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Mapping Forum
Venue: HarperCollins Publishers | News Building (17th Floor) 1 London Bridge Street, London UK

A mini-conference where IMIA members and associates will gather to reflect on industry trends and make connections. The event included a welcome address by Alex Beecroft, Managing Director, Collins, and featured presentations by Catherine Cheetham, Head, PCGN (Permanent Committee on Geographical Names); Zoran Nikolic, Author; and Mike Parker, Freelance Writer and Broadcaster followed by a panel discussion chaired by Jethro Lennox, Cartographic Director, Collins.

About Catherine Cheetham
Catherine Cheetham is Head of the Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN) advising the UK Government on the writing of foreign geographical names; she started with PCGN in 2001 and took over as the Head in 2013. Her particular interest is Romanization, allowing a standardized transfer of writing systems into Roman script. Catherine has been a member of the APC since 2013. Though the Antarctic is not part of PCGN’s foreign geographical names remit, PCGN’s contribution to the APC is both to provide toponymic expertise and with PCGN’s significant involvement with the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, to contribute to global discussions on Antarctic place names hosted through this UN forum.

About Zoran Nikolić
Born in an area of constant political change in what was once Yugoslavia and is now Serbia, Zoran Nikolic saw the impact political change had on people’s daily lives. This interest in geography’s political impacts extended outside Eastern Europe and became a lifetime fascination with political geography. His first book, The Atlas of Unusual Borders, was shortlisted in 2019 for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.

About Mike Parker
Mike Parker is a writer and broadcaster based in mid-Wales whose travel writing takes him all over Europe. A map enthusiast, his books include Mapping the Roads: Building Modern Britain and Map Addict: A Tale of Obsession, Fudge and the Ordnance Survey, and he was interviewed for the BBC4 series, The Beauty of Maps. His book Map Addict led him to write and present a ten-part Radio 4 series, On the Map, broadcasted in March and April 2010. This took him all over Scotland, Wales, and England to interview all manner of map professionals and enthusiasts.

Industry Social
Venue: Stanfords | 7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, London UK

Attendees connected with industry colleagues over drinks and light fare while exploring the world’s largest map store hosted by Vivien Godfrey, IMIA Treasurer and CEO of Edward Stanford Group Limited and Bridger DeVille, IMIA President and Director of Sales for East View Map Link. Before the end of the evening, attendees participated in a Geo quiz with Quizmaster Craig Balfour, Head of Creative Services at Collins.

  • March 11, 2024
    March 11, 2024