Bylaws in general
Bylaws - Österreichischen Geodätischen Kommission
(Former Österreichische Kommission für die internationale Erdmessung)
GZ 96 224/1-IX/6/92 in der Fassung GZ BMWA - 96.224/0001-I/11/2008
The "Austrian Geodetic Commission" (ÖGK) situated in Vienna is the organ of International Geodesy for Austria. The Commission is a subordinated body of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics which in accordance with the following provision establishes agreement with the Federal Minister of Science and Research.
(1) The Austrian Geodetic Commission represents the Austrian interests in the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and in cross-nationally agreed geodetic work, unless the work is covered by the Survey Act BGBl.Nr.306/1968, in the version of the Federal Act BGBl. I Nr. 13/2008. It is the official liaison body of Austria with the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUUG).
(2) The Commission is responsible for the selection of those operations, that fall to Austria by taking part in international geodetic projects, the preparation of respective proposals for the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics as well as consultation and enforcement of the work authorised by the Federal Ministry.
(1) The Commission consists of
(2) Full Members of the Commission are a maximum of 18 representatives of the universities selected from active university professors; they are appointed in accordance with § 4.
(3) Furthermore there are the following Full Members, one representative each from the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics and the Federal Ministry of Science and Research, the President of the Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying, the Head of the Division Control Survey of the Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying, the Director of the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, the Head of the Department of Satellite Geodesy of the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences as well as one representative of the Chamber of Architects and Consulting Engineers.
(4) Former Full Members of the Commission are Full Members after their term of office who may be called in to take part in the meetings of the Commission, but they have no right to vote.
(5) National and international dignitaries, who have rendered outstanding services to geodesy in Austria, can be appointed Corresponding Members of the Commission, if the Commission suggests it to the Federal Minister of Economics and Labour. They may be called in to take part in the meetings of the Commission, but they have no right to vote.
(6) The President of the Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying and the Director of the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik may also send an employee of their office to represent them at the meetings of the Commission.
(7) A Full Member may also propose that experts take part in meetings or parts of the agenda, but they have no right to vote.
(1) The term of office of the Commission starts with the beginning of the calendar year that follows the year of the general assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics; it lasts until the end of the year of the next general assembly.
(2) Before the end of each term of office the Commission sends a list in accordance with § 3 Section 2 to the Federal Minister of Economics and Labour proposing the Full Members to be sent by the universities as well as the President and the Secretary for the next term of office. The Full Members and the Secretary may be nominated several times whereas the President may only be nominated for one additional term of office.
(3) The Federal Minister of Economics and Labour appoints the President and the Secretary as well as the other Full Members of the Commission based on the proposal and in consultation with the Federal Minister of Science and Research.
(4) The Commission elects from amongst its members the delegates for the general assemblies and other events of the International Association of Geodesy as well as for international negotiations about geodesy. The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics has to be informed about the result of the election.
(1) The Commission holds meetings duly twice a year. Additional meetings can be convened upon request by at least three Full Members. The President of the Commission alone has the right to convene the meetings. The Commission takes its decisions by simple majority.
(2) The reports of the meetings, which shall also contain the opinion of the minority, shall be sent to the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics for information.
During the regular meetings reports about the work and other activities in the field of geodesy are presented and in accordance with § 2 a working program for the coming year is established. Based on the proposed working program the university institutes, the Department of Satellite Geodesy of the Space Research Institute, the Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying as well as the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik will then work in accordance with their economic and administrative possibilities.
The Members of the Commission work unsalaried. For travelling to the meetings of the Commission as well as for external work and travelling to international negotiations about geodesy the Full Members receive the respective travel fees or – if they are retired – the fee as fixed in the Reisegebührenvorschrift,Gebührenstufe 5. All these trips have to be authorised by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics in advance irrespective of any other existing regulations covering the authorisation of business trips. The travel expenses of those Members sent in accordance with § 3 Section 3 are covered by the authority sending the person.
Before a new head of the Division Control Survey of the Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying is appointed, the President of the Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying may ask for the Commission’s opinion on the scientific qualification of the candidate.
The completed papers, protocols, minutes and the incoming publications have to be stored by the Commission
The Commission may suggest to the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics to publish the results of its work. Extensive publications may be published in a series if the above Federal Ministry agrees. The title of the series is "Veröffentlichungen der Österreichischen Geodätischen Kommission - Publications of the Austrian Commission for Geodesy - Publications de la Commission Autrichienne de Géodésie".
The bylaws are legally binding only in the German version.