Scientia Est Potentia
| FIG Commission 2 Symposium
Prague, Czech Republic, 7-9 June 2007
Proceedings in PDF
Latin phrase Scientia Est Potentia (Knowledge Is Power) was selected as a motto of symposium dedicated to development of curricula, organised jointly by FIG Commission 2 and Faculty of Civil Engineering CTU in Prague on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Czech Technical University in Prague.
- Stig Enemark
- President of FIG, Aalborg University, Promoting the interaction between education, research and professional practice
- Curriculum development is the key to the future. It is an ongoing process and it is crucial to both the educational institutions and the society they serve. This relates especially to educational programs designed to professionals such as the surveyors.
- There is no doubt that the main challenge of the future will be that the only constant is change. To deal with this constant change the educational base must be flexible. The graduates must be adaptable to a rapidly changing labour market. The point is that professional and technical skills can be acquired and updated at a later stage in ones career while skills for theoretical problem-solving and skills for learning to learn can only be achieved through the process of academic training at the universities. The focus should be on educating for life - not for short term skills.
- The presentation will touch on a range of issues and lessons learnt with a special emphasis on ways and means of building professional competence through curriculum development. The basic argument is that development, maintenance and enhancement of professional competence should be seen as a process facilitated through an efficient interaction between education, research and professional practice.
- Ann B. Johnson
- Higher Education Solutions Manager (ESRI), Meeting the Challenge - Incorporating New Technologies and Methods into a Curriculum for Surveying
- Surveyors and the tools and practices important to the profession are undergoing a technologic transition which is changing the way the profession may be practiced in the future. Increased computer and other hardware capabilities (simpler software interfaces, increased data handling capacity and better accuracy) have opened new avenues to using technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), mobile technologies (phones and other handheld devices) and wireless technology. For educators, use of these technologies by the workforce is challenging them to update their curriculum so that students entering the workforce can use them effectively. At the same time, technology is affecting how educators present the concepts, skills and competencies necessary to effectively make use of the new innovations. Educators and the industry are searching for the most effective way to determine what should be included in a new curriculum and what is the best method to offer that curriculum - both for entering students and for working professionals updating their skills. This presentation will cover some of the work that has taken place and is ongoing to help educators and industry meet the challenge of incorporating new technologies and teaching methods into the surveying curriculum to meet the current and future needs of the profession.
- Quality curriculum and instruction are - as they have always been - the bedrock of education and the way to educate thoughtful and fulfilled professionals. The society, science and technology around our profession have been changing rapidly. These changes continuously generate new educational and training needs, which should be responded by educators to ensure that their learners gain knowledge as effectively and efficiently as possible.
- The main aim of the symposium is to discuss the most important issues in curriculum development and to disseminate modern practices within our surveying profession.
- Needs analysis - new skills and competences in surveying
- Satisfaction of needs in the new professional challenges
- Maintenance of the curricula
- Implementation of „Bologna” changes
- Changing role of educators
- Experiences in students’ mobility and credit transfer
- Project-Based Learning, Learning-to-Learn methods
- The future of young surveyors
Chair: Béla Márkus, Hungary Secretary: Aleš Čepek, Czech Republic Pedro Cavero, Spain Stig Enemark, Denmark Liza Groenendijk, The Netherlands Ján Hefty, Slovakia Jiří Horák, Czech Republic Jan Kolář, Czech Republic Milan Konečný, Czech Republic Alojz Kopáčik, Slovakia Reinfried Mansberger, Austria Leoš Mervart, Czech Republic Paul van der Molen, The Netherlands Andras Ossko, Hungary Chryssy Potsiou, Greece Markéta Potůčková, Czech Republic Petr Rapant, Czech Republic Esben Munk Sorensen, Denmark Rudolf Staiger, Germany Gert Steinkellner, Austria Jiří Šíma, Czech Republic Václav Talhofer, Czech Republic Bohuslav Veverka, Czech Republic Kauko Viitanen, Finland Arvo Vitikainen, Finland Vít Voženílek, Czech Republic Josef Weigel, Czech Republic Růžena Zimová, Czech Republic Vladimír Židek, Czech Republic
Chair: Aleš Čepek, Czech Republic Co-Chair: Jancsó Tamás, Hungary Lena Halounová, Czech Republic Martin Landa, Czech Republic Jiří Pospíšil, Czech Republic Jan Pytel, Czech Republic Martin Štroner, Czech Republic
- All the presentations, papers and posters will be in English.
Registration and Costs
- Participation early registration fee before15 March, 2007 costs € 180 including lunches, welcome dinner and coffee breaks.
- Participation fee after 15 March, 2007 costs € 220.
- Payment will be done by bank transfer.
- Authors are asked to submit an abstract till 31 January, 2007. Extended abstracts should be sent in MS-Word or RTF format, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors should refer their document to at least one of main streams (refer to the list of themes above). Also, please indicate if you consider your paper to be either a mainly scientific or strategic contribution and express preferred way of presentation (oral/poster). Following the review process, full papers (max. 10 pages) should be delivered till 31 March, 2007. Templates for extended abstracts and for full papers are available from the symposium web site.
Reception of abstracts: 31 January, 2007 Acceptance/Conditional acceptance/Rejection notification: 28 February, 2007 Early registration: 15 March, 2007 Full paper (max 10 pages): 31 March, 2007 Registration of authors of proceedings and CD-ROM: 15 April, 2007
- Each extended abstract will be independently and blindly reviewed by 2 scientific committee members, taking into account indicated nature of the paper (scientific or strategic) and type of presentation (oral or poster presentation). The review process will yield one of the following final decisions: accepted, conditionally accepted, or rejected. Authors will be notified on 28 February, 2007. Papers conditionally accepted to be involved in the symposium proceedings and CD-ROM must satisfy recommendations of reviewers before the end of March.
- All the accepted contributions (full papers) will be published in the proceedings volume (with ISBN), on CD-ROM and on the symposium website. Final versions of full papers for proceedings should be submitted till 31 March, 2007. The organising committee reserves the right to reject material for publication if authors will not adhere to the guidelines for authors (i.e. no re-edition of full papers will be performed), and/or if the registration fee will not have been paid by 15 April, 2007.
- For the authors who will give a poster presentation of their paper, the information concerning poster installation (max. poster size etc.) will be available on the symposium web site.
- Please notice, that authors of posters are expected to deliver full papers for publication in the proceedings volume.
- The Czech Technical University in Prague
- Czech Republic
Where you can find us
- Symposium venues are easily accessible from Prague Metro, terminal station Dejvická, line A (5 minutes walking distance).
- Prague public transport is cheap, safe and reliable. See also
- Short-term 7-day ticket is 280 CZK, 3-day ticket 220-CZK and 24-hour ticket 80 CZK. Short-term tickets are also available at the Prague's airport (ask the information desk).
- If you want to use taxi services, we recommend AAA Radio Taxi ordered by free local call to numbers 14 0 14 or 222 333 222. See also
- For more information on the Czech Republic visit
- CTU hotel Masarykova kolej at the university campus.
- Hotel Krystal offers cheap accommodation with prices from 1570 CZK. The hotel is about 15 minutes from sumposium venues by tram.
- Hotel Diplomat is a four star hotel about 5 minutes walking distance from the symposium venue.
- Hotel Golden Prague can easily reached from/to symposium venues by bus line 131 (four bus stops from Špitálka to Na Santince). Prices are 84 EUR for single room (99 EUR double room).
- Crowne Plaza Hotel Prague offers rooms from 120–200 EUR (tariffs can be downloaded from the hotel's web site). The symposium venues can be reached by short walk or you can go one stop by tram.
- Farewell party on the boat - three hours round-trip sail on the Vltava river (€ 40).
- Aleš Čepek <email@example.com>
- CTU Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering
- Dept. of Mapping and Cartography
- Thákurova 7, 166 29 Prague 6, The Czech Republic
- Phone: +420 224 35 4647
- Fax: +420 224 355 419