Germany: Prof. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dietmar Grünreich stepped down as President of the Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG), a federal agency for cartography and geodesy. Prof. Grünreich will be replaced by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Hansjörg Kutterer. The new president will join the agency on May 1.
About Prof. Grünreich, Secretary in the Ministry of the Interior, Cornelia Rogall-Grothe, said, “Today’s BKG is a recognised and respected Federal Agency, both nationally and internationally, bearing the mark of Prof. Grünreich. The changeover from a research-oriented Institut für Angewandte Geodäsie (IfAG) (Institute for Applied Geodesy) to a Federal Agency – conceived as a modern services and competence centre of the Federal government in the field of geoinformation – could not be imagined without his professional work.” Prof. Grünreich served BKG for 12 years.
Prof. Grünreich said, “BKG has been able to fulfil its core tasks, such as the provision of reliable infrastructure services for the needs of geoinformation and geodesy, as well as the representation of Germany in specialist matters, both at the national and international levels at an internationally recognised high technical and technological level.”
According to Rogall-Grothe, extensive experiences of Prof. Kutterer gained during his activity as Head of the Geodätisches Institut der Leibniz Universität Hannover (Geodetic Institute of Leibnitz University of Hanover) makes him suitable for the President position.
Prof. Kutterer observed that on demand availability of high-quality geodata is a main objective of BKG. “The time factor plays in this respect an ever-increasing role– as regards the efficiency of the provision and detection of relevant changes,” Prof. Kutterer said. Therefore, securing and further development of observation and geodata infrastructure will also in future constitute a core task.