More than 300 delegates and radar experts from 30 different countries attended the 21st International Radar Symposium (IRS), which took place from 26 to 28 June 2019 in Ulm, Germany.

The German Institute of Navigation (DGON) and the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR have organised this year’s International Radar Symposium (IRS) 2019. Following a very successful sequence of Radar Symposia started in Germany 1998, it was held in Ulm, one of Germany's radar strongholds since more than 50 years. Due to the rapid development of technologies, radar is still an expanding technical and economical field with many practical applications both in civilian and military areas.

The city of Ulm, situated on the banks of the river Danube in the heart of southern Germany, is birthplace of Albert Einstein, both rich in history and a modern city with excellent infrastructure: Ulm’s historic Fishermen’s Quarter, the world-famous Gothic cathedral with the highest church spire in the world, its museums, parks and gardens are only a few sights well worth a visit. During the three days of the conference, the participants were welcomed by excellent weather and encouraged to admire the scenic beauty of the city after the sessions.

In response to the call for papers, in total more than 150 papers from 30 different countries have been received, out of which the Technical Programme Committee prepared a substantial and interesting conference programme, including many special sessions for different applications (e.g. automotive radar, drone detection, passive radar, cognitive radar, etc.)

In total almost 300 radar experts from 30 different countries attended this symposium in Ulm to present their work and seven exhibitors showed their excellent radar and microwave products.

In the Opening Session of the conference there have been three compelling keynote presentations on future challenges of radar seen from the different perspective of speakers from industry, research and NATO.

An important highlight was the Christian Hülsmeyer Award presented for outstanding contributions in radar system design and development as well as educational achievements. The award was given to Dr. Alfonso Farina, retired from Selex ES in Italy. The Award ceremony took place during the symposium dinner in the nice environment of Maritim Hotel’s Einstein Room.

On the evening of the second day, a guided city tour started at the symposium hotel, followed by a reception by the City of Ulm at the townhouse, sponsored by HENSOLDT.

In the Closing Session, the IRS 2019 Best Paper Award was presented to Ana Stroescu, Mikhail Cherniakov and Marina Gashinova from University of Birmingham, UK.

The Young Scientist Award was presented to Luca Dell'Amore University of Trento, Italy, and Michelangelo Villano and Gerhard Krieger from the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The chairmen and the whole conference organization team are looking forward to meeting you at the next IRS to be held on 18-20 May 2020 in Vilnius, Lithuania