First FIG Young Surveyors Conference
Young Surveyors from 40 Countries Meet in Rome
Rome, Italy, 4-5 May 2012
Young Professionals filled the auditorium of Cassa Geometri to share
experiences and learn from each each other and from oldies.
More than 120 Young Surveyors from 40 countries joined the first FIG
Young Surveyors Conference held in Rome, Italy, 4-5 May 2012. The network
manifests across social media, which was prominent during this event. A
Young Surveyor is someone who is either younger than 35, a student or within
10 years of graduating from a Bachelor or Masters degree in the profession.
The Young Surveyors Conference created a platform for young surveying
professionals to explore common issues and identify future opportunities.
The ambition was to increase young surveyor participation in the FIG
Commissions, to provide with a voice for young surveyors in the future of
the profession and the FIG, and to offer a more informal platform for
presenting than at the traditional FIG conferences.
There was a strong focus on entrepreneurship. The debates were lively,
rich in content and generally clustered across the current challenges and
future perspectives. In general it was felt that support for young surveyors
must be improved, but that there is also a need for young surveyors to be
proactive in seeking that support. Arguments for both lie in the low
visibility of surveying internationally. Low student numbers are a
particular concern - whilst the use of crowd-sourced data is growing, the
development and management of society and land is only possible with the
contribution of surveyors. In Land Administration a substantial demand for
land professionals is expected, and similarly, the exponential adoption of
survey technologies is driving many new survey applications.
Action is needed. Promotion of student opportunities and support –
including international exchange, internships, mentoring and work placements
– may help to promote student enrolments. Young surveyors may become more
engaged with professional bodies and promotion of surveying if adequately
supported and encouraged by employers. Other opportunities, such as
international professional and lecturer exchanges will also serve to promote
the profession and generate enthusiastic and visible emerging surveying
professionals. People, projects, funding and passion have to be connected to
promote the profession
The conference brought inspiration. Participants could see firsthand the
depth and breadth of the profession, and the many opportunities locally and
internationally. The need for surveyors is clear to us, but young surveyors
will need to be innovative to ensure a continuing profession. For this,
continuous learning is needed. A global network of young surveyors has been
created to facilitate this, and the broad participation of members
demonstrates this future promise.
It was concluded that:
- The FIG and Member Associations can best support young surveyors by
devolving responsibility to young surveyors and supporting their
engagement with the FIG.
- Young surveyors think the benefits of FIG are the opportunites
provided through networking, knowledge-sharing, advocacy and
- The priorities for the FIG Young Surveyors network are
communication, connections, motivation and inspiration
The main sponsors of the FIG Young Surveyors Conference include Trimble
Navigation and ESRI (Platinum Sponsors of FIG Working Week 2012), Consiglio
Nazionale Geometri e Geometri Laureati (CNGeGL) and Cassa Geometri.
Chair, FIG Young Surveyors Network
Kate Fairlie, Chair of FIG Young Surveyors Network and main
organiser of YSC giving her welcome address... more pictures in the
CheeHai Teo addressing the young professionals.
FIG Foundation grant receivers in a group picture.
Podium at the Opening Ceremony included presidents from the
16 May 2012