International Workshop on Geospatial and Cartographic Education: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities 2019

The ICA Commission on Education and Training will organize an international workshop on "Geospatial and Cartographic Education – Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities" at Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July 2019. The workshop is co-organized by Capital Normal University, and supported by Cartography and GIS Committee of CSGPC, Education and Outreach Committee of CAGIS, and Beijing Geographic Society. This is scheduled to allow for attendees to travel on to the 29th International Cartographic Conference in Tokyo, Japan, the following week.


This workshop will address a range of issues related to education in the discipline of cartography and GIScience. The suggested topics of interests include the following:

  • Integrating cartographic principles into GIS curricula
  • Linking cartographic education with education in other geomatics and geospatial sciences
  • Experiences in teaching cartography and GIS to non-specialists
  • Technical support requirements for academic education in cartography and GIS
  • Use of open source software and datasets in geospatial and cartographic education
  • Theoretical foundations for the study of cartography
  • Curriculum design for GIS and cartographic education
  • Development of a ‘Body of Knowledge’ for cartography
  • Developing on-line educational resources for cartography and GIS
  • Ensuring relevance of geospatial and cartographic education for industry – what do employers want from graduates in cartography and GIS?
  • Accreditation and professional recognition of education in cartography and GIS

You are encouraged to consider contributing presentations on these and other relevant issues in Beijing. The intention is that there will be opportunities to deliver full oral presentations, suitable for publication, relating to research and experiences. After discussion, the submission of such presentations to the International Journal of Cartography will be advised.

A significant proportion of the programme will consist of shorter more informal contributions, including posters, to allow for effective discussion and knowledge-transfer. The scope of attendance will be international, and good practice, experiences, and advice will be communicated (the workshop language is English) in formal presentation, discussion sessions, and learning workshops.

If you wish to be updated personally, please register your interest by informing the Commission chair,  who will also be pleased to receive expressions of interest in contributing to the workshop and developing the agenda further.


Please submit your papers and presentations in EasyChair using the ICA publication template. Submissions are accepted as PDF files only.


  • Submission deadline: 20 April 2019 (anywhere on Earth)
  • Notifications: 05 May 2019
  • Submission of final versions: 25 May 2019


Wednesday, July 10, Lobby, International Culture Building
Registration, 02:00pm-05:00pm
Morning, Thursday, July 11, Multi-function Room, International Culture Building
Arrival & Coffee, 08:30am-09:00am
S1: Education in GIS and Cartography, 09:00am – 09:40am
    Session Chair: Tao Wang
    S1-1: Welcome and introduction to CET 2019
        David Fairbairn, Newcastle University

    S1-2: Welcome and introduction to CNU GIS
        Xiaojuan Li, Capital Normal University

S2: Programme Development and Experiences, 10:00am – 11:20am
    Session Chair: David Fairbairn
    S2-1: Experiences of a new English language MSc programme in cartography
        László Zentai and Gábor Gercsák, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University

    S2-2: Online geospatial education in American public schools
        Yongqin Zhang, Delta State University

    S2-3: Application of geographic information technology in regional geography teaching practice of middle school
        Zhihong Gu and Yanmei Li, Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences

Afternoon, Thursday, July 11, Multi-function Room, International Culture Building
S3: Working with the Real World, 2:00pm – 3:20pm
    Session Chair: Haowen Yan
    S3-1: Accreditation of cartographic education
        David Fairbairn, Newcastle University

    S3-2: Ensuring relevance of geospatial and cartographic education for industry – what do employers want from graduates in cartography and GIS
        Shaojun Li, SuperMap Software Co.

    S3-3: The international MSc cartography
        Georg Gartner, Technical University Vienna

S4: Body of Knowledge, 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Session Chair: Georg Gartner
    S4-1: Strategies to achieve a balanced body of knowledge for cartography
        Harold Moellering, Ohio State University

    S4-2: Open Discussion
        Moderator: Georg Gartner, Technical University Vienna

Morning, Friday, July 12, Multi-function Room, International Culture Building
S5: Classroom Content and Methods, 09:00am – 10:00am
    Session Chair: Wei Luo
    S5-1: Teaching orienteering maps: a perfect example of for user-driven cartography
        Laszlo Zentai, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University

    S5-2: Realization and promotion of geography core literacy in GIS teaching practice
        Yunqian Chen, Beijing National Day School, and Sheng Chang, Beijing Etown Academy

    S5-3: Let the students do it–strategies used in teaching cartography
        Haowen Yan, Lanzhou Jiaotong University

S6: Educational Concepts, 10:10am – 11:30am
    Session Chair: Laszlo Zentai
    S6-1: The value of “Paper-and-Pencil” in the digital era
       Wei Luo, Northern Illinois University

    S6-2: Development of an OBE-based practical and innovative GIS talent training system incorporating both science and engineering
        Jianghong Zhao, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture

    S6-3: A GIS approach to teaching human geography
        Richard Greene, Capital Normal University

    S6-4: Wrap-up, CET Beijing workshop report
        David Fairbairn, Newcastle University

Afternoon, Friday, July 12
T1: Technical Visit, 02:00pm-04:00pm
    T1-1: Land Satellite Remote Sensing Application Center, Ministry of Natural Resources of P.R.China

Workshop Co-chairs

  • David Fairbairn, CET Chair, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Xiaojuan Li, Vice President, Capital Normal University, China

Programme Committee

  • Anrong Dang, Tsinghua University, China
  • Qingyun Du, Wuhan University, China
  • Shihong Du, Peking University, China
  • Georg Gartner, TU Wien, Austria
  • Huili Gong, Capital Normal University, China
  • Richard Greene, Capital Normal University, China
  • Shaojun Li, SuperMap GIS Software, China
  • Huiping Liu, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Yaolin Liu, Wuhan University, China
  • Wei Luo, Northern Illinois Univeristy, USA
  • Stefan Peters, University of South Australia, Australia
  • Qun Sun, Information Engineering University, China
  • Guoan Tang, Nanjing Normal University, China
  • Lynn Usery, U.S. Geological Survey, USA
  • Tao Wang, Capital Normal University, China
  • Lan Wu, Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, China
  • Haowen Yan, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, China
  • László Zentai, Eötvös University, Hungary
  • Xinchang Zhang, Guangzhou University, China
  • Jianghong Zhao, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China