THE TASK FORCE AND THE ADVANTAGES OF NETWORKING
Gabriele DASSE, Germany
The Task Force on Under-represented Groups in the present shape was
established 1998 during the FIG Congress in Brighton. The limited time
period will end in 2002 with the FIG Congress in Washington.
The Task Force is a network with 56 members from 22 countries in
the moment. We have been building up many contacts to colleagues and
co-operate with UNCHS (Habitat) and other international and national
associations in the technical field.
Using internet and mailing opportunities the contact to following
working groups could be established:
- International Real Estate Federation, FIABCI Young Members
- Commission on Gender and Cartography of the International
Cartographic Association ICA,
- ICEFloe Equal Opportunities Forum of the Institution of Civil
- Forum for Equal Opportunity of the American Congress on
Surveying and Mapping.
Also background information concerning scientific research and
decisions of the European Parliament could be distributed by the
quarterly Newsletter. All issues of the Task Force Newsletter together
with other information concerning the Task Force activities can be
found on the FIG home page: http://www.fig.net/figtree/tf/underrep/tfunrep.htm
The Terms of References of this Task Force are:
- Enhancement of professional development opportunities for women
and young surveyors,
- Equal rights for individual members within FIG, not depending on
gender or native language or some other cultural characteristics,
- Facilitation of professional contacts of female and young
surveyors as well as for example linguistic minorities to the FIG
During the last meetings the Task Force on Under-represented Groups
in Surveying made a lot of proposals.
For example the Task Force
- suggested the evaluation of the Congress registration in
Washington 2002 concerning Commissions, gender, age periods and
the first attendance. The proposals to introduce a lower
registration fee for students, to enable the attendance of
students to assist the organisers and to mark the name tags of
participants attending the first time the Congress were also
agreed by Congress Director Mary Clawson.
- made proposals concerning Commission meetings during Working
Weeks and Congresses.
- proposed regional FIG meetings to facilitate the attendance of
students and young professionals.
- recommended that the Member Associations should report about the
activities of FIG in their publications, support the attendance of
young professionals and students at FIG Congresses or Working
Weeks and at national congresses, enable practical work for
foreign students and young professionals and increase the amount
of student members.
- proposed to facilitate practical work or training facilities for
During this Workshop we will discuss among others
- exchange of experiences concerning the network and the network
- subjects to deal with during the next year,
- sessions and meetings during the FIG Congress in Washington
- implementation of the Task Force activities into FIG structures
after the 4-year period,
- reflections of the FIG Task Force Review of Commission
Dipl.-Ing. Gabriele Dasse
c/o Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
Amt für Geoinformation und Vermessung
Postfach 10 05 04
Tel. + 49 40 428 26 5250
Fax + 49 40 428 26 5965
13 April 2001
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