SSSI YP News – May 2020

April 30, 2020 | Young Professionals
Chair Report – Roshni Sharma

As COVID-19 continues to reshape the ways that we all live and work, many of us are finding new ways of thinking. We are adapting to working from home, we are evolving our learning and retraining or seeking new professional development to boost our careers, and some of us are looking for new opportunities or trying different things as we move forward.

For many of us, we are beginning to realise that the world as we knew it won’t be coming back, however this presents a unique opportunity to reshape the future to be better. Whether this is exploring the opportunities for technological development that the coronavirus has created through disruption, exploring the paradigm shifts in how we manage people and teams, or the ways in which the landscape of professional development has shifted - we are all adapting and finding ways to move forward courageously.

In this month’s Geomessage, you’ll find a number of opportunities to help you take part in industry networking and professional development through virtual platforms as we pivot around COVID-19 - the mentoring program, a suite of online resources for professional development, spatial podcasts, and more

The committee is always open to submissions from the community on things that we could do better, feedback on past events, ideas for new events, or anything that might make the YPs better than ever. Please send an email to

Mentoring Program

SSSI is continuing its industry-leading Mentoring Program in 2020 - entirely online! With many disruptions to the ways in which we all live and work, sharing our knowledge and experiences about our profession across generations is more important now than ever. The program will run from June to November, where mentors and mentees meet to discuss given topics on a fortnightly basis, exploring a range of topics from career goal setting, leadership and emotional intelligence, networking, and more. Mentors and mentees can be expected to devote 8 hrs of their time over the length of the program for meetings and preparation for meetings.

The program runs in two streams: (a) undergraduate, for current students or recent graduates, and (b) graduate, for young professionals who are in the workforce and looking to step up their careers. We are urgently seeking mentors, as we have had a significant interest from mentees from around the country and would love to find ways to support them.

For further information about the SSSI YP Mentoring Program, please visit our webpage.   

YP Webinar Series launching soon - Career Lift: Tools for Emerging Leaders

We are thrilled to be bringing to you a monthly webinar series that empowers students, young professionals and emerging leaders of all ages to tap into their potential and find career fulfilment.

Join us from June to hear from some of the big names in our industry about what their journeys have been like so far, the learnings they’ve had along the way, the advice they would give, and how to get that technical edge to help you add more value for your organisation and yourself. We’ll hear from the likes of Nadine Alameh (CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium), Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse (President, SSSI), Melissa Harris (Executive Director Strategic Land Assessment & Information Deputy Chair ANZLIC), Tim Neal (awarded Entrepreneur of the Year 2019) and many more! Details of the webinar series will be published on the SSSI events page very soon.

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We’re excited to offer this space for building networks, sharing events and professional development opportunities and interesting articles on developments and new ways of doing things across all facets of our industry. We look forward to seeing you online!

Events Coming Up
Locate Podcast - a fresh new way to engage with the leaders of our industry

Have you listened to the Locate Podcast? Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and all major podcast providers, this free series offers the opportunity to catch up with industry leaders about how they have gotten to where they are today, the things they have learnt along the way, and the cutting edge technologies and projects they are working on now and into the future.

Listen now!

Webinar: Q & A with Alison Rose, Geoscience Australia

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Interested in technical excellence? In women in STEMM and diversity in our industry?Join SSSI for this webinar where SSSI President Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse interviews Alison Rose, Chief of Place, Space and Community Safety about her new appointment to Geoscience Australia and her plans for the future.

Register now


It’s time to celebrate at home or in the office with SSSI & SIBA|GITA as we host the annual Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards ceremony, announcing the oceanic winners from our 2019 season of regional awards. Join us online on Thursday 28 May at 4.30pm AEST.

The APSEAs celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals, showcasing the finest projects and most significant performance of professionals the surveying and spatial industry has to offer. 
Aptly renamed to APSEALIVE just for this year, the ceremony will be held via Zoom - there is no cost to attend however registration is required.

Register now

Hunter Young Professionals Summit 2020 - online and free to all!

The Hunter YPs are very excited to announce their lineup for their online HYP Summit 2020! Join them over three weeks in May to hear from industry leaders on high performance, owning your career and burnout! They look forward to welcoming Niki Strachan, Emily Bowen, Shelley Johnson and Hamza Khan!

Register now for this free event

Other News
  • Wild Idea wants to help you turn that idea into a business. Drought, bushfires and floods have significantly impacted our natural environment - which means it's never been more important to re-build and support our biodiversity. Wild Idea is a start-up business mentoring program, designed to support innovators, environmentalists and entrepreneurs who are passionate about protecting our natural environment through business.   We believe in the power of businesses, innovation and people like you, filled with creativity, passion and determination, to make environmental change. Wild Idea is a free program, open to applicants from across Australia (over 18 years of age). Deadline to apply is May 21 2020.  Click here for more.

  • Interested in drone and remote sensing work being done in Nepal? Check out these interesting videos to find out more, and contact Uttam Pudaisani ( or from Drones4SocialGood @FlyingLabs to find out more!

  • Interested in promoting spatial to kids or teachers you know? Check out the free (or for a donation of your choosing) SheMaps Live in Orbit series which showcases a spatial professional each weekday for half an hour. A fun, short and accessible way for children to learn more about our industry - and if you’d like to be featured on an episode of Live in Orbit, contact Karen Joyce at Relevant and accessible online now more than ever with this pandemic!

  • Free access - UNGGIM Virtual GIS Summit on COVID-19. The virtual was organised by the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management -  AMERICAS region earlier this month. The summit discussed the changes amidst the COVID-19 crisis and our need to adapt to and utilize geospatial and other data technologies to support national and international responses to this global pandemic is increasing with each passing day. The organisers wanted to ensure that direct access to the replay of this important discussion is available to global geospatial community. All of the video recording and presentations can be found here. Choose the Virtual GeoSpatial Summit 2020 from the Upcoming Events area or find the event on the right-hand side under ‘Dissemination of Events’.

  • You might be interested in complementing your SSSI Young Professionals membership with United Nations Association of Australia Young Professionals, who provide an opportunity to be involved in another young professionals space.

  • Esri MOOC Program - FREE Massive Open Online Courses. Click here for more information

Warm regards

Roshni Sharma
Chair, Young Professionals | Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)  |

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