President's Report March 2019


gypsy10.jpgDr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse FSSSI 


Dear Friends

I wish to take the opportunity this month to highlight some of the work taking place at SSSI relating to our young professionals.  There is a constant discussion in our industry about skills shortages, succession planning, training pathways, the need to increase the profile of our profession to students & their parents etc and SSSI is actively working to help address a number of these issues.

South East Asia Survey Congress (SEASC) 2019 Poster Competition

Young professionals (or young-at-heart professionals!) are invited to submit a poster on the theme: “My story: how I came to be here”, highlighting their journey to the spatial profession. Posters will be on display SEASC, with preliminary judging by local primary school, high school and university students as well as conference attendees, and final judging by a panel of young professionals from the SSSI National Young Professionals Committee.

Submissions close on 9 August 2019.  For more information click here.

SSSI National Young Professional Mentoring Program

After great success in 2018, expressions of interest are now open for the 2019 National YP Mentoring Program, an ideal opportunity for students to gain personal access to experienced and engaged professionals in the surveying and spatial science arena.

Please click here for more information and to express your interest in being a mentor or mentee.   

Geospatial Information Competition

I am so very pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Geospatial Information Competition – Lizzie & Micah from Nowra Christian College!  This competition, open to students from years 7-10 across Australia, helped demonstrate the importance of geospatial science in an increasingly complex world.  The winning team receive $1,000 and will be visiting the upcoming Locate19 Conference and Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards in Melbourne. 

Have a look at their winning project and read the full story here.

Locate19 Conference

Locate19, taking place in Melbourne next month, has a busy surveying stream with CPD points available. Interesting presentations are also planned for the remote sensing, spatial information,  hydrography and Engineering Survey practitioners. The conference programme is different from last year with more panel and interactive sessions.

I look forward to meeting many of you at Locate19!

UNGGIM-Arab States Meeting & Geosmart India

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Meeting of the Arab States in Jeddah and the Geosmart India Conference in New Delhi as part of my work. I noted the leaders of both events are emphasising a need for certification of professions or licensing of geospatial & surveying professionals in respective regions. Governments and the private sector want to procure suitable and qualified professionals who have undergone an assessment that they can confidently trust.

As always, feel free to contact me or any of the SSSI staff if you have any queries, feedback or suggestions.

Best wishes

Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse FSSSI
Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute 

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