Registration open for AfricaGEO 2014

March 10th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT

 

Plans are well underway for the AfricaGEO 2014 Conference and Exhibition which is scheduled to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 1 to 3 July 2014. The event will provide a platform to share the latest developments in surveying and geo-information (including remote sensing and aerial imagery) and the very pressing issue of sustainable development. The conference will also promote and showcase the latest products and services that the geospatial industry has to offer.

africageo-logoAfricaGEO 2014 is focusing on the theme “Developing geomatics in Africa” with an emphasis on the development of geomatics as an industry / technology in the African context. The event is expected to attract key decision makers from government and the private sector, prospective users, academics, vendors, policy makers and representatives from various national and international organisations working in the geomatics arena.

The organisers have put together an extensive technical programme featuring a series of plenary and parallel technical sessions as well as panel discussions throughout the three day conference. The range of topics covered at the conference includes surveying, remote sensing, geo-information science (GISc), and development planning and land tenure. To date 102 papers have been accepted with 24 being academic papers and 78 industry papers. These submissions have been sorted into four parallel, daily tracks focusing on various specialisations of geomatics.

Registration for AfricaGEO 2014 is now open and early bird registration closes on 30 April 2014. The first AfricaGEO held in 2010 attracted 600 delegates, and the organisers hope to exceed these numbers for the 2014 event. Delegates attending the conference will be able to claim three CPD points for attending the conference.

An impressive line-up of keynote speakers has been put together for AfricaGEO 2014 which includes the following:

• Dr. Solomon Abebe Haile: Global Land Tool Network II Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch, UNHabitat II, Kenya
• Dr. Chen Jun: President of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, National Geomatics Centre of China
• Prof. Chris Rizos: President of the International Association of Geodesy, Australia
• Prof. Georg Gartner: President of the International Cartographic Association, Germany
• Jeff Mckenna: President of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), Canada

Organised by South African geomatics associations, this second AfricaGEO builds on the tradition of the Conference of Southern African Surveyors (CONSAS), which first started in 1961. AfricaGEO 2014 aims to facilitate interaction, discussion, collaboration and capacity building amongst participants. The conference is supported by Plato, SAGI, GISSA, the Hydrographic Society of South Africa, the Institute of Mining Surveyors of South Africa, the Association of Aircraft Survey Companies and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The conference is sponsored by Trimble/Optron (Platinum), GeoDataDesign (Gold) and GeoSpace (Silver).

Contact Lesley Ferreira, AfricaGEO 2014 Secretariat, Tel 021 671-7670, lesley@cebisaconferences.co.za

 

 

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