ISPRS e-Bulletin No.3 2017 Published

The ISPRS e-Bulletin No. 3 2017 has been published. Access the full bulletin here. See the Editorial extract below.

Editorial - The ISPRS Student Consortium

ISPRS has more than hundred years of distinguished history, and despite the continuously changing environment, mainly due to the rapid technological developments of the past two decades, the Society is relevant and strong. Obviously, there are many aspects of why ISPRS is successful and prospering. However, one key element is clearly that ISPRS did recognize early on that the future of the Society greatly depends on attracting young people to the geospatial science and engineering profession. It was during the 20th ISPRS Congress held in Istanbul Turkey in 2004 that the ISPRS Student Consortium (SC) was formed. This was a historic moment, as for the first time, students and young professionals all over the world, interested in photogrammetry, remote sensing and geospatial information sciences, could directly connect and be officially represented in the ISPRS organization. The ISPRS SC works under Technical Commission V (formerly TC VI), and primarily collaborates with Working Group V/5.

The beginning of the ISPRS SC followed the usual pattern of lots of excitement mixed with real challenges. Yet the determination of the members as well as support from ISPRS leadership helped the ISPRS SC define its objectives, prepare implementation plans, and create the operational environment quickly in the early years. Since 2007, the ISPRS SC Newsletter has been published quarterly, and is very popular as a platform to keep up with developments, hear about new opportunities, and read about the experiences of other professionals in the geospatial discipline. From early on, the ISPRS SC has become an active contributor to the major ISPRS events, including organizing special sessions and dedicated gatherings for students and young professionals.

The most successful initiative of the ISPRS SC is probably the introduction of the ISPRS SC Summer School program. Clearly, this event became very popular quickly, as it provides a formal and comfortable environment for young people to learn from experts and network with peers. The duration is typically 3-5 days, which is sufficient to acquire a better understanding of a specific geospatial field and gain in-depth practical information of specific areas. The first ISPRS SC Summer Schools were organized in Europe; Istanbul in 2005 and Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2007, but soon it extended to other regions. A major milestone was reached in 2013, when, for the first time, the Summer School was organized on the African continent, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recently, most of the Summer Schools have been organized in Asia, as this region shows the strongest developments in general, and, consequently, the student body is large and interest is strong. In addition, these events are greatly supported by the Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) by continuously providing venue and logistics at their annual ACRS. With the growing interest in Summer Schools, the initial model of one event per year has been changed to multiple events, providing a better geographic distribution to help students attend worldwide. In addition, the cost is kept at a minimum, which allows more students to participate.

What is in the pipeline for ISPRS Student Consortium? The new ISPRS SC website, sc.isprs.org/, has just gone online, and the plan is to further improve the media presence of ISPRS SC community, as this is the de facto communication platform of the current generation. The Newsletter is in the process of being repackaged in this term. Due to changes in structure and organization practice, the Bylaws are updated; the draft is currently under review by Technical Commission V. Finally, the expanding ISPRS SC Summer School program necessitates the development of a standardized application process, which is also in the works.

I wish the ISPRS Student Consortium, under the current leadership of Sheryl Rose Reyes, continued success and growth for the coming years. It is quite remarkable how much progress has been achieved by ISPRS SC recently, and this makes the entire ISPRS community optimistic, not only for the Society’s future, but for the next generation entering the profession, as well as leadership positions at national societies and ISPRS.

by Charles Toth, ISPRS 2nd Vice President

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