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Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

FIG Newsletter – January 2021

Dear Colleague,

In this first FIG Newsletter of 2021 I hope it is not too late to wish all a Happy New Year 2021! Hoping that 2021 will be a brighter year and a year where we can get back to a "new normal" - whatever that is... In FIG we are at least looking very much forward to a "post-Covid-era"... Despite the close-down FIG is still very active with Commission, Network and Task Force activities, and espcially the e-Working Week that will take place in June 2021 is shaping up - FIG and the local Dutch organisers look forward to inviting you to this special event.
The FIG Council response to this current difficult situation is the decision to reduce membership fees for 2021 with 20 per cent hoping that this will be a help to all our members. Read more about this and other ongoing activities and announcements here...


New Year Greeting from FIG President Staiger

Listen to the New Year Greeting from FIG President Rudolf Staiger. 
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 FIG Members get 20% reduction of fees for 2021 

FIG Council has decided that due to the difficult financial situation caused by the COVID19 pandemic in order to help our members there will be an extraordinary reduction of membership fees for 2021.
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Announcement: FIG Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship 2021

Apply now for the Scholarship - deadline of applications is 1 June 2021. Check the requirements carefully
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FIG welcomes two new members


At its meeting in January, FIG Council has admitted Acronomic and Veterinary Instutie Hassan II and Society of Geodetic Engineers, Geomnatics and Surveyors of Venezuela.
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FIG e-Working Week 2021

The e-Working Week opportunities

The fact that the Working Week has been transformed to take place virtually brings in new opportunities. This special e-Working Week will be accessible from all over the world, allowing the whole FIG Community with over 250.000 members from 120 countries to join in the event. From the organizing side we will do our utmost to bring together an unforgettable conference with possibilities to make meaningful connections with our sponsors, attendees and speakers, as well as attend sessions designed to be interesting, innovative and engaging.

Besides the subthemes Smart Surveyors, Integrated Land and Water Management and Ten Years to Achieve the SDG’s, we want to focus on the surveyors and the challenges they have in an unstable, uncertain and unpredictable world and with what technology, methods and procedures they face these new developments. How do surveyors adapt to these unexpected circumstances and what have we learned so far from these challenges?

Currently,  the Local Organising Committee from the Netherlands and FIG Council, Commissions, Networks and Task Forces are working on the technical programme for this e-Working Week, shaping the sessions to fit to an online session format.


A virtual event gives a different opportunity to get close to the participants and to reach out to specific target groups Currently we are working on attractive sponsorship packages, and if you have an idea for your specific sponsorship please contact Claudia at

FIG and the local organisers from the Netherlands are working on a unique event based on -

In other words: After attending FIG e-Working Week 2021 you will be: inspired, (re)connected, energized, gained knowledge, feel part of a community...

FIG General Assembly 2021

The FIG General Assembly will take place in connection with the e-Working Week - also in a virtual format. The agenda will as usual be sent out by email and published on the web site before the General Assembly. The General Assembly, due to the fact that it will be online, will however be in a different format and the intention of FIG Council will be to encourage delegates to participate in debates rather than listening to reportings. Written reports will be published with the agenda as every year, and may also be followed by a video presentation. Right now we are working on a voting system that allows members to vote independent from time zones and connectivity to the internet. More information on the General Assembly and the votings will be sent to members in due time.

Article of the Month

Each month on FIG web site you can find a special selected paper called "FIG Article of the Month".

The Article of the Month January is written by  Ryan Keenan et al. A Global Survey of Reference Frame Competency in terms of Education, Training and Capacity Building (ETCB): Results, Analysis and Update This paper presents the results of a survey, and offers a brief analysis of the findings, outlines a summary of the issues and identifies a number of follow-on tasks for the UN-GGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy Read the article.  


Dr. Steven Frank has passed away

Rest in Peace... On 21 January 2021 Steven Frank, former chair of FIG Commission 2 on Professional Education passed away.
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FIG Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship 2020 awarded to Kehinde Babalola

Kehinde Babalola convinced the Board of Directors of FIG Foundation that his research on land administration system process was eligible for a Scholarship.
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International Boundaries on Unstable Ground

New FIG publication no 76 edited by Haim Srebro is intended to promote the sharing of methodological knowledge and experience regarding delimitation of international boundaries and to promote peace throughout the world. It is a supplement and extension to FIG Publication 59 on International Boundary Making.
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Consultation on IPMS: All Building Asset Classes consultation is open.

Developed by a coalition of more than 85 professional organisations from around the world, IPMS for All Building Asset Classes aims to establish, for the first time, a consistent and transparent method for measuring all property, including mixed use and specialist buildings.

Please feel free to share with any of your contacts that may be interested.

The consultation closes on Monday 1st March 2021. Have your say!


CASLE: Festival of Surveying - 10 - 11 February 2021

CASLE invites members, Individual and Group Associate members and affiliates to register to virtually attend the festival. The event offers the opportunity to take part in a series of lectures and workshops alongside the undergraduate and postgraduate built environment students at UWE Bristol. Alumni, researchers and employers will also be represented at the festival.
More information  through wich you can find a link for free registration.

22-24 February 2021, Cairo, Egypt - the event also takes place virtually
Second Arab Lands Conference organised by Egypt Housing and Building National Research Centre represented by the Urban Training and Studies Institute (UTI) in partnership with UN-Habitat, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the World Bank, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Dubai Land Department. Web site: 

21-25 June 2021 - virtual

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21-23 September 2021, Hanover, Germany
Intergeo 2021 - Live + Digital, #INTERGEO21
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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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