Our World: Then, Now, Tomorrow

Date: Saturday 18 May 2024 - Sunday 19 May 2024
Time: 9.00-18.00
Venue: Adae Kesie, Second Floor, La Palm Conference
Student Fee: 270 USD (including the FIG Working Week and  Charity event)
Young Professional Fee: 470 USD (including the FIG Working Week and  Charity event)

Surveying has been shaping our world from time immemorial. It is, therefore, our collective responsibility as present age surveyors to help make our world sustainable for future prospects. The efforts of the previous generation laid the foundation by leading the creation and adoption of modern technologies that are available at the disposal of young surveyors today. These technologies have become a pillar for sustainable surveying practices, better positioning surveyors to serve their communities.

However, despite all these efforts, our world is still at a great risk from both natural and artificial events. Young surveyors as the future of the profession and this world have a responsibility and a role to play in reengineering our ideology, as well as redefining and restoring our world. It is the Young Surveyor’s responsibility to appreciate the present while preserving tomorrow. The 8th Young Surveyor’s Conference provides an opportunity for young surveyors from around the world to come together to discuss the role of surveying in shaping the past, present, and future of our world.

The conference will draw from the present societal challenges of climate change, and it’s impacts, social injustices while drawing light to the importance of surveying in sustainable development and addressing these challenges. To preserve the tomorrow of both the profession and our world, young surveyors need to acknowledge their role in safeguarding the environment, maintaining professional standards while promoting technological advancements.

From this experience, young surveyors will gain a holistic perspective drawn from the wisdom of the past, the tools of the present and the balancing responsibility of a sustainable profession and world. As the conference will be a forerunner for the Working Week, it is also an opportunity to learn about the latest trends and technologies in the industry from our manufacturers and exhibitors, and to network with both the young and seasoned surveyors.  

All young surveyors are strongly encouraged to attend the 8th Young Surveyors Conference in Accra, Ghana under the theme "Our World: Then, Now, Tomorrow." It would be a valuable opportunity to learn, network, develop your professional skills, and contribute towards shaping the tomorrow of our profession and world.


The FIG and LOC have decided on a special focus of the young surveyors and to give the Young Surveyors an outstanding opportunity to participate both in the FIG Working Week - with its variety of sessions - and a special Young Surveyors Conference. The Young Surveyors Conference will include a tailor made programme aimed at young professionals.




Saturday, 18 May

8:00 - 9:00



9:00 - 9:30

Welcome Address

Welcoming remarks, introduction of keynote speakers, and an overview of the conference theme "Our World: Then, Now, Tomorrow." The ceremony will set the tone for the event, emphasizing the role of young surveyors in shaping the future. 

Winnie Shiu - FIG Vice President
Stephen Djaba
- 2024 FIG WW Director
Bryn Fosburgh- FIG Foundation President
Shirley Chapunza - FIG YSN Chair
Alexander Ayettey - FIG YSN-Ghana Benedicta Dede B. Reinarh  -  FIG LiSAG- Ghana


9:30 - 10:30

Keynote Session - Then, Now, Tomorrow

Explore the evolution of surveying from ancient origins to modern practices, examining current challenges and future opportunities. Distinguished speakers will offer insights into historical milestones, contemporary issues, and emerging trends, inspiring attendees to reflect on the past, engage with the present, and envision the future of the profession.

Narelle Underwood - NSW Surveyor General
Joseph Owusu Awuah - Ghana MultiGeomatics


10:30 - 10:45

Tea Break: Meet A SurveyPal

Enjoy a refreshing break and networking opportunity with fellow attendees.


10:45 - 11:45

Trends in Geospatial Technology

A  comprehensive look at the current trends in geospatial technology, highlighting advancements and their impact on surveying practices. Explore the cutting-edge tools available to young surveyors today.

Craig Hill - Leica Geosystems Vice-President Marketing 
Being a good Surveyor is not good enough

Ben Emunah Aikins -GIZ Database and Digitalization Advisor


11:45 -12:30

AI Boom and its Impact on the Surveying World

Discuss the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on surveying. Explore AI applications, challenges, and opportunities in the surveying profession.

Peter Bauer - FIG WG6.3-Immersive Technologies Co-Chair

Nigel Sellas - RICS Professional Practice
Unconscious Bias


12:30  - 13:30

Lunch Break

Networking opportunity, allowing participants to engage with sponsors, exhibitors, and fellow attendees.


13:30 - 14:30

Green Skills and the role of Young Surveyors

Discover how the next-gen mappers are not just charting lands but leading the way in sustainable practices. It's not just about plots and plans—it's about planting seeds for a greener future!

Angela Anyakora- FIGYSN Volunteer Community Surveyor Program

Angel Collado - FIG YSN, FIG Commission 2 & FIG Academic Forum


14:30 - 15:30

Sustainable World for Future Prospects

Dive into the "Sustainable World for Future Prospects" session where innovation meets eco-consciousness! A blend of cutting-edge insights and green initiatives that promise to transform your worldview and empower you to pave the path to a sustainable tomorrow.

Lidija Spiranec - Product Manager, Monitoring Solutions, Leica Geosystems
The superheroes of the surveying profession

John Brock - Land Surveyor NSW
Surveying Then


15:30 - 15:45

Tea Break : Meet A SurveyPal

Enjoy a refreshing break and networking opportunity with fellow attendees.


15:45 - 16:15

FIG Foundation Young Surveyor Grant Recipients

This session is dedicated to the remarkable recipients of the FIG Foundation Young Surveyor Grants.

Farrah Etcheverry
Fie Kliving
Angie Katherine MELO WILCHES
Victor Chinedu Okonkwo


16:15 - 17:15

Updates from Regional/National YSN

Hear updates and success stories from different Young Surveyors Networks (YSN) at regional and national levels. Share experiences and lessons learned in advancing the network.

David Elegbede - FIG YSN Africa Chair
Marcus Schmitt- FIG YSN Americas
Iaroslav Zifceac - FIG YSN Romania


17:15 - 17:30

Closing Remarks and Networking

Summarize key insights from the day's sessions, express gratitude to participants, sponsors, and speakers. Encourage further networking among attendees.

Shirley Chapunza - FIG YSN Chair


18:30 - 21:30

FIG YSN-Leica Social Event

Networking event sponsored by


Sunday, 19 May

8:45 - 9:00

Opening Address


9:15 - 10:15

Mapping Tomorrow

Discover what the future of surveying looks like through a panel discussion exploring emerging technologies, trends, and challenges in mapping.


9:15 - 10:15

ESRI Technical Session

This training workshop will cover how data, mapping tools and apps on the Africa GeoPortal can be used in identifying potential sites for the installation of high-efficiency wind turbines and communicating this information to key stakeholders.

Pauline Okoye - Senior Solutions Engineer, ESRI


9:15 - 10:15

Future of YSN

Embark on a journey to envision the future of the Young Surveyors Network (YSN). This interactive session explores strategies, initiatives, and collaborations aimed at empowering young surveyors worldwide.

FIG Young Surveyors Network


11:30 -12:00

Closing Session

This closing session offers an opportunity to summarize key takeaways, express gratitude to participants and organizers, and inspire continued collaboration and action beyond the conference.

14.00 - 16.00

FIG YSN Charity Event





For the programme, please visit www.fig.net/fig2024/opening.htm