IAU Joint Discussions (GA)

JD7: Space-time reference systems for future research

Start date/time

August 27, 2012

End date/time

August 29, 2012


China, Nanjing


Dennis McCarthy

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Coordinating Division

Division I Fundamental Astronomy

SOC Co-Chairs: Nicole Capitaine (France), Sergei Klioner (Germany), Dennis McCarthy (United States)

SOC Members: George H. Kaplan (United States), Zoran Knezevic (Republic of Serbia), Dafydd Wyn Evans (United Kingdom), Harald Schuh (Austria), Richard N. Manchester (Australia), Gérard Petit (France)

Editors of Proceedings: Nicole Capitaine (France), George Kaplan (United States), Sergei Klioner (Germany)


  • Space-time reference systems compatible with general relativity
  • Accurate planetary ephemerides and time references for space missions and pulsar investigations
  • Development of radio reference frames for space missions and astronomy
  • Development of optical reference frames for exoplanet investigations


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