for Experimental Sciences of the Advisory Committee for Evaluation and Prospective (Ministry of Education and Science), 2005-2010; Core Group of the PESC Committee (Physical and Engineering Sciences Committee), European Science Foundation, 2006-2012 (two mandates); Expert of the Spanish Agency for Academic Assessment (ANECA); Chair of the Committee for Experimental Sciences of UNIBASQ (2012-2015).

De León has served to the Spanish mathematical community as Vice President of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española (1996-2005); Coordinator for the World Mathematical Year 2000 in Spain; President of the Spanish Committee of Mathematics (CEMAT), 2004-2007. He also has served to the international mathematical community as Chair of the Organizing Committee of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) 2006, Madrid, and Member-at-large of the Executive Committee of IMU, 2007-2014. He has experience in ICSU matters, and represented IMU at the last three ICSU General Assemblies (Maputo, Mozambique, 2008; Rome, Italy, 2011; Auckand, New Zealand 2014).


Cheryl de la Rey

Cheryl de la Rey is Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria, South Africa. She received her PhD from the University of Cape Town in 1999. She holds an MA BA (Hons) (both Cum Laude) in psychology from the University of Natal (Durban) conferred in 1986 and 1984 respectively. She held the position of lecturer at the Universities of Natal from 1988 – 1994 and Cape Town from 1995 to June 1997. In July 1997 she was promoted to senior lecturer and to associate professor in January 2001. These positions were all held within the Departments of Psychology, Professor de la Rey’s home discipline.

She has unquestionably advanced knowledge in local and international social psychology through her pioneering work on intergroup relations and identity politics, with a focus on race and gender in everyday social relations and the South African academic and research project. This project has also generated a number of novel methodological refinements now commonly used in feminist-led critical social psychology. Her work has been widely applied in understanding and addressing the marginalization of black women in the public and private spheres and the higher education landscape more widely. This critical agenda has resulted in greater representation of these formerly disadvantaged groups as graduates and scientists.

From National Members

John Ball

United Kingdom

Sir John Ball is Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he is Director of the Oxford Centre for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations in the Mathematical Institute and a Fellow of The Queen’s College.

John Ball studied mathematics as an undergraduate at Cambridge University, and in 1972 obtained a DPhil in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sussex. He moved to Oxford in 1996 after over 20 years at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. His research areas include the calculus of variations, nonlinear elasticity, phase transformations in solids, infinite-dimensional dynamical systems, and liquid crystals. He proved the first existence theorem for energy minimizers in nonlinear elasticity under realistic assumptions on the material response, developed a rigorous theory of cavitation in solids, and with Richard James (University of Minnesota) formulated a widely-used model for martensitic microstructures. He introduced new methods for studying the long-time asymptotic behaviour of solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations and the existence of corresponding global attractors. More recently he has contributed to the mathematical understanding of the Landau –  de Gennes theory of liquid crystals.

His research has been recognized by many awards, including the 1999 Theodore von Kármán Prize of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the first (2003) David Crighton Medal jointly awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the London Mathematical Society, the 2006 Royal Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the 2009 Sylvester Medal of the Royal Society. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Sussex, the Université de Montpellier II, and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a member of  Academia Europaea, and a Foreign Member of the French Academy of Sciences, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Istituto Lombardo. He was knighted in 2006 for services to science.

From 2002-06 John Ball was President of the International Mathematical Union, and subsequently chaired the IMU Committee on Electronic Information and Communication. As IMU President he actively promoted the support of mathematics in developing countries and has a continuing involvement in such development projects. He has been a member of the Council of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and President of the Edinburgh and London Mathematical Societies. He is currently the Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge and is a member of the Scientific Councils of CNRS and of Électricité de France.

Raghavendra Gadagkar


Raghavendra Gadagkar obtained B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc. in Zoology from Bangalore University and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. During the past 25 years he has established an active school of research in the area of Animal Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution. The origin and evolution of cooperation in animals, especially in social insects, such as ants, bees and wasps, is a major goal of his research. By identifying and utilizing crucial elements in India’s biodiversity, he has added a special Indian flavour to his research.

Gadagkar is now President, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, INSA SN Bose Research Professor and JC Bose National Fellow at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Chairman, Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Honorary Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, Non-Resident Permanent Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Berlin.

He has published over 250 research papers and articles and two books. His book entitled Survival Strategies (Harvard University Press, USA, 1997 and Universities Press, Hyderabad, 1998, since translated into Chinese and Korean), explains recent advances in behavioural ecology and sociobiology to a general audience. His more technical book entitled The Social Biology of Ropalidia (Harvard University Press, USA, 2001) summarizes over twenty years of his research aimed at understanding the evolution of eusociality. His research work has been recognized by a number of awards including the Shanthi Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, B.M.Birla Science Prize, Homi Bhabha Fellowship, B.P. Pal National Environment Fellowship on Biodiversity, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) award in Biology and H.K.Firodia award. He is an elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy, the National Academy of Sciences, India, TWAS, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, USA and, the German National Science Academy Leopoldina.

He is or has been on the editorial boards of several national and international scientific journals, including the board of reviewing editors of Science. He has delivered over 500 invited lectures in universities, institutes, schools and colleges in India and abroad. He was invited to USA as the Michener Lecturer and by the Royal Society to deliver a public lecture in London, on the occasion of India day and has delivered plenary lectures at a number of national and international conferences. He is, or has been, a member of a number of national and international professional scientific bodies and government and non government advisory committees including the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Government of India.

As the founder chair of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Gadagkar has initiated a new experiment that endeavours to engage some of the best practitioners of different disciplines in the human sciences, such as philosophy, sociology, economics, law, literature, poetry, art, music, cinema etc. and aims to forge meaningful interaction between the natural and human sciences with special focus on understanding the diverse research methodologies of different disciplines and create opportunities to rethink the foundations of our own disciplines.

Nicole Moreau


Professor Moreau’s research have focused on several interests along her career, since, after ten years of reseach in organic synthesis and structure elucidation - terpenes, steroïds and sugars – she moved to the interface between chemistry and biochemistry. She was interested in the mode of action of several antibiotics and the way bacteria can resist, and successfully designed the first purification, using affinity chromatography, of enzymes that inactivate aminoglycoside antibiotics. While in this domain, she developed a medium throughput screening system in order to find molecules able to be active against resistant bacteria, for instance inhibitors of efflux pumps or of inactivating enzymes. This work led her to expand her expertise in molecular pharmacology, structure-activity relationships and synthesis of analogues of active compounds together with molecular modeling and docking calculations. She recently launched, with CNRS, the "National library of chemical compounds and natural extracts", in order to add value to academic chemists' synthesis and extraction work. The screening activity also gave her many opportunities of international collaboration.

Professor Moreau received an M.S. in physical chemistry from the University of Paris (Sorbonne), then a doctorate in physical sciences (chemistry distinction) from Orsay University. In 1973, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. J. S. Pitton at the Medical Microbiology Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

N. Moreau began service with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), where she was ‘directeur de recherche’ from 1979 to 1992. From 1993, she has been a full professor at University of Paris 6 (Pierre and Marie Curie), and in 1999, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP), where she is responsible for teaching at the interface Chemistry-Life Sciences and the leader of the Laboratory of Biochemistry, where she has supervised more than 40 PhD and 10 post-doctoral fellows

N. Moreau has held a number of leadership positions with leading chemistry institutions. She has served as chargé de mission, then deputy director of the drug department at the State Department of Research. From 1993, she has served in the chemistry department of CNRS, chargé de mission (1993-1997), then deputy director (1998-2003). She was a member of CNRS delegations to South Korea, Madagascar, South Africa, Vietnam, India, as well as in French Guyana, for natural substances. In 2006, she was in charge, for the International relationships Direction of CNRS, of the organization of a summer school on medicinal chemistry in Vietnam. She was secretary (1989-97), then president (1997-99) of EUCHEM, European Chemistry; President of GESA, Group of Structure-Activity Relationships Study (1990).

In addition, she is a long-time member of the French Chemical Society – and member of its Administration Committee, the French Microbiology Society, and the French Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society. She is the scientific secretary of the Grand Prix of the International Foundation of la Maison de la Chimie. She is currently Secretary General of the French Committee for Chemistry.

She has been awarded the Grand Prix of the Academy of Pharmacy. In 2011 she was awarded the Légion d'Honneur from the Minister of Research and Education.

N. Moreau has been for several years a French representative at IUPAC Council. In 2000 she has been an elected member of the Bureau and also a member of the Project Committee. Since 2005, she has been a member of the Executive Committee. In 2007 she has been elected vice President and is currently President of IUPAC. She has served as Vice President and currently is Secretary General of the French National Committee for Chemistry (IUPAC NAO). She has been a member of the French delegation since 1995.

Kazuyuki Tatsumi


Kazuyuki Tatsumi was born in Nara, Japan. He obtained his BSc in 1971 and PhD in 1976 from Osaka University in theoretical inorganic chemistry. After holding postdoctoral positions at Texas A&M (with the late Minoru Tsutsui, 1977-1979) and at Cornell University (with Roald Hoffmann, 1979-1982), he returned to Osaka University as a research associate. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991, and then moved to Nagoya University as Professor in 1994. He has held Visiting Professorships at University of Helsinki (1985), EPF Lausanne (1987) and University of Heidelberg (2005). He has also held CMS Lectureship at KAIST in Korea (1999), Lectureship of Chinese Academy of Science (2000), Lectureship of National Science Council of Taiwan (2003), Frontiers in Chemistry Lectureship at Texas A&M University and CUSO Lectureship in Switzerland (2011). He was Director of Research Center for Materials Science, Nagoya University in 2003-2013, and he is currently Designated Professor in the Institute.

He was established as a theoretical inorganic chemist early in his academic carrier, and then expanded the scope of his research into synthetic coordination chemistry of transition metal chalcogenides and organometallic chemistry of coordinatively and electronically unsaturated transition metal complexes. Later, he developed his metal chalcogenide chemistry into bioinorganic chemistry of reductases, synthesizing the model cluster active sites of nitrogenase, hydrogenase and acetyl-CoA synthase etc. His research achievements have been recognized with Inoue Prize for Science in 1998, Alexander von Humboldt Award in 2004, the Chemical Society of Japan Award in 2006, Eugen-und-Ilse Seibold Prize in 2011, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Ministry of Education (MEXT) Japan in 2013, and the Japan Academy Prize in 2013. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Münster in Germany in 2011.

He was a member of Subdivision on Science, Council for Science and Technology, MEXT in 2005-2011. Being appointed Council Member of Science Council of Japan (SCJ) in 2008, he is currently a full member of the Executive Board of SCJ, Vice Chair of Section III (Physical Sciences and Engineering) and Vice Chair of the Committee for International Affairs in SCJ. He launched a new project of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2005, Japanese-German Graduate Externship, to promote graduate students through international cooperation in research training, and he has been serving as Program Officer of JSPS since 2013.

He joined the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) as National Representative for Division of Inorganic Chemistry in 2002, and became Division President in 2008-2009. He was elected Vice President (President-elect) of IUPAC 2010-2011, became President 2012-2013, and has been a member of the Executive Committee of IUPAC since 2010.


by Jacinta Legg

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