Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,
I will have a great pleasure to host you for the XXIVth ISPRS Congress in my home town of Nice from the 14th to the 20th of June 2020.
Nice, the cosmopolitan and multicultural capital of the French Riviera, is the ideal place to host an unforgettable ISPRS Congress. Nice is an outstanding location between sea and mountains where culture and heritage meet with the cutting edge technology of Sophia Antipolis, the French Silicon Valley. The congress centre is in the heart of the city and two minutes away from the Vieux Nice (the old town of Nice).
Looking forward meeting you in Nice.
Nicolas Paparoditis - Congress Director
Nice and its region is, after Paris, the leading tourist destination in France, and one of the most prized worldwide.
Now the metropolis of the-Côte d'Azur is, from any point of view, the beating heart of the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera). Nice-la-Bella must be discovered in all its facets: historical, cultural, artistic, festive, a seaside, tourist resort. Baroque art, the Belle Époque and Modernism are among the many different styles in a truly contemporary city which completely fulfils its role as Capital of the Côte d'Azur.
Between the Mediterranean sea and mountains just a few kilometres from the Italian border, Monaco and Cannes, its legendary gentle climate, its exceptional light but also its history and its classified monuments, its numerous museums, its baroque heritage, its old town with its typical and colourful markets, its charming quality hotels, its starred cuisine, its pedestrian and shopping streets, its beaches with azure waters, its sunny terraces... The Promenade des Anglais, Cimiez, the Port Lympia district, the Old Town and the Cours Saleya, the Promenade des Arts, its hills and finally an Ecovalley, the newest and most ecological district in the region... are the main landmarks if you want to get your bearings and discover the city. Close to Nice, the Mercantour national park offers some of the most beautiful hikes in France where a large range of protected wildlife populates the mountains.
The history of Beautiful Nice goes back to around 350 BC, when the Greeks founded a settlement on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. However, in order to have a proper picture of the historical background of Nice, one should also know that the site along which Nice stretches nowadays, has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
A Baroque heritage of remarkable richness is one of the key cultural and tourist points of interest on the Côte d'Azur and the County of Nice. Over eighty monuments, churches, chapels, palaces and citadels are ripe for discovery along the "Route du Baroque Nisso-Ligure".
The French and the Italians were not the only ones who, one way or another, shaped the historical trajectory of Nice. The English too, have left their mark on Nice. Their contribution to the landscape architecture of present day Nice is summarized by the famous Promenade des Anglais, built with the financial support of the English aristocracy.
With an outstanding centre for scientific and medical research located near the Sophia-Antipolis Park and the University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis.For over 40 years, Sophia Antipolis has been attracting industry leaders, engineers and researchers from around the globe.
SMEs and start-ups stand side by side with world leaders such as Amadeus, Cisco Systems, Dassault Systems, Orange, Hewlett, Nvidia, Intel, Symantec, Air France, American Express, Toyota, Samsung, Huawei… this ecosystem is devoted to innovation and gathers top-level organisations.
Nice-Côte d’Azur is an international gateway and the second French airport in terms of traffic with a permanent link to the Paris Hub (a flight every 20-30 minutes) and direct flights from the main cities in Europe, the Middle East (Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Beyrouth, Dubaï), North America (New-York, Montreal) and North Africa (Marrakech, Casablanca, Tunis, Agadir, Monastir, Djerba, Alger, Constantine). Indeed, 56 regular airlines link Nice to nearly 100 destinations in 35 countries.
The Nice-Acropolis Congress and Exhibition Centre has been totally redesigned and redecorated by the world-renowned French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte: a mix of grey, orange, beige and black colours giving to the Acropolis a sophisticated atmosphere with plenty of light, effects thanks to the natural light coming through the glass windows in some areas or the led lighted panels in others.
The host scientific committee regroups French scientific personnalities in the field of ISPRS. This committee is tailored to ensure a coherent and scientifically relevant organisation of the ISPRS congress. The committee also brings its complementary expertise in the field of the different ISPRS technical commissions and will contribute to strengthen the link between the ISPRS commissions and sister or neighbouring societies (ICA, ICOMOS, ICSU, IEEE, IAPR, etc.) and with the French ecosystem.
Head of Research and Education, the French National Mapping Agency and Head of ENSG-Géomatique the engineering school
INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France. Research Director at INRIA since 1989
Senior Researcher at IGN France - COGIT Laboratory since 1997
Professor at Institut Mines-Télécom (Telecom ParisTech)
Director of CESBIO, the largest Earth observation and remote sensing laboratory in France
Senior Researcher at IGN and ENSG-Géomatique
Senior researcher at IGN
Senior researcher at INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis
Photogrammetry instructor at ESGT, the French Topographic and Surveying Engineering School
Full Professor at INSA Strasbourg, France - Head of the Photogrammetry and Geomatics Research Group since 1996
Full Professor at MINES ParisTech, a leading French engineering school - Head of the "3D Point Cloud and Modelling" team at MINES ParisTech
Engineer at CNES Toulouse, France, in charge of performances in the THRNG project since 2016
Senior scientist at IRSTEA, Scientific Director of the French Land Data center Theia.
An ISPRS Congress is the most appropriate place for cross-fertilisation, knowledge sharing and networking. Through social events, new contests and technological innovations, Nice 2020 aims to offer a large range of opportunities for these purposes. A privileged place will be given to students as well as to delegates from all continents. The key features are:
in addition to ISPRS Annals and Archives content, a maximum amount of new media data produced during the Congress will be released for the forthcoming years. The most adequate broadcast means will be defined in conjunction with the new Technical Commission V.
Lots of fun with a large variety of attractive sports during the new ISPRS Congress games ! The Olympiades will be organised on the fringe of technical sessions around more or less serious events celebrating French traditions.
New scientific contents will be given to all attendees, before, during and after Nice 2020. Audience feedback and scientific chat tools will be made available for all delegates during the conference.