I am so pleased with the SSSI National Young Professional Mentoring Program, it is wonderful to see this program, which is only in its second year, achieve so much success. The program facilitates mentoring connections between early career professionals or students nearing the end of their degrees with mentors at early-, mid- and late-career stages. In 2018, its inaugural year, we were delighted to see 92 mentors and mentees participate in this program. Some 12 months later, we are celebrating the achievements of over 200 mentors and mentees who are graduating over the next few weeks. I would like to personally congratulate all those participating in the program.
If you are interested in participating in the 2020 SSSI National YP Mentoring Program as either a mentor or mentee, please visit the mentoring page on our website and register your interest.
Last month, SSSI supported Geoweek 2019. I was also very honoured to participate in the United Nations Science Policy Business Forum GeoWeek2019 which was held in Canberra from the 4-9 November. I was also invited to Chair the development finance / co-investment, Industry Track Session. At Geoweek2019 I had the pleasure of meeting (and speak spatial) to a number of dignitaries including Senator the Hon. Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, H.E. Abdulla Al Subousi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates at the Ministerial Reception and Dr Gilberto Camara, Director, Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Secretariat. I was also very pleased to personally welcome Open Geospatial Consortium, President Bart De Lathouwer to the SSSI National office and discuss opportunities to strengthen SSSI collaboration with the OGC.
SSSI COO, Anna Palathinkal and I were invited by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra to discuss the SSSI MoU with ASEAN Flag and Pacific Island Geospatial Council. As a result of the meeting, SSSI was invited to the Foreign Minister’s roundtable discussion for Peak Professional Bodies strengthening collaboration with overseas Professional Bodies.
Another major event that took place in Australia in November was the World Engineering Convention, themed Engineering a Sustainable World: The Next 100 Years. Held in Melbourne, this convention is held every four years and is attended by over 1300 participants from over 70 countries. A number of representatives from the World Geospatial Industry Council spoke on the topic ‘Advanced Geospatial technologies for a sustainable world’. It was a great opportunity to highlight the important role geospatial has in sustainable development.
I am also very pleased to announce registrations are now open for Locate20, being held in Brisbane from 28 - 30 April 2020. The Organising Committee are busy working on a vibrant program which I look forward to sharing with you in future messages.
Finally, I would like to extend my best wishes to you, your family and colleagues for a happy and safe festive season. SSSI offices around Australia will be closed over the Christmas / New Year period, but we look forward to connecting with you again in early January.