Strategic Sponsor

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location-including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Corporate Sponsor

Esri is an exciting company doing important work. Our technology enables organizations to create responsible and sustainable solutions to problems at local and global scales. At Esri, we believe that geography is at the heart of a more resilient and sustainable future. Governments, industry leaders, academics, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) trust us to connect them with the analytic knowledge they need to make these critical decisions that shape the planet. We invite you to discover ways that you can leverage our technology and expertise in your own organization.


Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure. . Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services.


DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers’ most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. DigitalGlobe is a public company listed on the NYSE as DGI, and is headquartered in Longmont, Colorado.


Oracle is the world's most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems company. With more than 400,000 customers—including 100 of the Fortune 100—in more than 145 countries around the globe, Oracle is the only vendor able to offer a complete technology stack in which every layer is engineered to work together as a single system. Oracle's industry-leading products give customers unmatched benefits including unbreakable security, high availability, scalability, energy efficiency, powerful performance, and low total cost of ownership. For geospatial solutions Oracle offers a wide range of 2D and 3D Spatial capabilities in database and middleware, which are based on OGC and ISO standards. These functionalities are used by numerous 3rd party tools, components and solutions as well as by Oracle's enterprise applications and are operated most efficiently on Oracle Exadata and Exalogic hardware.

Media Partners
Asian Surveying & Mapping

Asian Surveying & Mapping reports on surveying, positioning, GIS and remote sensing in the countries of Asia and the Pacific. ASM is both a weekly email newsletter and a news website. Visit for more information.

Apogeo Spatial

Formerly Imaging Notes magazine, Apogeo Spatial communicates the power of geospatial tools and technologies in managing the world’s scarce resources and environment, so that the global population has security—of water, food and energy. With a focus on long-term sustainability of the planet and people, Apogeo Spatial provides visual intelligence elevating global awareness. Business, government and academic professionals find the information—and inspiration—for using geospatial tools to build a more sustainable world. With the fresh, relevant insights from expert contributors, stunning visuals and clear examples of the technologies, those who make critical policy and business decisions about the world’s resources will understand the power of remotely sensed data and solutions. See

CAD Magazine

Since 1990, CAD Magazine is the only Dutch-language magazine focussing on Computer Aided Design. The magazine is an independent and well-respected source for professionals active in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Building/Construction Engineering, EDM/PDM and Plants. For more information about CAD Magazine and the latest news, please visit

Directions Magazine

Directions Magazine, a publication of Directions Media, is the world’s leading source of news and opinion for “all things location.” We keep our readers informed with the latest geospatial technology trends and issues through Webinars, Newsletters and industry Channels. Our readers gain an “inside edge” by reading our publications and attending our events. Read us daily at


GeoInformatics Magazine is published 8 times a year (print and digital). GeoInformatics provides coverage, analysis and commentary with respect to the international surveying, mapping and GIS industry. Recognizing the integrated nature of the geospatial information industry, GeoInformatics presents thought provoking and useful information. Stay up-to-date:

GIS Magazine

GIS Magazine is a Dutch publication, published 8 times a year in both print and as a fluid book (digital version). GIS Magazine shows how Geographic Information finds its way to the (end)user. For more information about GIS Magazine and the latest news, please visit

Sensors & Systems

Sensors & Systems covers the integrated technologies of GIS, remote sensing, modeling, spatial analysis, surveying and sensor technologies for the understanding of change. We focus on some of the key challenges that these tools help us address, including energy, water, food, biodiversity, environment and security.


3sNews is the first Chinese 3S media, providing the primary information on 3S industry, smart city, location-based service, popular technology and etc, aiming to facilitate the users with easier access to the information and improve the reading experience.


GeoConnexion International and GeoConnexion UK bring you the latest news and stories plus reports from geotechnology industries in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia. Coverage of topics such as 3D Visualisation, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Cloud, Mobile Mapping, Navigation with emphases on healthcare, public safety, retail, the environment, utilities, surveying, LBS, transport/ logistics, telecommunications and more. To view the magazines:

Institutional Partners
Leibniz Universität Hannover

Founded in 1831 by the scholar Karl Karmarsch, Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) today has around 24,000 students in the natural sciences and engineering, the humanities and social sciences as well in law and economics. As in the past, studying, teaching and research are to be enjoyable in the future, and therefore one of the declared goals of LUH is to continually improve the quality of teaching and research. An example in the area of geodesy and geoinformatics is the Institute for Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI) of LUH, an internationally known and respected centre of excellent research and teaching in photogrammetry and remote sensing.

Portuguese Engineers Association

The Ordem dos Engenheiros (OE, Portuguese Engineers Association) is a public professional association that dates back to the 19th century, being the heiress of the Portuguese Association of Civil Engineers, founded in 1868. Its main mission is to contribute to the progress of engineering, stimulating the efforts of its members in scientific, professional and social areas, as well as complying with rules of ethics and professional deontology. It is independent of State bodies and has administrative, financial, scientific and regulatory autonomy. The Statutes currently governing the OE were approved by Decree-Law No. 119/92, June 30. On the 31st of December, 2014, the OE had 47.144 registered members, which makes it the second largest professional association in Portugal. The OE is the only Portuguese institution that can assign the professional title of Engineer, granting titles and levels of professional qualification. Throughout its history, this professional association has been a permanent ally of quality, through the defense of demanding higher education based on accuracy, as well as competent professional practices and respectful of ethics. In May 1948, the degree of Commander of the Military Order of the Sword and Santiago was awarded to the OE. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, in November 1986, it was conferred by the President of the Republic the title of Honorary Member of the Order of Infant Dom Henrique for the relevant services rendered to the country. On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, in November 2011 and for similar reasons, the title of Order of Merit was awarded to the Ordem dos Engenheiros by the President of the Republic.


UNIGIS International Association ( is the world's premier distance education initiative offering masters and diploma programmes in Geographical Information Science and Systems. As a global network of higher education institutions (, UNIGIS is dedicated to enhance the competence of GIS professionals worldwide! The main goal of UNIGIS programmes is to equip students with profound and extensive knowledge, insights, skills, and expertise in the field of Geographic Information Science; to train students in scientific research; to establish an attitude of life-long learning; and to orientate students towards further career development. UNIGIS Study Programmes are focussed on life-long learning, supporting part-time study by in-service professionals as well as everybody pursuing a career in Geoinformatics through continuing education.


The European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO) is a European scientific society, which networks geographers from all walks of life. It is an international NGO with wide membership. The association has considerable experience in national and international projects in education and training. It is a not-for-profit organisation, which aims to develop, support and promote policies designed to advance the status of Geography; establish and promote cross-border cooperation; promote education and training in Geography from a European perspective and represent nationally and internationally the views of its members. Association activities include organising events, producing publications, supporting geographers in their jobs and careers, supporting the teaching of geographical sciences, identifying and promoting good practise, co-operating with the EU, Council of Europe and other relevant organisations; lobbying at European and where relevant national level, providing a forum for the discussion of matters of common interest to geographers, giving advice on geography and making recommendations to policy makers.

EUROGEO has participatory status in the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly. Members are active in civil society initiatives concerned with human rights, democracy, landscape and global challenges like climate change. EUROGEO is a stakeholder in the ‘Eye on Earth’ and ‘Geo for All’ initiatives and founder participant in the European Association for Social Sciences, the Smart City Learning Observatory and the European Citizen Science Association.

EUROGEO provides specific experience and expertise in the use of geographic information technologies. geospatial data / information and spatial thinking for active citizenship. These technologies are integrated into the use of many Cloud-based Internet technologies in education and training. EUROGEO have been leaders in this providing advice and guidance to politicians and decision makers on these important European policy making areas.

Supporting Organizations

AFCEA Portugal (established in 1988) is the Portuguese chapter of AFCEA International, a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. AFCEA Portugal represents about 400 individual members, and over 50 public and private institutions, networking with two thousand technology companies worldwide, through AFCEA International.

AFCEA is an international organization that serves its members (government, industry and academia) by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information. AFCEA is dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in the fields of information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.

To be the premier electronics, communications, and information technology association for professionals related with defense and national security areas. GOALS:
• To facilitate knowledge sharing and networking in the fields of electronics, communications, intelligence and information systems between Defense and Security stakeholders;
• To promote initiatives aiming to provide information about defense and security needs and the necessary industry and research capacities to fulfill the requirements;
• To promote science teaching under AFCEA Education Foundation guidelines and motivate young students into the technological areas with award programs.

Our International Symposiums and Seminars are a prime example of what our association has been doing – bringing key players together from public and private sectors to discuss issues of common concern, such as: National Defense and Homeland Security, Pooling & Sharing/ Smart Defense, Cyber Security, R&D on Defense and Security Themes, Defense Satellite Communications, Interoperability and Integrations of Defense Information Systems, C4I, Maritime Situational Knowledge, Surveillance and Maritime Security. Visiting Military headquarters and Security Forces infrastructures are also important events to update information and to know about future technological needs. Encourage the technological knowledge and entrepreneurship on students from the military and civil schools, presenting awards to students with the best academic or project achievements.


ISOCARP is a global association of professional planners from more than 80 countries worldwide. ISOCARP is recognized by the UN, UNHCS and the Council of Europe, and has a formal consultative status with UNESCO. Its objectives include the improvement of planning practice through creating a globally active network of practitioners. The year 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Society and a series of events is organized to celebrate. These will culminate in the 51st ISOCARP International Planning Congress with the theme "Cities Save The World - Let's Reinvent Planning" (Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, 19-23 October 2015). More information:

Strategic Partners

EUROGI is the European umbrella organization for Geographic Information. Established in 1994, EUROGI represents the needs organizations Europe wide who use Geographic Information. EUROGI has an unique membership structure. EUROGI's membership covers over 20 countries throughout the European Union and as well as non EU countries. Collectively the combined membership involves thousands of geographic-information related companies, societies and institutions in both the private and public sectors. Our members are responsible for strategic input into GI policies across Europe in line with our Vision which is "Geographic Information with all its aspects should become a fully integrated component of the European knowledge-based society."

Group on Earth Observations

The Group on Earth Observations is coordinating efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS. GEO was launched in response to calls for action by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and by the G8 (Group of Eight) leading industrialized countries. These high-level meetings recognized that international collaboration is essential for exploiting the growing potential of Earth observations to support decision making in an increasingly complex and environmentally stressed world. GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and international organizations. It provides a framework within which these partners can develop new projects and coordinate their strategies and investments.


The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was set up in 1947 by ECOSOC. It is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. UNECE's major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. To do so, it brings together 56 countries located in the European Union, non-EU Western and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and North America. All these countries dialogue and cooperate under the aegis of UNECE on economic and sectoral issues. However, all interested United Nations member States may participate in the work of UNECE. Over 70 international professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations take part in UNECE activities.


The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 495 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The standards empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at

Programme Partner
Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters Aumentum global solutions are helping transform public taxation and land administration in more than 1000 jurisdictions and 40 countries around the world. In partnership with government leaders, we provide tools to optimize revenue generation, promote equitable tax collection and ensure data integrity and security, so governments can provide sustainable services to the public.

Geospatial Media and Communications

Geospatial Media and Communications through its publications, industry analytics papers and regional and international conferences has been promoting and facilitating the growth and advancement of geospatial industry globally. Geospatial Media serves as a knowledge generation and management organisation and aims at raising its profile by connecting it to user industries, developing business development platforms, facilitating collaboration between and amongst various stakeholders of geospatial industry; advocating policy development and reforms; exchanging ideas and innovations and ultimately leading to thought leadership in this domain.

European Commission / INSPIRE

The INSPIRE directive came into force on 15 May 2007 and will be implemented in various stages, with full implementation required by 2019. It aims to create a European Union (EU) spatial data infrastructure, which will enable the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organisations and better facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe. The European Commission (DG Environment and JRC) and the European Environment Agency ensure the coordination of INSPIRE and supports European Members States in implementation. In particular DG Environment acts as an overall legislative and policy co-ordinator; JRC acts as the overall technical co-ordinator of INSPIRE; and the European Environmental Agency (EEA) is responsible for tasks related to monitoring and reporting, and data and service sharing under INSPIRE as part of the SEIS and INSPIRE activities.