Social Program

Welcome Reception

Sunday July 21, 18:00 - 19:30
Location: MCEC Exhibition Area

The IGARSS 2013 Welcome Reception's musical backdrop will be provided by Dr. Ida Jazayeri who completed her PhD in photogrammetry with Professor Clive Fraser in 2010. Ida is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has always been passionate about music, particularly writing music for film and theatre. During her Bachelor of Geomatic Engineering, Ida was the resident pianist at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne and still performs regularly at a number of concerts throughout the year.

Young Professionals Luncheon

Tuesday July 23, 12:10 - 13:20
Location: MCEC Room 210

As part of the Student activities, IGARSS 2013 is organizing a "Young Professionals" luncheon. The luncheon is open by registration to students and young professionals and only a very limited number of tickets will be available. The lunch will provide a forum of discussion between current students and GOLD members (Graduates of the Last Decade) on career paths, skill sets beneficial to secure employment in the geosciences and remote sensing industries, as well as professional development opportunities. The event will also include invited guests selected from among the GRSS professionals with extensive careers in the field. This is the fifth event of its kind at IGARSS, having received very strong reception in Boston, Cape Town, Honolulu and Munich. Join GOLD members to network in an informal setting. The nominal charge for this event is only partially covering the food costs. Space is very limited, so please register early!

Women In Geosciences and Remote Sensing Reception

Tuesday July 23, 17:30 - 19:00
Location: MCEC Room 108

This reception is the second annual Women In Geosciences and Remote Sensing event at IGARSS. The reception is open by registration to women and men at all stages in their careers. The event will provide networking opportunities and a forum of discussion between participants. The event will also include invited guests selected from among the GRSS professionals with extensive careers in the field. The nominal charge for this reception is only partially covering the canapé and drink costs. Space is very limited, so please register early!

Melbourne Aquarium Reception

Tuesday July 23, 19:00-20:30
Location: Melbourne Aquarium

Discover the amazing underworld beauty of the Melbourne Aquarium whilst you enjoy a selection of canapes and drinks. A great chance to be up close and personal with the creatures of the sea. The Aquarium is a short walk from the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

IGARSS Futsal Soccer Game

Wednesday July 24, 18:15-23:00
Location: North Melbourne Recreation Centre
204-206 Arden St, North Melbourne

Come along and participate in the IGARSS Futsal World Cup. A round robin format will play out before the remaining two teams compete in the Final for the IGARSS World Cup. Jerseys are provided but players must provide their own shorts and sports shoes. The fee covers transportation, entrance to the Centre, refreshments and the jersey for players.

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Technical Site Tour - Bushfire Region

Wednesday July 24, 08:30-17:30

Location: The pick up point is in the front of the Hilton Hotel MCEC.

The 2009 Black Saturday forest fires in the Australian state of Victoria, was a catastrophic event. This tour follows the path of these bush fires and looks at the use of imagery and spatial data during this event. This tour will be led by one of the Chief Fire Officers who was directly involved in the management of the fires.

The drive up the mountains takes you through some of the tallest and most majestic eucalypt forests in the world. The tour will take you to the origin of one of the fires and you will hear the description of the day as it unfolded. Then it will be on to the emergency management control centre to see in detail how fires are managed and the role spatial data plays. This will be followed by lunch at Marysville one of the towns that was almost completely destroyed by the fires with much loss of life. There you will be led through the slow process of recovery by this resilient community. The final stop will be at Stevensons fall - a picturesque forested valley that was literally destroyed by the fires and you will see how nature is recovering.

The integral role played by remote sensing during the fires, in the analysis of the damage after and ongoing during the recovery will be blended into the discussions throughout the day.

Technical Committee & Chapter Chairs Dinner

Wednesday July 24, 19:00-21:00
Location: MCEC Room 210

This event provides a venue for discussion of GRSS Technical Committee and Chapter activities accompanied by a fine meal. Members of GRSS Technical Committees and GRSS Chapter Chairs are especially invited, but all IGARSS delegates (and guests) are welcome to participate. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the technical committees and activities of our chapters. Tickets are limited, so please register early!

Symposium Dinner

Thursday July 25, 19:00-23:00
Location: Plaza Ballroom

Join colleagues and friends as you enjoy the Symposium dinner at the Plaza Ballroom. Situated in the heart of Collins Street at Melbourne's famous Regent Theatre, the prestigious Plaza Ballroom is reminiscent of the grand European ballrooms of the 19th Century. Built in 1929, the venue has undergone meticulous restoration returning it to its breathtaking former glory. A unique snapshot of Melbourne in days gone by.