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The city of Dresden is located at the river Elbe and has a long colourful history. Although Dresden is a relatively recent city of Slavic origin, it is well-known as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony. It is nowadays the capital city of the Saxony State in Germany.

The International Radar Symposium IRS 2013 was organized from the 19th to the 21st of June 2013 at the Westin Bellevue hotel in the city centre of Dresden directly located at the river Elbe.

It was the 14th IRS conference and the  sequence of International Radar Symposia, started in Munich (IRS 98), followed by the  Symposia in Berlin (2000) and Bonn (2002), Dresden (2003), Warsaw (2004), Berlin (2005), Krakow (2006), Cologne (2007), Wroclaw (2008), Hamburg (2009), Vilnius (2010), Leipzig (2011) and Warsaw (2012) have become in many respects a very successful series of International Radar conferences organized and chaired by Prof. Dr. Hermann Rohling from the Hamburg University of Technology. 

In total 290 participants from 33 different countries all over the world attended this international radar conference in Dresden. There were strong delegations from France Poland, Italy, UK, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, South Korea, Mexico, Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, Algeria, China, Australia, The Netherlands, Hungary, Iran, Denmark, Tunisia, Finland, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Norway, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland, USA. Many of the participants travelled quite a long way to attend the IRS 2013 in Dresden.

Many young scientists joined the radar conference and presented their interesting research results during oral and poster sessions. In total 182 papers have been presented in 32 technical sessions.

The Symposium chairman, Prof. Dr. Hermann Rohling, and the technical programme co-chair, Dr. Anna Dzvonkovskaya, opened the conference and welcomed all the participants.

The IRS 2013 was an outstanding international symposium with interesting scientific presentations and exhibitions. The technical contributions were of high quality and it was an ideal place for meetings and discussions. In total 18 exhibitors presented their industrial products and scientific activities. The conference atmosphere was very good, like a large worldwide radar family.

One of the highlights of the symposium programme was an excursion to the Volkswagen factory “Die Gläserne Manufaktur” in Dresden where the Volkswagen Phaeton car is manufactured. We would like to thank Dr. Meinecke for this outstanding visit and invitation.