FIG was founded on 18 July 1878 in Paris by delegates from seven national associations – Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Switzerland – and was known as the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres. This has become anglicized to the International Federation of Surveyors.
The year 2018 marks the 140 anniversary of FIG. It is an honour to celebrate this special occasion together with a handover event marking the end of term for current FIG President Chryssy Potsiou, Greece (2015–2018) to President Elect Rudolf Staiger, Germany, who will take over the FIG presidency on 1 January 2019.
Source : FIG Commission 9