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International Cartographic Association

13th Mountain Cartography Workshop

Zakopane, Poland

April 3–7, 2024

High Tatras / Michał Kasperczyk

International Cartographic Association Scholarships

Young professionals: You can apply for an ICA scholarship to support participation at the Mountain Cartography Workshop at this website.

Submit your abstract

Important dates!

Deadline to submit abstracts

Notification of abstract acceptance

Workshop registration and hotel reservations open

Call for Presentations - Closed

We invite you to submit an abstract for the 13th Mountain Cartography Workshop at Zakopane, Poland. All workshop participants are expected to present.

The theme of the workshop is Mapping Mountains in a New Era, although any topic relating to maps and mountains is welcome, as are all types of presentations! Previous topics have included, but are not limited to: relief representation, automated techniques, parks and recreation, glaciers, mountain cultures, and more. Full papers, extended abstracts, short presentations, technical demonstrations, map discussions, posters, or any other medium or topic you are interested in sharing are encouraged for submission to the workshop.


Please keep your abstract to 500 words or less. You may submit more than one abstract.

Presenters of full papers, extended abstracts, and technical demos will be allotted either a 20-minute oral presentation spot, with 10 minutes for discussion afterwards, or a 10-minute short oral presentation spot, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. For posters, there will be a special poster session where authors will discuss their work.


Driving to Limba Grand & Resort takes about two hours from John Paul II International Airport, Kraków, Poland. The drive from from Poprad-Tatry Airport, Slovakia, takes one hour. Check back here for a ride sharing board when the workshop date gets closer.

Limba Grand and Resort address

Kośne Hamry 15c, 34-520 Poronin, Poland.

GPS Coordinates: Latitude 49.330380 | Longitude 20.038540

Public transportation

Bus and train services link Kraków and Zakopane. Taking the train is recommended.

Distance from Limba Grand & Resort to:

Grocery store – 0.55 km

Downtown Zakopane – 12 km

Polana Szymoszkowa Ski Area – 12 km

Tatra National Park – 11 km


For current weather, visit: www.wunderground.com/forecast/pl/zakopane

Feel free to email us with any questions about the workshop, or to add your name to the Mountain Cartography Mailing List.

Rafal Jonca, Workshop Organizer

Patrick Kennelly, Chair, ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography

Timofey Samsonov, Vice Chair, ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography

Lodging and Meals

Lodging and workshop sessions will be at Limba Grand & Resort. The hotel is in the village of Poronin, close to the larger town of Zakopane. We will have a section of the Limba Grand & Resort all to ourselves for the duration of the workshop.

Meals will be served in the hotel restaurant. Snacks, coffee, and tea will be available during breaks. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Amentities include a swimming pool, sauna, and game room.

The nightly cost for a double room is 330 PLN (79 $US) and 380 PLN (90 $US) for a single. The price includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. All bedrooms have a balcony, en suite bathroom, and TV.

Workshop attendees will be responsible for making their own reservations and paying  Limba Grand & Resort for their lodging and meals. Look here for a reservation link in January after the abstracts have been reviewed and accepted.

Workshop Registration

There will be a modest registration fee, amount yet to be determined, to cover the cost of miscellaneous administrative expenses. Attendees may pay the fee by PayPal (we will post a link) or with cash at the workshop. An ATM is available 3.7 kilometers from the hotel in Poronin village. There may be an additional charge for Field Study Day depending on what you decide to do.

We will be organizing activities for Field Study Day. The organized outdoor activities will be posted here as the workshop date draws closer.

Optional evening entertainment is also being planned, including the 2024 Mountain Trivia Challenge, a test of your mountain knowledge worldwide. To get a sense of what might be asked, check out previous challenges here and here. A band will entertain us with traditional music during the gala dinner on Friday evening.

The first two days of the workshop are devoted to plenary sessions where each person presents to the entire group. The full paper presentations are later published in an International Cartographic Association peer-reviewed proceedings available for free online.

To encourage interaction and exchange of ideas, the third and final day of the workshop is set aside for group field studies with options for both the adventurous and those preferring to take it easy.

Wednesday, April 3

     • Afternoon arrival, check-in

     • Dinner

     • Evening social / introductions

     • Keynote address

Thursday, April 4

     • Breakfast

     • Early morning workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late morning workshop session

     • Lunch

     • Early afternoon workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late afternoon workshop session

     • Dinner

     • Evening activities (TBA)

Friday, April 5

     • Breakfast

     • Field Study Day

     • Evening activities (TBA)

Saurday, April 6

     • Breakfast

     • Early morning workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late morning workshop session

     • Lunch

     • Early afternoon workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late afternoon workshop session

     • Gala dinner

Sunday, April 7

     • Breakfast

     • Morning departure, check-out

Mapping Mountains in a New Era

The ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop is a three-day gathering held every two years. The goal is to bring together cartographers, geographers, and others in a relaxed and beautiful setting to share new developments in cartography, design, and spatial analysis related to mountain environments. About 50 people from multiple nations typically attend.

The upcoming workshop will be held at Zakopane, Poland, a pituresque town at the foot of the Tatra Mountains (2,655m), the highest range in the Carpathians. The region is known for its traditional mountain culture.

It is a venue that will inspire everyone. We hope to see you there!



Venue and Cost



High Tatras / Michał Kasperczyk

International Cartographic Association (ICA)

ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography

Map and photo credits

Send your abstract as a PDF or Word attachment to the Program Committee Chair, Rafal Jonca, at: icamountaincartography@gmail.com.

Please be sure to include the following information in your email.

• Name:

• Affiliation:

• Email address:

• Presentation type: (full paper, extended abstract, poster, technical demo, or other)

• Preferred length: (20, 10, or 5 minutes)

Thank you!

Rafal Jonca

Workshop organizer

Patrick Kennelly

Chair, ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography                    Updated: Jan. 23, 2024

Preliminary Schedule