International Map Year (IMY) is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world. Supported by the United Nations, IMY provides opportunities to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information.


September = Maptember

Big news: the global open mapping community is coming to Brussels this September. And we would love to see you there!

-On Thursday September 22nd, the Humanitarian OSM Team has their yearly conference. In the evening MSF will host a Mapathon in their Brussels office (free for all, with drinks). So it won't just be interesting, it will also allow you to network with people deeply involved in humanitarian mapping. That same Thursday, the Belgian OSgeo (the people behind Qgis) have their yearly conference too.

-Friday to Saturday, it's State of the Map (SotM, at the VUB). That's the global meeting of OpenStreetMap people. It's about mapping, technical challenges, and interesting data use. It's not just a community conferences, we will also be hosting big names like the World Bank.
-Monday, OSgeo and OSM people will get hands on with the tools and have a Hackday.

We're calling this Maptember. You'll find the registration pages through this handy website:

- 01/09/2016 -

Cartographiae at the Royal Palace

Make sure to visit the exhibition ‘CARTOGRAPHIAE’ during this summer. It is an initiative of BELSPO which is part of the summer event ‘Science and Culture on the Royal Palace’. Science, culture and research find each other, from production to its many applications in science and art.
Date: 22 July - 4 September 2016
More info?

- 30/06/2016 -

Participate in the National Mapathon!

Help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their rescue In the context of the International Map Year 2015-2016, a national Mapathon will take place on Saturday, April 16th, which is organized by the National Committee for Geography, in collaboration with OpenStreetMap Belgium. Seven universities in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia open their doors a whole day for a large collective mapping event. Would you like to contribute an hour or longer, do not miss this opportunity and help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their work in crisis areas.
Location: Brussels, Ghent, Leuven, Liège, Namur and Louvain-la-Neuve
Date: Saturday, April 16, 10h - 16h
More info and registration?
our mapathon-page & website of Missing Maps project .

- 17/02/2016 -


For the first time, organisations in the Belgian geo-sector are working together to organise a comprehensive convention with trade show.
Location: The Egg, Brussels - Date: 3 Mars 2016
More info? our events-pages & website of BEGEO .

- 03/12/2015 -

Award ceremony Barbara Petchenik drawing competition and exhibition of drawings

The award ceremony of the Barbara Petchenik drawing competition will take place during the Belgian Geography days at the VUB (Free University of Brussels) on Saturday 14th November (invitation only). From Wednesday 25th November till Saturday 19th December, it is possible to admire the selected drawings in the exhibition on Campus Oefenplein, Free University of Brussels, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, building D (free entrance). More information (ceremony and exhibition) can be found on the page of the Barbara Petchenik drawing competition itself.

- 04/11/2015 -

International Cartographic Exhibition: Belgium 2x winner!

From 24-28 August, the International Cartographic Exhibition took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Not only the children's drawings were exhibited durings this conference, but on top of that there was an International Cartographic Exhibition. During this exhibition, all countries could show their best cartographic products which were produced in the last two years.
These products were subdivided into different categories, each for which a price was awarded during the closing ceremony on August 28th. Belgium managed to prices in two categories, more specifically:
-Paper maps: 3rd place for 'Occupying São Paulo - An Augmented City Map', submitted by Bieke Cathoor (KULeuven);
-Digital products: 3rd place for 'BeCarto 14-18', submitted by the National Geographic Institute (NGI Belgium).

KaartKUL en KaartKUL

- 03/09/2015 -

Barbara Petchenik - International exhibition is open!

Today the international exhibition in Rio de Janeiro was oficially opened.
Have a look at the pictures on the right that show our contributions in the exhibition!


- 24/08/2015 -

Barbara Petchenik - International competitiors

Curious to see the selected drawings of the other participating countries?
These can now be consulted on this page.

Barbara Petchenik - and the results are...

The final selection of the national jury and the public vote are known!!
check the winners here

Barbara Petchenik - Last chance to vote

Last chance to vote on the childrens' drawings! Voting ends at 20/04/2015...

Cartography and History - Exhbitions

Good times have arrived for those who love cartography and history. In April a series of exhibitions start on these topic in the region of Antwerp. These are linked to the upcoming International Conference on the History of Cartography.
Enthusiastic? Check definitely this site for an overview!

Barbara Petchenik - Start to vote

We have now uploaded the 30 drawings selected by the national jury on this site. Please let us know your opinion on these little pieces of art!

Deadline Barbara Petchenik

The International Cartographic Association organises this international map drawing competition for children every two year. The theme of the edition of 2015 is "My place in the world today" and is thus closely linked with the International Map Year. Children can send their drawings to the National Geographic Institute of Belgium until the 9th of January 2015. More information can be found here in Dutch and here in French.

Website online

The website for the International Map Year in Belgium is online! Here you can find more information on its goal, planned activities, etc.

IMY approved by UN

International Map Year is supported by the United Nations IMY was presented by Georg Gartner at the UN headquarter in New York, August 6-8, 2014. The presentation was well received and the resolution states: The committee endorses the International Map Year 2015–2016 as proposed by the International Cartographic Association as a valuable means to promote the importance of maps and Geoinformation.