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!