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Get to know the ICA Executive Committee
ICA awards scholarships for early career scientists to participate in official ICA events

Call for Papers for the International Virtual Conference Advances in Topographic Mapping

The International Cartographic Association’s Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Working Group on Digital Transformation of the National Mapping Agencies will jointly host the Virtual International Conference on the Advances in Topographic Mapping on 27-28 October 2022.

Conference Topics

  • Topographic mapping and Immersive Virtual Environments (IVE)
  • AI and machine-learning applications in topographic map production
  • Enhancing user experience of, and trust in, topographic maps
  • Developing Augmented/Virtual Reality environments using topographic data
  • Utilising open source data in topographic mapping
  • Developing effective national geoportals in an era of digitalization

Call for Papers

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for papers. These need to reach the organisers by the 4 September 2022. You can submit your abstract here.


Registration is open here. Deadline for registration is 21 October 2022

For more information visit the conference website: https://topo.icaci.org/advances-in-topographic-mapping-2022/

31st International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2023): Call for Papers

The 31st International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2023) will take place 13-18 August 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Call for abstracts and papers

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) invites you to share your research, practice and experiences in cartography and GIScience at the 31st International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2023), to be held from 13 to 18 August 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Submissions of abstracts (1-2 pages) and full papers (8 pages) in English are accepted, following the respective ICA templates at https://www.ica-conference-publications.net/ica_word_template.html. Abstracts and full papers will be peer reviewed by a minimum of two experts in the field against the following criteria: scientific originality, potential interest to the community, proper documentation of prior work, clarity of presentation, technical correctness and correct use of language. Authors of accepted abstracts and papers will be invited to present their work in English at the ICC 2023, either as oral presentation or as poster. The presenting author must register for the conference. Registered accompanying persons will receive one complementary entry to one technical session of their choice, such as to support a speaker when delivering their presentation.

Accepted abstracts and papers that have been revised to address reviewer comments, will be published in one of the following ICA publications:

Important dates

  • 5 December 2022 – Submission of full papers closes
  • 12 December 2022 – Submission of abstracts closes
  • February 2023 – Conference registration opens
  • 28 February 2023 – Notification of acceptance
  • 8 May 2023 – Submission of revised abstracts and papers
  • 15 May 2023 – Early Bird registration closes
  • 15 May 2023 – Registration deadline for presenters of abstracts, papers and posters

The link to the submission site and further details about the ICC 2023 will soon be available on the conference website at http://icc2023.org/.

For any queries or more information, please contact scientific-committee@icc2023.org.

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Invitation to European Cartographic Conference (EuroCarto) 2022

The International Cartographic Association (ICA), the German (DGfK), Austrian (ÖKK), Swiss (SGK) and British (BCS) Cartographic Societies are pleased to announce that the European Cartographic Conference EuroCarto 2022 will take place at TU Wien, Vienna, Austria on September 19–21, 2022.

Cartographers and those working in related disciplines are offered a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects. Current research or work related to cartography covering all aspects of modern cartography will be addressed. All submitted abstracts are reviewed and if accepted published in the “Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association“. Several Cartographic Journals, including the International Journal of Cartography, Cartographica, Cartographic Journal, CAGIS and Kartographische Nachrichten have expressed interest in selecting submissions and invite full paper submissions to their respective journal thereafter.

Additionally a number of pre-conference workshops (on generalisation, VR/AR, Social Media Data visualisation, Ethics and Cartography, Atlas Cartography, Toponomy etc.) and side-events (visit to the National Library, MapRun, etc.) are planned.

Call for papers is still open

Please note, that the submission of an abstract is still possible until May 7, 2022. Find the details here: https://eurocarto2022.org/call-for-papers/.

Registration & sponsoring

Registration information can be found here: https://eurocarto2022.org/registration/

If you want to sponsor the event and get a chance to present your company, check out https://eurocarto2022.org/sponsoring-packages/.


As we still love maps, we are looking forward to your contribution and to meet you in Vienna,

Georg Gartner

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Invitation to the 17th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2022)

The ICA Commission on Location Based ServicesApplied Geoinformatics @ Augsburg University, Prof. Dr. Jukka M. Krisp and the Chair of Cartography @ TUM, Prof. Dr. Liqiu Meng, are pleased to invite you to the 17th International Conference on Location Based Services which takes place in Munich on 12. – 14. September 2022.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is currently open: Please consider submitting a full paper or an abstract.

  • Deadline for full paper submission: 15 May 2022
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 1 June 2022

More information regarding LBS 2022 can be found at lbsconference.org.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Munich!

Prof. Dr. Jukka M. Krisp
Prof. Dr. Liqiu Meng
Dr. Holger Kumke
and the LBS2022 Organizing Committee

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Call for Participation: LBS 2021, 24-25 November 2021, online

The ICA Commission on Location Based Services and the University of Glasgow are pleased to invite you to the 16th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2021), which will take place fully online on 24—25 November 2021.

Note that the preliminary program of LBS 2021 has been published online. It features five keynotes:

  • Michael Batty, University College London, “More Than One Digital Twin”
  • Urška Demšar, University of St Andrews, “Studying migratory bird navigation with spatial data science”
  • Matt Duckham, RMIT University, “LBS and Indigenous Data Sovereignty”
  • Anita Graser, Austrian Institute of Technology, “Open LBS Research: Why (not)?”
  • Ross Purves, University of Zurich, “Location, place and language”

The conference also features a “Best paper session” on the 2nd conference day, and five oral sessions on “Wayfinding and Navigation Systems”, “Positioning”, “Location tracking and systems”, “Mobility and Activity Analytics”, and “Visualization, Perception and Analysis”.

Please note that registration for the conference is free, but required. The registration will close on 20 Nov 2021.

More information regarding LBS 2021 can be found at lbsconference.org

President’s Blog #9: Greetings from Florence – the site of the 30th ICC (December 2021)!

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.

ICA Executive Committee on September 3 at the Galileo Museum

ICA Executive Committee on September 3 at the Galileo Museum

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

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President’s Blog #8: Upcoming Deadline for Abstract Submissions for ICC2021

Dear ICA Colleagues,

The planning for the International Cartographic Conference in Florence in December is on schedule and our excitement grows in anticipation with each passing day. This is a reminder that for those wanting to submit an abstract for what promises to be an exceptional ICC2021 the extended deadline is Sunday, June 20, 2021. Please see the submission guidelines at www.icc2021.net

The number of full paper submissions for the ICC2021 for consideration as journal articles reached 100, which is an impressive record, and are now under review by the Scientific Program Committee. As you can see, there is an eagerness among all of us to explore beyond our confined spaces to meet each other in Florence.

Registration is now open on the website and you are encouraged to make your plans for attending this historic event. For the business community, this is your chance to announce to the cartographic and geospatial world that you are open for business.

Please share this information with colleagues to promote the 30th International Cartographic Conference in Florence, Italy. I look forward to seeing you in Flroence.

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

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President’s Blog #7: Extension of Deadline for Full Papers for ICC2021

Dear ICA Colleagues,

Planning for our next International Cartographic Conference in December, 2021 continues at a rapid pace. The conference will be a hybrid event and we are planning to see many of you in Florence at the end of this year. The Scientific Program Committee of ICC2021 has received papers and abstracts that will surely add to our experiences. We realize that some of you have been working on your full paper and may have missed the original deadline for submission. To give you a little more time to finish up, the Local Organizing Committee agreed to extend the full paper deadline to Friday, April 9 April 16. An overview of all important dates can be found on the conference website: www.icc2021.net

Please share this information with colleagues to promote the 30th International Cartographic Conference in Florence, Italy.

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

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Call for Papers: Coordinating Cartographic Collections

On 30 September 2021 the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography is organizing the online workshop “Coordinating Cartographic Collections”, in conjunction with the 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography (University of Texas at Arlington) and the Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society.

The ICA Workshop, due to the varying international Covid19 situation and travel restrictions, will be an ONLINE EVENT. The 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures & Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society, however, are planned as a HYBRID CONFERENCE from 1 to 3 October 2021 (in-person attendance and online streaming). Presenters and registered participants of the ICA Workshop will get FREE online access to this conference as well.

Call for Papers

All three connected events are exploring the incredibly diverse cosmos of maps in collections. The ICA Workshop invites personal and institutional case studies / best practice examples on the following topics (though other contributions will be considered as well):

  • collecting (trade and collector)
  • cataloguing
  • preserving
  • presenting (physical and digital)
  • access / user perspectives
  • managing (back office)

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 July 2021
Notification of acceptance: 13 August 2021
Guidance on abstracts: min. 200 words – max. 500 words, add a brief biographical note

Inquiries and submissions should be directed to:
Prof. Dr. Imre Josef DemhardtChair ICA Commission on the History of Cartography


President’s Blog #6: Revised Dates for Papers and Abstracts for ICC2021

Dear ICA Colleagues,

In my last blog post, I mentioned the decision to move the dates for the ICC2021 in Florence Italy from July to December 14-18, 2021 in response to the current effects of the pandemic. With this extended period, the ICC2021 Local Organizing Committee very recently revised the dates for submitting full papers and abstracts. The new dates are posted on the website and also are provided below:

Full Papers Submission ClosingMarch 19, 2021
Abstracts Submission ClosingMay 28, 2021
Notification Of Acceptance For Full PapersJuly 2, 2021
Notification Of Acceptance For AbstractsJuly 2, 2021
Submission Of Final ManuscriptsJuly 30, 2021

Please share this information with colleagues to promote the 30th International Cartographic Conference in Florence, Italy.

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association


A former version of this post listed a wrong deadline for abstracts. The correct date is May 28. We apologize for the error.

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