Ambassadors endorse the CLGE Young Surveyors’ Contest



We are delighted to feature a series of testimonies from previous winners and sponsors of the CLGE Young Surveyor’s Contest (also formerly known as the CLGE Students Contest).

We present our sixth Ambassador Diana Pavlic (née Bečirević) from Croatia our Award recipient in 2012 for the group students’ work ‘Geodetic Works in Research and Development Plan for Remediation of Landslides Kostanjek’. Diana remarked ‘Winning this prize at the first CLGE student contest in 2012 was a remarkable experience for me and my colleagues. It opened some new perspectives in my professional life during my Master’s degree studies and later on. For some years I was closely related to CLGE as the FIG Young Surveyors representative in the CLGE Executive Board.‘ Diana has since progressed her career to become a Scientific Assistant at the Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformatics, University of Bonn (DE). Diana endorses the Contest, encourages you to promote awareness of the 2022 Contest and of course to take part yourself if you are eligible. 

Please click here for full details of the rules of the CLGE Young Surveyors’ Contest and how to enter


Previous Ambassador Testimonies

June 23, 2022

We present our fifth Ambassador Sander Varbla from Estonia our winner in 2017 in the category of ‘Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus for his ‘Assessment of marine geoid models by shipborne GNSS profiles‘ which was the subject of his Master’s degree thesis. Winning the contest boosted Sander’s confidence in publishing his work and pursuing a scientific career. As a result Sander has since gone on to undertake important international research at Tallinn University of Technology where he is now a PhD student. Sander endorses the Contest, encourages you to promote awareness of the 2022 Contest and of course to take part yourself if you are eligible. 


June 1, 2022

We present our fourth Ambassador Marineli Dancheva from Bulgaria, our winner in 2019 for her Master’s degree thesis on ‘Horizontal Crustal Deformation for the Territory of Bulgaria Based on GNSS‘. Marineli said that ‘It is a great feeling to get recognized for your hard work, especially on such a prestigious contest. This proved to me that little conscious steps lead to acknowledged success and motivated me to continue pursuing my scientific interest and search for the innovation in our field. It also gave me a head start into my career path, opening up opportunities and enlarging my profession network‘. Marineli endorses the Contest, encourages you to promote awareness of the 2022 Contest and of course to take part yourself if you are eligible. 


May 16, 2022

We present our third Ambassador Alicia Cañizares from Spain Winner of the CLGE Contest 2013 in GIS, Cartograhy and Cadastre category for her thesis on ‘3D model of the Roman Wall of Lugo (Galicia -Spain) using TLS and UAV‘. Alicia remarked that ‘Winning this award as a recent graduate student, made me more confident in myself and my knowledge. It allowed me to stand out in my sector within my country and to meet great people to work with in my professional future. I really encourage and recommend you to apply, it is a great opportunity‘. Since winning the Contest Alicia has gone on to be Technical sales advisor and product manager at Global Geosystems, Leica Geosystems reseller in Spain. Alicia endorses the Contest, encourages you to promote awareness of the 2022 Contest and of course to take part yourself if you are eligible. 


April 26, 2022

We present our second Ambassador Hamidreza Ostadabbas from Germany a two-time CLGE prize winner. Firstly in 2019 for his paper on ‘Cadastre Automatic Data Processing in QGIS and Implementation in Web GIS’ and 2020/21 he won a silver medal for his paper on ‘Using the synergy of QFIELD for collecting data on-site and QGIS for interactive map creation by ALKIS® data extraction and implementation in PostgreSQL – for urban planning processes’ Taking part in the CLGE Contest has extended his professional network both in Europe and worldwide by providing the opportunity to meet practitioners, scientists and academics from a variety of backgrounds, countries and cultures. Hamidreza endorses the Contest, encourages you to promote awareness of the 2022 Contest and of course to take part yourself if you are eligible. 


March 6, 2022

Our first Ambassador was Cécile Deprez from Belgium who was our winner in 2016 in the category of ‘Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus’ with her paper entitled ‘Relative Positioning With Galileo E5 AltBOC Code Measurements’ which was based on her Master’s degree thesis.  Cécile has gone on to pursue a successful career as a researcher at the German Aerospace Center. Winning the prize boosted her confidence to undertake research and provided great networking opportunities with ESA, EUSPA and CLGE.  Cécile encourages you to promote awareness of the 2022 Contest and of course to take part yourself if you are eligible.

Please click here for full details of the rules of the CLGE Young Surveyors’ Contest and how to enter.


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