Hybrid Keynote Presentation

Cartography in an Age of Digital Transformation


Date and Location

December 15, 2021, Aula Magna of the School of Humanities, via Laura 48

10:15 – 11:15 AM (CET)

Greg Scott


Following a 25-year journey in Geoscience Australia in several key geospatial roles, Greg Scott is now based in the United Nations Statistics Division in New York. In his role as Secretariat of UN-GGIM, Greg has provided strategic policy advice and leadership, and guided the development, coordination and implementation of the substantive global geospatial program and content for UN-GGIM since 2012. Greg possesses formal qualifications in Cartography and Survey Mapping from New Zealand, a Graduate Diploma in Geography from the Australian National University, and a PhD in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Open Map Knowledge – ICA’s contribution to the SDGs


Date and Location

December 17, 2021, Aula Magna of the School of Humanities, via Laura 48

10:15 – 11:15 AM (CET)


Prof. Menno-Jan Kraak


This contribution will inform about ICA’s efforts in contributing to the SDGs by making cartographic knowledge available to a wider community. This is best represented by the joint ICA-United Nation publication ‘Mapping for a sustainable world’. A presentation of this work is followed by an outlook to the future. How can this work be expanded both in creating awareness about the SDGs and to scale the SDGs from global to local. The notion of ‘Open Map Knowledge’ is discussed, with a focus on how the book and its derived (interactive) products can play a role in open education. This not without a critical note about strength and weaknesses of our cartographic products.


Menno-Jan Kraak is professor of Geovisual Analytics and Cartography at the University of Twente / ITC, the Netherlands.  Currently he is ITC’s vice-dean of capacity development. He was President of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) for the period 2015-2019. He (co)authored many publications, among them the books ‘Cartography, visualization of geospatial’ (4th edition 2020 – CRC Press) and ‘Mapping time’ (2014 – ESRI Press) and ‘Mapping for a sustainable world’ (2020 – United Nations).