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International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

Dear Colleague,

The pursuit of "Getting Wiser" enriches both personal fulfillment and contributes to making meaningful contributions to the world. This newsletter includes examples on how to "get wiser".
Three weeks to go... and we will be much wiser. The Working Week in Ghana offers a rich technical programme designed to deepen your understanding of pressing issues, particularly regarding climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a surveyor's point of view. The General Assembly promises engaging topics and discussions on critical matters, exclusively accessible onsite in Ghana.
Another way of getting wiser is through surveys and questionnaires - in this newsletter you will find several, and we encourage you to fill in those relevant to you to and share your perspectives and contribute to collective learning.
Explore more in this newsletter, and hopefully we will see you in Accra, Ghana soon.
Let's continue our pursuit of wisdom together...


FIG General Assembly 2024 - Agenda has been published

FIG General Assembly will take place 19 and 23 May 2024 in Accra, Ghana. The agenda for the FIG General Assembly 2024 has been published. Among the key items is is the election of two new Vice Presidents with five good candidates nominated for consideration. Additionally, the Council has proposed several topics for deliberation, including the induction of new members, the appointment of an Honorary Member and various discussion points. Discover what is on this year's agenda in Accra, Ghana. We urge member associations who have yet to submit information regarding their formal representatives to do so promptly.  Read more

FIG Regional Conference 2024 will be held 14-16 November 2024 in Nepal

Climate Responsive Land Governance and Disaster Resilience: Safeguarding Land Rights is the overall theme of this special Regional Conference. Special sessions await you. Read concept note/call for papers

FIG WORKING WEEK 2024 - Your Special Experience

Conference: 20-22 May 2024
FIG General Assembly: 19 and 23 May 2024
Pre- and post events: 18-19 and 23 May 2024

La Palm Hotel and Conference Centre
The FIG Working Week 2024 in Accra Ghana is just around the corner.

The FIG Working Week 2024 is organised in cooperation with the two national associations Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana (LiSAG)  and Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS). Discover the beautiful country of Ghana, get a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Accra together with your colleages from across the globe

The Working Week will take place at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and on the premises there are both conference facilities, accommodation, large green areas that will be used by the conference, taking advantage of the good Africa weather.

We are looking forward to welcoming all participants, sponsors, exhibitors, partners, presenters, accompanying persons and other esteemed guests to this week-long celebration of innovation and collaboration. Together, we unite as a global community of surveying and spatial professionals, forging connections that transcend borders and disciplien and bridge the gap between science, policymakers and stakeholders, all driving real-world change.

Peak into the programme

The programme is packed - with technical sessions to get the latest updates, discussion sessions, policy making sessions, fora and much more - all under the overall theme of the conference: "Your World, Our World: Resilient Environment and Sustainable Resource Management for All"

At the heart of our agenda lies a commitment to addressing climate issues in tandem with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each session is carefully designed to illuminate the specific SDG goals being addressed, ensuring a focused and impactful discourse.

Have a peak into the latest version of the technical programme

The Working Week kicks off with a spectacular Opening Ceremony with dignified speakers. Each conference day starts with a plenary session. The FIG agenda is underpinned by the need for a sustainable profession that delivers services in a sustainable manner and address the global development agenda and to act now to address the climate agenda. The conference title speaks to the global sustainability agenda and above all remains mindful of SDG 13 to take urgent to combat climate change and its impacts.

Plenary Session 1

Part 1: People and Place: Africa insights connecting Land Governance for All
Hon Dr Henry Kwabena Kokofu, Executive Director Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Ernest Acheampong, Capacity Development coordinator, Group on Earth Observation GEO
Chaired by FIG President Diane Dumashie

Part 2: Traditional Leaders, Africa: Governance Connectivity Challenges and Positive Impacts of Technology
Paramount Chief  Nana Kobina Nketsia V
, Paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly of the Western Region of Ghana
His Royal Majesty King Adedapo Aderemi Adeen Alayemore of Ido-Osun, Nigeria
His Royal Highness Chief Chamuka VI - MorganKumwenda Zambia
Chaired by FIG Honorary President Stig Enemark

Plenary Session 2

Land Tenure, Resources and Minerals: Building Sustainable and Resilient Resource Management for the Planet
Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo
Chief Executive, Ghana Cocoa Board
Daniel Mireku-Gyimah Professor, University of Mines and Technology
Nick Brown Head of Office UN-GGIM Global Geodetic Centre of Excellence
Roshni Sharma and David Elegbede, FIG Young Surveyors Volunteer Community Surveyor Programme VCSP
Chaired by Ms. Paula Dijkstra, Chair, FIG Task Force on SDGs, Netherlands

Plenary Session 3 - Wednesday 22 May 9:15 - 11:15

Your World - Our World: Inclusive Urban Geospatial Infrastructure
Oumar Sylla
, Head of UN Habitat Africa
Bryn Fosburgh, FIG Foundation President and Vice President Trimble
Adama Sarr, Mayor, Senegal (recently FIG Young Surveyor)
Prof Robert Kaden, BIM/Digital Twin Specialist
Chaired by FIG Vice President Mikael Lilje

Design your own programme:

Plan Your Trip

   Register - The deadline for registration is 4 May

  Book hotel - we recommend that you book accommodation through the conference ensuring you a smooth arrival in Accra.

  Book your flight - check pre- and post events and the social tours to plan your travel dates

  Apply for visa - Check if you will need a visa.

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FIG Climate Compass Task Force Seminars - recordings now available

In these three recordings from Februrary 2024 regionally relevant case studies showing opportunities and gaps for surveying and climate are showcased. Delve into interactive, participatory conversations for surveyors, and do not miss the sketched summaries  Read more

Expert Group Meeting on Land Rights, Climate and Gender

"Transforming Land Rights and Climate Justice through a Women-Led Renegotiated New Social Contract", attended by Co-Chairs Roshni Sharma and Clarissa Augustinus, FIG Task Force on Climate Compass .  Read more

3D Scene and Smart City Construction Seminar

FIG Vice President Winnie Shiu attended in Qungdao, China the 3D Scene and Smart City Construction Seminar for Science and Technology Cooperation and Development. Read more

CICES Dinner in Hong Kong

FIG Vice President Winnie Shiu was invited to attend the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors annual Dinner.  Read more


COBGI2024 event in Croatia

FIG Commission 3 invites to Challenges and Opportunities in BIM and GIS Integration - COBGI2024. Call for papers deadline 25 March   Read more

FIG Regional Conference 2024 in Kathmandu, Nepal

A FIG Regional Conference is planned to take place in Kathmandu, Nepal 14-16 November 2024.

Under the overall theme: Climate Responsive Land Governance and Disaster Resilience: Safeguarding Land Rights the following topics will be included in the conference:

  1. Climate Responsive Land Governance
  2. Natural disaster resilience for communities, professionals and organzisations
  3. Cooperation and partnerships to safeguard land rights
  4. Capacity Development for communities, professionals and organisations

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The article of the month in The article of the month in April 2024 are two video recordings from the FIG Working Week 2023 plenary sessions. Juliana P. Blackwell, NOAA and Simone M. Lloyd, GISP, explain the mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, ocean and coasts. Read more and watch the videos


Survey on the trainings in GEO-AI

The Geospatial Societies network of the UN-GGIM (United Nations - Global Geospatial Information Management) is collecting information on all the centers of the world providing Trainings / Webinars in Geospatial data management and GEO-AI. This information will be very useful for all the national institutions (specifically in Global South), students and professionals willing to improve their skills in these new technologies for the geo-information management. 

Please fill the questionnaire (no more than 5 minutes): 

The UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies will publish online the list of centers and the analysis of the training offer in 2024, will widely diffuse it and will send it back to the people who filled the survey. 

Survey on qualitative and quantitative insights into perceptions of digital technologies and digitally-enabled processe

The joint FIG Working Group 7.6 / 8.4 of Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) and Commission 8 (Spatial Planning and Development) on Digital Transformation and Integration of Land Administration and Land Use Planning / Land Management would like to invite you to participate in a survey. This survey aims to gather qualitative and quantitative insights into perceptions of digital technologies and digitally-enabled processes in your field of work. It will be of great value in informing the work of our working group and will only take 20 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until 26 May 2024 and the results will be presented at upcoming FIG events and disseminated via the relevant newsletters.    

You can access the survey by following this link:   

Survey on Real Estate Market Transparency Research  

FIG Commission 9 and its partners encourages you to help them and fill in the survey.
If you cannot fill in the survey, maybe you can help us and forward it to others.
Help us and fill in the survey

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The University of the West Indies seeks two lecturers:

Application deadline: 26 May 2024
Read more about the positions


8-9 May 2024, Mombasa, Kenya
ISK Pre-AGM Conference "Harnessing AI for ESG Compliant Surveying organised by Institution of Surveyors of Kenya ISK.
Web site:

12-18 May 2024, Sofia, Bulgaria
IGSM - International Geodetic Student Meeting . Supported by FIG Foundation.

19-24 May 2024, Accra, Ghana

FIG Working Week 2024

Web site:

4 June 2024, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The International Innovation Invention Symposium (IntIIS), organised by UCSI University, School of Architecture & Built Environment, supported by FIG. Incl Poster Comptetition. Submit poster by: 10 May 2024
More information

18-21 June 2024, Varaždin, Croatia
Challenges and Opportunities in BIM-GIS Integration - COBGI24 - workshop, organised by University North, Croatian Geodetic Society under the umbrella of FIG Commission 3 and Erasmus+ program BIRGIT.
Call for papers (deadline 15 April 2024)
Web site:

25-26 June 2024, Beijing, China
2024 Geospatial Intelligence Software Technology Conference
Web site: 

12-14 September, Zagreb Croatia
Symposium on Engineering Geodesy organised by Croatian Geodetic Society – organised jointly with FIG Commission 6

24-26 September 2024 Kuching, Malaysia

FIG Commission 7 Annual meeting

FIG Commission 5 Annual Meeting

The 12th International FIG Workshop on the Land Administration Domain Model & 3D Land Administration iheld as part of the Malaysian Geoinformation Week, Annual Meeting FIG Commission 5 - Positioning and Measurement, Annual Meeting FIG Commission 7 - Cadastre and Land Management, and UN Habitat Social Tenure Doman Model, STDM.
Deadline for the submission of a 500 -1000 words extended abstracts is 1 June 2024 (and when accepted a full paper by 15 August 2024).
Web site:

Geoinformation Week Malaysia:

14-16 November 2024, Kathmandu, Nepal

FIG Regional Conference 2024
Web site:


FIG Working Week 2025
6-10 April 2025, Brisbane Australia
Web site:

7-9 April 2025, Karlsruhe, Germany

6th Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring (JISDM) organised by FIG, IAG and ISPRS.
Web site:

More events: Check the events page

Save the dates

FIG Working Week 2025, Brisbane, Australia: 6-10 April 2025 -
FIG Congress 2026, Cape Town, South Africa: 24-29 May 2026 -
FIG Working Week 2027, Stavanger, Norway: 23-27 May 2027
FIG Working Week 2028, Paris, France - Celebrating FIG 150th Anniversary 24-28 June 2028

Kind regards,
Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure
International Federation of Surveyors
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FIG Working Week 2024,
19-24 May, Accra, Ghana
Web site:

FIG Working Week 2025,
6-10 April, Brisbane, Australia
Web site:
FIG Congress 2026, Cape Town, South Africa
FIG Working Week 2027, Stavanger, Norway
FIG Working Week 2028, Paris, France - Celebrating FIG 150th Anniversary

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