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Chinese Scientist elected as ISPRS President

Prof. Chen Jun from the National Geomatics Center of China (NGCC), was newly elected as President of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) during the 22nd ISPRS Congress. It’s the first time for a Chinese scientist to chair the ISPRS since its establishment in 1910 as an international academic organization.

Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a science and technology based approach to obtaining, recording, measuring, analyzing and expressing the reliable information about the Earth and its environment by means of noncontact imaging and other sensor systems. In 1910, the International Society for Photogrammetry (ISP) was founded in Vienna, Austria with a view to promoting the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry, remote sensing and their applications. The Society changed its name in 1980 to the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

Over more than 100 years, the ISPRS has become a representative international organization of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and, as one of the 31 Scientific Union Members of the International Council for Science (ICSU), enjoys high international reputation and impacts. Since China’s reform and opening-up, Chinese scientists have been taking an active part in the activities of the ISPRS and many of them have chaired the ISPRS Working Groups and Technical Commissions. Beijing hosted the 21st ISPRS Congress in 2008. The late Prof. Wang Zhizhuo, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences was elected Lifetime Honorary Member of ISPRS in 1988 and Prof. Li Deren of Wuhan University was newly elected Honorary Member of ISPRS in the 22nd ISPRS Congress.

Prof. Chen Jun is mainly engaged in research and engineering practice on the modeling, updating and service delivering of basic geographic information. Since 1988, Prof. Chen has undertaken and completed 3 General Projects, 2 Key Projects, 1 Major International Joint Research Project and 1 National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars Project under the support of the National Natural Science Fund of China (NSFC).

Devoted to scientific research, Prof. Chen Jun has been actively participating in international academic exchanges and cooperation. He chaired the Chinese Association of Geographic Information System (CAGIS) for 3 consecutive terms and took great efforts in organizing domestic academic exchanges and cooperation, contributing a great deal to the technological progress and rapid development of China's geographic information industry. Since the 1980s, he has been taking part in the academic activities of the ISPRS and has chaired a series of ISPRS Working Groups and Technical Commissions, and acted as Chairman and Secretary General of the ISPRS General Assembly.

Under the support of the parties concerned, Prof. Chen Jun successfully held a series of international academic exchange activities including the 21st ISPRS Congress, which helped raise China’s profile and impact in the international academic arena.

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