ISPRS welcomes Prof. Dr. Sandra Maria Fonseca da Costa to the Board of Trustees of The ISPRS Foundation
ISPRS is pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Sandra Maria Fonseca da Costa, adjunct professor at the University of Vale do Paraíba (UNIVAP) in São José dos Campos, Brazil, has joined the Board of Trustees of The ISPRS Foundation. The eleven members of the Board manage the fundraising activities and disbursement of funds to deserving individuals to further the scientific and technological work of ISPRS. Prof. Fonseca da Costa will have a three-year term as a Trustee, renewable for up to two further terms. She earned a BS in geography from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1985), a MS in remote sensing from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE, also in São José dos Campos) (1989), and a PhD in spatial information from University of São Paulo (1996), with a sandwich internship at the University of New South Wales (1995). After a postdoctoral year at Indiana University (2007-2008), she specialized in urban and regional planning, working mainly in the areas of urban space, urban planning, geotechnologies, environmental degradation and urban growth. For more than 10 years, she has been focused on the study of small towns in the Amazon delta. She was vice-rector of UNIVAP during the period 2012-19.
Professor Christian Heipke, Leibniz University Hannover and President of ISPRS, commented that, “ISPRS is delighted that Sandra has indicated her willingness to help with the important work of The ISPRS Foundation. She is well known in the geospatial community and we hope that her energy and wide network will assist ISPRS and The ISPRS Foundation in broadening its activities, especially in the Latin American sphere, so that more funds are raised and more grants, scholarships and awards provided.”
The ISPRS Foundation, Inc. (TIF), is an independently registered entity established to provide financial assistance and in-kind support for benevolent purposes pursued by ISPRS. 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.