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CEO for the Society for the Environment Provides Talk at FIG Working Week 2017

05 June 2017   (0 Comments)
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Following an invitation from CIWEM President, Bruce Keith CEnv, to consider submitting an abstract for the event, the Society for the Environment CEO, Dr Emma Wilcox, provided a talk at FIG Working Week 2017.

FIG Working Week is a week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to experience a mix of interesting plenary and technical sessions, workshops, an exhibition and an abundance of networking opportunities – including a Gala Dinner. The week provides a chance to discuss key challenges within the surveying profession with fellow peers and thought leaders. This year the event took place between the 29th May – 2nd June 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. 

FIG President, Chryssy Potsiou describes the event as follows: 

“The 2017 FIG Working Week in Finland has a clear technical focus that aims to motivate surveyors to improve their knowledge, education, technical skills, qualifications and networks to deal with the challenging and rapidly changing aspects of our profession.”

The overarching theme of FIG Working Week 2017 was “Surveying the world of tomorrow – From digitalisation to augmented reality”. The programme was then split into topics, with Emma speaking on the 31st May within the section; “Sustainable Planning: The use and management of water and natural resources”. Emma’s talk specifically focused on “The power of partnerships”, which highlighted the work of both the Society for the Environment and Natural Resources Wales. 

Key subjects covered included:

  • Partner / stakeholder engagement
  • How to embed an integrated approach
  • Collaboration
  • Consistency in messages and actions
  • Celebrating success.

The opportunity was offered to the Society by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) President, Bruce Keith, who Chaired the “Sustainable Planning” session. CIWEM are one of 24 Licensed Bodies of the Society.

The Society was keen to take this opportunity to speak to an international audience of professional surveyors in order to showcase the continuous positive contributions of, and the increasing need for more, registered environmental professionals. This was also a chance to highlight the need for partnership work between individuals, organisations and across borders, to share knowledge and form a joint approach to enhance impact. 

Following the event, Emma stated; “It was a great opportunity to share how 24 professional bodies have come together to set and deliver a consistent standard for environmental professionals that has been adopted across the UK and throughout the world. It was wonderful to hear of the exceptional work of the other presenters and shows what a difference environmental professionals are making around the world. I would also like to thank Bruce for highlighting the opportunity for the Society.”

Please click here to view the presentation slides used by Emma at the 2017 FIG Working Week. 


FIG Working Week Exhibition. Photo credit: FIG Working Week.


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