The British Cartographic Society Launches ‘Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps’

April 22, 2008 -- The British Cartographic Society has announced the dates and location for its Annual Symposium. Under the banner of Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps, the residential conference will take place from the 03 to the 06 September, inclusive, at the Harben House Conference facility in Newport Pagnell, UK. This annual event, which has been held every year since 1963, was last year given a total revamp offering delegates a new format and content including a wide choice of topical presentations together with a programme of interactive workshops.

“Cartography continues to thrive amid both the opportunities and challenges posed by developments in technology,” said Mary Spence, who was awarded an MBE for her contribution to map design, and is currently President of The British Cartographic Society. “This event is designed to give delegates the opportunity to learn about future developments and trends in mapping, debate the challenges facing cartography, gain practical experience and get involved with a friendly society that is committed to better mapmaking.”

The Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps conference programme features an impressive line up of industry experts who will give inspirational presentations on a diverse range of map related topics including representatives from the Royal Geographical Society, City University, Pitney Bowes MapInfo and the government’s Communities and Local Government.

In addition to the full programme of presentations delegates can also choose from a range of hands-on workshops. Topics include ‘Making the most of OS MasterMap’, ‘Applying the KISS principle for effective map communication’, ‘Get started in mapping!’ and ‘The trials and tribulations of map research’. Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps will also include all the favourite elements from over four decades' of symposiums; the Map Curators’ Workshop including a visit to the RAF Military Intelligence Museum at Chicksands, special interest group meetings, a commercial exhibition, gala dinner and awards ceremony.

As part of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Continuing Professional Development Programme (CPD) and the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) Chartered Geographer scheme, delegates at Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps will be able to use their attendance as part of their annual training objective.

Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps is being organised on behalf of The British Cartographic Society, by Training 4 GIS, the training and consultancy division of The GeoInformation Group. Fiona Cocks, Training Director, commented “Last year's new look was well received by delegates both old and new and, following an extensive consultation process, Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps hopes to build on this success.”

For further information visit www.cartography.org.uk or call the organisers on +44(0)1223 880077
Media contact: Faith Clark on +44(0)1603 211691 or faithmaryclark@aol.com


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