Geodetic Institute (GIK)


Heck, Bernhard: Biography


1951 Born in Au am Rhein/Germany


Education and academic degrees:


1969 - 1974

Studied Surveying at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) earning the degree "Diplom in Engineering"

1979 Doctorate in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.), Fakulty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Karlsruhe (TH)
1984 Postdoctoral lecture qualification and grant for the teaching certificate in the field of Geodesy, University of Karlsruhe (TH)



Professional activities:

1980 - Present
Member of various special study groups (SSG) including the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), Chairman of the SSG 5.122 (Geodynamical effects of global gravity field variations, 1987-1991) and SSG 4142 (Application of boundary value techniques to space and airborne gravity field observations, 1991 – 1995)
1994 - Present
Member of the German Geodetic Commission
1995 - 1999 Secretary of Section IV for the IAG (General Theory and Methodology)
1995 - 2003 Speaker for the Geodesy Section of the National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics (Nationalkomitee für Geodäsie und Geophysik, NKGG)
1996 - 2000 Expert for the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the Subject "Geodesy"
1996 - 2009 Dean of the Surveying degree program (rather Geodesy and Geoinformatics)
1999 - Present
Director of the Geoscience Community Observatory for the universities of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart in Schiltach/ Black Forest (BFO)
1999 - 2003 President of Section IV for the IAG (General Theory and Methodology)
1999 - Present
Member of the DVW-Working Group 10 “Experimental, Applied, and Theoretical Geodesy”
2000 - Present
Member of the Editorial Board for the Delft University Press
2001 - 2002  Director of the DVW-Working Group 2 “Vocational training and technical literature”
2001 - Present
Member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the international geosciences project EUCOR-URGENT
2002 - Present
Senate Representative for the University of Karlsruhe in cooperation with the Technology and Economics University of Budapest/ Hungary
2003 - Present
Member of the Steering Committee for the IAG Inter-Commission Committee on Theory
2004 - Present
Spokesperson for the Scientific Committee of the German Geodetic Commission (DGK)



1986  -  1991 Heisenberg-Scholarship Holder from the DFG
1991 - Present
IAG Fellow
09. / 10.1996 Guest professor at the TU Budapest/Hungary
03.2004, 03.2005 Guest professor at the UFPR (Federal University of Paraná) Curitiba/Brazil
2006 Awarded an honorary degree (Dr.h.c.) at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics