In 2011, St. John’s College Cambridge celebrated its 500th birthday and was therefore unable to host the Cambridge Conference. Ordnance Survey also had a lot to celebrate in 2011, as June 21st marked Ordnance Survey’s 220th anniversary and in January, Ordnance Survey employees moved into their brand-new head office in Southampton.

Following a lot of consideration and consultation with other director generals around the world, the decision was made to hold the 2011 Cambridge Conference at Ordnance Survey’s new head office.

Cambridge Conference had an excellent speaking programme with keynote speeches by Professor Nigel Shadbolt, the Government Information Advisor to the UK Government; Professor Paul Cheung and Aida Opoku-Mensah from the United Nations; former Cabinet Secretary Lord Wilson and Air Marshall Sir Stuart Peach CBE, Chief of Joint Operations.

As ever, there was the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from countries all around the world, each with different experiences to share. The social events took place in historic Winchester, Lord Montagu’s Beaulieu Palace, the Domus (which is nearly 500 years old) and the beautiful New Forest. On Wednesday, there was cricket match held between an Ordnance Survey team and an international team.