International Society for
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

From human history to the future with spatial information

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The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications.

The Society's scientific interests include spatial information sciences as well as photogrammetry, remote sensing, spatial information sciences and related disciplines, as well as applications in cartography, geodesy, surveying, natural, Earth and engineering sciences, as well as environmental monitoring and protection. Further applications include industrial design and manufacturing, architecture and monument preservation, medicine and others.

The principal activities of the Society are:

International organizational Activities:

ISPRS's role in promoting international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences has expanded significantly over the past years. ISPRS is associated with many organizations such as the United Nations (e.g. COPUOS, OOSA, UNESCO), UN related organizations (e.g. ICSU) and other organizations (e.g. JBGIS, GEO, CEOS, IAA, ISO and OGC).

Czech Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

The Czech Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SFDP) is an interest group of professionals engaged in photogrammetry, remote sensing, laser scanning and geographic information systems. The Society was founded as the Czechoslovak Photogrammetric Society by the pioneers of photogrammetry from the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Technical University in Brno in 1930.

The members of the Society are involved in many various projects connected with state mapping, many Geographic Information Systems of the whole country or of local areas. Various applications spread photogrammetry throughout the disciplines of medicine, sport, culture heritage, traffic accident investigations etc.

One example of an entire country project is of the new hypsometry project of the Czech Republic (2012-2015) based on airborne laser scanning (processed into the 5×5 m grid model, TIN high accuracy DTM, and digital surface model). It belongs to the latest activities. Large private companies are equipped with terrestrial laser scanners and mobile mapping systems allowing 3D historical monument models, street house facades, and 3D data measurement of motorway sections.

Czech Technical University in Prague

CTU provides high-quality university education through an extensive portfolio of primarily engineering branches of study, conducts basic and applied research and numerous scientific projects with great emphasis on industrial use and applications. We cooperate closely with both domestic and foreign-based institutions.

CTU educates dynamic future experts, scientists and managers who will be flexible in adapting to the requirements of the market.

The Czech Technical University in Prague was established on the initiative of Josef Christian Willenberg, on the basis of a foundation deed signed by Emperor Joseph I and dated 18 January, 1707.

In the 2012/2013 academic year, about 24 000 students studied at CTU, and about 1,500 academic workers taught and carried out research at the university.

Prof. Ing. Václav Havlíček, CSc. – Previous Rector of CTU said:

„In future, CTU in Prague will continue to focus on developing personalities who will become leaders in various fields of technology. Due to the university’s extensive scientific and research activities with industrial applications, in cooperation with universities all over the world, our graduates are sure to find a wide range of offers in the employment market”.

Congress program

The Congress is divided into multiple sessions of various types. To actively participate (as a presenter) you must submit a contribution to the one of the following sessions:


The Scientific Program of the Congress will offer a wide range of topics, which are incorporated in the present orientations of the ISPRS Technical Commissions and all their Working Groups.

Theme Sessions will present bridging themes between/among WGs.


ISPRS cooperates with other organizations and they organize together so called Special Sessions (SpS). These sessions will enhance a range of potential applications of our knowledge and will spread our achievements to the member of our sister organizations.


On Sunday 17 July, there will be oral and interactive sessions organized by ISPRS Student Consortium. The students who are currently working on their graduate, master and PhD. studies are welcome to attend.


All registrants at the ISPRS Congress may nominate a software system or a data set for the contest. In principle, all tutorials, software or data sets nominated for CATCON contest should be non-commercial and should be provided to users without license charges for not-for-profit use.


ISPRS together with United Nations Initiation on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will organize the first ISPRS — UN-GGIM National Mapping and Cadastral Agency Forum. One of the strategy goals of ISPRS is to provide a better forum for National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies to discuss their scientific and technical issues in mapping.


ISPRS together with the International Academy of Astronautics will organize the first ISPRS-IAA Space Agency Forum. The Forum provides an ideal platform for Space Agencies for mutual discussions with one of the main community of users of space imagery and scientific community that supports it.


ISPRS encourages companies to organize Exhibitor’s Showcase Sessions and Commercial Sessions to present the latest development of their societies to the ISPRS Congress participants.


Half-day or one-day tutorials will take place before the Congress (11 and 12 July). These tutorials are prepared for Congress participants to bring their knowledge up to date or to be introduced to new developments.


Summer school before the Congress will focus among other topics mainly on: LIDAR Measurements and Free softrware for GIS and remote sensing. All Summer school participants must have an accepted paper at the Congress.



The Congress offers social activities every evening such as Welcome Reception, Exhibitors’ Reception, Congress Dinner and more.

For young scientist special social program will be prepared like Young Scientists Ice-Breaker Party, Soccer match and more.

Various optional and technical tours will be offered.

General Information Final program


The main purpose of the Student Consortium is to link students, young researches and professionals in different countries and provide a platform for exchange of information, to organize student specific events and other actions that integrate youth effectively into ISPRS.

Youth activities will start with Summer school before the Congress, followed by Youth Forum during the Congress. “Youth Forum” Best posters and papers will be awarded during the General Assembly. To strengthen the interaction among young scientists special social program for young scientists will be organized.

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ISPRS recognizes individual accomplishments through the sponsorship of awards and honors which are granted at each quadrennial Congress. Nominations for deserving candidates for awards are welcome and may be made by individuals or organizations in due time.

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