Be a part of NACIS 2023

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square | 300 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA

Join us on the shores of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for our 43rd annual meeting, October 11–14, 2023. View the online program for details on the Main Conference, Practical Cartography Day, discussion panels, workshops, and field trips. Read our statement on livestreaming here.

Submissions for the conference have closed.

NACIS board election

Voting is now open for the 2023 NACIS election. If you are an active member of the Society, please cast your vote. Voting ends at 11:59PM (Pacific Time) on October 6th. Results will be announced in Pittsburgh at our Annual Business Meeting on October 13th.

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General registration is now open:

Non Member Registration

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Main Conference

Present your cartographic accomplishments, research, or ideas with the NACIS community during our main sessions on Thursday and Friday. Questions about presenting? Contact [email protected].

Practical Cartography Day*

Help put the “practical” in Practical Cartography Day! Share your mapping tips and tricks, new design ideas, innovative methods, or take the NACIS community back to basics with a refresher on key best practices. This all-day event on Wednesday, preceding the Main Conference, is focused on practical mapmaking across all formats and mediums. Questions about Practical Cartography Day? Contact [email protected].

Map Gallery & Student Print and Dynamic Map Competitions

Do you have questions about participating in the Map Gallery or student competitions? Contact [email protected].

Workshops and field trips*

When you register for the conference, add one of the post-conference mapping workshops. This year, learn about improving accessibility in maps with GreenInfo Network or engage in hands-on exercises to improve your interactive web maps with Map Viewer and ArcGIS StoryMaps. Space is limited so reserve your spot soon.

*Practical Cartography Day, workshops, and field trips require registration separate from the Main Conference.

Map Quilt

A handful of cartographers comes together to produce the Map Quilt, a time-honored NACIS tradition. Each cartographer works on a small portion of a larger map of the host city in secret and without communication with the other cartographers. Our Quiltmaster, David Lambert, brings them all together in a fun, one-of-a-kind poster.

Video sponsorship

Practical Cartography Day and the Main Conference sessions will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel so that the knowledge we share at NACIS 2023 can have an impact around the globe. But we need your support to make this happen. Please consider sponsoring all or part of a presentation so that even those who can’t make it in person can benefit from the annual meeting. Maintaining a video archive of our conference is a valuable resource for everyone now and in the future.

Become a sponsor


Interested in volunteering to help out at the annual meeting? Contact [email protected] for more information and opportunities.

Keynote speaker – Peng Shepherd

Peng Shepherd is the nationally bestselling author of The Cartographers, The Book of M, and The Future Library. Her second novel, The Cartographers, was a USA TodayLA Times, and a national Independent Bookstores bestseller. It was named a Best Book of 2022 by The Washington Post, as well as a Pick of the Month by Good Morning AmericaAmazon, Apple, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, Bustle, and Goodreads, and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Her first novel, The Book of M, won the 2019 Neukom Institute for Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction, and was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, Elle, Refinery29, and The Verge, a Best Book of the Summer by the Today Show and NPR On Point, and has been optioned for television.

A graduate of New York University’s MFA program, Peng is the recipient of a 2020 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, and Mexico City.

When not writing, she can be found planning her next trip or haunting local bookstores.

Hotel reservations

The NACIS block at the group rate is currently sold out. We are trying to add more rooms to the block. If you booked a room and can no longer attend, please contact [email protected] before canceling your reservation with the hotel. If you would like to be waitlisted in the event a room becomes available, please email the NACIS business managers at [email protected]. Being waitlisted does not guarantee you will get a room and we encourage you to explore other lodging options. You can still book your stay at the standard daily rate online or by calling the hotel directly at (412) 261-2000.

Travel grants

Travel grants are available to support the attendance of students and professionals alike. All 2023 travel grants have been awarded. Contact [email protected] for inquiries.

See you in the Steel City!

Questions about the meeting? Contact [email protected].
Questions about Practical Cartography Day? Contact [email protected].

Code of Conduct

All attendees are encouraged to review the NACIS Code of Conduct.