Our coordinator Prof. Gamba, as the current President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) has organised the 2019 edition of the GRSS International Symposium (IGARSS), held in Yokohama, Japan, from 28th of July to 2nd August, 2019. IGARSS 2019 was officially opened Monday, when the Japanese emperor Naruhito gave a talk to welcome the scientists, which gathered in Yokohama to attend the symposium. On this occasion, he talked with prof. Gamba under the eyes of the Japanese TV, which then reported the meeting in the news.