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Cambridge Conference 2022: Geospatial leaders' commitments to climate action

Leaders from mapping and geospatial organisations around the world will reinforce their commitment to providing trusted location data to support climate action at the 2022 Cambridge Conference in April.

The programme is based on the output recommendations made to national mapping and geospatial agencies at the Cambridge Conference in Conversation event that took place online in September 2021. These recommendations will be aligned in April with the three overarching themes of the United Nation’s (UN) Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF): People, Technology and Governance. Delegates will champion the role of national geospatial infrastructure in supplying and integrating data to enable governments to meet climate targets, such as the UN’s Agenda 2030.

Connections that help us face the challenges of the future

As well as providing opportunities for high-level discussion, the conference also includes the prestigious Hotine Lecture which commemorates the legacy of geographical pioneer and designer of the iconic and much-loved trig pillar, Brigadier Martin Hotine.

This year, delegates will hear from prominent research scientist, author and presenter, Professor Lewis Dartnell, who will provide insights on the geography of earth and shared human history. An award-winning science writer, Professor Dartnell is known for The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch, and Origins which examines how our planet made us. Find out more here.

Speakers also include Stephen Lake, Chair & Interim CEO, Ordnance Survey, the UK’s Geospatial Commission, and Greg Scott, Inter-Regional Advisor, UN-GGIM, United Nations Statistics Division.

“Every four years, Ordnance Survey has the privilege of convening the Cambridge Conference on behalf of the global national mapping and geospatial community,” says David Henderson, Chief Geospatial Officer, Ordnance Survey.

“The event, which is being held in Oxford and online to maximise participation, builds on the Cambridge Conference in Conversation COP26 pledge to enable nations to respond better to climate challenges by using trusted location data. The paper, ‘Applying Geospatial Information to Climate Challenges’, sets out how official sources of geospatial data can support the United Nations four goals for COP26 and calls on governments to recognise the value of location in climate action.”

“We’ll take this a step further by exploring the actions national mapping and geospatial agencies can take to support their government’s strategic policies and we’ll further demonstrate the power of geospatial through a new generation of case studies.”

“In addition to formal and informal networking opportunities, delegates can also engage with some of the most influential geospatial organisations, groups, and innovators in the UK. The optional UK Showcase Day on Monday 11 April will highlight the capabilities, strategies and projects that support the UK's geospatial market and public sector, with sessions focused on the future, sharing plans, and identifying geospatial trends.”

Dating back to 1928, the Cambridge Conference enables senior officials and executives to share insights, collaborate on matters of global importance, and solve shared challenges. Participation is by invitation-only.

The 2022 event takes place from 12 to 14 April 2022, with an additional day for the UK Showcase on 11 April. It is sponsored by Esri, Hexagon, and 1Spatial and supported by a range of strategic partners, including: GEO; the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC); the UK’s Geospatial Commission; and World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC).

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