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FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Announcing Our Plenary Speakers

We hope that you have your calendar marked, because the FIG Working Week is getting closer and we are delighted to announce the plenary speakers.

The FIG Working Week is sure to be the go-to place to get inspired by the industry’s best and brightest, gain valuable knowledge, network with fellow peers and – of course – have tons of fun.

This years' programme is underpinned by high-level presentations in three plenary sessions covering topics within the overall theme  'Smart surveyors for land and water management'. The specially invited presenters will set the agenda for each day, sharing insight into their own experience and pitfalls, as well as presenting their vision and predictions.

Monday, 11 May 2020 at 11:00-12:30

Rapid urban growth, smart energy, cleaner mobility, and ‘land rights for all’ are some of the challenges demanding innovative surveying approaches and technologies. Sensing technologies, spatial data processing technologies and related approaches are already available. Use and improve them to become future proof, Smart Surveyors!
The speakers are:

Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri
How to deal with continuous technological innovations?

Sisi Zlatanova, Professor, Head of GRID Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney
3D indoor modelling. Challenges and opportunities

Frank Tierolff, Chairman, Executive Board of Kadaster
Use and applications of new technologies

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at 09:00-10:30

Without integrated land and water management, the Netherlands as also other coastal countries cannot sustain its agricultural and urban development. Climate change, though, increases the risks of sea and riverine floods and extended drought periods and complicates this management task. Unorthodox measures are called for. Get familiar with these measures and discuss them from your critical surveyor perspective.
The speakers are:

Nick van de Giesen, Professor, University Delft, CiTG
New observational methods for water, weather and climate in Africa with results from the TWIGA Project

Gordana Jakovljovic, Young Surveyor, Ph.D Student, University of Banja Luka
Mapping plastic – the step forward for a cleaner environment

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 at 09:00-10:30

The countdown begins, only one decade to go to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and surveying professionals have a key role to play. How did we, as surveyors, contribute to ending poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests? In addition, what will be our role for the coming 10 years?
The speakers are:

Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director General, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development
Land Regularization

Janet Edeme, Head of Rural Economy Division in the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
Equal land rights for all

Register now because you won't want to miss your chance to see these industry thought leaders.


About the FIG Working Week

The annual FIG Working Week is the premier conference in the community of surveying and spatial professionals combining the disciplines of land surveying, engineering, positioning and measurement, hydrography, remote sensing and photogrammetry, spatial information, cartography, construction and real estate and much more.

The Working Week is bringing together a diverse range of scientists, policy- and decision-makers, students, and stakeholders to develop and strengthen their skills, knowledge base and sector network. It offers an unrivaled opportunity to discover how others are doing things, meet people who share your passion and share your own knowledge and experiences.

The 81st FIG Working Week will take place from 10 - 14 May in Amsterdam, the Netherland. For more information, please visit

We would appreciate if you would spread the word about this special event to your friends and colleagues!

We look forward to seeing you and your colleague in Amsterdam in May

Kind regards,
Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure
International Federation of Surveyors
Kalvebod Brygge 31-33
DK-1780 Copenhagen V
Tel. + 45 3886 1081
Direct: + 45 9391 0810
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