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Get to know the new ICA Executive Committee for the term 2023-2027
Get to know the ICA Commissions for the term 2023-2027

ICC 2021

The 30th International Cartographic Conference took place in Florence, Italy, 14–18 December 2021.

Conference website


ICC2021 in numbers

  • 630 participants from 53 countries, whereof 49% in presence
  • Papers: 563 presentations, 80 sessions
  • 2 keynote speeches + 4 special sessions
  • International Map Exhibition: 410 maps and related objects from 32 ICA members
  • International Children’s Map Competition: 178 maps from 32 countries
  • 210 participants for the Opening reception
  • 100 participants for the Gala Dinner
  • 27 scholarships for young researchers

For more information and statistics, see the ICC 2021 final presentation.

ICC2021 in images

Browse through our picture gallery to get an impression of ICC 2021 or reminisce about your visit.

Monday, December 13 – Pre-conference workshops &
Opening of the International Cartographic Exhibition

Tuesday, December 14 – Opening Ceremony

Wednesday & Thursday, December 15-16

Friday, December 17 – Conference Dinner

Saturday, December 18 – Closing Ceremony

Photos by Stephan Wondrak – thanks!

ICC2021 in videos

Selected videos can be found on the Youtube channel of the ICA.


The proceedings can be found here:

Two issues of the International Journal of Cartography were dedicated to the 30th ICC:

The program can be viewed as PDF.

ICA Awards

At the ICA Awards Ceremony the following awards were presented in recognition of contributions to the ICA and outstanding contributions to the field and science of cartography:

Ulrich FreitagGermanyCarl Mannerfelt Gold Medal
Alan MacEachranUnited StatesCarl Mannerfelt Gold Medal
Georg GartnerAustriaICA Honorary Fellowship
Lysandros TsoulosGreeceICA Honorary Fellowship
Vladimir TikunovRussiaICA Honorary Fellowship
Paola ZamperlinItalyDiploma for outstanding services to ICA
Margherita AzzariItalyDiploma for outstanding services to ICA
Gilberto FumarolaItalyDiploma for outstanding services to ICA
Manuela SchmidtAustriaDiploma for outstanding services to ICA

Pre-Conference Activities

As at every ICC, several ICA Commissions were organizing pre-conference events for the 30th ICC in Florence.

DateTitleOrganized by the Commission(s) on
Oct 28Challenges and Opportunities of Cartography and GIS Education: in the Classroom and in the CloudEducation and Training
Dec 2–3Cartography connecting schoolsCartography and Children | Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People
Dec 13Sharing cartographic knowledgeSDI and Standards | Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization | Open Source Geospatial Technologies | Geospatial Semantics
Dec 13Immersive Cartography / Cartography for Immersive EnvironmentsCognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization | User Experience
Dec 1324th ICA Workshop on Map Generalisation and Multiple RepresentationMap Generalisation and Multiple Representation
Dec 13Geospatial approaches to combating Covid-19Geospatial Analysis and Modeling | Location-based services
Dec 13Disaster risk reduction (DRR) progress for cartography in Big Data eraEarly Warning and Crisis Management
Dec 13Mapping the Ottoman Realm: Travelers, Cartographers and ArchaeologistsHistory of Cartography
Dec 13Visualization of Dynamic Phenomenons and Processes on Web MapsMaps and the Internet
Dec 13Workshop on Geospatial SemanticsGeospatial Semantics
Dec 13Map Design for AtlasesAtlases | Map Design

Map awards

For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC 2021, please check the PDF catalogue.

Maps on panels
  • 1st: La Réunion, France
  • 2nd: Regional Map of the Canary Islands, Spain
  • 3rd: Central Tokyo: 10,000 Topographic Map «Central Tokyo» in commemoration of the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor, Japan
  • Popular vote: ROU-MP1: The Topographic Plan of Aluniș Estate – property of the Bazau Diocese, Romania
Charts on panels
  • 1st: Aeronautical chart, Finland
  • 2nd: Puerto de Santander 4011 INT 1852, Spain
  • 3rd: Fox Islands Thorofare – Stand-in point to Birch Island, United States
  • Popular votes:
    • Augusta Harbour, Italy
    • Hand cut depth model of the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
    • Approach to Cagliari, Italy
  • 1st: The Atlas of Unusual Borders, United Kingdom
  • 2nd: State of Israel – 70 years of Statistics, Historical Statistical Atlas 1948-2018, Israel
  • 3rd: Atlas of the Invisible, United Kingdom
  • Popular vote: National Atlas of Hungary – Society, Hungary
Digital Products
  • 1st: 3D Map Aosta, Italy
  • 2nd: The migrations of the American South, 1790-2010, United States
  • 3rd: Edugeo – Module Minetest/Kidscode for education on natural risk, France
  • Popular vote: Swisstopo Vector Tiles, Switzerland
Educational cartographic products
  • 1st: Thematic Mapping: 101 inspiring ways to visualize empirical data, United States
  • 2nd: Geoexplorer, Spain
  • 3rd: Magnetic Hand-painted Map of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
  • Popular vote: Mini-map of the World 1:100 Mio., Germany
Other cartographic products
  • 1st: Geographical atlas of Belarus for the blind and visually impaired, Poland
  • 2nd: L´Histoire de la Belgique en 100 cartes anciennes, Belgium
  • 3rd: The vividness of cartography – Andermatt and Matterhorn, Switzerland

The international jury had the following members:

  • Margherita Azzari
  • Thomas Schulz
  • Mark Wigley
  • Jesús Reyes
  • Nicola Gabellieri
  • Andrés Arístegui

Barbara Petchenik Competition

178 drawings from 32 countries were exhibited. You can still do a virtual tour of the exhibition here. All entries can be viewed here.

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The jury members were

  • José Jesús Reyes Nunez, Hungary – Chair
  • Ana María Garra, Argentina
  • Temenoujka Bandrova, Bulgaria
  • Naeema Al Hosani, United Arab Emirates
  • Catherine Njore, Kenya
  • Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz, Spain
  • Dariusz Dukaczewski, Poland
  • Riccardo Morri, Italy
  • Carla Sena, Brazil and Monika Kopecka, Slovakia – Substitute Members
  • Peter van der Krogt, The Netherlands – International Coordinator


ICA scholarships help early career scientists or professionals in cartography and GIScience to participate in official ICA events. Altogether, 25 scholarships were awarded to young scientists at the 30th ICC.

NameCountryICA eventDateTitle of paper / posterSum in €
Rebeca Merino del RíoESPICC202112/2021Historical Cartography Analysis For A Design Of Cultural Itineraries In The Lower Guadalquivir700
Andong MaUSAICC202112/2021Computationally-Efficient Sequential Feature Extraction For Single Hyperspectral Remote-Sensing Image Classification260
Timothy PrestbyUSAICC202112/2021Characterizing Storytelling In Covid-19 Cartographic Journalism700
Nicholas LallyUSAICC202112/2021Direct Manipulations Of Cartographic Space For Expressive Cartographies260
Edina HajdúHUNICC202112/2021The Digital Cartographic Reconstruction Of The 1897 ‘Mátra Guide’ (Hungary)700
Márton PálHUNICC202112/2021Automatic Vectorization Of Rectangular Manmade Objects: A Case Study Applying Opencv And Gdal On Uav Imagery | Where To Hike? – Mobile Application For Guiding Tourists In The Bükkalja Region, Hungary | Geodiversity Mapping Of The Bakony–Balaton Unesco Global Geopark, Hungary1000
Gergely VassányiHUNICC202112/2021Automatic Vectorization Of Point Symbols On Archive Maps Using Deep Convolutional Neural Network1000
Lourdes Johanna Avelar PortilloUSAICC202112/2021Measuring Closest Water, Sanitation, And Hygiene Facilities In Unhoused Communities Of Los Angeles, Usa700
Gene TranthamUSAICC202112/2021Focus On Orientation To Represent Terrain300
Lois ParkUSAICC202112/2021Reimagining Measures Of Spatial Access To Health Care In Low- And Middle-Income Countries: Using Road Network Analysis To Validate Self-Reported Perceptions Of Geospatial Barriers700
Jakub KoníčekCZEICC202112/2021Mapping, Synthesis And Visualization Of Czech Dialects | Approaches For Infographics Evaluation In Maps1000
Jessica Kate HepburnGBRICC202112/2021How Do Decision Makers Interact With Geospatial Data? An Eye Tracking Study260
Malak AlasliHUNICC202112/2021Dual Naming As A Mechanism To Recognize Multiple Identities; Casablanca Or Ad-Dar Al-Bayda1000
Harrison ColeUSAICC202112/2021Thematic Tactile Cartography: Evaluating Tactile Mapping Techniques For Novel Applications700
Yanan WuUSAICC202112/2021Where And Why There: Location Analytics Of Routine Occurrences (Laro) With A Case Study On Traffic Accidents300
Chelsea NestelUSAICC202112/2021Aesthetics In Cartographic Epistemology500
Dávid GerzsenyiHUNICC202112/2021Frmod, A Python Tool For Statistical Landslide Susceptibility Assessment1000
Pavel UgwitzCZEICC202112/2021Building A Virtual Cartographic Museum700
Ondřej KvardaCZEICC202112/2021Usability Of Building Information Modeling (Bim) For Generating Virtual Geographic Environments (Vges)700
Lei ZouUSAICC202112/2021Revealing The Geographical Disparities Of Global Covid-19 Awareness And Its Health Effects Through Social Media260
Julian HuiberAUTICC202112/2021A Set Of Criteria For Evaluating Map Application Design In A Mobile Environment260
Marc SchulzAUTICC202112/2021A Set Of Criteria For Evaluating Map Application Design In A Mobile Environment260
Veronika Flóra KissHUNICC202112/2021The Sense Of North700
Niédja Sodré de AraújoBRAICC202112/2021Perspectives About Implementation Of Colour Codes On Maps Accessible To Blind People150
Katarzyna Słomska-PrzechPOLICC202112/2021Historical Atlas Of Poland 2.0 – Over 140 Years Of Joint Work Of Historians And Cartographers700

ICA Scholarship Awardees 2021, together with ICA President Tim Trainor and Secretary-General Thomas Schulz

Further awardees from ICC2021 (from left to right): Andong Ma, Jess Hepburn, Jakob Konicek, Marc Schulz, Nick Lally

Orienteering event

The ICC2021 orienteering event took place on December 18, 2021 at Piazzale delle Cascine, Firenze.

Advanced course – 3.6km, 17 control points


1Dušan PetrovičSlovenia16:28
2Mátyás GedeHungary18:47
3Maximilian GartnerAustria19:24


1Dojana SnopkovaCzech Republic23:32
2Bigi VeliaItaly30:56

Map of the course

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