International Federation of Surveyors, FIG

The International Federation of Surveyors is an international, non-government organisation whose purpose is to support international collaboration for the progress of surveying in all fields and applications.

FIG is the premier international organization representing the interests of surveyors worldwide. It is a federation of the national member associations and covers the whole range of professional fields within the global surveying community. It provides an international forum for discussion and development aiming to promote professional practice and standards.

FIG was founded in 1878 in Paris and was known as the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres. This has become anglicized to the International Federation of Surveyors. It is a UN-recognized non-government organization (NGO), representing more than 120 countries throughout the world, and its aim is to ensure that the disciplines of surveying and all who practise them meet the needs of the markets and communities that they serve.

FIG Council members (2019-2022):

  • President: Prof. Dr. Rudolf Staiger (Germany)
  • Vice-President: Prof. Jixian Zhang (China)
  • Vice President: Mr. Mikael Lilje (Sweden)
  • Vice President: Dr. Diane Dumashie (United Kingdom)
  • Vice President: Dr Orhan Ercan (Turkey)

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Geo-Informatie Nederland, GIN

Geo-Information Netherlands, GIN is an interactive meeting place and is an open knowledge network for everyone who is professionally involved with geographic information. GIN organizes activities and encourages and facilitates sharing and transferring knowledge of its members in development of all members and to strengthen the position of the field of geo-information in society.


The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency – in short Kadaster – collects and registers administrative and spatial data on property and the rights involved. This also goes for ships, aircraft and telecom networks. Doing so, Kadaster protects legal certainty. We are also responsible for national mapping and maintenance of the national reference coordinate system. Furthermore, we are an advisory body for land-use issues and national spatial data infrastructures.

ITC University of Twente

The ITC Faculty of the University of Twente is a leading international knowledge hub in geospatial sciences, with an emphasis on collaborative educational and research activities in geo-information science and earth observation. Our focus is on fundamental and problem-solving research, with an eye to those complex global challenges where spatial information can make a real difference. These complex interacting challenges often relate to claims for sufficient and secure food, water, energy, health, land and housing provision.