Dear ICA Colleagues,
This past week, the ICA Executive Committee (EC) met for the first time in person in Florence, Italy since the beginning of the pandemic. It was so wonderful to be in the company of our friends on the EC and also meet with the local organizers of the next International Cartographic Conference. Please note that even in these challenging times for traveling, all 10 members of the EC were in Florence.
A main reason for our meeting was to conduct a site-visit on the plans, program, and facilities for our upcoming 30th International Cartographic Conference in Florence (ICC) in December. Our hosts, Paola Zamperlin, Margherita Azzari and other members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) provided an extraordinary introduction for what all of us will experience in December. The program is very strong, and the facilities for sessions take advantage of a modern university environment. Given that the 30th ICC will have a first-time option for remote participation, the technical requirements are a significant added responsibility for our hosts to which they have responded commendably to accommodate the need.
Remember that the venue is Florence, the seat of the Renaissance, and the EC was treated to a sample of the rich history, beauty, and cuisine that only Florence can offer. The LOC is intertwining the program with some of the most precious sites offered by Florence. Special technical visits and an extraordinary setting for the Opening Ceremony extend your opportunities toward a full conference experience.
While there are many more details that we learned, I wanted to share a few encouraging observations and experiences from our task in conducting the site visit on your behalf. I will follow-up with more details in the coming weeks. This is the time to begin your planning for being with us in December to share what will be a great 30th International Cartographic Conference! Please register now for the conference starting at 14 December. Early-fee registration will close at 17 September.
The photo below of the ICA Executive Committee was taken on September 3 at the Galileo Museum, where the history of science is on display with over 500 books, maps, and atlases on cartography – one of the conference venues.
– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association