Due to the current pandemic situation worldwide, the short-term restrictions to cross-border travel and the health risks for community members, the ISPRS Council has made the difficult decision to hold the 2021 edition of the XXIV Congress as an online-only event on the planned dates in July 2021. This will be followed by a primarily in-person meeting in June 2022.
This 2021 edition of the XXIV Congress will have all the features of a classical ISPRS Congress except for the General Assembly which will be postponed to the 2022 edition of the XXIV Congress, to be held from 6-10 June 2022. The 2021 edition will feature the traditional Congress programme, including scientific tracks and sessions, plenary sessions with exciting keynote speakers, a forum track to discuss hot topics for the community (the role of geo in pandemics, Earth resource and climate change monitoring, smart cities and autonomous navigation, etc.). The 2021 edition will also involve a technology track for the industry to present its latest innovations and an exhibition for meeting with sponsors and exhibitors.
All papers submitted in 2021 that successfully pass the peer review process will be published in the Proceedings (Annals and Archives) of the 2021 edition of the XXIV Congress. If authors agree, the videos of the oral presentations of the papers will be made available in the ISPRS media library together with the presentations of the 2020 edition, allowing stronger dissemination of scientific contributions within the geospatial community.
All registered participants of the XXIV Congress will have the possibility to participate in and present their scientific contributions at both events with the same registration. Newly registered participants will have the choice to participate only in the 2021 edition or to register for an attractive bundle for the 2021 and 2022 editions.
"We all deeply regret that we will not be able to meet and network physically in 2021 but we do believe that the current vaccination programmes and subsequently lifted travel restrictions will allow us to meet physically again in 2022. We are also convinced that both events will be successful and serve the geospatial community at large," ISPRS president Christian Heipke and ISPRS Congress director Nicolas Paparoditis commemented in a joint statement.