European Lidar Conference 2023

European Lidar Conference 2023

13/09/2023 - 15/09/2023

About ELC 2023ProgrammeBook of AbstractsConference committeesGuidelinesPublicationConference feesAbout Cluj-Napoca

We are pleased to invite you to the 4th edition of the European Lidar Conference (ELC), which will take place in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) from the 13th to the 15th of September 2023, hosted by Babeș-Bolyai University.

The ELC 2023 continues the now well-established tradition of bringing together experts from academia and the private sector to discuss state-of-the-art lidar-related topics.

During the conference, the participants will have plenty of opportunities to network, find new and longstanding collaborations, exchange ideas, and promote their research through oral and poster presentations

We look forward to bringing together the European lidar community in our beautiful city of Cluj-Napoca, the largest city in Transylvania with a rich and multicultural history, reflected in the city’s architecture and general vibe.

If you are interested in lidar-related topics, please do not hesitate to join us! We especially encourage the participation of young researchers!


Topics of the ELC 2023:

  • Challenges: strategic role of Research Infrastructures
  • LIDAR applications, synergies, and campaigns
  • LIDARS onboard satellites
  • LIDAR Technologies & Open forum for companies and users
  • Algorithms & Data


Important dates:

  •  Extended until 15th June: Abstract submission deadline
  • 15th July: Notification of acceptance
  • 15th August: Early registration deadline
  • 31st August: Late registration deadline



The conference will feature plenary sessions: oral presentations, PICO & poster presentations.



Grand Hotel Napoca (Strada Octavian Goga 1, Cluj-Napoca)




  • Presentation booths for companies working in the field of lidar and lidar components manufacturing:

Conference Programme



Additional events on the 12th of September 2023:

  • Info day on the establishment of the ACTRIS ERIC
  • Lunch break 12:30 – 14:00
  • EARLINET General Assembly
    • 15:30 – 16:00 Registration
    • 16:00 – 18:00 EARLINET General Assembly
  • Welcome cocktail 19:00 – 23:00

Conference Chairs:

  • Nicolae Ajtai (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)
  • Lucas Alados-Arboledas (University of Granada, Spain)
  • Doina Nicolae (National Institute for Research and Development for Optoelectronics, Romania)


Scientific and Programme Committee:

  • Mariana Adam (National Institute for Research and Development for Optoelectronics, Romania)
  • Vassilis Amiridis (National Observatory of Athens, Greece)
  • Aldo Amodeo (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Metodologie per l Analisi Ambientale, Italy)
  • Holger Baars (Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Germany)
  • Dimitris Balis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Livio Belegante (National Institute for Research and Development for Optoelectronics, Romania)
  • Jonas von Bismarck (European Space Agency, Italy)
  • Antonella Bosseli (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Metodologie per l Analisi Ambientale, Italy)
  • Adolfo Comeron (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
  • Giuseppe D’Amico (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Metodologie per l Analisi Ambientale, Italy)
  • Oleg Dubovik (Universite Lille, France)
  • Paolo Di Girolamo (Universita degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy)
  • Ronny Engelman (Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Germany)
  • Ann Mari Fjaeraa (Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway)
  • Volker Freudenthaler (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany)
  • Silke Gross (German Aerospace Center, Germany)
  • Juan Luis Guerrero-Rascado (University of Granada, Spain)
  • Paolo Laj (Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1, France)
  • Franco Marenco (The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus)
  • Eleni Marinou (National Observatory of Athens, Greece)
  • Rodanthi Mamouri (ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence, Lemesos, Cyprus)
  • Lucia Mona (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Metodologie per l Analisi Ambientale, Italy)
  • Anca Nemuc (National Institute for Research and Development for Optoelectronics, Romania)
  • Michael Sicard (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
  • Nikolaos Siomos (National Observatory of Athens, Greece)
  • Iwona Stachlewska (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Camelia Talianu (Institute of Meteorology and Climatology, Austria)
  • Jeni Vasilescu (National Institute for Research and Development for Optoelectronics, Romania)
  • Igor Veselovskii (A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russia)
  • Claus Zehner (European Space Agency, Italy)


Local Organizing Committee:

  • Camelia Botezan (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)
  • Horea Camarasan (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)
  • Monika Meltzer (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)
  • Alexandru Mereuta (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)
  • Victor Nicolae (National Institute for Research and Development for Optoelectronics, Romania)
  • Andrei Radovici (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)
  • Lucrina Stefanescu (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)
  • Horatiu Stefanie (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)

Instructions for oral presentations:

Oral presentations would have a 12-minute time slot plus 3 minutes for short questions. More information about the oral presentation schedule will be available after the programme has been finalized.


Instructions for the poster session:

Poster size: A1 Portrait Orientation (Height = 84 cm, Width = 59 cm). Posters must be printed and displayed portrait.

There is no official poster template, however there are some guidelines to follow:

  • We recommend that you use a sans-serif font such as Arial, Calibri, or Helvetica;
  • Make sure to use a font size big enough to make your content easily readable for other attendees. We recommend you to use 24+ font size at least (captions can be smaller);
  • Use good quality pictures and graphics;
  • Consider adding a QR code to the author’s website or a website with further information;
  • Make sure there is enough contrast between the color of the text and the poster’s background.

In addition to the physical poster, a PICO presentation of your poster is required.

PICO presentations are organized in sessions, indicated in the programme together with the time of presentation of each contribution. The PICO sessions are scheduled in three 60-minute time blocks (one per day, 14:00 – 15:00). The poster session, 15:00 – 17:00, offers a coffee breaks and is dedicated to poster viewing and discussions and networking.

Preparing the PICO presentation:

  • A PICO presentation consists of a maximum 5-minute video recording of your poster. PICO authors are kindly asked to prepare a summary of their work for the 5-minute video recording.
  • Videos should be recorded and submitted in a typical video format and resolution (MP4, AVI). We strongly recommend MP4 encoding (with H.264 compression).
  • File size limit: 1GB.Videos should strictly follow the duration limit that is specified.
  • Speech should be clearly audible and text should be readable.
  • Authors are kindly asked to send their recording by September, 11, on the conference e-mail or via

ELC2023 participants are invited to submit a paper to the Journal Remote Sensing (Impact factor: 5.0).

The submission to the Remote Sensing journal will follow the usual process of the journal, including peer-review, APC, etc.

Submit your paper according to the journal’s guidelines on the online submission system of the journal.

Further details will be announced soon!

Conference fees:

  • Early bird rate (until 15th August)
    • 250 Euro for regular/company member
    • 150 Euro for young researchers
    • 1000 Euro for company stand
  • Late registration (after 15th August)
    • 350 Euro for regular/company member
    • 200 Euro for young researchers
    • 1500 Euro for company stand

The city of Cluj-Napoca is the second largest city in Romania and the most developed urban center in Transylvania, the North-Western region of Romania. The city is one of the most important academic and cultural centers in Romania. While the city is known for a while now as the Treasure City of Transylvania due to its rich multicultural history, lately, it is also called the Silicon Valley of Transylvania because of its flourishing IT sector.

Panoramic view of Cluj-Napoca, the Treasure City of Transylvania
Church of Saint Michael is a gothic style roman catholic cathedral dating back to the 14th century
The Orthodox Cathedral, built in the 20th century, is a beautiful representation of the Brâncovenesc style


Useful information when visiting Cluj-Napoca:

  • The International Airport of Cluj-Napoca (CLJ), located 9 kilometers to the east of the city center, is offering direct flights to many European cities.
  • The city offers a great variety of hotels, hostels, and  B&B, from the cheapest to the most demanding.
  • Traveling within Cluj-Napoca is straightforward and convenient. Cluj-Napoca operates a full trolleybus/bus network, which will take you almost anywhere you have to go.
  • There are daily trains and buses connecting Cluj-Napoca to other cities in Romania.

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