News in 2019

FIG Working Week 2019 and General Assembly

Hanoi, Vietnam, 22-26 April 2019

FIG Working week and General Assembly took place in Hanoi, Vietnam with particiipation of almost 1,000 attendees from 90 countries. The local organisers had done a great job to make this Working Week memorable.

At the first General Assembly 58 Member Associations were present and around 250 delegates. At the second General Asembly on 26 April 56 Member Association participated and around 300 delegates. In total 66 member associations were represented.

One new Member Assiociation was admitted, American Association for Geodetic Surveying. Chryssy Potsiou, FIG President 2015-18 was appointed Honorary President. This year there was only one bid for the Working Week 2023 from Orlando, Florida, USA, and at the second General Assembly it was clear that the bid was accepted without the need for a voting.

FIG President Rudolf Staiger presented the Council Work Plan and hereafter both Commission Chairs, Networks and Permanent institutions informed about their plans for the term 2019-2022. Two new Task Forces were introduced: an internal Task Force on an evaluation of the FIG Governance chaired by Vice President Diane Dumashie and a Task Force on FIG and The Sustainable Development Goals with Paula Dijkstra as chair.

The three conference days were openned with a spectacular opening ceremony. Key note speaker was Mika-Petteri Torhönen from World Bank, and the Opening Ceremony was competently led by Master of Ceremony Professor Doctor Vo Chi My.

During the Working Week over 300 papers were presented in 80 technical sessions. Most sessions were composed by the open call for papers and designed by the Commission and Network Chairs. Further to this there were sessions with our institutional partners FAO, UN-Habitat/GLTN, UN-GGIM and World Bank, other sessions were specially designed to specific topics, some to support FIG Task Forces and finally the FIG Platinum Corporate Members ESRI, Trimble and Leica each had a technical session.

FIG President Rudolf Staiger

Chryssy Potsiou appointed Honorary President

Council at the Genreal Assembly

At the Roll Call during the General Assembly

Commission Chairs and Council having meeting with the future Local Organisers FIG Working Weeks


Louise Friis-Hansen
16 May 2019