With cartographic knowledge I learnt from textbooks in different languages, I have been committed in cartographic high education and research for more than 30 years. With great enthusiasm I’ve experienced the transition from analog to digital cartography, and now I’m eagerly looking forward to a further transition from digital to ethical cartography. Going digital is a matter of survival with improved efficiency. But going ethical will make cartography thrive in a sustainable human society. In my eyes, future maps will add values to our everyday life at four consecutive ascending levels – informing, enabling, engaging and empowering (IEEE). This fascinating perspective urges me to serve the ICA as a bridge-maker for cross-cultural research, striving for scientific excellence and societal relevance.
Chair of Cartography
Department of Aerospace, Aeronautics and Geodesy
Technical University of Munich
phone: +49 89 289 22826
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