News in 2013
European Young Surveyors together for tomorrow’s challenges
17-18 October 2013, Lisbon, Portugal
The 1st FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting was held in Lisbon, Portugal
from 17th to 18th October 2013. Around 150 young surveyors from 32 countries
gathered together to work towards a European Network of Young Surveyors and
facing the challenges together as a team, as a Network.
The participants of the 1st FIG Young Surveyors Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal
The meeting started with an informal Icebreaker, on 16th October 2013 at
the home of ‘Ordem dos Engenheiros', the Portuguese Order of Engineers. It
was co-held with the Closing Ceremony of the V International Course in
Topography organised by CNG. Thanks also to CNG and Geoweb for hosting this
During the 2 days event there was a variety of sessions. The mornings
focused on key note speeches. While later in the day the Young participants
were invited to join forces and work together towards an European vision for
the Network. Also the young surveyors took over their role in shaping their
own future by sharing their thoughts and ideas on ongoing and future
projects. It was also a great opportunity to learn more about the FIG and
CLGE and projects in Europe and internationally.
Also new presentation styles were introduced. This caused a dynamical
environment and challenged the presenters. For many of them it was the first
time to present in English in front of over 150 participants. Therefore
these kinds of meetings are not just essential for the future of the FIG
Young Surveyors Network but meetings like this are helping and supporting
the development of young surveyors and create a platform of exchange.
Creating a vision
Present a vision
The event was organised by the Ordem des Engenheiros (OE) and the FIG
Young Surveyors Network represented by Eva-Maria Unger (Austria) and Paula
Dijkstra(the Netherlands). But of course this event wouldn't have been
possible without all the help and support by the sponsors, participants,
trainers and keynotes. Therefore we would especially thank our Platinum
Sponsors: Trimble and Dravosa, Gold Sponsors: edp, Feno Survey Mark and
Silver Sponsors: Kadaster, Leica and Topcon. Also especially we would like
to thank FIG represented by FIG president CheeHai Teo, CLGE represented by
CLGE president Jean-Yves Pirlot and FIG Foundation represented by FIG
Foundation president John Hohol.
The group of organisers who made it possible to meet in Lisbon
Informally the Meeting was closed by the Lisbon Night Run where 7 FIG Young
Surveyors raced to the top.
To conclude it was a great meeting... A lot of participants got inspired
and new friends were made!
Read also the article
"The Next Generation" in Professional Surveyors Magazine, p28-29. The
article is written by Eva-Maria Unger and Paula Dijkstra.
Eva-Maria Unger - Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation
Paula Dijkstra - Kadaster, the Netherlands
5 November 2013