Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, welcomed delegates to Cambridge Conference 2007 – the largest conference to date, with 220 delegates from 70 countries. After summarising the conference history, she introduced the conference theme: ‘Expanding horizons in a shrinking world’ and highlighted key points of progress from the Aide Memoire of the Cambridge Conference 2003, and from CC The Exchange in 2005.

The keynote speaker was Helen Boaden, Director of BBC News. Helen’s colleague, the internationally renowned BBC news reporter, Kate Adie OBE, opened the conference, while Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE, FRS, Director of the Surrey Space Centre, was the speaker at the Hotine lecture. Air Marshall Stuart Peach CBE, Chief of Defence Intelligence, gave the opening plenary speech.

The workshop sessions covered a wide range of vital issues including data sharing, licensing, risk management, education and partnering.

Outside the formal agenda, delegates enjoyed meeting with long-established contacts and making new acquaintances. There was a busy programme of social events and visits, which the delegates were encouraged to join.