COVID-19 Impact on CSRS 2020

Dear CRSS-SCT members,

As you all know, COVID 19 has impacted our plans for this year’s Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Yellowknife, NWT. After consultation with the venue, the membership, delegates and stakeholders, the Organising Committee and the CRSS-SCT Executive have decided to host this year’s conference online and move the Yellowknife Symposium to 2021. The dates for this year are still July 13 to 17, 2020 (online) and updated program details are being worked out and will be communicated shortly. The theme and content for this year’s – now online – symposium will be largely unchanged as most of the program plenary, workshop and session commitments were already in place and presenter abstract submission and review now complete. The next in-person Symposium is now scheduled for June 21st to 25th 2021 at the Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife. We expect strong synergy and continuity between the 2020 online and 2021 in-person symposia given the theme for this year, “Landscapes of Change; Remote Sensing for a Sustainable Future”, was chosen to reflect the values, needs and activities of our northern venue and partners, as well as national priorities.

The organising committee and CRSS-SCT executive are grateful for all the offers of support and the understanding we have received from our membership during this period of uncertainty. Transitioning to an online symposium at short notice is not without its challenges and it will be exciting to explore the merits and pitfalls of going online for our Society’s primary annual networking event. We hope we can rely on your continued support us as we re-create the symposium in virtual form.

The CRSS-SCT Executive thank the whole Organizing Committee for their hard efforts in the challenging time

Sincerely

Chris Hopkinson, Chair CSRS 2020 Organising Committee
Brigitte Leblon, President CRSS-SCT