This years' programme is supported by high level presentations in seven keynote sessions on topics within the overall theme 'Smart surveyors for land and water management - challenges in a new reality'. These specially invited keynote speakers share insights into their own experience and pitfalls and present their vision and predictions covering the subtheme from each conference day.

The Challenges for Smart Surveyors in a New Reality

Founder and President of Esri - Environmental Systems Research Institute, Jack Dangermond, talks with FIG President Rudolf Staiger on the impactful latest trends in GIS software technology, how they impact surveying and the FIG community as well as thoughts and considerations on the future of the profession.

The Impact of COVID 19 on the Profession

What impact is the coronavirus pandemic having on the geospatial industry worldwide? How do we adapt to these unexpected circumstances and what have we learned so far from these challenges?

Fit-for-Purpose 2021 - Ten years of FFP: lessons learned and what now?

It’s already well recognised that well organised land administration systems can support countries achieving sustainable development goals. They can support responsible land policies and land management strategies, assist land dispute reduction, enable fair investment opportunities, support social and spatial justice, and overall good governance. However, a large number of people-to-land relationships (read: tenures) are unaccounted for in formal land administration systems, especially in the developing countries. This undermines equity, equality and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For many reasons, conventional surveying approaches have been proven not to be efficient when it comes to scaling and completing land administration systems. Fit for Purpose approaches challenge the paradigm: seek lower costs, less recording time, and appropriate spatial data qualities. With FFPLA having now being formally on the FIG agenda for almost a decade, this session will reflect the successes, challenges, and future directions of the FFPLA approach.

Integrated geospatial information for transformational change

The Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) was adopted in 2020, and provides a basis and guide for developing, integrating, strengthening and maximizing geospatial information management and related resources. The IGIF focuses on location information and are important for a nation's development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of the session is to present the current status of the development of IGIF, and what steps and actions are needed by member states for the implementation of IGIF. FIG has an interest to encourage the implementation and creation of country level action plans.

Making the land and property sector sustainable and resilient: Ensuring Diversity and Inclusion

Attracting new young professionals is an imperative to foster resilience in our sector. To attract the best people we need to demonstrate that our sector and practices are truly diverse and inclusive business environments that respects all human differences in the widest sense. There are increasing calls to recognize and actively implement D&I. A key part of this D& I conversation is to do more to increase the number of women in our professional world of land, construction and real estate.
This panel brings together exceptional women leaders to listen to their experience, their vision and hear their discussions on what we can all do now to explore how to achieve better outcomes.

Digital Twin

This session focuses on the added value of joining forces between private sector, public sector and science as well as having governmental open data.

Success - a Continuous Journey

Katriona Lord-Levins, Chief Success Officer, Bentley Systems, joins us in this special key-note session on success. What is success? Success can be seen in many ways, personal, your work place, your customers and clients, your closer team etc. What is success for you? Get inspired...