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ICA awards scholarships for early career scientists to participate in official ICA events

Programme published for “The Surveying Turn in Cartography”

From Monday 24 October till Wednesday 26 October 2022 the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin will jointly host the 9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography. The venue will be the recently renovated old main building of the Staatsbibliothek in the heart of Berlin on the boulevard Unter den Linden (subway stop) within sight of the iconic Brandenburg Gate. To explore the city and its cartographic heritage, tours of the Staatsbibliothek and the Humboldt-forum’s map collections, as well as a guided walking tour of the city are planned.


The full programme has been published and can be accessed here.

It promises to be an exciting event at a wonderful venue! Registration (55 euro) is still possible through the website: https://history.icaci.org/berlin-2022/

We hope to see many of you there!

Soetkin Vervust
Secretary ICA Commission on the History of Cartography


Call for Papers for the 9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography

The International Cartographic Association’s Commission on the History of Cartography and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) will jointly host the 9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography on the topic of The Surveying Turn in Cartography: Revolutionizing Maps & Charts in the 18th and 19th Centuries on 24-26 October 2022.


The joint organizers encourage contributions investigating the global “surveying turn” in cartography, hinting to the increasing professionalization and mechanization to gather base data for drawing ‘ever truer to nature’ maps, especially during, but not limited to, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Call for Papers

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for papers and posters. These need to reach the organisers by the 1st of June 2022. You can submit your abstract here.


Registration will open in the summer of 2022.

For more information visit the conference website: history.icaci.org/berlin-2022/


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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President’s Blog #13g: Nine prestigious ICA Awards presented at the 30th ICC

Dear ICA Colleagues,

It is a long and good tradition to also present a number of prestigious ICA Awards at every biennial International Cartographic Conferences in recognition of special contributions to the ICA and outstanding contributions to the field and science of cartography. ICA knows three kinds of awards – the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal (named after the founder of ICA), the Honorary Fellowship and a Diploma for outstanding services to ICA. The Executive Committee decides on the awards on the basis of a recommendation and assessment by the Committee for the Selection of Award Recipients of the ICA.

During two festive award ceremonies within the opening and closing ceremony of the 30th International Cartographic Conference, altogether nine ICA awards were presented and handed over by ICA President Tim Trainor to the recipients from six countries.

During the opening ceremony, ICA Honorary Fellows Ulrich Freitag (Germany) and Alan MacEachran (United States) received the ICA’s highest and rarely presented award, the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal, for their significant contributions of an original nature to the field and science of cartography.

During the closing ceremony, Georg Gartner (Austria, former ICA President), Lysandros Tsoulos (Greece) and Vladimir Tikunov (Russia) were awarded an ICA Honorary Fellowship, including a bronze medal, as cartographers of international reputation who have made a special contribution to the ICA. Read the laudatios and see pictures of the ICA award winners here.

During the closing ceremony, also four ICA Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA were given to Paola Zamperlin, Margherita Azzari, Gilberto Fumarola (all Italy, local organizers of the 30th ICC in Florence) and Manuela Schmidt (long-time ICA webmaster).

The ICA Executive Committee warmly congratulates all the award winners and thanks them for their invaluable and long service to our Association and the cartographic community!

– Thomas Schulz
Secretary General & Treasurer ICA

Apply for the 2021 intake of the Cartography Master programme

The online application for the 2021 intake of the International Joint Master Program “Cartography” between four European Universities is open until May 31, 2021.

All information about the application process can be found here.

The program particularly welcomes applications from ICA member countries or regions!

Let’s go mapping for a sustainable world.

Category: Member News

Invitation to Workshop in Munich by the ICA Commission on Atlases

As decided in Tokyo, the ICA Commission on Atlases wants to discuss the idea of a UN Sustainability Atlas, and some other relevant issues of our Commission on Atlases.

WHEN: 12. / 13. December 2019
WHERE: TU Munich

We would like to organize the workshop as follows:

1st day (2–5 pm): UN Sustainability Atlas – Kickoff Workshop

  • 17 Sustainability Goals
  • Previous work (poster, book; World Bank Atlas 2018)
  • Data (World Bank)
  • Publication form (digital, print)

2nd day (9–12 am): Atlas Definition / Atlas Cookbook / Varia

  • Atlas Definition: Criteria
  • Atlas Cookbook: Cover, layout, text, figures, references; doi/ISBN; schedule
  • Varia: CoA Meeting 2020 in Madrid

As you can see, it should be possible to arrive in the morning of the first day, join the meeting, have a beer or two in the evening, and leave Munich in the early afternoon of the following day.

If you are interested to join the workshop, please send an email to sieberr@ethz.ch until 10. November 2019.

René Sieber
Chair of the Commission on Atlases

Invitation to AGSE 2019: Digital Landscapes – Chances for Development

This year’s AGSE (Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment) conference will take place September 11–14, 2019, at HFT Stuttgart. It is organized by the ICA Commission on SDI and Standards, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences and the Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards (HFT ICA-OSGeo-Lab).

Due to the developments in the recent years it will focus the following fields:

  • Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Crowdsourcing,
  • Earth Observation,
  • Geo-portals and Geodata Infrastruktures, collaborative data custodianship,
  • other related topics are welcome as well.

The conference will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Master Programme “Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics“. The Master of Science program started with the first batch 20 years ago, meanwhile there is a global network of about 500 alumni graduated from the program.

More information can be found on the conference website: http://applied-geoinformatics.org/


Review of the LBS conference 2015 in Augsburg, Germany


The 12th International Symposium on Location-Based Services was held in Augsburg, Germany, from 16–18 September 2015. It was addressed at researchers, industry operators and students of different backgrounds (scientific, engineering and humanistic) whose work is either focused on or affined to Location Based Services (LBS). The conference featured Alexander Zipf from Heidelberg University and Xiaolin Meng from University of Nottingham as keynote speakers. An overview over the program can be found on lbs2015.tum.de. Selected papers are planned to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services.

– Jukka M. Krisp
Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services

President’s Blog: Education

Cartography is a domain including technology, art and science. In order to be able to fully deploy the capacity of cartography education in all these areas is key. It happens to be that respective university programmes, professional trainings, and job trainings are more and more changing their scopes and names, leaving the unique competence combination of cartographers, being able to deal with big data, modern technologies and artistic design, vacant.

It is of this reason, that programmes dealing with dedicated cartographic education are of growing importance. Let me highlight here two programmes, which ICA is taking significant note of.

  • The International Course on Management and Applied Techniques in Cartography (IC_Cartotechnology), run by the Institut Cartografic i Geològic de Catalunya, has the aim to provide a wide range of geoinformation professionals with a capacity-building instrument that covers the basis of advanced and up-to-date techniques, tools and critical thinking in cartography. It therefore integrates all the disciplines, approaches and techniques used to acquire and exploit geospatial data. Several ICA collegues have contributed to the first successful edition by giving lectures. The second edition starts in September 2014 and enrolment is still possible.
  • Three central european universities, the Technical University Munich, the Vienna University of Technology and the Technical University Dresden, are offering a joint Master Programme on Cartography. This is a 4-semester programme and it leads into a joint master degree of all three universities. Currently four intakes have been accepted and are in different stages of their studies. The programme is competitive, as only a restricted number of students can be accepted and has so far proven to be most successful in achieving the aim of educating experts with capacity in technologies, data handling and design skills.