On 9 and 10 June 2009, the International Cartographic Association celebrated its 50th birthday at the site of its birth on 9 June 1959. The offices of swisstopo in Wabern, Switzerland, were the location for a special 50th birthday symposium, with guests from the founding nations of ICA, members nations who have hosted ICA conferences, current member nations, long-standing affiliate members, some Commission chairs, representatives of sister societies and of the Imhof family (Eduard Imhof was ICA’s first president), and office holders of the Swiss Cartographic Society which enabled the event. A full programme reflecting both the history and the future of ICA was presented over two days. The program and additional information can be found at the website of the 50th anniversary celebration (external link).
Eduard Imhof Exhibition
As part of the 50th birthday celebrations of ICA, a small exhibition on the work of Eduard Imhof, first president of ICA, was held. This exhibition was presented by ETH Zurich, where Imhof was Professor of Cartography for many years. The exhibition showed examples of his work in developing vibrant and effective approaches to landscape interpretation, geospatial data manipulation, cartographic design and map production.