Annual Conference

2013SummerSchoolThe Annual Conference is open to members and non-members and is usually held over two-three days in September at a different location each year. It creates an ideal opportunity to attend lectures, exhibitions, seminars and workshops, as well as to visit a broad spectrum of mapping establishments.


2019 SoC/BCS Conference

RS3120_os-building-with-logoThe 2019 Conference was held on the 11th and 12th September at the National Mapping Agency – Ordnance Survey HQ, Southampton.

The two-day event attracted specialists from commercial, academic, and governmental organisations whose common interest lies in using and promoting maps as a valuable communication device. It provided both a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to learn and share information about recent projects, join focused discussion groups and network with colleagues and experts sharing the same interest. To get a feel for the event, please see the programme below:

Day One: BCS Better Mapping event and Map Curators Group event

Day Two is the main conference and the agenda is below.

09:00 – 09:30  Registration & Refreshments
09:30 – 10:00  Opening of Conference
Keynote – Vivien Godfrey/Stanfords: Evolution of demand for maps by the general public
10:00 – 10:30  Meet the corporates
10:30 – 11:00  Refreshments
11:00 – 12:00  Talk Session 1
David Wood/Head of Geography: Growing the geography profession in government and the public sector
Paul Cruddace/Ordnance Survey: What could a future data capture and analytics paradigm look like for a national mapping agency
Simon Miles/Loose Goat: Why QGIS?
12:00-13:00  Talk Session 2
Helen McKenzie/Steer: Maps, Apps and Minding the (data) Gap: A week in the life of a transport cartographer
Clive Cartwright & Henry Holbrook/BGS: Stop, look, listen, think! – The use of cartography in data communication
Kate Maple/Solent University: Make You Mark: An alternative mapping project
13:00 – 14:15  Lunch
13:45 – 14:15  SoC AGM
14:15 – 14:45  Award Ceremony
14:45 – 15:45  Panel: Visualisation and cartography are different – discuss.
Panel: James Cheshire, Craig Taylor, Giles Darkes, Robin Hawkes [Chair: Steve Chilton]
15:45 – 16:15  Refreshments
16:15 – 17:15  Talk Session 3
Elliot Hartley/Garsdale Design: Rediscovering Cartography
Ken Field/Esri Inc: Another new design for an old map
Craig Taylor/ito world: Bringing location data to life through spatial animation
17:15  Close

Previous events

The 2018 conference – part of the UK Mapping Festival 2018 – 2-7 Sept, ILEC Conference Centre, London – was part of a unique collaboration between those who create, distribute, use and enjoy maps in all their forms. Organised jointly with BCS, AGI and BARSC, it involved professional bodies, learned societies, government agencies, commercial companies, educational bodies, interest groups and enthusiasts, who put on a series of events during the week of 2nd – 7th September 2018.

The formal part of the programme was in three parts:
Tues 4th Sept – Conf 1: GeoSpatial theme run by AGI/GeoForum
Wed 5th Sept – Conf 2: Mapping and Cartography theme run by BCS/SoC (see table below)
Thu 6th Sept – Conf 3: Imagery theme run by BARSC/RSPSoC
Other activities:
included a Geomob/social event, workshops and a hotOSM mapathon.

The aim of the festival was to increase awareness of mapping in its many forms, providing forums for learning how to use maps, training in the latest techniques for creating, managing and displaying maps and educating young and old into the great diversity and rich heritage that are maps past and present.

Programme for Wed 5th Sept 2018, at ILEC Centre

ProgForWedThere were also 3 workshops running in parallel with these presentations:
1:  Mapping the Cloud in the Classroom – Michael Petersen
2:  Adobe After Effects – Chris Wesson
3:  Data Visualisation with QGIS – Tom Armitage
The formal programme was followed by the SoC AGM, and then a Gala Dinner.

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The successful 2017 SoC-BCS joint conferenceMaps for Changing Reality took place at the Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham on the 5-7th September 2017. Delegates from commercial, academic and government organisations came together to share a common interest in using and promoting maps as a valuable means of communication.

Explore the Maps for Changing Reality conference programme

The 2016 Society of Cartographers conference was also a joint event with the British Cartographic Society entitled Mapping at the Edge which took place in Cheltenham between 6-8th September. Previous venues have included York in 2015 and Glasgow in 2014, the latter being the Society’s 50th anniversary event back where it all started in 1964.

The friendly and relaxed atmosphere is a pleasant and stimulating way to keep up to date with new technology. It is especially beneficial for those working within small units or freelance who can particularly benefit from the informal discussions and exchange of ideas with fellow mapmakers. Bursaries are available to help student and overseas members to attend the Summer School.

Previous locations of our Summer School Conferences. click to see a larger version

Previous locations of our Summer School Conferences. click to see a larger version

Each year at the Summer School the Wallis Award is presented. Bursaries are available to help student and overseas members to attend the Summer School (email for the Bursary application form)

To give you a flavour of what a summer school is all about, the programme covers below lead sometimes to pages created to advertise each event, others give brief summaries of the programme and some are a collection of photographic memories (some of the links lead off-site). If you would like to read about the more recent Summer Schools in greater detail, visit our Newsletter page and look for the Newsletter immediately succeeding the event or follow the links below.


Click on the conference programme cover below to see further info
(content is being added daily)

2015 SoC-BCS York Handbook cover Glasgow 2014 2013 Staffordshire 2012 UCL 2011 Plymouth 2010 Manchester 2009 Southampton 2008 Aberdeen 2007 Portsmouth 2006 Keele 2005 Cambridge 2004 Bristol 2003 Reading 2001 Liecester 2000 Oxford 1999 Southampton 1998 Edinburgh 1997 Middlesex 1996 Nottingham 1995 Sheffield 1994 Newcastle 1993 Lampeter 1992 Plymouth 1991 Glasgow 1990 Portsmouth 1989 OU 1988 Coventry 1987 Dublin 1986 Cardiff 1985 Middlesex 1984 Lancaster 1983 Reading 1982 St Andrews 1979 Oxford 1978 Kings-1 1973 Sheffield