First keynotes announced for Locate and Digital Earth

By on 29 November, 2016


The first big names of the Locate Conference and Digital Earth Symposium have just been announced, with an impressive collection of global thought leaders and local authorities set to grace the stage.

Among the names listed in the preliminary list of speakers are Australia’s first female Surveyor General, Narelle Underwood, the founder and CTO of satellite imagery powerhouse DigitalGlobe, Dr Walter S. Scott and Professor GUO Huadong the President of the International Society for Digital Earth.

Locate Conference (Locate17) will for the first time join with the International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE) over four days between 3-6 April 2017. The conference and exhibition will be held at newly re-opened Sydney International Conference Centre, and is expected to attract a huge number of attendees.


The first keynotes announced

The speakers confirmed for Locate16 and ISDE so far include:

  • Mr Greg Scott – Inter-Regional Advisor Global Geospatial Information Management, United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, USA
  • Dr Peter Woodgate – CEO, Australia and New Zealand, CRCSI, Australia
  • Dr Alessandro Annoni – Joint Research Center, EU, Italy
  • Dr Stuart Minchin – Chief Environment Division, Geoscience Australia
  • Mr Steven Ramage – Senior External Relations Manager, GEO, Switzerland
  • Mr Glenn Cockerton – Managing Director, Spatial Vision, Australia
  • Ms Narelle Underwood – NSW Surveyor General, Spatial Services, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation NSW, Australia
  • Dr Walter S. Scott – Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President, DigitalGlobe, USA
  • Professor GUO Huadong – President of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE)

Signs of more to come

These names are the start of a fast growing list of events for Locate17 and ISDE. The event organisers have also hinted at establishing a new business summit. The summit aims to bring together international thought leaders and create new spatial business opportunities.

What has been confirmed is the formation of a two day surveying-specific stream, chaired by Surveyors General Narelle Underwood, Craig Sandy and Michael Giudici, who is also the chair of ICSM. The stream will aim to look at local issues faced by surveyors, as well as valuable international perspectives from international experts.

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) is also confirmed to be holding the Asia Pacific Regional meeting during the conference.

The jam-packed event is expected to attract hundreds of local and international guests to what is set to become the biggest event in the history of Australasia’s spatial and surveying industry since FIG 2010.

Sponsorship opportunity

The conference is expected to bring over 700 spatial professionals, 50 industry exhibitors and Australian and International delegates from government, academia, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. If you’re interested in partnering with ISDE10 & Locate17, contact Jon Tkach at for more information.

Submit a paper before too late

If you or your organisation is interested in being added to the program, Wednesday 30 November 2016 is your last chance to submit your paper through the online submission portal. Digital Earth Symposium and Locate17 is open to all research, education and industry communities.


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