Prof. Dr. Milan Konecny
Professor, Head of Laboratory on Geoinformatics and Cartography, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic


He is the Professor of Cartography and Geoinformatics of the Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He was/is a Guest Professor of The Chinese University in Hong Kong, The Henan University, Kaifeng, the Vienna University, Austria, the D. Serikbayev East Kazakhstan State Technical Universityin Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, and Constantine the Philosopher University of Nitra, Slovakia. Contemporary he is a Guest Professor in the Shenzhen University, China. Prof. Konecny took the leadership in many international professional bodies, during 2003-7 was President of International Cartographic Association (ICA), and now serves as chairman of ICA Commission on Cartography on Early Warning and Crises Management, the Acting President and the Vice-President of International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) and Academician and Vice-President of International Eurasian Academy of Science. He is a co-author (with K. Rais) of first GIS book in the World (1985). In last years he published or edited books and/or special international scientific journals issues, e.g.: Thematic Cartography for the Society and Geographic Information and Cartography for Risk and Crisis Management; Towards Better Solutions. Both books have published in Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Springer Verlag (2014 resp. 2010), both with co-authors T. Bandrova and S. Zlatanova; Data Infrastructures for Spatial Information Society (with P. Kubicek and al., 2012), Dynamic Geovisualization in Crises Management (2011), Geoinformation Support for Flood Management in China and the Czech Republic (with E. Mulickova, P. Kubicek, and Li, Jing, all published by Masaryk university, Brno; two special volumes of International Journal of Digital Earth, Early Warning and Disaster management: the importance of geographic information (with  W. Reinhardt), Taylor Francis (2010), etc. In 2017 he acts as invited academic editor of the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information(IJGI) Special Issue titled:  “Smart Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction: Big Data Concepts for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)” and he is guest co-editor of the Smart Cartography for Big Data Solutions Special Issue of IJGI.

He leaded or co-leaded  many domestic and international research projects, which are oriented, in last 15 years  for  EW and Crises Management challenges and, as well as, geoinfostrategies agenda in Big Data era. Last years he was a representative of Czech Republic in EU-China project of High Governmental Level devoted to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), contemporary he leads China-Czech Intergovernmental Science and Technology Cooperation Project 2017.4-2019.12titled: Dynamic mapping methods oriented to risk and disaster management in the era of big data. He is a researcher and leader for EU-China relations in Horizon 2020 EU-China, Call: H2020-SFS-2018-2020(Sustainable Food Security), Topic: SFS-38-2018, Type of action: RIA, Proposal number: SEP-210522327, Proposal acronym: SIEUSOIL;the projectwill design, implement and test a shared China-EU Web Observatory platform that will provide Open Linked Datato monitor status and threats of soil and assist in decision making for sustainable support of agro-ecosystem functions.

Prof. Konecny also develops studies of DRR in big urban areas as a part of Smart Cities concepts.


Disaster Risk Reduction Challenges for ICA and ISPRS Research Agenda – Synergy and Cooperation
United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Sendai, Japan (2015) defined four new necessary priorities of action for improvement management of risks and disasters in 4 points: 1:Understanding disaster risk;2:Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk;3:Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience;4:  Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” inrecovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

ICA and ISPRS have enormous research, scientific and as well as application potentials based on newest information and communication technologies to realize above mentioned topics and improve all process of early warning, disaster risk management and new wider concept of Disaster Risk Reduction. Both professional organizations (followed later also by FIG) developed from 2004 resp. 2005 concept and methodologies to create new smart solutions of DRR. They are also part of U.N. GGIM efforts and core activities strengtheningthe GlobalData Ecosystem. U.N. GGIM is an umbrella above all important world activities of GEO, GEOSS, COPERNICUS, INSPIRE and others. Similar intention has International Society of Digital Earth initiative Digital Belt and Road Program (DBAR).

Speaker will observe potentials of deeper cooperation of ISPRS, which is producing, elaborating and dealing with Big Data, and ICA which has knowledge and ambitions to prepare Big Data for delivering to inhabitants of all ages, decision-makers and scientists by modern and attractive visualization way. Till now, development of DRR solutions is going on more separately than combined and coordinated. The speaker will highlight some items of better cooperation and give also several practical examples.