Young Professionals News – June 2020

May 31, 2020 | Young Professionals
Chair Report – Roshni Sharma

I am so pleased to announce that at the recent Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards ceremony, the SSSI National Young Professionals Committee received one of the highest honours of the evening, the SSSI President's Award for 2019.

The President, Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, bestowed the award in specific recognition of our mentoring program's success and our involvement in the Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon.  Our Committee volunteers are such a dedicated, diverse and knowledgable team, I feel so grateful to work with them!

There were so many deserved winners on the night from across the spatial industry of Australia and New Zealand.  We feel so proud to be recognised amongst such distinguished company.  Visit the APSEA website for details of all the winners on the night or click here if you would like to watch the ceremony for free.

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

Events Coming Up
SSSI YP Webinar Series - 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.

Just remember - if you can't make the time below, you can register and watch the recording whenever suits you!

Webinar One: What is the Australian geospatial industry, and why are YPs relevant to it?Friday 26 June | 11.00am
More information and registration here

Join us next week 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.  

Webinar Two: Digital Twin Readiness
Friday 7 August | 4.00pm

More information and registration here

Digital twins are fast becoming an integral part of the future of our industry - just as the young professionals are. Marrying these two together, this webinar will explore the benefits that digital twins bring to the future of our industry, what the changes are that we can look forward to, and some tangible and practical ways that young professionals can get involved now to play an active role in the journey forward. 

Locate Connect

In the wake of the cancellation of Locate20, Locate has developed an online program to deliver some of the planned content from Locate20 over the next few months, as well as provide a platform for our industry to connect and exchange information, while we are not able to meet together face to face.

The program is free of charge to those who have already registered and paid for Locate20, to those who choose to register for Locate21, and for purchase for others in the industry. Student discount rates will also be available.Find out more here!

APSEA 2020 nominations now open

Nominations are now open for individual and industry awards for the 2020 regional Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.

If you know someone doing great work or have worked on a successful project recently, then why not consider nominating?  Find out more about the program and nominate here.

Mentoring Program

Applications for our 2020 mentoring program have now closed, pairs have been matched and participants are having their first catch ups! Best of luck to the 2020 cohort - we hope you enjoy the program.

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

Join the SSSI Young Professionals on Facebook!

Don't forget to check out our SSSI Young Professionals Facebook page at

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!

Other News
Applications are now open for the Standards Australia NEXTgen program

The NEXTgen program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes supporting the Australian industry, community, and government.

Through the program, participants will be provided with training and gain direct exposure to the standards development process and context. They will attend and participate in webinars, meetings, and professional development activities.

The goal of the program is to support the future of standards development through investing in the next generation of standards leaders and experts. Program participants gain the necessary skills to further their involvement in standardisation and contribute to the development of important standards in their field.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Reside in Australia
  • Be under 40 years old
  • Have an active, professional interest in standardisation. This can be demonstrated, for example, by participating in standards development or working for an organisation that actively uses standards.

If you think you would make a suitable applicant, find further details about the program and the application process here or contact directly for further information.

Applications close on 30 June 2020. 

Warm regards

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

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