The first International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment was first convened in 1962 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was hosted by the Willow Run Laboratories of the University of Michigan. The Symposium brought together scientists from around the world to exchange technical information on an emerging technology called remote sensing, a technology which provided the capability of viewing the Earth from high-altitude aircraft and, ultimately, spacecraft. Since that meeting in 1962, twenty-four additional symposia were convened at various venues around the world by Willow Run Laboratories and its successor organization, the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM).
In 1994, ERIM, in consultation with an international advisory committee, elected to foster the establishment of an independent non-profit corporation for the specific purpose of convening the symposia every two years. That organization was incorporated in the state of Maryland in March of 1995 as the International Center on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ICRSE).
The Symposia series continues to be guided by an international committee comprised of experts in the field of remote sensing who represent most of the world’s national space agencies.
International Center for Remote Sensing of Environment