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

Alesandro Annoni

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

Alessandro Annoni is the Head of the Digital Economy Unit at the European Commission – Joint Research Centre. His unit provides techno-socio-economic research in support to the Digital Economy and ensure the technical coordination of the INSPIRE Directive developing a European Spatial Data Infrastructure.  Alessandro graduated in Physics from the University of Milan and before joining the EC, he worked for several years in the private sector and managed companies specialises in Remote Sensing, Geomatics, Software and Information Systems development. He is member of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Program Board and 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. In 2016 he received the Digital Earth Science and Technology Contribution Award from the International Society for Digital Earth for outstanding contribution to advancing the development of Digital Earth.

Keynote speech: will be announced.

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.

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.

International Society for Digital Earth

Deadlines in 2022

15 FebruaryAbstract
15 MarchAcceptance of
1 MayFull papers
31 MayOnline

ICA Commissions Meetings

5 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.