Newsletter May 2021

Dear SilviLaser community!

First of all, I would like to thank all those who have accepted our invitation to be part of the scientific committee and have registered for supporting the reviewing process. The high number of registrations shows the exceeding interest in the SilviLaser 2021.

I would also like to remind you about the deadline for submitting extended abstracts. The deadline is June 14th (extended from May 28th).

We also want to draw your attention to a Special Issue about selected SilviLaser contributions in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (JAG), published by Elsevier. We will get a reduced paper fee for open access papers.

Furthermore, we would like to give you important updates about the SilviLaser 2021:

1) Change of venue:
Due to Covid19-regulations, the conference venue was changed from TU Wien to
Marriott Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel Vienna.
Conference rooms are already blocked.
The hotel offers a special room price for participants and is prepared to accept room bookings.
Compared to the previously planned venue at TU Wien we now have more flexibility in case of changing Covid19 restrictions and you can fully enjoy the hotel convenience.

2) Shifted date:
New conference date: September 28th to 30th, 2021
Pre-conference excursion: September 27th, 2021
Post-conference excursion: October 1st, 2021
UAV LIDAR benchmark either on September 27th or October 1st, depending on weather conditions.
TLS and PLS benchmark data acquisition will take place on both excursion days.

3) Corona situation
The current situation in Europe – decreasing cases of Covid19 infections and increasing percentage of people vaccinated – makes us very confident that we can host a hybrid SilviLaser 2021 in Vienna. So we would like to invite you to take the chance to visit Vienna and meet the community physically.

4) Hybrid conference
The conference is planned to be fully hybrid. Virtual participation will be possible in any case.
Presentations, workshops and meetings with participants and exhibitors will be enabled online as well as on site.

Looking forward to read your abstracts and to welcome you at the SilviLaser 2021!
Kind regards,
Markus Hollaus
(Chair of the Organizing Committee)