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Internationale Gesellschaft für Photogrammetrie und Fernerkundung
Société Internationale de Photogrammétrie et de Télédétection

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa

five-year programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), implemented in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), that aims to generate solutions-oriented knowledge required to address complex sustainability challenges in Africa and to increase participation of the African scientific community in the global research programmes Future Earth, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, and Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment.

Call for pre-proposals: Pathways towards Sustainable African Urban Development

Deadline: 14 May 2018 (18:00 CET)

Submission via http://bit.ly/2GWhl6N

ICSU in partnership with NASAC and the ISSC has opened a call for pre-proposals to identify collaborative research projects across Africa that explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa. 35 pre-proposals will be selected to attend a training event on inter- and trans-disciplinary research, which will take place on 3-7 September 2018 (place tbc). Participants of the training will then be given about two and half months to submit full proposals. In February 2019 up to eleven collaborative research projects across Africa will be funded to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years.

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Stewart Walker, Chair, Board of Trustees
John Trinder, Operations Officer
Marguerite Madden, Finance Officer



Integrated Geospatial Innovations (IGI) and the Executive Committee of The ISPRS Foundation (TIF) are delighted to announce that

Vincent Mate Imala wins the IGI Africa Ambassador Award 2018

Mr. Imala is employed by the Directorate of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing, Ministry of Mining, Kenya.

IGI offers its IGI Ambassador Award via The ISPRS Foundation (TIF) to young scientists in photogrammetry and laser scanning from regionally under-represented African countries in the geospatial sciences and technology fields. The award is funded by a donation of €2500 from IGI. The award allows Mr. Imala to visit IGI‘s offices in Kreuztal, Germany, and actively participate at ISPRS Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia. He will prepare reports about visits funded by the award for publication in IGI and ISPRS/TIF ebsites and newsletters. In addition, he will become an IGI ambassador for all IGI products and workflows.

Applications for the Award are adjudicated by the TIF IGI Grants Evaluation Committee, currently represented by Stewart Walker, John Trinder and Philipp Grimm.


Education and Capacity Building Initiatives 2018

Promoting Early Career Researchers

In today’s digital era, data-enabled scientific research cannot fully benefit society without scrupulous data stewardship. The pressing challenges faced by the planet and humankind require discipline-integrated research and sound science-driven policies that are critically dependent on trusted scientific data. The World Data System (WDS) of the International Council for Science (ICSU) supports long-term stewardship of quality-assured scientific data and data services across a range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, and the humanities. The WDS Data Stewardship Awardhighlights exceptional contributions to the improvement of scientific data stewardship by early career researchers through their engagement with the community, academic achievements, and innovations.

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Education and Capacity Building Initiatives 2018

In accordance with the statutory mission and activities of ISPRS, the Society shall provide funds to support scientific and other initiatives, which will further improve its international status in the field of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, and will therefore benefit all ISPRS members. For 2018, the following seven Education and Capacity Building Initiatives projects were selected and approved by the Council for funding.

Title Project Team TC/WG
GeoInformation Science Pedagogical Outreach Pilot Program: 3S-4-Schools Timo Balz, Stephen C. McClure, Norman J. Meres, Jianya Gong, Jinsong Tao, Jingjin Wang TC I
Camera Calibration and Performance Database Mark R. Shortis TC II
Spreading out the Knowledge from ISPRS Educational Events using a Dissemination Internet Platform Marco Scaioni, Roderik Lindenbergh, Francesco Pirotti, Martin Rutzinger, Bernhard Hofle WG III/5,WG II/10,WG III/10
Capacity Building for High-Resolution Land Cover Inter-comparison and Validation Maria Brovelli, Hao Wu, Marco Minighini, Xinyan Zheng, Msilikale Msilanga, Mark Iliffe, Maria D'Urso, Sisi, Zlatanova, Phoebe Oduor, George Sithole ICWG IV/III, WG IV/4
Establishing an Open Repository and Catalogue for Geospatial Educational Resources Victoria Rautenbach, Serena Coetzee, Arzu Coltekin, Chris Pettit, Marguerite Madden, Sidonie Christophe, Ochiroo Lkhamjav WG IV/6, WG IV/9, ICA
Education and Training Resources on Digital Photogrammetry Grazia Tucci, Anjana Vyas, Vikram Sorathia, Satwant Rihal TC V
MOTIVATE Learning: Making Opportunities to Initiate Valuable Alliance through Experiential Learning Sheryl Rose Reyes, Tanita Suepa, Krzystof Sterenczak SC, WG V/5, GISTDA

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The ISPRS Foundation (TIF) seeks volunteers for its Fund-Raising Committee

The ISPRS Foundation (TIF) is a public charity formed to administer an extensive and broadly-based international program that, through the raising of funds, shall provide grants, scholarships, awards, training supplies and other forms of scientific assistance to qualified individuals and organizations who are pursuing and/or applying knowledge for advancing the sciences and technologies associated with the disciplines embodied by the ISPRS, especially to support those in developing countries and regions. See http://www.isprs.org/foundation/foundation/default.aspx for more details.

The biggest challenge for most non-profits is to raise sufficient funds to accomplish their goals. TIF wants to grow so that it can offer assistance to more individuals and organizations from more countries. In order to address this effectively and directly, TIF is making changes to its committee structure and is forming a Fund-Raising Committee. We are looking for volunteers to join this committee! You need to be excited by what ISPRS is doing and must identify enthusiastically with TIF’s goals. You should have a large network of contacts, including people at high levels in organizations who may be willing to give funds to TIF, if they are approached in a suitable and informative fashion. You should be energetic, imaginative, and willing to engage with potential donors as an ambassador of TIF. You must be able to bounce back if an organization is reluctant! We are looking for committee members from all over the world. If you are interested, please contact Stewart Walker, Chair of the Board of Trustees, at foundationchair@isprs.org. Thank you.


The ISPRS Foundation Travel Grants to participate in the
ISPRS Midterm Symposia 2018

TC Term Place Application Deadline
I October 9-12 Karlsruhe, Germany July 31, 2018
II June 4-7 Riva del Garda, Italy March 19, 2018
III May 7-10 Beijing, China March 19, 2018
IV October 1-5 Delft, The Netherlands July 31, 2018
V November 20-23 Dehradun, India Sept 30, 2018

Interested persons should complete the online application form

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