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

FIG Newsletter – April 2021

Dear Colleague,

The early-bird registration rate ends on 3 May!! So now, it is time to secure your ticket for the FIG e-Working Week 2021. After 3 May the registration fee will increase with 50 EUR. Attend this unique and different online event where the Dutch Local Organisers together with FIG have prepared a special online programme for you with various elements. If you have not attended the General Assembly before, now is the time to get a look into the engine of FIG. We are looking forward to getting your questions and comments.
We cannot wait to see you in June.

If you cannot wait the FIG Young Surveyors conference takes place on 15-16 May.

Read more in this issue of the newsletter on the General Assembly, the Working Week and the Young Surveyors conference...


Meet us at the 44th which is also the 1st ever virtual FIG General Assembly

FIG General Assembly 2019 in Vietnam - the last time FIG Community met 

This year will be the 44th FIG General Assembly - but the first ever virtual General Assembly!
The current situation that does not allow us to meet in person gives us a unique opportunity to test this virtual format and also to conduct a different General Assembly which we aim to make
 inclusive, inspiring, informative and interactive.

An online General Assembly also gives this special possibility for many more to participate - both official member representatives and all of you who have an interest in what FIG is doing.

You will all get the opportunity to ask questions and give your comments in advance and we ask you for your active participation. With your questions and comments, the General Assembly will be much more relevant.

Another way of making the General Assembly differ from previous years are the 4 sessions that we are preparing for you:

Save the dates: 20 and 25 June 2021.
You FIG e-Working Week registration also gives access to the General Assembly  
and finally look out for the agenda and more information that will be published soon. Read more

FIG Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship 2021

Apply now for the Scholarship - deadline of applications is 1 June 2021. Check the requirements carefully
Read more

FIG e-Working Week 2021 - join the FIG Community - last chance with the early bird fee

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?

Technical Programme

The technical programme will consist of seven 1-hour Key-Note sessions with nothing else in parallel as well as high level sessions, technical sessions, partner sessions, special FIG sessions and workshops. All this will be spiced up and bound together with different neworking and get-together activities. Sessions are being adapted to work in an online setting and will take different time zones into consideration although it is not possible to make all sessions fit to all time zones...

The first draft technical programme has been released:
Check out the technical programme

Here you can get a short peek into the 7 keynote sessions that await you:

  1. 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.
  2. The Impact of COVID 19 on the Profession
  3. Fit-for-Purpose 2021 - Ten years of FFP: lessons learned and what now?
  4. Integrated geospatial information for transformational change
  5. Making the land and property sector sustainable and resilient: Ensuring Diversity and Inclusion
  6. Digital Twins | How can DT support legal security?
  7. Success - a Continuous Journey - how about your journey?

Read more


Register now. Please note the early bird rate ends on 3 May, hereafter the fee will be increased with 50 EUR.
Register here

Sponsorships - Your company's stories are just a mouse click away

We are looking for you. Do you want to become a part of the FIG e-Working Week? This is the 92nd yearly main event  from FIG since 1878 however the first online event ever.

The FIG e-Working Week will be accessible from all over the world. Get in touch with the FIG community of over 250,000 surveyors and geospatial experts and meet more than 100 nationalities online.

Host sessions, showcase your service and products, stream from  your booth, be live on stage, chat and talk with attendees or have one-on-one conversations with participants. Invite your partners, host a 30 minute breakout session, become inclusive in the FIG and become a part of the community.

Missing out is not an option. Become our sponsor. Join!

Curious? Get more information on you possibilities at:
and read the prospectus (pdf)

 If you have any questions to your sponsorship possibilities please contact Claudia at

Young Surveyors Conference

Within the past year, a lot of things have changed in our world, ushering us into a new reality. However, these changes have not changed our goal of a more sustainable future. Surveyors play a large role in the drive towards our common future. More so, young surveyors representing the link with the future play a larger role in the adaption to the new reality and face the Global Challenges of our day. This requires the involvement, and cooperation of young surveyors from the wide spectrum of the surveying profession. The 6th FIG Young Surveyors Conference (6YSC) is a two-day online conference, held across four time zones, that will provide young surveyors from different cultures, countries, academic qualifications, and professional backgrounds to meet, learn from each other, dialogue on the integral role of young surveyors towards rising up to the Challenges of our New Reality. Join us on this virtual trip around the world in 24 hours!!!

Read more 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...

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 in April is written by Marie Fournier et al. Innovative Tools and Strategies to Conciliate Floodplain Restoration Projects and Spatial Planning in France: the “Over-Flooding Easement” This paper is mainly based on the results of the FARMaine project. The authors analyze the consequences of environmental public policies on agricultural land and practices in the Maine river basin (Région Pays de la Loire).  Read the article.  


 Land and cadastral reform in Lebanon   

FIG Representative Jaacoub Saade explains the International relationships of the Order of Surveyors and Topographers of Lebanon

A major project reform in Lebanon at the cadaster and land register department level has started with the support and cooperation of the French development agency and the expertise of France - FEXTE project
Read more

 UNECE podcast with Chryssy Potsiou and Steven Nystrom on Informal Settlements

The 3rd episode of the #UrbanMatters podcast looks at informal settlements – a wide-ranging term that covers a multitude of different problems, from squatters and unsanctioned construction to slum districts arising from an influx of migrants. The people living there often lack access to basic services, such as health, sanitation, and education. But cities often rely on their labour, and the #COVID19 pandemic obliged cities to consider the risks in terms of their whole population – informal or not.

In this episode, Chryssy Potsiou and Steven Nystrom, who have both advised the United Nations on formalization of informal settlements, talk about the problem and potential solutions.

 Listen to Podbea:


6 May 2021, 12:00-13:00 EDT (noon) virtual
Green Cities 2021 - Lecture #3 - talk by Josep Bohigas, Director of Barcelona Regional
More information
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15-16 May 2021, Virtual

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20-25 June 2021 - virtual

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9-11 June 2021, Yavoriv - Brukhovychi, Ukraine
XXV International Scientific and Technical Conference "GEOFORUM-2021"
Web site: Invitation

21-23 September 2021, Hanover, Germany
Intergeo 2021 - Live + Digital, #INTERGEO21
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6-8 April 2022, Valencia, Spain
5th Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring (JISDM 2022) in cooperation with FIG Commission 6.>      

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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure
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