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The FIG Young Surveyors Network was established as the Working Group 1.2: Young Surveyors Working Group of FIG Commission 1 at the XXIII FIG Congress (2006) held in Munich, Germany. The Young Surveyors Working Group was later upgraded to the Young Surveyors Network during the 2009 FIG Working Week in Eilat, Israel. The network was established with the main aim to create an environment that encourages the active participation of young surveyors in the work of FIG, as well as its 10 commissions.

The network has created an environment for young surveyors from different cultures, with different academic backgrounds and professional experiences from all over the globe to come together and learn from each other towards the sustenance of the surveying profession. The network has held many meetings, workshops, and conferences all over the world. These have been done in conjunction and/or with the support of leading bodies such the UN-Habitat, the World Bank, CLGE, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Our cooperation with these bodies continues to amplify the voices of young surveyors, showing that the future of our planet, Our Common Future, lies in the hands of our generation as we Volunteer for the Future!

Who is a Young Surveyor?

To participate as a Young Surveyor at FIG and other affiliated events, you must be within the definition of a young surveyor or young surveying professional.

Young Surveyors (YS): Surveyors aged 35 years or under, or students of surveying and all related studies.

Young Surveying Professional (YSP):  Young Professionals of surveying and all related studies within 10 years of  graduation from a Bachelor or Masters degree.

How to become active in FIG Young Surveyors Network?

There are two ways to be an active FIG YS:

  1. Get in contact with your national surveying association and tell them that you want to be an active member of the network.

  2. Just by being active! Join all or one of YSN social media channels, write an e-mail to with your ideas and let us know who you are.

  FIG Young Surveyors FIG Young Surveyors Network Fig_young


Being active in such a worldwide network has multiple benefits:

  • the Network - as we are continuously growing and can ensure that we are meeting all the various professional interests
  • the FIG commissions - as we are bringing them ‘fresh blood’
  • the National Associations - as through supporting you and you gathering international experience, you are well prepared to become one of the future leaders
  • You - there is nothing better than having a worldwide network in your professional career especially in the beginning. Through experiencing personal contact with world leading surveying professionals you will learn more than you could ever possibly by study alone.

If you are a Young Surveyor, you might also find the VCSP interestering. The Volunteer Community Surveyor Program (VCSP) is a collaborative global outreach program for FIG Young Surveyors to volunteer their time and skills to humanitarian and environmental causes. You can read more here.

Purpose of FIG Young Surveyors Network

  • To improve the number of young professionals participating within the FIG.
  • To help young professionals in the beginning of their careers with contacts.
  • To increase co-operation between the commissions and the students and young professionals network.


Vision (2019-2022)

For the 2021-22 term, FIG YSN's goal is to INSPIRE the next generation of Surveyors. INSPIRE in the vision translate into how we will reach this goal:

Inspire and support a collaborative platform for emerging members of all surveying disciplines
Nurture existing and grow new partnerships to contribute to global sustainability initiatives.
Strengthen the bond between FIG and YSN, and among Young Surveyors globally.
Promote the sharing of knowledge and creation of initiatives with like-minded industry professionals.
Innovate to ensure the sustainability and future of the profession.
Raise awareness of FIG and FIG YSN and work with FIG Commissions to achieve common goals.
Empower and build a collaborative team. Below is a snapshot of the Networks timeline since its establishment in 2006.

YSN Networks timeline since its establishment in 2006

Workplan and Initiatives

Work Plan (2019 - 2022 Updated) Joint Initiatives and Programs:

To read the full YSN Workplan, click here.

You can also read the full 2020 annual report here.


Young Surveyors Regional Networks

African Network

Since its establishment during the 2013 FIG Working Week in Abuja, Nigeria, the African Network has been very active within Africa and outside of it through training programmes, career path and growth opportunities. In this regard, there was the STDM Training of Trainers (2014) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Network Mentoring Workshop (2015) in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as informal meetings on the sidelines of the FIG African Regional Network meetings which culminated in the first meeting of the African Network (1YSAM) was held in conjunction with the 2018 FIG African Regional Meeting on the 16th of October, 2018. This was followed by the second meeting held together with the FGF Universities Conference in Dakar, Senegal in 2019. The Young Surveyors African Network also works closely with the FIG Regional Network in promoting the profession in the region.

2nd Young Surveyors Network African Meeting, Dakar, 2019 - Website

Asian and the Pacific Network

The FIG Young Surveyors Asia Pacific Network (YSAP) was established during the XXV FIG Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 where over 18 countries were represented.  Since its establishment the YSAP has hosted the 3rd  FIG Young Surveyors Conference in Christchurch 2016, as well as the second YSAP Meeting in Tokyo in 2018, where the Japanese Young Surveyors and National Association supported the training of 20 Young Surveyors in STDM.  The network was also present at the UN-GGIM Young Professionals Summit in Dequing, China! The strong and growing Asia and the Pacific Network further hosted the 3YSAP Meeting prior to the FIG Working Week in Hanoi, Vietnam and the South East Asian Survey Congress in Darwin Australia hosted by the SSSI Young Professionals Network in 2019. As one of the largest and most diverse regions in the world, there are many common challenges and opportunities! The YSAP Network recognises this, and as a diverse and energetic Network have many initiatives in place. The future looks bright for the Asia and the Pacific Network!

3rd Young Surveyors Network Asia and the Pacific Meeting, Hanoi, 2019 - Website

European Network

The FIG Young Surveyors European Network (YSEN) has strong origins. The first YSEN Meeting was held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2013 and since then there has been a meeting close to every year! These meetings are organized alongside FIG Events and in close cooperation with National Associations and FIG Commissions - all focussing on European challenges and opportunities. The Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE) is a strong supporter of the YSEN, with an elected Young Surveyor from the YSEN who is a representative on the CLGE board. This enables strong relationships with other surveying and spatial science organizations such as International Geodetic Student Organization (IGSO) and International Geodetic Student Meeting (IGSM).  The YSEN also has strong relationships with other like minded organisations such as SDSN Youth, working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

6th Young Surveyors Network European Meeting, Porto, 2019 - Website

North American Network

The FIG Young Surveyors North American Network is also called the NSPS Young Surveyors Network supported by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. There are many Young Surveyors who are active in this region sharing their enthusiasm for the future of the profession! This is highlighted by the NSPS sponsoring the ‘Get Kids into Survey” initiative organised by Elaine Ball. Their first meeting was in 2014,where they established the Network and a Toolkit to provide structure and information on how they will operate. They recently held their second in Maryland in October 2018! Alongside these events the YSNA coordinates events with ESRI at their ESRI User Conference and has Young Surveyors attend Trimble Dimensions and Leica Hexagon.


2nd Young Surveyors Network North American Meeting, Washington D.C., 2018

South American Network

The South American Network was formed in the year 2012, the FIG Congress was in Montevideo, Uruguay. The network has grown, and more Young Surveyors across South America have been connected as a result of key ambassadors promoting the profession.  Since 2015, the network has been promoted in different countries in the region including professional activities in Uruguay, three student congresses in Argentina, two student congresses in Costa Rica, two student congresses in Colombia and one student congress in Mexico! They have also organized one larger congress in Cuba, as well as participating in the Annual APPAT meeting in Córdoba, Argentina. They also hope to hold an FIG YS meeting in Latin America, where the problems of the region are addressed, and the challenges that young people face, to know the successes and failures that have been experienced in different countries, in order to grow together and offer the society more certainty in the work related to surveying and land management.

Young Surveyors South America at the XIV International Congress of Topography, Cadastre, Geodesy and Geomatics, San José, 2016

Recent News

Young Surveyors Network Nigeria

Activity report April 2023 - including the YSN Nigeria Global Surveyors Day

FIG Foundation Young Surveyor Grant Recipients 2023

Young Surveyors Network Nigeria - Annual report 2022

Read the Annual report of 2022 from the Young Surveyors Network Nigeria.

Workshop on e-Volunteering to Address Environmental Challenges, Mapathon – Report

24, June, 2021, FIG e-Working Week

The ‘Workshop on e-Volunteering to Address Environmental Challenges - A Real-life Example with a Real-time Project, followed by 24hr Mapathon’ was held on June 24th, 2021, at the 2021 FIG Working Week. The workshop was a collaboration between Volunteer Community Surveyor Program (VCSP) and WG 3.6 Geospatial Next. The mapathon was designed to engage surveyors across generations, independently from their location, to e-Volunteer to undertake humanitarian surveying under challenging times.   VCSP and WG 3.6 Geospatial Next partnered with Crowd2Map Tanzania, which does work using humanitarian surveying and HOT OSM mapping to help fight Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to help girls to escape cuttings. The local rescue teams and civic services have been challenged with the unknown territories, why the main idea of the workshop was to provide contributions for mapping towns and villages in the region to provide geospatial information and guidance to the ground teams.

The workshop provided confidence to their participants mapping skills and positive feedback was given with the partnership with Crowd2Map, as it added a ‘why’ that made the mapping more meaningful to those involved in the mapathon.   To read more about the workshop and their accomplishments, you can read the full report here.

FIG Foundation Grant to attend the FIG Working Week and FIG Young Surveyors Conference

9-14 May 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The FIG Foundation and the FIG Young Surveyors Network invite every Young Surveyors* to apply for the FIG Foundation Grant to attend and participate in the next FIG Working Week 2020 and 5th FIG Young Surveyors Conference.

This opportunity is reserved for deserving Young Surveyors, that is:

  • Young Surveyors (YS)
    Surveying students (and all related studies) aged 35 years or under
  • Young Surveying Professionals (YSP)
    Young Professionals of surveying and all related studies within 10 years of graduation from a Bachelor or Master’s degree aged 35 years or under

If you are interested to know more or if you feel you can be the next Grant awardee, follow this link and complete the form - 

The application will end on the 26 January 2020 so hurry and don't let this exciting opportunity drift away!

For more information, you can contact the FIG Young Surveyors Network at  or 

Report from Hanoi, Vietnam

3rd Young Surveyors Network Asia & the Pacific Meeting and FIG Working Week 2019

The theme “Geospatial Information for a Smarter Life and Environmental Resilience” focused on tackling the climate changes by working towards a smarter life both through the development of smart cities and in rural areas. Spatial information, big data, surveying, BIM, land administration and much more are essential factors in this development.

The FIG Working Week 2019 was incredibly successful. The Young Surveyors organized several events namely: the 3rd FIG Young Surveyors Network Asia & the Pacific Meeting (3YSAPM), Hoa Lu-Tam Coc Eco Tour, YSN Charity Dance, Speed Networking, Conference Technical Sessions- “Mapping the Plastic” with FIG Commission 4 and “Connecting the Dots”, and a Plenary Session – “Everyone’s Contribution’s Count!!!”.

YSN Events

FIG Young Surveyors African Meeting - Building A Resilient Profession for an Uncertain Future

20 November, 2021 (Online)

In our continually evolving world, the role of the surveying profession is also changing parallel with the rise of new technologies that can be leveraged to the pull of Global Challenges we face today. This is coupled with the unforeseen global pandemic that has changed the way we work and interact with each other. At the forefront of these changes stand Young Surveyors. Being the continent with the youngest population, the FIG Young Surveyors African Network has a lot to contribute with towards the future of the surveying profession, and to the world in general. The FIG Young Surveyors African Meeting, held online, will bring together young surveyors from different cultures, countries, academic qualifications, and professional experience. So why don’t you join us to dialogue and discuss these changes and how they can play an integral role in the future, in Building a Resilient Profession for an Uncertain Future!

You can register for the meeting via link -

Read the full news item and see the programme here.

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