Keynote Speakers

Tim Trainor

Tim Trainor – President of International Cartographic Association, USA

I have been involved in cartography my entire professional life. In addition to a long career at the U.S. Census Bureau, culminating in the position of Chief Geospatial Scientist, I continue to work with the United Nations in advancing global geospatial information. When I completed my post-graduate diploma in cartography at Glasgow University, I became a member of the American Cartographic Association (now CaGIS) with the hope of being involved in the ICA which occurred in 1987 in Morelia. Having participated in every ICC since that time, I have realized the benefits of learning from colleagues. In Morelia, I joined the Commission on Atlases, became Commission Chair in 1995 and remained active until I was elected as a Vice President of ICA from 2007-2015. Now, as President of the ICA, my theme is “The relevance and importance of cartography: A call to action.” Maps are truly the great equalizer. They offer a language that transcends the spoken word and as a cartographer, you are the writer, designer and communicator. While text is normally ordinary, the map offers artistic opportunities that elaborate the message through thoughtful and interesting design. As a retired senior executive responsible for a large geography and mapping program, I saw the intrinsic value of the map in so many different environments. It influences the conversation. It can do so much good. It makes a difference. The map is powerful!

Keynote speech: Beyond the SDI, the new UN Integrated Geospatial Information Framework and the Role of Cartography

The concept of a national spatial data infrastructure was initiated in the 1990’s. More and more geospatial data were put in digital form and this called for a more organized approach towards data collection, organization, storage, management, and dissemination. In order to fulfill these new requirements, roles and responsibilities were defined and assigned that served as guidance to the process. Towards the end of the next decade, significant changes were emerging as individuals and private and public institutions were introduced to transformational technologies. Personal iPhones with easy interfaces combined with phenomenal computing power, growing numbers of agile mobile and internet-based apps, and increasing use of location data (GPS) applying to every aspect of life, were some of the catalysts driving this fast-paced data revolution. The result is far more data and increasing numbers of data types. The narrow realm of national mapping agencies was quickly impacted by events beyond their control. A new framework was needed. The United Nations developed the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF), as the next generation of NSDIs. The IGIF not only allows for new and more geospatially referenced data but it also includes every component needed to achieve national geospatial information management goals. Cartography is a part of the IGIF. It is now up to the cartographic community to define the role the discipline will play in the IGIF.

Dr. Alessandro Annoni – President of International Society for Digital Earth, Italy

Alessandro Annoni is the President -elect of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE). Before his retirement in 2020 he was the Head of the Digital Economy Unit at the European Commission – Joint Research Centre. His unit provided techno-socio-economic research in support to the Digital Economy, to accelerate the transition towards a data-driven economy in Europe and understand the issues and challenges of a more connected world (IoT). Before that he has been the Head of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Unit (the largest group in Europe dedicated to SDI research) ensuring the technical coordination of the INSPIRE Directive to develop the European SDI. Alessandro graduated in Physics from the University of Milan and before joining the JRC, he worked for several years in the private sector in companies specialised in Remote Sensing, Geomatics, Software and Information Systems development. Alessandro has been awarded the 2013 Ian McHarg Medal of the European Geosciences Union reserved for distinguished research in Information Technology applied to Earth and space sciences and he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, during the Geospatial World Awards 2020 event for playing a pivotal role in the development and proliferation of spatial sciences in Europe.

Keynote speech: Digital Earth: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

This presentation aims to introduce Digital Earth and its evolving vision (since Al Gore speech in 1998). Whereas several elements of the original vision have been implemented (in particular by the industry), other unforeseen challenges emerged due to the digital transformation of our society. The predominant role of the industry comparing to the government and the intensive use of personal data require new frameworks for collaboration and new rules to better profit of the Digital Earth technologies for the benefits of our society. This presentation will discuss the evolution of the vision and big challenges to be addressed.

Georg Gartner

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Georg Gartner – Technical University Vienna, Former President of ICA, Austria

Georg Gartner is a Full Professor for Cartography at the Vienna University of Technology. He holds graduate qualifications in Geography and Cartography from the University of Vienna and received his Ph.D. and his Habilitation from the Vienna University of Technology. He was awarded a Fulbright grant to the USA and several research visiting fellowships. He was Dean for Academic Affairs for Geodesy and Geoinformation at Vienna University of Technology. He is Editor of the Book Series “Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography” by Springer and Editor of the „Journal on LBS“ by Taylor & Francis. He has served as President of the International Cartographic Association 2011-2015. He has received a Doctorate h.c. from Eötvos-Lorand-University Budapest.

Keynote speech: Location-based Services: Evolution and Development

We are now living in a mobile information era, which is fundamentally changing science and society. Location Based Services (LBS), which deliver information depending on the location of the (mobile) device and user, play a key role in this mobile information era.

This presentation will review the state-of-the-art in LBS research, and identify several research trends in recent years. These range from mobile guides and navigation systems to more diverse applications, from outdoor to indoor and mixed outdoor/indoor environments, from location based to context-aware, from maps and audio to more diverse and ‘natural’ interfaces, from technology-oriented to interdisciplinary research, and analysis of big spatial data.

Nick Land – ESRI Europe, United Kingdom

Nick is a senior manager at Esri with over 20 years experience working in the field of survey, mapping, cadastre, land registration, GIS, LIS and SDIs. Before joining Esri, Nick was Executive Director of EuroGeographics – the European Association representing National Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities. Prior to this he was a Director at Ordnance Survey – Great Britain’s national mapping agency. In his current role at Esri, Nick’s main focus is on maximising the value of GIS in support of national mapping, cadastre and SDIs, including INSPIRE implementation.
Nick has a university degree in geography and he is an (RICS) qualified land surveyor. He has also completed a doctorate (PhD) in GIS/LIS. Nick can be contacted at

Keynote speech: Geospatial Infrastructure for an interdependent world

The presentation will highlight some of the latest developments with GIS and how it is being applied to address many of the challenges we face across the globe. Central to this is the important role of geospatial infrastructure – a “system of systems” connecting organisations and people to apply geographic thinking, knowledge and mapping to address challenges such as environmental degradation, climate change, urbanisation, poverty and much more.

Programme at a glance

Sunday Afternoon
RegistrationPlenary SessionsPlenary SessionsPlenary SessionsPlenary SessionsExcursions
Plenary SessionsLunch timeLunch timeLunch timeClosing Ceremony
RegistrationLunch timeOpening CeremonyPlenary SessionsPlenary Sessions
Plenary SessionsKeynote speeches
Welcome receptionGala dinner

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Guidelines for presentations

Guidelines for Oral Presentations

for on-site participants

Duration: Presenters will have 10 minutes to do their presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.

Be sure to arrive to your session no later than 10 minutes before the session start time.

Presentations do not need to be sent in advance.

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Guidelines for Video Presentations

for participants who are not able to attend in person

Duration: up to 10 minutes

Video file format: mp4 Please, send the video presentations to no later than 1 June 2022!

Guidelines for Poster presentations

Dimensions: Final poster dimensions can be up to 50×80 cm vertical format.

The presenters are expected to print and display their own posters.

Conference Topics

  • 3D Cartographic Modelling
  • Cartographic Concepts in Big Data Environment
  • Cartographic Visualization
  • Cartography and GIS in Education
  • Geoinformation for Smart Cities
  • Geospatial Analysis and Data Mining
  • Geospatial Information Semantics
  • Geospatial Information Ontology
  • GIS for Geology, Natural Sciences and Ecosystems
  • GIS Technologies and Related Disciplines
  • GNNS Technologies in Cartography
  • Map Design and Production
  • Map Projections and Geodetic Coordinate Systems
  • Remote Sensing Technologies for Cartographic Purposes
  • UAV Applications and New Trends
  • Volunteered Geographic Information
  • Web Cartography and Digital Atlases

Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction – Solutions and Innovations

Organized in cooperation with
ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management
Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic


  • DRR U.N. Sendai Agenda: Challenges for Cartography and Geoinformatics
  • Cartographic Support for Emergency Evacuation
  • Virtual Reality and Disaster Preparedness
  • VGI Possibilities in DRR
  • Threats Caused by Agricultural Operations

Papers with other topics in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction are also acceptable.

Workshop: Spatial information for Virtual Environments

UX – ICA Commission on User eXperience
23 June 2022

The workshop is free. Registration is necessary. 

form for the workshop

Lesson 01

The platform eDive: the use of Collaborative Immersive Virtual Environments in Geography – altitude education in VR
15 min speech and 30 min of first-hand experience

Lesson 02

Principles of education in Collaborative Immersive Virtual Environments – Villa Stastnie cultural heritage
15 min speech and 30 min of first-hand experience

Lesson 03

How to design application for VR – VR-pilots paragliding simulator
15 min speech and 30 min of first-hand experience

International Society for Digital Earth

Deadlines in 2022

21 FebruaryAbstract
15 MarchAcceptance of
8 MayFull papers
31 MayOnline

ICA Commissions Meetings

3 ICA commissions will hold their annual meetings during the Conference:

Open access to commission meetings for every 8ICCGIS participant.


A special exhibition of maps, cartographic products,
hardware and software will be hosted during the Conference.


The official language of the Conference is English.


After review process, all approved papers will be published in e-Proceedings entitled “8th Conference on Cartography and GIS” with ©Publisher: Bulgarian Cartographic Association and ISSN: 1314-0604.
The Proceedings will be sent for indexation in ISI Web of Science and add to database of ResearchGate.