ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume V-5-2021
ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., V-5-2021, 23–30, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-V-5-2021-23-2021
ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., V-5-2021, 23–30, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-V-5-2021-23-2021

  17 Jun 2021

17 Jun 2021

CREATIVE STRATEGIES IN NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL: ADVANCING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE ISPRS STUDENT CONSORTIUM AS AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

S. R. Reyes1, C. Cruz2, M. Üstüner3, C. Jjuuko4, and S. Guliyeva5 S. R. Reyes et al.
  • 1United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, 5 Chome-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • 3Artvin Coruh University, Seyitler, Centrum, Artvin, Turkey
  • 4Makerere University, University Rd, Kampala, Uganda
  • 5Aerospace Monitoring of Environment Department, National Aviation Academy, Mardakan av.30, Baku, Azerbaijan

Keywords: ISPRS SC, online learning, social media, pandemic, youth

Abstract. The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Student Consortium (ISPRS SC) is an international student organization representing the youth in the ISPRS. The COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected students and young professionals around the world because of country-wide lockdowns and comprehensive quarantine and social distancing measures. This situation led to the implementation of distance learning and remote work. The Consortium organized different activities in support of students and young professionals during the global health crisis. Despite the challenges and necessary adjustments, the unprecedented situation helped the organization adapt to change and encouraged us to revisit our roles as an international organization. The ISPRS SC hosts and coordinates activities and events both in person and online, including the Webinar Series, the publication of the SpeCtrum and the summer schools. During the pandemic, we improved our existing activities to provide support to our members and to the scientific community in general as we navigate major lifestyle changes and become more adept in using technology in our day-to-day lives. We also introduced new initiatives such as the Virtual Rooms and the GeoMixer, and continued to work in partnership with different organizations in remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information science. Moreover, we continued to strengthen our connection to the ISPRS through a collaboration with the ISPRS White Elephant Club and for a special event honouring one of the most important figures in the Society and in the profession. With all these activities organized during this challenging time, the Consortium experienced growth in terms of organizing and improving its activities, our roles as an international organization, and our online presence. The Consortium has also taken steps for continuity and sustained relevance to both the youth and ISPRS.