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

FIG Newsletter – December 2021 New Year 2022

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of FIG I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2022 which we have just made our first steps into. Hopefully also the year where we will be back to some kind of "normal". I would also like to thank all who contributed to FIG in one way or another during 2021. This support and engagement is what makes FIG so strong.
In this newsletter please enjoy the New Year video greeting from FIG President Rudolf Staiger. Please also remember the deadline for the submission of abstracts for the FIG Congress 2022 that will take place 11-15 September 2022 in Warsaw, Poland. FIG Foundation announces several grants, and finally, in this issue please also find information about interesting new publications and articles.
Happy New Year!
Louise Friis-Hansen


New Year Greeting from the President

FIG President Rudolf Staiger together with FIG Office wishes all a Happy New Year - see video greeting from the President

See how FIG works with the Sustainable Development Goals

 Our seasons greeting included this heart - please check what hides behind the heart. We also ask for your comments, so please help us fill in the form - you will find the link behind the large heart... read more

Member Associations: Call for Nominations for President and Vice Presidents

Now is the time to influence the development of FIG… Please consider potential qualified and good candidates for any of these positions. The positions are volunteer but are high prestigious positions with a large responsibility and commitment. Nominations must be submitted and supported by the national member association. In doubt? Ask a member of the Engagement Committee. Read more

FIG Foundation grants 2022

FIG Foundation is pleased to announce the grant offerings of FIG Foundation PhD Scholarship, the Academic Research Grant and Grant to support attendance at FIG Congress 2022. Read more

FIG Congress 2022 - Call for papers - deadline is coming up

The local organisers from SGP - the Polish Association of Surveyors - together with FIG, are fully occupied with the preparations of this special event that has to be organised within a year. The Congress only takes place once every 4 years, and it marks the final year of the current leadership of FIG, the council and commissions and there will be elections for a new President and new Vice Presidents.

Call for papers

Do you want to contribute to the programme? Do you want your paper to be included in the Congress proceedings? Now is the time to submit your abstract.

The overall theme is Volunteering for the future - Geospatial excellence for a better living with the sub themes 

Geospatial excellence and all related professions and topics are now seen in a much broader context and as public goods and beneficial for the well-being and betterment of the entire society.

The FIG Congress 2022 gives passionate professionals the opportunity to:

The deadline for submission of abstract is for non-peer review papers until 31 January 2022 (submission for peer review is closed)

Make your company visible

Do you want your company to be represented among the exhibitors and to be part of this special event.
Have a look at your sponsorship and exhibition possibilities:
Get the prospectus in .pdf:

Please note: FIG Corporate Members will be given priority booking until 10 January 2022

Be part of this special event

Stay updated through the conference web site:
The site will be updated frequently with pre-events, technical and social tours, social events, partners and further information of relevance.


Commission 9 - Valuation and the Management of Real Estate - Newsletter December 2021

Spatial data for efficient land management

Rumyana Tonchovska, UN-FAO talked about The Role of the Geospatial Information in Responding to Crises and Accelerating the Economic Development

At the VI Estern Economic forum Rosreestr, UNECE/Working Party for Land Administration (WPLA), FAO and FIG presented their activities in the panel discussion “Digital Twin. The Future of Spatial Data” Read the article

FIG Office Workshop - collecting ideas and tasks

FIG Office dedicated a full day to follow up on the substantial work of the FIG Task Force on FIG Governance. Read more


A new initiative from FIG has been set in motion to give all Corporate Members the opportunity to increase the attention to their corporation through FIG. The initiative is called ‘Corporate Member of the Month' and will be based on information send by you to FIG on initiatives from your establishment e.g., innovative portfolio, profile, or just inspiring initiatives etc. Do you have any news you want to share? Please write to FIG office:

December 2021 - GIS/Transport, Ltd

The 'Corporate Member of the Month' in December is GIS/Transport, Ltd, Congratulations! GIS/Transport, Ltd has been a member of FIG since 2017  Read more


The Article of the Month in December 2021: In this"Video of the Month Series" Katriona Lord-Levins from Bentley talks with Paula Dijkstra and Louise Friis-Hansen about how to contribute to your own success, and to the success of your work place  Read more and watch the video...


Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration - Providing Secure Land Rights at Scale 

This Special Issue of the open access Land Journal provide 26 articles edited by Prof Stig Enemark, Dr Robin McLaren and Prof Christiaan Lemmen Read more

Land Governance and Gender

The book is edited by Uchendu Eugene Chigbu, and delivers new conceptual and empirical studies surrounding the design and evaluation of land governance, focusing on land management approaches, land policy issues, advances in pro-poor land tenure and land-based gender concerns.
The book is available:

  • Open Access eBook
  • - Hardback - to purchase - please use this discount code: CCFIG25 to get 25% discount on the hardback (valid until 31 December 2022 for individual orders up to a maximim of 10 copies per customer)

See also:

The History of Surveying - Secure your special edition set

A must-see collection item. Reserve your copy of this special edition now.
Read more


FIG Task Force on FIG and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will re-shape and influence our profession profoundly in this decade. The FIG Taskforce has developed a FIG page dedicated to highlight FIG’s overall dedication to promote the SDG’s, including relevant SDG’s materials for surveyors and geospatial professionals. By sharing experiences and publications we can inspire the whole FIG community.  
  Read more
Go to "FIG and the SDG"

Upcoming Events

21-28 January, 2022, Online
EuroSDR (online) workshop on 'Digital Twins for National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies and other governmental organisations’.
Web site: 

31 March - 2 April 2022 Dubrovnik, Croatia
The 10th Land Administration Domain Model Workshop (LADM 2022) 
Congress website:

6-8 April 2022, Valencia, Spain
5th Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring (JISDM 2022) in cooperation with FIG Commission 6.   

6-8 April 2022, Lviv - Yavoriv - Brukhovychi, Ukraine
The XXVI International Scientific and Technical Conference "GEOFORUM-2022", that will be held on April 6-8, 2022, in Lviv - Yavoriv - Brukhovychi, Ukraine. Read conference flyer

23-25 May 2022, Moscow, Russian Federation  
 Annual International Scientific Conference “Spatial Data: science, research and technology 2022”.
Web site:   

11-15 July 2022, San Diego, CA, US
 Esri User Conference 2022, the worlds largest GIS conference
Web site:

11-15 September 2022, Warsaw, Poland

FIG Congress
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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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Direct: + 45 9391 0810

FIG Congress 2022, Warsaw, Poland
11-15 September 2022
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FIG Working Week 2023,
28 May – 1 June 2023, Orlando, Florida, USA
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FIG Working Week 2024, Accra, Ghana
FIG Working Week 2025, Brisbane, Australia
FIG Congress 2026, Cape Town, South Africa

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