Meet the President

President Prof. Dr. Rudolf Staiger

The FIG General Assembly elected at its meeting in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2018 Prof. Dr. Rudolf Staiger as FIG President for a four-year term of office 1.1.2019-31.12.20228


FIG celebrated this transition on 9 November 2018 in Athens, Greece at a joint celebration of FIG 140 anniversary and hand over ceremony. President Staiger will present the council work plan at the General Assembly 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The picture shows President Rudolf Saiger together with four Honorary Presidents, from left Juha Talvitie, Finland, Bob Foster, USA, Chryssy Potsiou, Greece and Holger Magel, Germany. 

Curriculum Vitae

Prof Dr. Rudolf Staiger

Date of birth: 19 March 1956

Nationality: German

Current position: Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Bochum, Dept. of Surveying Engineering and Geoinformatics. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf STAIGER is teaching Surveying Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany). His areas of special interest are instrumentation and calibration of geodetic sensors, Laser scanning and data analysis. He studied Geodesy in Karlsruhe (Germany, University of Karlsruhe) and in Paris (France, ENSG). The subject of his doctoral thesis is “close range triangulation with theodolites for coordinate measuring purposes”. Rudolf spent 6 years in industry with KERN and Leica-Geosystems (both in Switzerland) as Systems Engineer, Product Manager and Software Developer. From 1994 to 2005 he was teaching Surveying Engineering at the University of Essen (Germany). Since then he teaches in Bochum where he also served as Vice-President of the University for Research & Transfer (2009-2016). Rudolf is very active in FIG. He was the Chair of Commission 5 (Positioning and Measurement) and is currently acting as Vice-President. His language abilities are German, French and English.


  • 1990-1992: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Graduate School of Business Administration (Zuerich, Switzerland)

  • 1988: PhD on the theory of “On-line-Triangulation” for Theodolite Measuring systems 1983–1987: Scientific Assistant at the Geodetic Institute (University of Karlsruhe)

  • 1976–1982 : Studies of geodesy at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and Ecole Nationale des Sciences Géographiques (ENSG, Paris-St.-Mandé, France)




Prof Dr. Rudolf Saiger
 Prof. Rudolf Staiger
Fachhochschule Bochum
University of Applied Sciences
FB Vermessungswesen und Geoinformatik
Lennershofstrasse 140 44801
Tel. + 49 234 32 10 547
Email: rudolf.staiger at