Call for Nominations for ISDE Council Members

International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE)

Call for Nominations for ISDE Council Members

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), established in May 2006 in Beijing, is a world leading non-governmental international organization devoting to the development of Digital Earth knowledge and technologies and exploring the vision of Digital Earth in our changing world. ISDE is a participating organization of the Group on Earth Observations, and an affiliated member of the International Science Council. Since the first International Symposium on Digital Earth was convened in Beijing in November 1999, up to now 10 international Symposia on Digital Earth and 7 Digital Earth summits have been organized in 11 countries around the world by the ISDE and its former body. In addition, ISDE published two journals, International Journal of Digital Earth, and Big Earth Data. The activities of ISDE aims to fulfil its mission of benefiting the society by promoting the development and realization of Digital Earth. 

In order to strengthen the ISDE international leadership and to have a wide coverage of Digital Earth research fields and geographical representatives, the ISDE Bureau initiates the process to call for candidates for ISDE Council Members. For this reason, the ISDE Secretariat announces the call herein.

According to the ISDE Statutes and Bylaws, ISDE Council Members can act for one term (this means starting on the day an ISDE event takes place, and ends two years after). An ISDE Council member may be re-elected for a second term, therefore being able to serve for four years. .

After approval by the ISDE Bureau, new ISDE Council members will be identified by the end of May 2019. They will then be appointed and cordially invited to attend the ISDE Council  meeting and the 11th International Symposium on Digital Earth which will be held in Florence, Italy from September 24-27, 2019.

For your information we describe the Terms of Reference for the ISDE Council Members:

Duties of ISDE Council Members

As the senior body of ISDE, the ISDE Council should ensure that the mission and vision of ISDE moves forward through excellent scientific leadership. Some responsibilities of the ISDE council members are:

  • Actively participate at ISDE Council meetings.
  • To provide Scientific guide of ISDE into the ISDE strategic vision
  • To strongly support the ISDE events and journals
  • To provide scientific advice to ISDE overall. 
  • Developing partnership with other organizations
  • Setting up working groups or sub-committees
  • Organizing national or regional ISDE events
  • Encouraging new membership of ISDE
  • Continuously contributing to the implementation of the overall strategy of ISDE


Areas of Expertise

For an effective implementation of the Digital Earth concept, it is critical to include a broad variety of interdisciplinary experts. Currently experts to potentially be appointed as ISDE Council Members are interdisciplinary scientists, researchers, educators, government decision makers, and developers of applications on the use of geospatial data and information for the following themes, but not limited to:

  • Use of geospatial data and information to process large amount of remote sensing data to semi-automatic derive data sets for societal benefit areas.
  • Use of geospatial data to model, assess and monitor earth systems (e.g. atmosphere, oceans, land, etc.)
  • Use of geospatial data and information to monitor, assess, model, understand global emerging issues such as global change, climate change, natural disasters, sustainable development, etc.
  • Use of geospatial data and information to support decision makers.
  • Geospatial data systems; development of e-infrastructure, global databases, web-based services, etc.
  • Virtual representation of earth systems: modeling, visualization, virtual reality
  • Integration of geospatial data with socio-economic data.
  • Big data (all areas with major emphasis on Big Earth Data)
  • Integration of new emerging geospatial data sensors: UAVs, social media, smart phones, etc.
  • Impact of the use of digital data into society: security, privacy, ethics, etc.
  • Use of geospatial data for education (with major emphasis on education about the Digital Earth themes).
  • Data mining in particular extracting information from social media
  • Citizens data capturing
  • Etc.


Who can nominate

The ISDE Members, as well as not yet members who are willing to join the ISDE, are entitled to nominate candidates to become members of the ISDE Council. The nominator can also recommend himself/herself to serve for the council.

Criteria for ISDE Council Member Election

The ISDE Bureau has elaborated a criteria for the ISDE Council members election. The candidates should meet some of the criteria below:

  • Be selected among a wide and well distributed geographical coverage
  • To possess international scientific reputation (e.g. awards, chairs, citation index…)
  • To have working experience in at least one or more of the priority areas for ISDE
  • To have a good and extended network (including link with other international association to represent ISDE interest)
  • Experience in working in recognized scientific organizations especially international ones.
  • Recognized leadership in education /capacity building and outreach
  • Commitment to attend ISDE meetings and to provide ISDE with strategic directions, and further develop his/her main area of expertise in ISDE
  • Willingness to contribute to ISDE events or ISDE publications (the International Journal of Digital Earth, Big Earth Data journal, Manual of Digital Earth)
  • Work as decision maker or assisting decision makers, mainly in areas related with Digital Earth.
  • Female scientists are particularly encouraged to become part of the ISDE Council.


Nomination Procedure

Every person willing to become a candidate for ISDE Council Member should send the attached nomination form and updated CV to the ISDE Secretariat, no later than 25 April 2019. The ISDE Secretariat will acknowledge the reception of the nomination form, and will forward it to the ISDE Bureau for review. The ISDE bureau shall make its decisions no later then end of May 2019.


Should you have any questions or concerns on the nomination, please contact the ISDE Secretariat by email to under the subjects:

  1. Questions about new ISDE Council nominations.
  2. Application to become candidate for ISDE Council Member 


ISDE Secretariat

Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth

Chinese Academy of Sciences

No.9 Dengzhuang South Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100094, China


Tel: +86-10-82178912