GIM Summit 2016: Keynotes

From 10-12 February 2016 the GIM International Summit was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The programme comprised thought-provoking topics presented by top speakers from both inside and outside the geomatics field. Furthermore, the audience was engaged in interactive workshops on global issues such as urban planning, social justice and climate change. The conference concluded with an interactive session in which the Summit Declaration was drawn up. It was agreed that, to face the global challenges of the future, the geomatics industry should look beyond technology and further improve collaboration with other industries and the people involved in them. 


  • Morten Jerven
  • Vanessa Watson
  • Joyeeta Gupta
  • Daniel Steudler
  • Pier Vellinga
  • James Kavanagh
  • Geert Bouckaert
  • Ed Parsons

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Morten Jerven

Associate Professor in Global Change and International Relations International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway. ‘Africa by Numbers: Knowledge & Governance’


Vanessa Watson

Professor of City Planning, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa. ‘Future African Cities: Who Will Benefit from the New Urban Fantasy Plans?’

Joyeeta Gupta

Professor, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands. ‘Sharing our Earth: Water and Social Justice’


Daniel Steudler

Scientific Associate, Swiss Federal Office of Topography, Zürich, Switzerland. ‘Cadastral Dimensions – Beyond 2D’

Pier Vellinga

Professor of Climate Change, Wageningen University, The Netherlands – ‘Simplification and Visualisation of Data, Crucial for Adaptation to Climate Change’

James Kavanagh

Director of RICS Land Group, United Kingdom ‘BIM - Here, There, Everywhere’


Geert Bouckaert

Professor, International Institute of Administrative Sciences Faculty of Social Sciences, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. ‘Governing GeoSpatial Information for Good Governance’


Ed Parsons

Geospatial Technologist, Google. ‘The Where of Everything’


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