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President’s Blog #13h: 25 ICA scholarships for young scientists presented at the 30th ICC

Dear ICA Colleagues,

At every ICC, the ICA supports early career scientists or professionals in cartography and GIScience through its scholarship programme. Scholarship awards help them finance travel and participate in the event and advance their career in cartography and GIScience to the benefit of the ICA community.

ICA is proud to announce that we could support altogether 25 scholarship applications this time from young scientists from around the world. Awardees participated either in-person or virtually at the 30th International Cartographic Conference in Florence. For in-person participants, a small ceremony was organized, where ICA President Tim Trainor and Secretary-General Thomas Schulz met with award recipients and handed them out their certificates. After the ceremony, a picture was taken with all participants on the roof of the conference building against the beautiful backdrop of our host-city Florence.

The ICA Executive Committee congratulates all the scholarship awardees and thanks them for their important contribution to the conference. We wish all participants every success in their future careers and hope that they will continue to enrich future ICC conferences with their contributions.

– Thomas Schulz
Secretary General & Treasurer ICA

President’s Blog #13g: Nine prestigious ICA Awards presented at the 30th ICC

Dear ICA Colleagues,

It is a long and good tradition to also present a number of prestigious ICA Awards at every biennial International Cartographic Conferences in recognition of special contributions to the ICA and outstanding contributions to the field and science of cartography. ICA knows three kinds of awards – the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal (named after the founder of ICA), the Honorary Fellowship and a Diploma for outstanding services to ICA. The Executive Committee decides on the awards on the basis of a recommendation and assessment by the Committee for the Selection of Award Recipients of the ICA.

During two festive award ceremonies within the opening and closing ceremony of the 30th International Cartographic Conference, altogether nine ICA awards were presented and handed over by ICA President Tim Trainor to the recipients from six countries.

During the opening ceremony, ICA Honorary Fellows Ulrich Freitag (Germany) and Alan MacEachran (United States) received the ICA’s highest and rarely presented award, the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal, for their significant contributions of an original nature to the field and science of cartography.

During the closing ceremony, Georg Gartner (Austria, former ICA President), Lysandros Tsoulos (Greece) and Vladimir Tikunov (Russia) were awarded an ICA Honorary Fellowship, including a bronze medal, as cartographers of international reputation who have made a special contribution to the ICA. Read the laudatios and see pictures of the ICA award winners here.

During the closing ceremony, also four ICA Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA were given to Paola Zamperlin, Margherita Azzari, Gilberto Fumarola (all Italy, local organizers of the 30th ICC in Florence) and Manuela Schmidt (long-time ICA webmaster).

The ICA Executive Committee warmly congratulates all the award winners and thanks them for their invaluable and long service to our Association and the cartographic community!

– Thomas Schulz
Secretary General & Treasurer ICA

President’s Blog #13f: Awards of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2021 at the 30th ICC

Dear ICA Colleagues,

An important tradition at every biennial International Cartographic Conferences is the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition. It was created by the International Cartographic Association in 1993 as a memorial for Barbara Petchenik, a past Vice-President of the ICA and cartographer who had a lifelong interest in maps for children. The aim of the contest is to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

Together with the general map exhibition, from 13–17 December 2021 a total of 178 children’s drawings from 32 member countries were displayed in four categories at the Italian Geographic Military Institute in Florence. As usual, the exhibition was open to the public and well visited during all day. A virtual exhibition can still be viewed here.

A well-established international jury of 8 members, organized by José Jesús Reyes Nunez (Hungary), Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children, selected 12 awards in four age categories categories. In addition, a creativity award and an award for the public vote were selected. All children’s awards were presented by the jury at the Closing Ceremony on 18 December in the beautiful Sala Pegaso in Palazzo Guadagni Strozzi Sacrati.

Winner <6 years

My Favorite Planet by Ivayla Lazarova (5)

1st: My Favorite Planet by Ivayla Lazarova (5)

Winner 6–8 years

Friendly World by Alfonsina Valdez Galli (7)

1st: Friendly World by Alfonsina Valdez Galli (7)

Winner 9–12 years

Stop the Pandemic: We love to travel, we love maps by Matvei Pilko (10)

1st: Stop the Pandemic: We love to travel, we love maps by Matvei Pilko (10)

Winner 13–15 years

Holographic map of my future world by Angela Waiman (15)

1st: Holographic map of my future world by Angela Waiman (15)

Creativity Award

Virtual Reality by Pijus Jokubaitis (15)

Creativity Award: Virtual Reality by Pijus Jokubaitis (15)

Public Award

Friendly World by Alfonsina Valdez Galli (7)

Public Award: Friendly World by Alfonsina Valdez Galli (7)

 
All winning entries can be found here; all submitted entries are collected here.

The ICA warmly congratulates all the winners and organizers for their contributions!

– Thomas Schulz
Secretary General & Treasurer ICA

President’s Blog #13e: ICA Map Awards at the 30th ICC

Dear ICA Colleagues,

At every biennial International Cartographic Conferences an International Map Exhibition is organized by ICA, where map products originating from ICA member countries and affiliate members are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in various categories.

From 13–17 December 2021 a total of 410 maps and related objects from 32 ICA members were displayed at the Italian Geographic Military Institute in Florence. As usual, the exhibition was open to the public and well visited during all day. A virtual exhibition can still be viewed at geografia-applicata.it.

An international jury selected 18 awards in six categories, reaching from Maps on Panels, Charts on Panels, Atlases, Digital Products and Educational Products, to Other Products. In addition, a popular vote was conducted online, which resulted in 8 additional awards for six categories. All map awards were presented by the jury at the Closing Ceremony on 18 December in the beautiful Sala Pegaso in Palazzo Guadagni Strozzi Sacrati.

Screenshots of the winning entries are presented below:

Maps on panels

1st place: La Réunion (France)

1st place: La Réunion (France)

2nd place: Regional Map of the Canary Islands (Spain)

2nd place: Regional Map of the Canary Islands (Spain)

3rd place: Central Tokyo (Japan)

10,000 Topographic Map «Central Tokyo» in commemoration of the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor

3rd place: Central Tokyo (Japan)

Popular vote: The Topographic Plan of Aluniș Estate – property of the Bazau Diocese (Romania)

Popular vote: The Topographic Plan of Aluniș Estate (Romania)

Atlases

1st place: The Atlas of Unusual Borders (United Kingdom)

1st place: The Atlas of Unusual Borders (United Kingdom)

2nd place: State of Israel – 70 years of Statistics, Historical Statistical Atlas 1948-2018 (Israel)

2nd place: State of Israel - 70 years of Statistics (Israel)

3rd place: Atlas of the Invisible (United Kingdom)

3rd place: Atlas of the Invisible (United Kingdom)

Popular vote: National Atlas of Hungary – Society (Hungary)

Popular vote: National Atlas of Hungary - Society (Hungary)

Digital products

1st place: 3D Map Aosta (Italy)

1st place: 3D Map Aosta (Italy)

2nd place: The migrations of the American South, 1790-2010 (United States)

2nd place: The migrations of the American South, 1790-2010 (United States)

3rd place: Edugeo – Module Minetest/Kidscode for education on natural risk (France)

3rd place: Edugeo – Module Minetest/Kidscode for education on natural risk (France)

Popular vote: Swisstopo Vector Tiles (Switzerland)

Popular vote: Swisstopo Vector Tiles (Switzerland)

Educational cartographic products

1st place: Thematic Mapping: 101 inspiring ways to visualize empirical data (United States)

1st place: Thematic Mapping (United States)

2nd place: Geoexplorer (Spain)

2nd place: Geoexplorer (Spain)

3rd place: Magnetic Hand-painted Map of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)

3rd place: Magnetic Hand-painted Map of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)

Popular vote: Mini-map of the World 1:100 Mio. (Germany)

Popular vote: Mini-map of the World 1:100 Mio. (Germany)

Charts on panels

1st place: Aeronautical chart (Finland)

1st place: Aeronautical chart (Finland)

2nd place: Puerto de Santander 4011 INT 1852 (Spain)

2nd place: Puerto de Santander 4011 INT 1852 (Spain)

3rd place: Fox Islands Thorofare – Stand-in point to Birch Island (United States)

3rd place: Fox Islands Thorofare – Stand-in point to Birch Island (United States)

Popular votes:
Augusta Harbour (Italy)

Popular vote: Augusta Harbour (Italy)

Hand cut depth model of the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom)

Popular vote: Hand cut depth model of the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom)

Approach to Cagliari (Italy)

Popular vote: Approach to Cagliari (Italy)

Other cartographic products

1st place: Geographical atlas of Belarus for the blind and visually impaired (Poland)

1st place: Geographical atlas of Belarus for the blind and visually impaired (Poland)

2nd place: L’Histoire de la Belgique en 100 cartes anciennes (Belgium)

2nd place: L'Histoire de la Belgique en 100 cartes anciennes (Belgium)

3rd place: The vividness of cartography – Andermatt and Matterhorn (Switzerland)

3rd place: The vividness of cartography – Andermatt and Matterhorn (Switzerland)

Popular vote: Booklet «To the 100th Anniversary of the State Cartographic and Geodetic Service. History pages» (Russia)

Popular vote: 100th Anniversary of the State Cartographic and Geodetic Service (Russia)

The ICA warmly congratulates all the winners and thanks them for submitting so many exhibits in these difficult times!

– Thomas Schulz
Secretary General & Treasurer ICA

First joint meeting of the ICA Executive Committee and new Commissions in Gent

On 23–24 November the entire Executive Committee met for the first joint working meeting with the newly elected Commission chairs (List of Commissions). Altogether, 22 out of 28 Commissions were present during the meeting in Gent, either through their chair or vice-chair.

On two exciting, busy working days Commission representatives and ICA officials got to know each other (better), learned about administrative guidelines and procedures for a smooth cooperation and dedicated themselves to common strategic tasks for the next four years. The President pointed out once more the important role that Commissions play in our society – it is through commissions, where the actual thematic work of ICA will be done that finally brings forward our discipline, advances cartography as a science and sets the standards for the quality and usage of our work.

During the first day, the EC members and Commission representatives actively discussed «burning issues» for all commissions and how the society and members in general could even better help commissions to achieve their goals. The second day was followed by a presentation on the new ICA publication on the UN Sustainable Development Goals which was the successful result of a joint commission effort in the past. The final topic to conclude the meeting consisted of an intense discussion and group work on the best means and ways to join forces between commissions, which lead to already very concrete steps for the near future.

The next joint meeting of the Executive Committee and the ICA Commissions will take place on 19 September 2020 in Vienna on the occasion of the EuroCarto 2020 conference. ICA President Tim Trainor and Secretary General Thomas Schulz already look forward to this meeting and seeing the first results of our work commences in Gent.

We thank everyone present for making the long way to Belgium and actively participate in this fantastic meeting!

 

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Outcome of the first meeting of the new ICA Executive Committee in Gent

On 22 November the newly elected Executive Committee met for the first physical meeting during the 2019‒2023 term in Gent (Belgium).

A full day of intense discussions and a huge list of work items on the desk set out the agenda for ICA for the next four years. Following ICA’s Strategic Plan and the President’s motto, that «Maps make a difference» and that «Cartography is more relevant than ever today in an increasingly complex world», the EC discussed next steps and necessary actions in order to reach these goals and make our discipline and society visible and heard by decision makers and a larger audience.

The Executive Committee at the commission meeting in Ghent, Belgium

The Executive Committee at the commission meeting in Ghent, Belgium

Achieving the goals of the next term is of course a collaborative project that the EC, national members, affiliate members and ICA commissions need to undertake together. Every member of the Executive Committee has an important role to play in this context as a coordinator, enabler and facilitator. Hence, each EC member were given specific tasks and roles for the next four years. And all Vice-Presidents were assigned a liaison with commissions and working groups. The list of Liaisons for all current ICA commissions can be found here: https://icaci.org/executive-committee/

4 new Working Groups for the term 2019‒2023

As some of the strategic tasks that the new Executive Committee wants to tackle during the next term are very specific or transversal in character and not fully covered by existing commission work, four new Working Groups were set up by the EC during the meeting:

  • Cartography and Sustainable Development (Philippe De Maeyer)
  • Cartographic Body of Knowledge (Terje Midtbø)
  • History of ICA (László Zentai)
  • New Research Agenda in Cartography (Liqiu Meng)

The respective EC members (in brackets) will help with startup and organization, find members and supporters, and lay out the work schedule for the next 4 years.

Nominations of Heads of Committees and ICA Officers

Furthermore, the EC nominated the new Heads of ICA Committees and Officers to the ICA Secretariat who will help to keep the society running and inform members and the public in the best possible way through the various channels. Congratulations to the following nominations for the next term 2019-2023! It is a pleasure to work (or continue to work) together with this excellent team!

  • Publication Committee – Georg Gartner (AT)
  • Statutes and By-laws Committee – Derek Clarke (SA) & Christine Zanine (FR)
  • Selection of Award Recipients Committee – Ferjan Ormeling (NL)
  • eCarto Newsletter Editor – David Fraser (AU)
  • ICA News Editor – Igor Drecki (NZ)
  • ICA Webmasters – Manuela Schmidt & Felix Ortag (AT)
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Celebrating half a century for cartography – the Swiss Cartographic Society SSC

ICA President Tim Trainor and Secretary General Thomas Schulz recently attended the official celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Swiss Cartographic Society. On a beautiful and sunny autumn day, more than 100 guests from Switzerland and neighbouring countries came to Berne to celebrate together, amongst them honorary guests like former ICA President Georg Gartner and long-time SSC president and ICA Carl Mannerfeldt medal recipient Prof. Ernst Spiess. During the afternoon and evening event, right on the banks of the river Aare and in the heart of the Swiss capital, various presentations looked back to the rich history of the society as well as into today’s and future challenges of our discipline. A exhibition of current cartographic products, which was followed by the award ceremony for the 2019 PrixCarto – the bi-annual Swiss cartography award –, gave an insight into the rich production and high quality of maps in the country.

We congratulate our national member Switzerland on this special anniversary and on 50 years of membership with ICA!

Participants of the anniversary event

Participants of the anniversary event

ICA President Tim Trainor with SSC Honorary President Ernst Spiess

ICA President Tim Trainor with SSC Honorary President Ernst Spiess

View of the Swiss capital / Swiss parliament on a beautiful autumn day from the site of the anniversary event

View of the Swiss capital / Swiss parliament on a beautiful autumn day from the site of the anniversary event

Category: Member News

Warning about fake emails

Update as of March 1, 2021: Please be careful again at the moment with e-mails that you seem to receive in the name of our president, but are sent from fake e-mail addresses. Please ignore these mails and do not reply to them!

 

Dear Colleagues,

Unfortunately a fake email was sent out yesterday night in the name of ICA President Tim Trainor to most of our members (asking for a money transfer).

The email was sent seemingly from the email address president@icaci.org, but if you check the header of the e-mail you can reveal the real sender of the fake e-mail (e.g. ggoree@grandbydesign.com; it can happen that other similar email addresses have also been used). Please always check our e-mails in this way if the mail looks suspicious and inform the Secretary-General about such attempts.

This is NOT an email by the ICA president, and please do not react on the email. Please delete the email.

We can unfortunately not avoid fraud like this, and it is very unfortunate that the ICA President’s name is misused in this way.

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