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View our poster series as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

Announcement of the Pre-ICC Workshop Reclaiming Through Mapping: The Olympic Sites of Tokyo

The ICA Commission on Art & Cartography invites you to participate in their Pre-Conference Workshop “Reclaiming through Mapping: Olympic Sites of Tokyo.” Some of these spaces, including the conference venue, are on reclaimed land or artificial islands in Tokyo Bay built out of waste landfill. This workshop investigates the question of how place is constructed, using an experimental, performative and site-specific methodology developed by the art-research collective Hamilton Perambulatory Unit, who will lead a participatory mapping walk in Tokyo that looks to uncover the layers of urban development history of the 2 Tokyo Olympics and the high-growth (1964) and post-growth (2020) periods they represent.

This will be a two-day workshop. On the first day, organizers will provide a short morning tour to the1964 Olympic Village site which repurposed US occupation military housing from 1946; the afternoon will be spent on presentations from the participants and on experimental mapping methodologies. On the second day, to complete their own maps, participants will visit a 2020 Olympic site near the conference venue, and return in the afternoon to share results. The data collected will help answer the following research questions: Are there traces of this rich history in the material environment? How does the official Olympic narrative affect the sites? How do experimental cartographies work to investigate how place is constructed? This interdisciplinary workshop uses hybrid spatial and sensory ethnography and intermedial approaches to map a site and distinguish the layers of time, history, materiality, and digital city-image. Participants will be asked to contribute to the final multi-media strata-map of Tokyo’s Olympic sites.


The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in sensory mapping art practices and experimental cartographies. Registration is required and is free of charge. Please note that it is not necessary to be registered for the main ICC conference (which requires fees) to be able to attend the workshop.

You can register for the workshop by email: taien [at] yorku.ca

Please include a short bio and indicate your interest in the workshop.

For more information, please contact Taien Ng-Chan taien [at] yorku.ca or Sharon Hayashi hayashi [at] yorku.ca

Call for Papers, AAG Session on Mapping Difficult Stories

The ICA Commission on Art and Cartography invites papers to be included in the session Mapping Difficult Stories at the 2019 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., from April 3–7 April, 2019. 

In this session we are interested in exploring new forms of spatial expression designed to visualize stories that are difficult to tell: stories of individual and mass violence, stories of containment and forced displacements, stories of painful memories and tragedies. Mapping such stories can serve different purposes. It can contribute to a better understanding of personal and collective experiences, of the socio-political forces that have shaped them and of the relationships that individuals and communities have developed with places throughout these difficult moments. Mapping difficult stories can also make these experiences more tangible and accessible to a broader audience.

Mapping difficult stories requires us to revisit and expand our cartographic language. Stories in general do not land particularly well on maps. While stories are spatial, they are also fluid; their geographies fluctuate, change shape and scale, as can their context and the individual who bears them. Whether expressed in interviews, memoirs, diaries, or letters, the elusive geographies of stories don’t easily mesh with the rigid Euclidean structure of the conventional map, and the transformation of difficult memories into abstract cartographic symbols generates ethical and methodological issues that mapmakers must engage. Building on the growing interest in mapping experience among scholars, artists and cartographers in across the arts and humanities, this session aims to bring together a broad range of individuals interested in sharing their efforts to find spatial forms of expression for difficult stories.

If you are interested in joining this session please send an abstract (no more than 250 words) to Anne Knowles (anne.knowles@maine.edu), and Sébastien Caquard (sebastien.caquard@concordia.ca) by October 25, 2018.

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Winners of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2017

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. The competition is first organized on a national level. The national winners can then compete in the international round, which takes place during the International Cartographic Conferences. This year at ICC2017, 193 drawings from 34 countries were exhibited. An international jury selected 12 winners in 4 categories. There was also a public vote and two creativity awards. Please find the wonderful results below.

Winners <6 years

Crafting Our Dreams on the Land of Indonesia by Kenya Kesuma Dewi (5)

1st: Crafting Our Dreams on the Land of Indonesia by Kenya Kesuma Dewi (5)

Map of Life by Taja Koša (5)

2nd: Map of Life by Taja Koša (5)

My Happy World by Alicia Fleming (5)

3rd: My Happy World by Alicia Fleming (5)


Winners 6–8 years

Map, Communicate with the world by Oh Eun Ju (8)

1st: Map, Communicate with the world by Oh Eun Ju (8)

The World is in our hands by Preslava Ivanova (8)

2nd: The World is in our hands by Preslava Ivanova (8)

Drawing Maps by Beatrice Leoutsakou (8)

3rd: Drawing Maps by Beatrice Leoutsakou (8)


Winners 9–12 years

Oronce Fine through our eyes by Noemi Sanchez Avramova & Alba Serrano Suarez (12)

1st: Oronce Fine through our eyes by Noemi Sanchez Avramova & Alba Serrano Suarez (12)

Happy Earth by Okubo Kasumi (9)

2nd: Happy Earth by Okubo Kasumi (9)

We love maps by Klara Zagórska (11)

3rd: We love maps by Klara Zagórska (11)


Winners >12 years

We Love Maps by Ioana Larisa Guriţǎ (13)

1st: We Love Maps by Ioana Larisa Guriţǎ (13)

Through a Child's Eyes by Rebecca Kneale & Akira McTavish-Huriwai (15)

2nd: Through a Child’s Eyes by Rebecca Kneale & Akira McTavish-Huriwai (15)

World Map by Micaela Mendoz (15)

3rd: World Map by Micaela Mendoz (15)


Winner of the public vote

Maps – Our Path for Exploration by Champ Turner (15)

Public vote: Maps – Our Path for Exploration by Champ Turner (15)


Creativity Award

The Creativity Award was presented for the first time this year by the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography.

Trumps World by Phoebe McClean

Creativity Award: Trumps World by Phoebe McClean

Friends by Urtėja Kardašiūtė

Creativity Award: Friends by Urtėja Kardašiūtė


The jury members were

Members of the jury

  • Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez, Spain – Chair
  • Ana María Garra, Argentina
  • Paulo Menezes, Brazil
  • Temenoujka Bandrova, Bulgaria
  • Dariusz Dukaczewski, Poland
  • Necla Ulugtekin, Turkey
  • Naeema Al Hosani, United Arab Emirates
  • Rob Edsall, USA
  • Carla Sena, Brazil and Jesus Reyes, Hungary – Substitute Members
  • Peter van der Krogt, The Netherlands – International Coordinator


Congratulations to all winners! Also a huge thank you to all participating children, their parents, teachers and national organizers.

Honorary Fellowship for William Cartwright

William Cartwright receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipWilliam Cartwright receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDuring ICC 2017, William Cartwright received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Georg Gartner‘s laudation:

It is with great pleasure that I write in recognition of Professor Cartwright’s international status in the world of cartography and beyond.

Professor Cartwright has achieved an undoubted exceptional international reputation for his work with cartography and is highly regarded as a world leading expert on the field of cartography and GIScience in general. As a president and past-president of the International Cartographic Association he has significantly contributed to the self-understanding and the respected position of modern cartography. The definition of sustainable subject cores in relation to quickly changing innovations needs internationally recognized and accepted experts, being able to give orientation in this respect, of which Professor Cartwright is one of the leading ones.

As we have been both members of the international expert group in the “Cybercartography and the new economy” project, the Editorial Team of the Book Series “Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography”, the Scientific Adivsory Board of various Conferences and Symposia I had the opportunity to get into close contact with the expertise of Professor Cartwright in many respects, which lead also to Guest Professorships at Vienna, joined projects and joined scientific publications. It was not only remarkable to see, how Professor Cartwright’s guides scientific developments to international visible and significant outcomes but also to witness Professor Cartwright’s devotion to his work and discipline. I was impressed especially by the general understanding of science and research of Professor Cartwright. He literally “lives” interdisciplinarity and cross-subject knowledge finding, which makes Professor Cartwright an outstanding person and researcher.

As Vice-President (2003–2007), President (2007–2011) and Past-President (2011–2015) Professor Cartwright has steered the International Cartographic Association into a modern international organisation. He has established a number of innovative instruments and changes which prove to be a benefit for the international community. His exceptional acceptance by the scientific community helped essentially to reach out to neighbouring disciplines, where through the work of Professor Cartwright the respect and acceptance of cartography and ICA has been lifted. As chair of the Joined Board of Geospatial Information Sciences (2011–2013) he was actively involved in the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management and has been adopted to the UN Committee of Experts.

In summary, I have deep respect for the scientist, the cartographer and the person Professor Cartwright. He is an exceptional researcher and scientist, he is an extraordinary ambassador of Australia in a unique and positive way and he has contributed to the International Cartographic Association in a most relevant way.

It is a great pleasure for me to hand over the ICA Honory Fellowship in person to Professor Dr William Cartwright.

ICA Awards Ceremony at ICC2017

In the ICA Awards Ceremony at ICC2017, the following awards were presented in recognition of contributions to the ICA:

ICA Awardees 2017

From left to right: Igor Drecki, Cynthia Brewer, Timothy Trainor, Menno-Jan Kraak, Anne Ruas, William Cartwright, Matthew Rice, Aileen Buckley

ICA Honorary Fellowship

The ICA Honorary Fellowship is for cartographers of international reputation who have made special contribution to the ICA. It includes a bronze medal.

  • William Cartwright, Australia
  • Anne Ruas, France
    • Co-chair of the Commission on Generalization and Multiple Representation (2003–2007)
    • Vice-President (2007–2015)
    • President of ICC 2011, Paris
    • Editor of the International Journal of Cartography (2015–)
  • Timothy Trainor, USA
    • Chair or Co-chair of the Commission on National and Regional Atlases (1995–2007)
    • Chair of Census Cartography Working Group (2007–2011)
    • Vice-President (2007–2015)

Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA

The Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA are for colleagues who have made special contribution to the ICA as commission officers or conference organizers.

  • Igor Drecki, New Zealand
  • Aileen R. Buckley, USA
    • ICC2017 Organizing Committee member
  • Cynthia A. Brewer, USA
    • ICC2017 Organizing Committee member
  • Matthew Rice, USA
    • ICC2017 Organizing Committee member

Overview of ICA Awards presented at ICC2015

Congratulations to all awardees!

An overview over the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshops


Many ICA commissions use the days before the ICC conference for dedicated workshops on their fields of research. This year, the following workshops will take place:

Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases

Meeting on Maps & the Internet, Ubiquitous Mapping and Education & Training

Mapping Tools for Non-Mapping Experts: Incorporating Geospatial Visualization Tools in Libraries

Different Fields – One Cartography

Supporting sustainable development with geoinformation management and modern maps: things you hardly consider

Workshop on Maps & Emotions

Workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures, Standards, Open Source and Open Data for Geospatial (SDI-Open 2017)

Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation

Symposium on Location-Based Social Media and Tracking Data

Critical Review on Using Developable Surfaces in Map Projections Theory & Standardization in Map Projections

  • Date: July 2
  • Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC
  • Involved commission: Map Projections

Disaster Management, Big Data, Services and Cartographic Representation

Preserving Map Production Methodology Information

Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshop on Maps & Emotions


The ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography and the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping invite you to a pre-conference workshop on Maps and Emotions. The goal of this workshop is to provide an intellectual and creative space to share different ideas and methodologies that can help further exploring the complex relationships that exist between places, maps and emotions.

Please find the detailed Call for Papers here.


The workshop will be hosted by The George Washington University, located downtown Washington DC. The workshop will be free of charge, but the participants will have to pay for their food and lodging (a list will be provided on the ICC2017 website).


  • 30 September 2016 – Deadline for submitting abstracts or activities proposals
  • 1 November 2016 – Successful Applicants notified
  • 15 January 2017 – Participants confirm their participation
  • February 2017 – Preliminary program released
  • May 2017 – Final program released
  • 1–2 July 2017 – Workshop prior to the ICC 2017

President’s Blog: A map perspective on the sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals, officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are a UN Initiative. Official website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

In the light of the International Map Year (IMY), the ICA and its commissions are highlighting the value of cartography by “mapping” the UN sustainable development goals.

In the past months, a set of posters has been created, one for each sustainable development goal. They do not map the goals and their target based on indicators as such. The poster series tells the story of cartographic diversity, of mapping options, and of multiple map perspectives. Each of the goals has been mapped from a particular perspective by different ICA Commissions. All posters have a short take-home-message that should make one aware of particular strengths of the map.

The posters as well as the catalog for the poster exhibition can be found on icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-development-goals

A huge thank you to all commissions involved and to Wim Feringa from ITC for the poster design and production. Let’s make the world a better place with maps!

Menno-Jan Kraak
– President of the International Cartographic Association

Joint ICA meeting in Vienna, November 8–9


All chairs and vice-chairs of the ICA commissions and working groups were invited to join an ICA meeting in Vienna on 8–9 November 2015 to plan and discuss their activities for the term 2015–2019. 46 chairs, vice-chairs and members of the executive committee followed the invitation and spent two intensive workshop days at Technische Universität Wien.

Meeting participants

Commission chairs and vice-chairs

Working Group International Map Year

Executive Committee


More photos of the workshop can be found on the ICA Facebook page.