Established in 1910, the ISPRS is a truly international society, with an established reputation in the broad areas of photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. It is devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. The direction and management of the Society is undertaken through the quadrennial Congress, the General Assembly, the Council, the Financial Commission, the Technical Commissions and the Sustaining Members Committee. Its scientific activities are entrusted to and conducted by eight Technical Commissions and their Working Groups.
The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute is the professional organisation representing Australian surveying, land information and spatial information professionals, or spatial scientists. It has 2500 members in Australia and overseas, working in private, public and academic sectors.
The Institute was formed in 2009 being the merger of the Institution of Surveyors Australia and the Spatial Sciences Institute and has operations in each state and territory, and New Zealand. The Institute is ‘non-profit’, with member fees as part of its income , other income sources include events, publications, sustaining partners programmes and certifications. The Institute considers professional surveying to be “the discipline dealing with policy, administration, collection, measurement, analysis, interpretation, portrayal and dissemination of spatially-related land and sea information, together with associated design and management”, which is closely tied to the Spatial Sciences.