Call for Abstracts & Workshops


Locate 2023 is excited to announce our call for abstracts to celebrate and showcase the talent, advancements, and achievements from across our industry. With Locate 2023 returning to Adelaide, the new home to Australia’s rapidly expanding Space sector, this year’s conference is themed around Geospatial Evolutions | From Lands, to Seas, to Stars.

We all attend conferences to expand our knowledge and explore new practices, approaches, and technologies. You are encouraged to share your stories and projects from across our diverse sector. If you have the idea, we have the stage for you.

Below are some suggestions around topics and themes for presentations, however this list is by no means exhaustive, and ALL submissions will be considered.

Locate 2023 is looking for a mix of presentations from across:

  • Engineering and Mining Surveying
  • Hydrography
  • Land Surveying
  • Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
  • Spatial Information and Cartography
  • The intersection between Space and Spatial

We will provide a platform to share the latest research and development from across our universities and research centres of excellence.

Locate 2023 will aim to explore the use of spatial data to support advances in:

  • Defence
  • Disaster Management and Recovery
  • Earth Observation
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • GeoBIM and GIS
  • Geospatial AI, Automation and Robotics
  • Land Administration and Planning
  • PNT (Position, Navigation, Timing)
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Resource Management
  • Smart Cities and IoT
  • Spatial Digital Twins
  • Supply Chain Management

We will champion successes from across our geospatial community in promoting:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Future Business Opportunities
  • Geospatial Policies, Law & Ethics
  • Personal Development and Wellbeing
  • Workforce Opportunities
  • Young and Emerging Professionals

Locate23 will be a face-to-face event and presenters will be required to attend the conference and present live. All accepted presenters must register to attend the conference and pay the conference registration fee.

Please ensure BEFORE you submit your abstract you have sought the approvals to present this work at the conference. Any abstract submitted that does not have approval will not be confirmed into the program.



Oral presentation – Early Career Researcher/Young Professional Symposium: Wednesday 10tj May
Young professionals and early career researchers are the future of our industry. We invite those with an interesting case study, research project or innovative new idea for the industry to submit an abstract and indicate their interest in being part of this session on Wednesday 10tj May. Symposium presentations are 7 minutes, with 3 minutes for questions (10 minutes total). Presentations can include case studies, research projects or innovative ideas.

Oral presentation – concurrent session: Thursday 11th and Friday 12th May.
Each oral presentation will be allocated 20 minutes in length which will include questions (i.e. 15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes questions). Presentations may have more than one speaker. In addition to the 20 minutes of presentation time, there will also be 10 minutes at the end of each session for a panel discussion with all speakers in the session.

Tech talks and case studies: Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th, Friday 12th May.
These sessions will feature in the exhibition area and will offer, not only our sponsors and exhibitors but any interested company, the chance to showcase their products and new developments in spatial and survey technologies. We invite submissions from all sectors to present case studies of how new technology is being applied by the industry to solve problems and drive innovation. Case study presentation spots will be a maximum of 10 minutes. In your abstract submission, please include:
• Technology or product used in the project
• Sector (e.g., environment, transport, agriculture, hydrographic)


You will be asked to include the following when submitting your abstract via the online portal:
• Presenting author full contact details (name, organisation, phone number, email address)
• Presenting author profile photo, less than 1MB in size
• The title of your presentation
• Type of presentation you are submitting (e.g. Oral – concurrent session only)
• The body of your abstract (maximum 400 words) should be in simple text paragraphs without images or tables.
• A brief bio of the presenter/s (max 50 words)
• Experience in presenting (drop down box of first time, 1-5, 6-10, 11+)
• If the abstract has been presented (or published as a paper) anywhere within the last 12 months or accepted for future presentation/publication, if so where?
• Abstracts and presentation titles should be carefully checked for spelling and grammar as they will be published exactly as received.
• It is the submitter’s responsibility to ensure the correct version of the abstract is uploaded.
• All accepted presenters must register to attend the conference and pay the conference registration fee.


All submissions will be reviewed by industry members and assessed by the Locate23 Program Committee using the following criteria:
• Relevance to the selected theme
• Originality
• Clarity of purpose
• Engaging and informative



  • By February 27, 2023: Blind abstract review process to be completed
  • By March 10, 2023: Presenters notified on the outcome of their submission
  • By March 24, 2023: Successful authors must register by
  • By March 27, 2023: Locate23 program released


If you’re interested in running a workshop at Locate23, we would like to hear from you. Workshops offer the unique opportunity to:

  • Add new dynamics to the existing packages of conference content
  • Provide opportunities for unstructured and dynamic conversations around the conference themes
  • Deliver a richer experience for delegates, to move beyond engagement with PowerPoint presentations towards direct interaction with key thought leaders and industry experts
  • Provide more than audience participation opportunities at panels and support delegates to drive industry discussions and considerations

Workshops should provide content that is interactive and skill-building. They should allow delegates to engage with the presenter and use a ‘hands-on’ approach. They should address a particular topic of interest to the surveying and spatial sector.

Limited workshops spots are available on Wednesday the 10th of May. If you have an idea for a workshop, please complete the online pitch submission form.

Your workshop pitch needs to include:

  • Topic
  • Proposed presenters
  • Content outline (no more than 400 words)
  • Specific skills that will be covered
  • Room setup and audio-visual requirements
  • Minimum and maximum numbers

Costs associated with running the workshop will be applicable if your workshop is successful which include venue hire, audio-visual and catering if you choose to supply it. As a guide venue hire and standard audio-visual will approximately be $950+GST for a 3-hour workshop.

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