Meetings and Workshops

7-11 April 2021
The Future of Atlases: Practices, Reflections, Potentials

Sessions at the AAG Meeting 2021, Seattle, WA
Organizers: Aileen Buckley, ESRI and Francis Harvey, Leibniz Institute of Regional Geography.

In light of continuing media changes signaled by the development of new forms of digital publication distribution, increased primacy of virtual publications and communication, the return to traditional forms of large format publications, yet a continued ambivalence about the uses and benefits for atlases, we invite all interested in the future of atlases to consider submitting a presentation or paper to online sessions on The Future of Atlases: Practices, Reflections, Potentials at the AAG 2021 in Seattle. Washington or online (7-11 April 2021). We aim to consider a range of atlas-related work grouped around these three developments to enliven the discussion about the vibrant and broad, creation, use and consideration of atlases as a very evocative and stimulating type of publication and medium for crafting unique forms of geographic communication. The opportunity serves to exchange and discuss novel and reflective work concerning atlases and their future.

If you are interested in presenting your work in these sessions, please send us a brief note with a one line title and abstract (e-mail We will be back in touch with you in November to request a full abstract. You will also need to submit your abstract and register for the AAG conference before 19 Nov 2020 and send us your conference PIN. Let us know what type of session and presentation format you are interested in (regular or lightening paper). Please indicate also if you are interested in taking part in a discussion panel that would engage the audience and broaden the exchanges to further this area of geographic practice and research.

Presentation topics connected to atlases include:

  • Producing
  • Scope
  • Aspirations
  • Potentials/Needs
  • Roles
  • Future possibilities
  • Supporting engagements
  • Narrative forms
  • Economics
  • Digital formats

The Futures of Atlases 2021 sessions are sponsored/endorsed by the ICA Atlas Commission and AAG Cartography Specialty Group.

13 December 2021 (possible)
Pre-Conference Workshop in Florence

Together with the Commission on Map Design (Ian Muehlenhaus), we are planning a one-day-workshop at the University of Florence. We want to discuss and sketch hands-on problems of map design in atlases, divided into two parts:
1) Designing Information for different audiences
2) Base Map for Atlases: Print and Digital Considerations
Date and location aren’t fixed yet, further information will follow.

14-18 December 2021
ICC in Florence

The ICC will take place at the University of Florence, either in physical presence or remote. We encourage you to send in papers and abstracts concerning atlas topics and projects (T 02 Atlases). The deadline for submitting full papers is March 19 and for abstracts May 28, so don’t miss this opportunity! For further information, please visit the Conference website on

postponed to 2022
Symposium on Atlases and Toponomy in Madrid (150 Years Atlas of Spain)

On the occasion of 150 year anniversary celebration of the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) – the publishing institution of the National Atlas of Spain – the ICA Commission on Atlases and the ICA/IGU Commission on Toponomy together with the IGN planned to organize a symposium on National and Regional Atlases in April 2020 in Madrid. But due of the Covid pandemic, the LOC had to postpone the Symposium, first to 2021, then to 2022.

At the moment, we don’t know the exact date, but we will inform you as soon as the situation allows planning of such events. For further information, please visit our Conference website on

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