Schemaic Mapping Workshop, Würzburg, Germany, April 2021

The 3rd Schematic Mapping Workshop

Workshop postponed until 2022

Due to considerable uncertainty about the possibility (and advisability) of having an in-person event with an international audience in April 2021, we have decided to postpone the Schematic Mapping Workshop. We have not taken this decision lightly, but feel that the interactive and collaborative atmosphere of SMW cannot be done justice in an online setting, and prefer instead to return when a live meeting can be hosted safely and responsibly. All dates are shifted by approximately one year; the website has been updated accordingly.

We are considering options for an informal online community event near the original workshop dates in April 2021. Let us know if you want to hear from us when we have more information. (We will not use your email address for anything else.)

The 3rd Schematic Mapping Workshop will be held April 21 – 22, 2022 at Würzburg University, Würzburg, Germany, after successful editions in 2019 at TU Vienna, Austria and in 2014 at the University of Essex, UK. This workshop brings together researchers and practitioners working on various aspects of schematic maps, including cartographers, computer scientists, graphic designers, psychologists, and transport professionals.


The workshop will take place April 21 – 22, 2022.

Aims and scope

The two-day workshop program will feature presentations of contributed original research papers as well as a number of invited position papers surveying the state of the art on all aspects of schematic mapping.

Subject areas include, but are not restricted to:


Workshop Co-Chairs
Maxwell Roberts, University of Essex
Jan-Henrik Haunert, University of Bonn
Thomas van Dijk, University of Würzburg
Program Committee
Enrico Bravi, New Design University, St. Pölten
David Forrest, University of Glasgow
Georg Gartner, TU Wien
Herman Haverkort, Universität Bonn
Wouter Meulemans, Eindhoven University of Technology
Benjamin Niedermann, Universität Bonn
Martin Nöllenburg, TU Wien
Laurence Penney
Sheila Pontis, Princeton University, USA and Sense Information Design
Angela Schwering, Universität Münster
Local Organizer Team
Alexander Wolff, University of Würzburg
Johannes Zink, University of Würzburg
Thomas van Dijk, University of Würzburg

Key dates for submissions (all midnight, UTC)

Submissions open
April 2021
Submission deadline
Friday 19th November 2021
Friday 17th December 2021
Submission of final versions
Friday 28th January 2022

Types of submission

We solicit three types of contributions to the workshop program:

Regular papers are intended for presenting original research. Research posters are intended for those summarizing current projects or new techniques at an early stage of development. New map designs are intended for those submitting fresh alternatives to current (official) schematic maps, or new applications of the transit map metaphor. All submissions will undergo a peer-review process and accepted contributions are made available electronically as a collection of preprints for the benefit of the community. Results presented at the Schematic Mapping Workshop are expected to appear later in other conferences with formal proceedings and/or in journals.

The program will also contain position papers giving state-of-the-art overviews, or intended to form the basis of discussion. These will be invited by the workshop chairs, but proposals for these are welcome. Please contact the with a summary of your proposed position paper topic before proceeding.

Submission format

All submissions must be formatted using the IEEE conference format. Templates are available here both for LaTeX and for Microsoft Word. Submissions are accepted as PDF files only. The workshop proceedings will be published as a collection of preprints.

All submissions will be handled through EasyChair once the submission portal is activated.


The workshop will be held in Würzburg, Germany at the university's Chair for Computer Science I.

Contact details

For questions about the scientific program and paper submissions contact:

For questions about the workshop in general, contact the local organizers: