FIG Newsletter December 2023 - Happy New Year and best wishes for 2024 Please note: If you cannot see the images or other content of the message properly, please access the newsletter in your browser  

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

Dear Colleague,

First of all, Happy New Year and the very best wishes for a prosperous 2024. We do hope that you have started 2024 in the very best way. FIG has - more or less.
A necessary change and upgrade of the FIG web server has caused some challenges (and are still causing). Updates made after 12 December (membership updates, registrations for the Working Week etc) may have been lost - but not all.
We would please ask you to whitelist emails coming from "" - you might be able to do it yourself or please ask your IT department for help. Otherwise mails from us might end in a spam filter or are completely rejected...
These difficulties have led us to postpone the registration and submission of paper for authors for the FIG Working Week 2024 to 29 January.
For all other participants the deadline for Early Bird Registration is still 19 February 2024.
We do hope to see you there.
Election for two new Vice Presidents will be held at the General Assembly in Accra in 2024 (note the nomination deadline 11 January 2024), however FIG Council has decided to postpone the election of Commission Chairs Elects until 2025 after having consulted the current Commission Chairs.
Read more about this, the first High-Level meeting of African Presidents, get to know UN-GGCE, and many other things in this newsletter that concludes a year filled with activties and undertakings during this first year of the current term of leadership.


FIG Council postpones the election of Commission Chairs Elects for the term 2025-26

The announced election for Vice Presidents continues as planned. However, the election of Chairs Elects will be held in 2025 instead of 2024 - read more about this Council decision
Read more

FIG WORKING WEEK 2024 - AKWAABA - Register now

Conference: 20-22 May 2024
FIG General Assembly: 19 and 23 May 2024
Pre- and post events: 18-19 and 23 May 2024

La Palm Hotel and Conference Centre

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.

FIG Working Week is no ordinary conference; it is a week-long celebration of innovation and collaboration that unites the global community of surveying and spatial professionals. Here, you will have the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between science and the policymakers and stakeholders who drive real-world change.

Special for authors

Deadline for submission of full paper and registration for authors was originally set at 8 January 2024. However, due to challenges with our new web server which has caused difficulties to register the deadline has been postponed to 29 January 2024.

All Chairs are currently working on the technical programme in order to present inspiring and relevant sessions. For that reason it will be good to know if you have submitted an abstract, however will not be able to attend. The programme will be packed with a pecial poster session, and all posters will be displayed throughout the Working Week in the plenary hall, workshop session, technical sessions, sessions with partners and many other activities during the three conference days 20-22 May 2023.

Programme at a glance

Plan Your Trip

The Working Week will take place at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and on the premises there are both conference facilities, accommodation, large green areas that will be used by the conference, taking advantage of the good Africa weather.

There are further accommodation options close to the venue in various price ranges.

Register now

   Register - now to make use of the early-bird rate. Deadline is 19 February

  Book hotel - we recommend that you book accommodation through the conference ensuring you a smooth arrival in Accra.

  Book your flight - check pre- and post events and the social tours to plan your travel dates

  Apply for visa - Check if you will need a visa. Further instruction on how to apply will follow soon

For Sponsors and Exhibitors

FIG Working Week 2024 is your platform for growth and connection. In Ghana, it's not just a conference; it's your strategic leap into a thriving future. Don't miss the opportunity to be a catalyst for change in this exciting market.

  Secure your stand now and get extra visibility with a sponsorship 20% discount for FIG members.

 Stay updated on the conference web site on how to book your accommodation.
Registration will open soon.

Follow the Working Week Preparations at:

FIG Foundation Grant for Young Surveyors

A total of four grants will be awarded to attend the FIG Working Week 2024 in Accra, Ghana. Application deadline: 12 January
For more information and application, please visit:


FIG and the African Union Commission: Building Relationship on the African Continent

FIG President Diane Dumashie attended the 5th Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA).Several FIG activities took place during the AU meeting hereunder the First High-Level  Forum Meeting of Africa Presidewnts of Land Professional Associations in  Africa Read more

First High-Level Forum Meeting of Presidents of Land Professional Associations in Africa

The FIG Africa Regional Network (ARN) organised this first meeting with attendance of more than 70 representatives from Africa as part of the Africa Union meeting Read more

FIG activities at the 12th UN GGIM AP Plenary Meeting

FIG representatives from commission 5, 7, AP CDN and Americas CDN report from the meeting
Read more

Angel Collado, YSN FIG academic affairs representative, attends 2023 EAASI Summit 

The European Association of Aerial Surveying Industries (EAASI) invited our YSN FIG academic affairs representative, Angel Collado, to its annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
Read more

FIG Commission 4 attends two events

The Annual International Federation of Hydrographic Societies and Map the Gaps Symposium incl. the 120th anniversary of the commencement of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans. Tanja Dufek from Germany, Gordon Johnston from UK and Denis Hains from Canad represented FIG Commission 4.
Read more

Real Estate Market Transparency Research  Survey

FIG Commission 9 and its partners encourages you to help them and fill in the survey. If you cannot fill in the survey, maybe you can help us and forward it to others.
Help us and fill in the survey

More news at:


The FIG article of the month in December 2023 is written by Ken Lyons, Australia, Simulation Models to Test Improvement Proposals in Land Administration Before Investing The paper was presented at the FIG Working Week 2023 and shows how Simulation models (digital twins) can be built and used to test proposed improvements for effectiveness and sustainability, before the final investment decision is made. 
Read the paper


"Listening World Tour" - get to know UN-GGCE

The United Nations Global Geodetic Centre of Excellence invites to online meetings on 20 February 2024 to get more acquainted with the Centre - join the online meeting Read more

Commission 3 and 9 annual meetings "How we gather and deal with our data today"

You are invited to Malta 5-7 February to attend the commission 3 and 9 meeting, held together with EGOS on Surveying - Registration - Valuation - How we gathered and deal with our data today.  Read more

Commission Newsletters

Vacancies and Project Opportunities

UN-GGIM - United Nations Global Geospatial Knowledge and Innovation Centre (UN-GGKIC) in Huzhou, Deqing, China
is offering several positions with deadline 16 January 2024:
Geospatial Information Officer, P3 - 1
Geospatial Information Officer, P3 - 2
Geospatial Information Officer, P4 - 1
Geospatial Information Officer, P4 - 2
Senior Geospatial Information Officer, P5 - Chief, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications
The Optron Group is currently seeking a highly motivated Regional Sales Manager to join their team. This position offers extensive travel and will be based in either Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, or Senegal. Read more

The Civil Society Unit, Department of Global Communications,UN, is hiring full-time interns for 4-6 months in three (3) different work areas. Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master's or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor's, Master's or PH.D. Programme. More information



5-7 February 2024, Valletta, Malta
FIG Commissions 3 and 9 Workshop - Surveying - Registration - Valutation “How we gather and deal with our data today”organised by FIG Commission 3 and 9 in coroporation with EGOS
More information
Workshop web site
Register here

20 February 2024 - online 8:30 and 16:00 UTC
"Listening World Tour" - get to know UN-GGCE  The United Nations Global Geodetic Centre of Excellence in cooperation with FIG, IHO and ISO invites to two online meetings.
The two sessions will be offered as Microsoft Teams meetings:
Session A: 20 February 2024 at 08:30 UTC Register for this meeting
Session B: 20 February 2024 at 16:00 UTC Register for this meeting
More information about the meetings

February 2024, Kigali, Rwanda
9es Universités de perfectionnements des géomètres, organised by FGF.

10-12 April, 2024, Lviv - Brukhovychi, Ukraine
Geoforum-2024 - the XXVII International Scientific and Technical Confernce, dedicated to the anniversay of the professional holiday of geologists, land-surveyors and cartographers of Ukraine, organised by Western Geodetic Society USGC, supported by FIG
Information flyer

19-24 May 2024

FIG Working Week 2024

Web site:

Check the events page

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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DK-1780 Copenhagen V
Tel. + 45 3886 1081
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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