The 30th International Cartographic Conference ( will take place in Florence, Italy, from 13 to 18 December 2021 and will be hosted by the University of Florence.

The Conference is the main event of the International Cartographic Association (ICA); its 30th edition is organized by the Italian Geographical Society, the University of Florence and the Italian Military Geographic Institute, in collaboration with the Tuscan Region, the City of Florence, the Metropolitan City of Florence, and with other universities and Italian cultural institutions such as the Museo Galileo and the Uffizi Galleries.

The themes addressed range from cartographic cultural heritage to artificial intelligence, from spatial data to risk prevention and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   The Conference includes the participation by world-renown keynote speakers as well as 600 contributions submitted by authors from more than 70 countries.  It is convened in a hybrid format around six parallel sessions ( The programme also allows for four special sessions which are open to everyone (online and in person) on the following themes:

  • Geospatial Data, Dashboards, Analytics and Scientific Communication. Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic (ESRI); (Wednesday, December 15, 17:00-19:00/Aula Magna, via Laura 48)
  • Observation and Artificial Intelligence: Latitudo 40, Geospatial Data and Business Innovation (Innovation Center e Latitudo40); (Wednesday, December 15, 14:45-16:30/Aula Magna, via Laura 48)
  • National Mapping, National Geospatial and National Statistical. Agencies Day of Collaboration and Information Sharing (ICA/ACI); (Thursday, December 16, 08:30-17:00/Aula Magna, via Laura 48)
  • Spatial Information at the heart of the country’s recovery. The renewed role of the Italian Regions (CISIS – Tuscan Region – Friuli Venezia Giulia Region – Sardinia Region); (Friday, December 17, 14:00-19:00/Aula Magna, via Laura 48).

During the Conference, two exhibitions will be opened, namely the International Cartographic Exhibition which hosts more than 400 cartographic items (at the Italian Military Geographic Institute, via Battisti 10 and online at  as well as the exhibition ensuing from the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition which will feature maps developed by children from all over the world, under the theme A Map of my future World (via Ginori 14 and online at

The International Cartographic Exhibition will be opened on 13 December at 3:30pm.  The exhibition of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition will be opened on 13 December at 5pm.

The technical sessions will take place in the headquarters of the Scuola di Studi Umanistici e della Formazione of the University of Florence (via Laura 48).

The opening ceremony (14 December at 2:30pm) will be hosted by the City of Florence in its Palazzo Vecchio’s Salone dei Cinquecento (Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Signoria), while the closing session (18 December at 2:30pm) will be hosted by the Tuscan Region in its Palazzo Sagrati Strozzi (Sala Pegaso, Piazza Duomo).