Commission workshop 2019 – Beijing

The ICA Commission for Education and Training is organizing a workshop prior to the ICC 2019.
workshop title: 
Geospatial and cartographic education – contemporary challenges and opportunities

Location: Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
Date: Friday, Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July 2019


Scheduled to allow for attendees to travel on to the 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 related fields. The suggested topics 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


(more details coming soon)

  • On-site registration: 2:00pm 10 July 2019
  • Sessions and breaks: 11 July 2019
  • Sessions and Technical Tour: 12 July 2019

Workshop Co-chairs

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

Programme Committee

  • Qingyu Du, Wuhan University, China
  • Georg Gartner, TU Wien, Austria
  • Huili Gong, Capital Normal University, China
  • Stefan Peters, CET Vice-Chair, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
  • Guoan Tang, Nanjing Normal University, China
  • Tao Wang, Local Organiser, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China

Travel and accommodation opportunities:

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