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Location in Action: Positioning the nation for a brighter future


Bring your ideas and share your experience with your peers across Australia and New Zealand at Locate22.

The surveying and spatial industries are facing rapidly evolving technology, culture shifts and exponential growth in the ways data and technologies can be applied across all industries and sectors. All sectors are demanding innovation, efficiency and improved spatial information. Locate22 will explore the ways that surveying and spatial experts, users, and newcomers to the industry can come together to bring benefits to our economy, environment and society, now and into the future. The conference will be the ideal stage to connect as a community and drive deeper insights and aid better decision-making, powered through location data, science and technologies.

Locate22 will be a face-to-face event (restrictions permitting) 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.

DEADLINE WAS: Midnight AEDT, Thursday 10 February 2022


  • Abstract submission open: 22 October 2021
  • Abstract submission close: Midnight AEDT, Thursday 10 February 2022
  • Blind abstract review period: February 2022
  • Notification to authors: By mid March, 2022
  • Successful authors must register by: End of March 2022


Oral presentation – concurrent session
Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length including questions, with 10 minutes at the end of each session for discussions. Presentations may have more than one speaker.

Oral presentation – Early Career Researcher/Young Professional Symposium (36 and under)
Symposium presentations will follow a TED-talk style and should be 5 minutes long, excluding question time.
Presentations can include case studies, research projects or innovative ideas.
Young professionals and early career researchers are the future of our industry. We invite anyone aged 36 and under with an interesting case study, research project or innovative new idea for the industry to submit an abstract for Locate22 and indicate their interest in being part of this exciting new session.

Tech talks and case studies
These sessions, on Tuesday May 24, our dedicated Locate22 Showcase day, will offer our sponsors and exhibitors 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 plus questions.
In your abstract submission, please include:

  • Technology or product used in the project
  • Sector (e.g., environment, transport, agriculture, hydrographic)


Abstracts are sought on the below topics. When submitting your abstract for an oral (concurrent session) you will be asked to choose a stream from the below list.

Location in action: The Future of Data
This stream explores issues surrounding the use of data generated by surveyors, spatial scientists, and researchers in a rapidly changing digital environment. Abstracts can include discussion of privacy and confidentiality, IP, licensing and ethics and the use of AI.

Location in action: Delivering Smarter Infrastructure   
This stream focusses on using innovative spatial technologies and methods in construction, transport, infrastructure, utility services and mining.

Location in action: A Spatially Enabled Society
Submissions for this stream should address how advancements in spatial technology are helping build an engaged, connected and spatially-enabled society.

Location in action: Transforming our Digital Skills
Submissions for this stream should focus on skill development in the context of digital spatial data.

Location in action: Enabling Societal Transformation
This stream looks at how spatial data can transform society, with a particular focus on emergency and crisis management.

Location in action: The Magic Behind the Scenes
Abstracts should focus on development of policies and standards in the use of spatial data and how this works to strengthen the value and reliability of the spatial profession.

Location in action: Designing the Places of Tomorrow
This stream looks at the role that spatial information plays in designing the places of tomorrow. Abstracts can include topics such as the use of IoT and BIM, Digital Twins, and Smart Cities.

Location in action: Building a Safer Society
This stream explores the role the spatial industry plays in contributing to a safer and healthier society, including innovative solutions to environmental management, defence, border security, the mobile population and other changes affecting society.

Location in action: Space, Emerging Trends and Applications
This stream discusses the future of our industry and the application it has in new domains such as space. Abstracts in this stream should address how our spatial knowledge and skills are developing and contributing to new capabilities and opportunities.


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
  • The stream your abstract is intended for (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 Locate22 Program Committee using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the selected stream
  • Originality
  • Clarity of purpose
  • Engaging and informative

submissions are now closed

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