FIG Newsletter August 2023 - call for papers for FIG Working Week 2024 and other events
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International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

Dear Colleague,

It seems that we are looking into a busy second half of 2023. This newsletter is filled with exciting events - spanning from annual meetings for Commissions and the Young Surveyors Network, workshops, conferences and an online webinar on climate. Each event with specific agendas to make the world a better place. Check out what fits to you. This all culminates with the Working Week 2024 in Accra. This will for sure be a special experience and a unique opportunity for you to get more acquainted with the country of Ghana, the culture, relevant topics and friendly hosts. Do you have exciting research or practice to share with your colleagues? First step is to submit your abstract. For academics we are offering the possibility to have your paper peer reviewed by highly qualified colleagues.
Read about the UN-GGIM meeting in August 2023, too, and two interesting offers, a vacancy and a prize, from ISC.

FIG Working Week 2024 - Call for papers

Join us for the FIG Working Week 2024 in Accra Ghana. 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 all over the world.

With the overall theme of the Working Week:
Your World, Our World:
Resilient Environment and Sustainable Resource Management for all
we encourage you to submit your abstract and contribute to the global dialogue on building a sustainable future.

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development adopted by all United Nation as Member States in 2015 provides a shared blue print, that at its heart has five key dimensions: people, planet, partnership, peace and prosperity. With less than ten years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, world leaders have called for a decade of action and delivery for sustainable development, and pledged to achieve the Goals by the target date of 2030, leaving no one behind. FIG Working Week 2024 will build on the FIG vision to ‘Serve society, benefitting people and the planet’ will focus on tackling the global challenges as these specifically relate to the wellbeing of our Planet and natural resources.

Natural resource use relate to all three internationally accepted dimensions of sustainability, which are social justice, environmental health and economic development. Poorest countries suffer directly from an increasing polluted and degraded environment and the result of global politics on resource ownership, use and extraction.

Taking the lead from Agenda 2023 “We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations. Sustainable development and climate action are inextricably linked and both are vital to achieving the SDG’s.

Further, the importance of education, capacity building and above all the involvement of the youth will be a key feature of our diversity and inclusion of all. That geospatial technology and policies plays a key role in connectivity and sustainability which with adequate regulations and continuing innovation is becoming a major tool to ensure resilient environment and sustainable natural resource management.

We invite your engagement and submission of papers that provide insights for debate and action in topics that contribute to the advancement of a greener and more resilient world and encourage high quality contributions of researchers and practitioners in the following overall topics:

  Land And Mineral Resources
  Water, Oceans
  Land Management and Governance incl. Urbanisation/RuralGeospatial
  Technology and Ethics

Start already now to prepare your attendance in Accra by submitting your abstract.

  Deadline for peer review abstract and full paper: 1 October 2023
  Deadline for abstract for regular paper: 1 November (NB Full paper 8 January 2024)
  Read the full call for papers
  Call for papers in pdf

Follow the Working Week Preparations at:


13th Session of the UN Committee of Experts on UN-GGIM

FIG President Diane Dumashie and several members of the FIG Community attended the 13th Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)
Read the report


Digital Transformation for Responsible Land Administration

FIG Commission 2 and 7 are inviting to their joint annual meeting 2-4 October 2023 at the Locatie Punt, Deventer (Overijssel), hosted by the Netherlands Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) and ITC, University of Twente.
Read more about the event

Intergeo 2023 - the latest updates from the surveying and geospatial industry 

Through FIG you can secure your free ticket to the large fair Intergeo that will take place 10-12 October 2023 in Berlin, Germany., Meet FIG at the stand 
Read more about the event

The 11th International FIG Workshop on the Land Adminsitration Domain Model/3D Land Administration

The 11th International FIG Workshop on the Land Administration Domain Model / 3D Land Administration takes place 11-13 October 2023 in Gävle, Sweden
Go to web site 

Climate Compass Task Force Webinar

Join the webinar on 11 October: Let's move beyond business as usual - talking about climate resilience and fit-for-purpose surveying for land, water and marine. Register now
Read more and register 

FIG Young Surveyors Network Asia and the Pacific 4th Regional Meeting

The Young Surveyors meeting takes place 9-10 November 2023 in Seoul, South Korea as part of Smart GEO Expo 2023. The Young Surveyors are looking forward to greeting you there
Read more and register 

Mitigation Strategies for the SDGs: Harnessing Spatial Information

FIG Commission 3 Workshop and Annual Meeting 4-6 December 2023, Tel-Aviv, Israel Held in conjunction with the international Ramon GeoInt360 conference. Special VIP early bird tickets available until 15 September (tick the FIG3 box when registering). Registration fee is waived for authors of accepted abstracts(one author per abstract)
Call for papers 


 The Article of the Month in August 2023 is a peer reviewed paper presented at the FIG Working Week 2023 and awarded with the NavXperience Prize
Johnson Oguntuase, Uchenna Nwankwo, Stephan Howden, USA : 
Affordable GNSS PPP Results as Constraints for Pressure Time Series Offshore. In this article the authors describe a new water level measurement technique for tidal datum extension at offshore locations in addressing vandalization challenges with GNSS buoys.  
Read the article


FIG is member of ISC and in this newsletter we can announce two news items from them - a vacancy and a scientist prize.

ISC Vacancy: Oceania Programme Manager, New Zealand

The ISC Regional Focal Point for Asia and the Pacific is seeking a part-time (30 h/week) programme manager to assist with the planning and implementation of activities focused on Pacific Island Nation priorities. Applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or resident eligible to work in New Zealand. The deadline for applications is 11 September:

Frontiers Planet Prize

ISC is partnering with the Frontiers Planet Prize for the second year in recognizing and rewarding exceptional scientists working in sustainability science. Three prizes worth a total of CHF 3 million will be awarded to the world’s most innovative sustainability scientists who are able to offer globally scalable solutions which protect and restore planetary health. ISC invites to join their information session on 20 September at 13:00 UTC providing more information on the overall mission, objectives and mechanics of the Planet Prize, the eligibility criteria for scientists, and the role of the ISC in engaging its Members around this scientific initiative. Register for the information session at


FIG General Assembly 2023 - Minutes

The new work plans and visions for the coming terms were introduced at the General Assembly which also included introduction of new members, a new honorary president and honorary member.

  Read the report
  Read the full Minutes of the General Assembly incl all reports, videos and Work Plans

"Howdy" - FIG Working Week report

The national host NSPS welcomed participants from near and far to join in the many and varied activities of this years Working Week in Orlando, Florida. Thanks to all who joined and a special thanks to all sponsors and exhibitors.

  Read the Working Week report
  Photo album from the General Assembly and Working Week (onedrive folder)
  FIG Young Surveyors Americas Meeting report


Check the events page

27-29 September 2023, Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina
5th Congress on Cadastre organised by Geodetic Society of Herceg-Bosnia
More information

2-4 October, Deventer The Netherlands
FIG Commission 2 and 7 Annual Meeting:
More information

10-12 October 2023, Berlin, Germany
Intergeo - Inspiration for a smarter world
Register through FIG and get free access to the fair with the FIG voucher code: IG23-FIG
Register here

11 October 2023, online webinar
Climate Compass Comversations & Consultations series webinar £1: Let's move b eyond business as usual, talking about climate resilience & fit-for-purpose surveying for land, water & marine.
Read more and register

11-13 October 2023, Gävle, Sweden
The 11th International FIG Workshop on the Land Administration Domain Model / 3D Land Administration 
Web site:

14 October 2023, Hong Kong
HKIS Land Surveying Division (LSD) Annual Conference 2023, “Connecting the City with Geospatial Intelligence” 
Web site:

8-10 November 2023, Gyeonggi Provice, Republic of Korea
Smart GEO Expo 2023, hosted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport of the Republic of Korea with LX, Land and Geospatial Informatix Corporation as Secretariat and organizer and supported by LH, Korea Land and Housing Corporation.

8-10 November 2023, Kintex 2 Exhibition Center, Republic of Korea
FIG Young Surveyors Network Asia and the Pacific 4th Regional Meeting

21-24 November 2023, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2023 conference on Land Policy in Africa - Protecting Sustainable Land Governance in Africa for Accelerated Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area organised by Africa Union, ECA, African Development Bank Group
Concept note
Call  for papers

4-6 December 2023, Tel-Aviv, Israel
FIG Commission 3 Workshop and Annual meeting “Mitigation Strategies for the SDGs: Harnessing Spatial Information”; held in conjunction with the 2nd Ramon International Geospatial Intelligence 360 (GeoInt360) Conference
FIG Commission 3: We encourage you to use the VIP early bird tickets, available until 15 September at  (tick the FIG3 box when registering).
Call for papers

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 Working Week 2024,
19-24 May, Accra, Ghana
Web site:

FIG Working Week 2025,
1-5 May, 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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