The main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The Cartographic Scientific Day 2016 was held in the main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest on the morning of December 9. It was organized by the Sub-committee on Cartography of the Section of Earth Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as well as the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. The event was the official closing ceremony of the Hungarian cartographic scientific community celebrating the International Map Year 2015–2016.

Part of the conference room during one of the presentations

Part of the conference room during one of the presentations

Georg Gartner (former ICA President) and Lászlo Zentai (ICA Secretary General) giving the opening and closing presentations

Georg Gartner (former ICA President) and Lászlo Zentai (ICA Secretary General) giving the opening and closing presentations

Other presenteers in the event: Gábor Gercsák (Chairman), István Klinghammer, Károly Kocsis, Zsombor Nemerkényi, Zsombor Bartos-Elekes and Mátyás Gede

Other presenteers in the event: Gábor Gercsák (Chairman), István Klinghammer, Károly Kocsis, Zsombor Nemerkényi, Zsombor Bartos-Elekes and Mátyás Gede

The programme was opened by the former President of the International Cartographic Association, Prof. Georg Gartner (Austria), who after greeting the participants on behalf of ICA offered a presentation entitled „The relevance of Cartography as a scientific discipline”. It was followed by the lecture given by Prof. István Klinghammer, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, on the development of European topographic mapping from the Renaissance to the Reformation. After these presentations, participants had the opportunity to know more in detail on the „Newest edition of the National Atlas of Hungary” (presented by Károly Kocsis, director of the Geographical Research Institute, and Zsombor Nemerkényi from the same institution) as well as to hear the lecture entitled “Maps of László Magyar from Kolozsvár to Gotha”, which was given by Zsombor Bartos-Elekes from the Babeş–Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and Zsombor Nemerkényi. Finishing the half-day event Mátyás Gede (Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Eötvös Loránd University) offered a presentation on the use of virtual globes for thematic mapping and László Zentai (Head of Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics at Eötvös Loránd University and ICA Secretary General) transmitted his thoughts on Modern Cartography.

The Scientific Day counted with the participation of members of the Academy of Sciences, colleagues representing higher educational and research institutions as well as cartographers from different national and international companies.