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The Spatial Futures Forum 2022

Oct 27, 2022 8:30 am - Oct 28, 2022 5:00 pm AEDT

The Spatial Futures Forum 2022

Investigates Digital Solutions to Support Disaster Response & Community Resilience in the Face of Emergencies

This workshop is an opportunity to share your knowledge and understanding of the issues facing regions and cities with experts in information system, geospatial science, and modelling; the development of new technologies; and how new expectations will shape the future of information in disasters.

The two-day workshop sponsored by the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and the Communications and Technology for Society Research Group at University of Sydney, is free of charge to attendees.


You are invited to hear and interact with some of Australia’s leading thinkers on the future of spatial systems and modelling for disaster response and community resilience in the development of emergency systems.

You will hear speakers from State and local government as well as specialists and academics talk about the challenges and solutions for spatial information issues in disaster response and community resilience, such as: community engagement, lessons learned from recent disaster events and recent developments in spatial technology applications.

Opening Address

Professor Ian Oppermann, NSW Chief Data Scientist and Industry Professor, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a thought leader on the digital economy, and the impact of data and technology on society.

Keynote Speakers

Ms Narelle Underwood, Surveyor General and Executive Director, NSW Spatial Services Division, will update us on current directions in NSW spatial services.

Dr Mahendra Samarawickrama - Director of the Centre for Climate and Disaster Resilience, will discuss approaches to the use of data informed emerging technology for the inclusion and resilience of communities.

Presenters will include

  • Mr Shane Conserdyne - Newcastle City Council
  • Mr Francisco Urbina - Vexcel Group
  • Professor Keri Pearlson – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Professor Linlin Ge - Geoscience and Earth Observing Systems Group (UNSW)
  • Professor Sisi Zlatanova - Built Environment (UNSW)
  • Dr David Goad - Business School (University of Sydney)
  • Professor Deborah Bunker - Chief Science Officer, Natural Hazards Research Australia
  • Associate Professor Daniel Gozman - Communications and Technology for Society Research Group (University of Sydney)

Event details

Date: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th October, 2022.
Time: 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. on Thursday followed by a networking till 6.00pm and 8:30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. on Friday.
Program: A copy of the program will be distributed to you when you register.
Catering: Pre-meeting coffee/tea/juice and pastries, morning and afternoon tea, and a light lunch will be provided (Days 1 & 2 ) and post workshop networking refreshments (Day 1) will be provided.