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 Training 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. Posters of general information about cartographic and geospatial programmes at various levels in participants' universities/institutions are also welcome. 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.


You are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations in English less than 1-2 pages using this publication template. A poster submission is suggested to use one A1 size. The local organizer may support printing if needed. You can submit your abstracts in EasyChair, or send your submission to and copy to


Registration for the workshop is free. Please fill in the registration form (docx, pdf) and send to MENG Jia ( and WANG Tao (

Please register as early as possible to ensure enough time for you to apply for a Chinese Visa, if you need an invitation letter.


  • 20 May 2019: Submission deadline
  • 25 May 2019: Notifications
  • 25 May 2019: Registration deadline


(more details coming soon)
  • 2:00pm 10 July 2019: On-site registration
  • 11 July 2019: Sessions and breaks
  • 12 July 2019: Sessions and technical tour

Workshop Co-chairs

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

Programme Committee

  • Anrong Dang, Tsinghua University, China
  • Qingyu 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


The venue, Capital Normal University (CNU), located in the west of central Beijing, is a local flagship university supported by the Ministry of Education and Beijing Municipal government. The workshop will be held in the International Culture Building of CNU. This University area has many hotels close by, is well-connected to the city’s transport links and UNESCO heritage sites (less than 40 minutes by bus/subway to Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven), and is an ideal location for academic, technical and touristic activities.

ACCOMODATION: The local organiser has reserved rooms in the University Hotel with a discount rate. Please register your interest of participation of the workshop and booking a Univeristy hotel room as early as possible. A number of young speakers will be selected by the programme committe to receive free accommodations. You may book other hotels nearby within walking distance, including Jinlongtan Hotel and Ziyu Hotel (booking starts 3 months ahead of the workshop) with CNU corporate rates.

TRANSPORATION: The venue is at 500m north of the Hua Yuan Station of subway line 6. From Beijing Capital International Airport, you can take a taxi (~120RMB, ~50 minutes), or public transportation (via Airport Express, then subway 10 and then line 6). From Beijing West Railway Station, you can take a taxi (~20RMB, ~15 minutes), or public transportation (via subway 9 and then line 6). From Beijing South Railway Station, you can take a taxi (~40RMB, ~30 minutes), or public transportation (via subway 4 and then line 6). An address information e-card in Chinese language will be sent to workshop registrants.

VISA: Currently foreigners from a number of countries are eligible for visa free transit up to 144 hours within Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. In case you need apply for a Chinese visa, please contact the local organiser for an invitation letter.

CONTACT: Please contact MENG Jia ( and WANG Tao ( for hotel booking and invitation letters for visa.

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