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November 24, 2017 

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

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


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



The Executive Committee of The ISPRS Foundation (TIF)
is very pleased to announce the

IGI Africa Ambassador Award 2018

IGI - Integrated Geospatial Innovations, Kreuztal, Germany is an innovative German vendor of photogrammetric hardware, software and workflows. IGI is very pleased to continue to offer 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 allows for visits at IGI‘s Central Office, Kreuztal, Germany, and active participation at ISPRS Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia.

It is expected that the recipients will prepare comprehensive reports about all visits funded by this award for publication in IGI and ISPRS/TIF Websites and Newsletters. Furthermore, they will become an IGI ambassador for all IGI products and workflows.

Deadline for applications to the TIF Operations Officer (j.trinder@unsw.edu.au): 1 February 2018

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The ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue entitled "Building Information Modeling and 3D GIS Integration: From the Theoretical to the Practical" in the online journal, /ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information – IJGI/ (ISSN 2220-9964, IF 1.502, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijgi). We think you could make an excellent contribution and would like to invite you to contribute a paper.

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Gunho Sohn, Claire Ellul, Bella Zhi


2018 ISPRS Call for Educational and Capacity Building Initiative

In accordance with the statutory mission and activities of ISPRS, the Society shall provide funds to support educational and capacity building initiatives, which will further improve its international status in the educational area in the field of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, and will therefore benefit all ISPRS members. Future calls for funding shall be made on a two yearly basis (in odd-years), and dependent on the budgetary restrictions at the time of the call for proposals. In view of ISPRS resources, Council is making up to CHF 40.000 available to support the capacity building initiative 2018.

The maximum funding assigned to any one scientific project shall be SFr. 10,000. Projects should commence on or after 1st February 2018 and can be of any duration up to a maximum of 12 months, to be completed on or before 31st January 2019. If possible, results should be presented at the ISPRS Com. V Symposium to be held in India in late 2018 (see www.isprs.org for details).

ISPRS Working Group Officers are invited to submit applications to their respective Technical Commission President by the deadline below. Further details, including information on the topics and the application process, are available in Appendix 9b of the Orange Book at:


Any queries should be addressed to the ISPRS Treasurer, Songnian Li, at isprs-tr@isprs.org.


Announcement of Scientific Initiatives: 31st October 2017.

Deadline for submission of proposals from WG Officers to TCPs: 15th December 2017.

Deadline for submission of recommendation from TCPs to ISPRS Treasurer: 15th January 2018.

Announcement of successful grants by Council: Monday 25th January 2018

Funding available from 1st February 2018.


International Science Council

An important development in the scientific community is the willingness and decision of the General Assemblies of science Councils of both the International Council for Science(ICSU) and the International Council for Social Sciences (ISSC) to merge  during their meetings in Taipei-Taiwan;

The main motivation and goals of this move were;

  • Advancing science as a global public good
  • Enabling science for the future, shaping the future of science
  • A unified, global voice for science

This decision of ISSC and ICSU is based on the need to significantly strengthen the roles played by both organizations in response to insistent demands for science to address a series of major, often highly coupled challenges that have global impacts and are of unprecedented complexity. Many of these challenges cross physical-chemical, environmental, biological and medical, socio-economic, political and cultural domains, and meeting them thus requires strong collaboration involving the full range of research disciplines. It also needs science to engage with a wide range of public and private stakeholders, including citizens, in the transdisciplinary creation of solutions-oriented knowledge for policy and practice.

 Both ICSU and ISSC General Assembly Delegates voted for merger and for the new name of “International Science Council”. It will become operational at the founding of its General Assembly which will be held in Paris/France in July 2018...

Representing ISPRS were its Secretary General Lena Halounova and Orhan Altan, Honorary Member of ISPRS and former ISPRS President who is currently a member of the Executive Board of ICSU. Both were active in many sessions of this important meeting... Below is a photo taken after the GeoUnions meeting...



GI4DM 2018 Announcement

Geo-information for Disaster management (Gi4DM) Disaster Management heavily relies on remote sensing and the underlying radio science which supports the remote sensing and communications systems. Many of the challenges are interdisciplinary and require sophisticated solutions.

In this spirit, the session aims to highlight and explore the radio science and remote sensing challenges which must be overcome to support humanitarian relief.

These include a wide variety of sensor systems including ground penetrating radars to search for buried people and objects and the opportunistic detection of EM emissions from communications devices including cell phones, PDAs, which can help to locate lost persons. In both of these cases the radio scientist is involved in the antenna design, the propagation of wideband signals through dispersive ground media and also the signal processing. The remote sensing community then requires sophisticated search and recognition strategies to quickly identify targets.

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Geospatial Week 2019 Announcement

ISPRS Council is pleased to announce that on September 20, during the Geospatial Week 2017, held in Wuhan, China, the ISPRS GSW Selection Committee elected Dubai Municipality to host the GSW2019, which will be held from 24-28 March, 2019.
We look forward to seeing you all in Dubai in 2019!


ISPRS President, Christian Heipke and Secretary General, Lena Halounovà with Chairman of the Geospatial Week 2019, Hussein M. Abdulmuttalib and his assistant, Anna Zih from Dubai Municipality, UAE.  


Call for Participation in ISPRS-sponsored Competition: Atlas Challenge

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2015, contains a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Geoinformatics can make a powerful contribution to the Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is therefore timely for the creation of an Atlas that describes contributions of remote sensing and the spatial information sciences towards helping achieve the 17 UN SDGs. With the support of a current ISPRS Scientific Initiatives Project, we are pleased to announce the “Atlas Challenge”. Participants should submit research, together with a short report, that uses global land cover, with other geospatial and socio-economic datasets as deemed appropriate, to measure, monitor and manage the progress of any aspect of sustainable development, as defined by one or more of the UN’s 17 SDGs. A First Place prize of 2000 Swiss Francs and a Second Place prize of 1000 Swiss Francs will be awarded, with the winning entries demonstrated at the 2018 Commission IV Symposium in the Netherlands.

» Full call for participation
Deadline for submissions: 30th April 2018

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