Russia celebrated the International Map Year by organizing the national cartographic conference »International Map Year in Russia: Bringing Space and Time Together« on 25–28 October 2016.


The conference was held in Russian State Library (RSL) in the heart of Moscow, the capital of Russia. The RSL is one of the largest libraries in the world, founded in 1862 and now holding more than 45 million units of storage, including the vast cartographic collection (about 250,000 units).

The organisers of the conference were:

  • Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography,
  • Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences (IGRAS),
  • Russian State Library (RSL)
  • Russian State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK),
  • The Federal Service of State Registration, Cadaster and Cartography (Rosreestr),
  • The Russian Geographical Society (RGO)

The programme committee received more than 350 contributions from all over Russia, covering the areas of cartography and related disciplines such as geographical information science, remote sensing, geodesy and topography. The most recent cartographic products from universities, institutes and industry were exhibited during the conference and rated by organizers for inclusion in Russian national delegation to ICC2017 in Washington. More details about the planetary maps exhibited at this conference will be published next week.

The conference marked the establishment of a new series of National Cartographic Conferences in Russia, which will be held biannually with the next conference planned for 2018.

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– Timofey Samsonov, Lomonosov Moscow State University