You are cordially invited to the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE-37) which will convene in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa from 8 to 12 May 2017 under the overarching theme “Earth Observation for Development and Adaptation to a Changing World”. ISRSE-37 will be hosted by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).
ISRSE convened for the first time in 1962, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and is the world’s oldest remote sensing conference. It is currently convened on a biennial basis by the International Centre on Remote Sensing of Environment (ICRSE) and the International Committee on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ICORSE), a standing committee of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).
ISRSE is widely acknowledged to be one of the most significant gatherings of the international remote sensing community. The Symposium attracts senior staff of space agencies and international Earth observation programmes and thereby provides a global overview of advances in Earth observation and the consequential societal benefits. This global overview is evident from the plenary programme of ISRSE-36 which took place in Berlin in 2015: http://www.isrse36.org/plenary-sessions/
The 2017 Symposium will be the second time in this millennium that the African continent will be hosting ISRSE. It coincides with the implementation of the recently-adopted African Space Policy and Strategy, as well as rapid development in African space science and technology programmes which aim to leverage space science and technology to underpin economic and social development across the African continent.
Earth observation presents a unique opportunity in Africa for co-operation and sharing pf best-practice in the proactive management of disease outbreaks; natural resources and the environment; responses to natural hazards and disasters; agriculture and food security; weather forecasting; and climate-change mitigation and adaptation. ISRSE-37 therefore intends to attract significant numbers of remote-sensing experts to exchange views on scientific results, new applications and major programmes.
The 2017 Symposium also presents an opportunity to strengthen existing linkages and develop new areas of co-operation with SANSA and, more broadly, the South African Earth observation community. The Symposium will also provide attendees the opportunity to explore Tshwane and South Africa’s unique natural and cultural heritage.
Dr Val Munsami | CEO SANSA
ISRSE-37 Symposium Secretariat
Tel: +27(0)21 683 2934
Fax: +27 (0)21 683 0816 fax to email