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UPDATE — Call for papers for the Rio ICC2015 conference extended

November 12, 2014

3rd Call for Papers – ICC2015 Attending several requests the deadline for full paper and abstract submissions will be extended until November 15th, 2014 November 22nd.

Call for papers in the brand new International Journal of Cartography

November 12, 2014

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) has partnered with Taylor and Francis to establish a new international journal that will promote research in the fields of Cartography and GI Science: The International Journal of Cartography (IJC).


More about the journal:

Postgraduate ICA Research Scholarships 2014/15

November 12, 2014

Are you a young scientist working on the field of planetary cartography (or other field in cartography)? Do you have your own reserach project? Apply now.

Grants to support Young Scientist applicants have a maximum value of Euro 1,000. Opportunities are made for applicants who will have received their graduate degree not more than five years prior to the application or are currently in a PhD status.

Our coming project: children’s planetary maps

October 27, 2014

Here is a preview of what our planetary maps designed for children will look like:


2014 Meeting Announcement and call for papers: Planetary Cartography for Children

May 29, 2014

The Commission’s annual meeting will be held in Budapest, on 3 September 2014, one day prior to the 9th ICA Workshop Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage.. The meeting will be accompanied with a one-session workshop on the topic Planetary Cartography for Children.

Papers (for oral, or print-only) should be sent to not later than 20 July. Papers can be presented during the conference as oral presentations or posters. Author notification on acceptance: 1 August.

A collection of the papers accepted (i.e. oral, poster or print-only) in the workshop will be published online.

Template for the conference publication:  ica_cpc_template_2014


Participation in the meeting and workshop is free.



Eötvös Loránd University, September 3, 2014




Participating ICA Commissions:

  • Commission on Cartography and Children
  • Commission on Planetary Cartography


10:00-10:15 László Zentai, ICA Secretary General Greetings Hungary
10:15-10:45 Bengt Rystedt 1, Ferjan Ormeling, Domonkos Hillier and Ádám Bérces International Map Year and Construction of its Homepage Sweden,Netherlands,


10:45-11:15 Csilla Gévai, László Herbszt, Henrik Hargitai 2 Planetary map series for children from a graphic designer’s point of view Hungary
11:15-11:45 Henrik Hargitai 2 Report on activities of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography Hungary
11:45-12:15 Jesús Reyes 3 Report on activities of the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children Hungary


1 Chairperson, ICA Working Group on the International Map Year

2 Chairperson, ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

3 Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children


Place: Room 7.59, 7th floor, Északi building, Lágymányosi Campus, Eötvös Loránd University

Address: Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A, Budapest 1117, Hungary





Please send your paper, name, affiliation to:  hhargitai [at] by 20 July.


Abstract:  20 July 2014

Notification of acceptance: 1 August 2014

Meeting: 3 September 2014, Eötvös Loránd University, Northern Block. (No 16 in this map:



Call for papers 2014

Conference in memoriam Kira Shingareva

May 8, 2014

MIIGAiK’s Extraterrestrial Laboratory organizes a conference in the memory of Kira Shingareva.  

The program of the planetary cartography section is as follows: 


Conference program, May 28, 2014 10:00 – 17:00

Section 3. Cartography, Subsection 3.3. Planetary Cartography

Office 155, MExLab MIIGAiK, Moscow


1. Mercury: Research and Mapping. Preparation for the Future European Mission BepiColombo. J. Oberst (DLR, TUB, MIIGAiK).

2. History of the Moon and Planet Laboratory of Space Research Institute. A.T. Basilevsky (Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences).

3. Planetary Nomenclature. V.V. Shevchenko (Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University).

4. Work of the Department of Physics of the Moon and Planets of Sternberg Astronomical Institute. J.F. Rodionova (Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University).

5. Mapping of the Moon and the Global Positioning System. A.V. Bagrov (Institute of Astronomy, Russian Academy of Sciences) and E.M. Mazurova (MIIGAiK).

6. Projections for Planetary Mapping. M.E. Fleiss (Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences).

7. New Atlas of Phobos. I.P. Karachevtseva (MIIGAiK).

8. Methods of Study of the Moon Relief at Different Levels of Detail. N.A. Kozlova (MIIGAiK).

9. Development of the Technology for Mapping of the Moon Polar Areas for Future Russian Missions Luna-Glob and Luna-Resource. A.A. Kokhanov (MIIGAiK).


The conference takes place at MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab, Office 155, MIIGAiK #4 , Gorokhovsky pereulok 105064, Moscow, RUSSIA

Participation is free. Please note that most of the presentations will be in Russian.

The organizers expect relatives and friends of Kira Shingareva to come.


Planetary Nomenclature: “Features that do not need to be named now are left to be named by future generations.”

March 18, 2014

From the WGPSN website:

“Official names for planetary surface features are not for sale. TheInternational Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature provides a unique system of official names for planetary surface features, natural satellites, dwarf planets, and planetary rings for the benefit of the international science community, educators, and the general public. A single system of official names is critical for effective scientific communication. The IAU first became involved with planet and satellite nomenclature in 1919 to standardize the multiple, confusing systems of nomenclature for the Moon that were then in use. Since that time, the IAU has provided the single, reliable,official catalog of surface feature names, thus enabling successful international communication. The IAU names surface features only when they have special scientific interest and the names are needed for communication; features that do not need to be named now are left to be named by future generations.

Names purchased through a commercial enterprise (1) have no formal or official status, (2) will not be added to the official database or maps, and (3) carry the potential to create confusion within the broader science community and the public. The IAU dissociates itself entirely from the commercial practice of selling names. Please visit the Mars portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for the official list of named features on Mars. “


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