International Symposium ‘A Smart Sustainable Future for All 2018’

We are delighted to invite you to join us and participate in the International Symposium and Workshops on ‘A Smart Sustainable Future for All 2018‘ from 24–26 September 2018. This event is hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (CSDILA) and Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS), in co-partnership with The World Bank (the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice), and supported by the UN-GGIM Academic Network as well as various national and international organisations. 

The symposium will bring together the academic and research community with frontline stakeholders in government, industry and professional bodies to explore the state of play (in knowledge and practice), identify local, national, and global challenges, and discuss recent research and innovative solutions that address all facets of achieving our common aspirations for a smart and sustainable future for all. 

During the symposium, we will release a major report on a research framework that links the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with various facets of disaster management. The Symposium will be preceded by a one-day parallel workshop on Smart Land and Urban Data Management (Workshop 1) and Leading During Crisis and Developing a Next Generation Management Team (Workshop 2). The Symposium will feature invited keynote presentations, plenary panel forum and parallel technical presentations around the themes identified here. The event also includes a forum for the World Bank project on resilience and resilience impact of land and geospatial data infrastructure for disaster risk management. 

We hope to see you in Melbourne in September 2018! Register here, follow our twitter for updates @SSFuture18. 

Academic Network Meeting 2 August 2018

The Academic Network meeting will be held on 2 August 2018 to discuss the Network’s Work Plan and our research agenda. The meeting will be help in Conference Room 12 (CR-12) between 8:00-10:00. You may find more information about side events, meetings and sessions here.

Professors Strobl and Rajabifard Met in Australia

Professor Josef Strobl, member of the Academic Network Advisory Board (Head of Department of GeoInformatics, University of Salzburg), and Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Chair of the Academic Network, met in Melbourne, Australia. During Professor Strobl’s visit, the 2018 Work Plan and future activities were discussed as well as strategic areas of the Network’s capacity building activities and future plans for different regions active in the Academic Network.

EO4Alps Summer School, June 24 – July 6, 2018 is one of the upcoming capacity building events that was discussed during the meeting. You may find more information about the summer school here.


UPCOMING Academic Network Forum 2018!

We are excited to announce that UN-GGIM Academic Network’s second annual forum will be held at the Eighth Session UN-GGIM at the UN Headquarters on Monday July 30, 2018 in CR3 from 14:00-18:00. The forum will focus on urban settlements, resilience, and sustainability. Check back to learn more about the forum theme and program.

Overview: Academic Network Forum 2017

Overview: Successful Academic Network Forum 2017

The 2017 United Nations-Global Geospatial Information Management Academic Network (UN-GGIM) Forum with the theme « Secure Land Rights and Smart Cities – Making it Work for Sustainable Development » was successfully held on 31 July 2017 at UN Headquarter in New York as part of the Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM. The Forum brought together over 100 delegates and geospatial experts and academics from over 50 Member States, academic institutions, and the private sector. The outcomes of presentations and panels further emphasized the need and significance of developing a roadmap to effectively secure land rights, achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and build smart cities for all, in which geospatial information will play a critical role. The Forum has established a dialogue and a platform for exchanging ideas regarding land rights and exploring its relationship to smart cities while addressing challenges and opportunities. You can access the full report of the Forum discussions and outcomes here and find more information about the Seventh Session here.