International Women's Day 2021

March 8, 2021

As many of you are aware, today is International Women’s Day – a day we celebrate women’s achievements and bring to light the many issues women still face today in terms of equality and gender parity.

SSSI has an important role to play in ensuring we are an inclusive forum that encourages diversity. SSSI is proud to showcase our female surveying and spatial leaders and we have an important role to play in nurturing new female talent. Of course, there is more we can do and with the help of our profession, we will work towards ensuring everyone in this profession feels valued, appreciated and supported in reaching their career goals and personal aspirations.

As you know, over the past 12 months, SSSI has worked hard to deliver a comprehensive CPD and online learning program for all our members. Recordings from the past 12 months are now available free of charge to members. There are many exceptional female leaders within and supporting our profession featured in these webinars. I encourage you to listen to these presentation. I am very grateful for their contributions to our profession and their willingness to share their stories

Here are five webinars, I encourage you to check out:

eCPD - IWD21 Webinar: Women in Surveying
Featuring Dione Bilick, Surveyor-General WA; Narelle Underwood, Surveyor-General NSW; Kellie Dean, Spiire; Jemma Picco, Qld Department of Resources; Inga Playle, Hydro Tasmania; Amanda Khoury, Registered Surveyor; Venessa O’Connell, Port Authority of NSW
To celebrate 2021 International Women’s Day, SSSI was pleased to present a webinar showcasing some of the female leaders in our surveying profession who are role models for what is possible for women in surveying to the next generation of our industry.

NSW Land Administration Webinar: Projects and experiences from indigenous to international arenas
Featuring Kate Rickersey, Land Equity International and Kate Fairlie, Land Equity International
This webinar discussed the journey Kate Rickersey and Kate Fairlie have made being involved in land administration solutions from policy to practice in numerous countries, contributing to the design and testing of the land administration toolkits and project initiatives, as well as their respective roles in the management and project directing of projects like the  Mekong Region Land Governance project across four Mekong countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) and spatial planning for the reduction of deforestation in Indonesia.

From SDI to SKI: Putting knowledge in the hands of citizens
Featuring Dr Nadine Alameh, OGC; Kathrine Kelm, The World Bank; Bola Michelle Ju, The World Bank; Dr Lesley Arnold, Geospatial Frameworks and SSSI President-elect; Dr Ivana Ivanova, Curtin University; Irina Bastrakova, Geoscience Australia and Dr Dalia Varanka, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Spatial data infrastructures (SDI) have arguably emerged as one of the most significant advancements for coordinating, sharing and accessing geospatial data and services.  Yet, decision makers now require far more than just access to data and services – they want answers to problems.  It’s time to move beyond the current ‘data delivery’ paradigm and enable knowledge on-demand.

Diversity & Inclusion for Young Professionals
Featuring: Brittany Dahl, Geoplex and Mary-Ellen Feeney, Yokogawa Australia and SSSI NSW Chair
This webinar discusses the topic of diversity and inclusion in the surveying and spatial industry, from the perspective of young professionals.

Facial Tracking – Assisting Speech Language Pathologists with Objective Measures
Featuring: Dr Roslyn Ward, Notre Dame University
Speech sound disorders (SSD) affect as many as 20% of Australian preschool children and have a huge impact on a child’s quality of life and well-being. The term (SSD) is used to describe speech planning and production difficulties that may result in decreased speech intelligibility, thus affecting a child’s ability to communicate, placing children at risk of social, emotional and academic difficulties.

Please join me in acknowledging the immeasurable contribution our female surveying and spatial professionals have made to our society.

Tony Wheeler 
Chief Executive Officer 
Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)



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