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Climate change among topics at scientific conference in Italy

How the earth’s shape, gravitational field, and orientation in space affect major issues, such as climate change, will be discussed by scientists at a major conference in Italy.

The quadrennial International Conference of the IAG, the International Association of Geodesy, will be held at the Palacongressi, in Rimini, from 1 to 5 September 2025.

The Events & Conference division of Italian Exhibition Group clinched the bid to host the meeting, seeing off competition from Paris, Wroclaw, Algiers, and Hyderabad.

More than 500 delegates are expected at the event, which this year took place in Beijing.

Several decisive elements led to the IAG Council choice to select Italy.

The bid was presented by the University of Bologna, with input from the Department of Physics and Astronomy together with that of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM).

“The Palacongressi di Rimini submitted locations and technologies at the highest level, necessary elements for staging this type of international event”, said Professor Susanna Zerbini of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Alma Mater who, alongside the director of DICAM, Professor Stefano Gandolfi, presented and supported the IEG’s bid.

The support of Professor Mattia Crespi, from the Sapienza University of Rome, in supporting the bid was another deciding factor, along with the entire national geodetic community.

The conference programme will focus on the significant contribution that geodesy offers to the understanding of climate change, melting glaciers, subsidence, and meteorological forecasts.

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