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Fwd: NCKRI News: cave and karst news and announcements

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 12 Jul 2017

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От кого: George Veni <>
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Дата: Среда, 12 июля 2017, 3:46 +03:00
Тема: NCKRI News: cave and karst news and announcements

Dear Friends,


The 17th International Congress of Speleology is nearly upon us! I look forward to seeing many of you there. Here is the list of this message’s news and updates:


·       International Congress of Speleology Updates

·       11th EuroSpeleo Forum, Belgium: Registration is Open

·       28th Annual Cave Science Symposium, UK

·       Sinkhole Conference: Call for Abstracts Open Until 15 August

·       EuroKarst 2018, France

·       National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, USA

·       4th Texas Hydro Geo Workshop, USA

·       Minnesota, USA, Dye Tracing Website Now Available

·       Grant Opportunity: Cave and Karst Conservation Assistance for the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, USA

·       11th Balkan Caving Camp, Greece

·       International Speleological Connections

·       List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


As always, look below for the full information, contact the people and organizations listed if you want more details, and feel free to share this message with anyone who may be interested.






International Congress of Speleology Updates


Latest Speleo 2017 eBulletin is attached.  This issue contains information on Speleo Olympics, Day Registrations, Congress Banquet and Donors’ Dinner.


Don’t forget to visit https://www.speleo2017.com for further information or email us at  with any inquiries. 


Speleo 2017 Organising Committee




11th EuroSpeleo Forum (Caving Days) – 15-17 September 2017 – Ferrières, Belgium


The Belgian and Dutch caving organizations have the pleasure to invite you to the 11th EuroSpeleo Forum from 15 th to 17 th September 2017. The EuroSpeleo Forum will be held during the so called Caving Days that are organized by the Belgian and Dutch cavers every two years. The EuroSpeleo Forum is supported by the European Speleological Federation FSE. The event will take place at the Collège SaintRoch (ASBL Bernardfagne) in Ferrières in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes.


Registration for the EuroSpeleo Forum is now open. The regsitration form in english can be found at:



All information on the EuroSpeleo Forum in English and French can be found in the first circular at:



Or at the website at: https://www.speleovvs.be/index.php/en/caving-days


We welcome you all in September in Belgium.




28th Annual Cave Science Symposium, UK


The British Cave Research Association, Yorkshire Geological Society, and Leeds Geological Association are pleased to announce details of the 28th Annual Cave Science Symposium and associated field trips. The Symposium will be hosted by Prof. Simon Bottrell and Dr. Phillip Murphy of the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, on Saturday 21st October, 2017. A programme of presentations is being assembled that will be of interest to anyone wishing to know more about the cave and karst environment.


Call for Abstracts


The response to the first call for abstracts has been very positive and it already looks like we will have a fascinating collection of talks on our special session, “Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales”. Oral and poster presentations on this special theme are still invited, as well as all cave and karst topics from other regions.


Abstracts should be submitted by email no later than 31st August, 2017, to the lecture secretary, Gina Moseley gina.moseley[-at-]uibk.ac.at. Please include all authors with their affiliations, an email address for the primary author, and an abstract of up to 500 words (main text and references only). If you are intending to submit an abstract, Gina would appreciate you sending her an email with a preliminary title. Don’t worry, there is no commitment, but it helps her to compile a diverse and interesting programme.




Registration will take place on the day and a small admission charge will be requested to cover refreshments, though entry will be free to speakers, students, and members of the sponsoring organisations. Donations to help finance the meeting will gladly be accepted.


To register your interest in joining or presenting at the meeting, please visit the doodle poll (http://doodle.com/poll/r2s9cbfe8rzsye7a).




The address for the venue is School of Earth and Environment, Maths/Earth and Environment Building, The University of Leeds, Leeds. LS2 9JT, United Kingdom. Further details on ‘where to find us’ are located here: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/contact/find-us/


Field-Trips: (1) Giggleswick Scar (2) Appletreewick and Greenhow


(1)  The field meeting led by Dr. Trevor Faulkner to Giggleswick Scar on Sunday 22nd October, 2017, is now full. Anyone still interested should contact Trevor at t.faulkner[-at-]bcra.org to be placed on the reserve list.


(2)  A second field meeting on Sunday 22nd October, 2017, will be led by Dr. Phillip Murphy to the karst of Appletreewick and Greenhow. The trip will include a visit to Gillfield Level and is suitable for a maximum of 10 people per trip. Please register your interest in attending with Gina Moseley (gina.moseley[-at-]uibk.ac.at) as soon as possible, and if needed a second trip will be run.


Symposium Organisers


Please contact Dr. Phillip Murphy (P.J.Murphy[-at-]leeds.ac.uk]) for details of the venue and local facilities in Leeds.  Contact Gina Moseley (gina.moseley[-at-]uibk.ac.at) for details of the programme and for enquiries concerning oral or poster presentations, and Trevor Faulkner (t.faulkner[-at-]bcra.org.uk) for details of the field trip to Giggleswick Scar.




Sinkhole Conference: Call for Abstracts Open Until 15 August


The Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, generally called “The Sinkhole Conference,” is the longest-running international conference of its type. Since 1984, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, land managers, biologists, and many others have gathered at these meetings to exchange cutting-edge information on karst and its many benefits and challenges. The call for abstracts is open for the 15th Sinkhole Conference. Abstracts may be submitted until 15 August 2017t.


The 15th Sinkhole Conference will occur on 2-6 April 2018 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA, about a 1.5 hour drive from the Washington, DC area. The conference circular, which is a convenient summary of the conference, is now available and downloadable from http://www.sinkholeconference.com/, where all other conference details can also be found. To submit your abstracts and for instructions on preparing them, see http://www.sinkholeconference.com/abstract-and-paper-submissions-notification-content.


On behalf of the 15th Sinkhole Conference Organizing Committee, we look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in Shepherdstown next year!


George Veni

Sinkhole Conference Co-chair

NCKRI Executive Director




EuroKarst 2018, France


Dear friends and colleagues,


A brief message to announce that EuroKarst will be held next year in Besançon from the 2nd to the 6th of July 2018.


To participate, submit your abstract before October 1st 2017 on www.eurokarst.org.



Catherine Bertrand and Philippe Renard




National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, USA


The 2017 NCKMS will be held Oct. 16-20 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and that there are rooms set aside at a couple of hotels (one is rumored to have ghosts) in Eureka Springs for this event. It is important to go ahead and reserve a room sooner rather than later to ensure those interested get rooms. The Symposium price is a great deal and should fall under Federal per diem rates.


Reserve your room and also don't forget about the deadline of Sept. 10 for submitting a paper or two.




Look under Travel Info and then Locations to reserve a room for Symposium prices.




4th Texas Hydro Geo Workshop, USA


Just a reminder that the 4th Texas Hydro Geo Workshop is scheduled for September 15-17, 2017 at Cave Without a Name. This event is designed for students and professionals wanting to learn more about caves, karst, and the tools used to study them. We’ve got a number of new modules and many of the old ones returning this year. If you would like to be a sponsor of the event or present a module, please contact the organizers by the end of July so we can get you on the program.


Dr. Thomas Adams, Curator of Paleontology and Geology at the Witte Museum will be our key note speaker in the cave on Saturday night.


To register and for more information, visit http://caves.org/grotto/bexargrotto/HydroGeo/


Also, please register soon as the event usually is full by the end of August.




Minnesota, USA, Dye Tracing Website Now Available


The Minnesota DNR has been working in conjunction with the University of Minnesota on a project to document and make available to the public dye trace reports and articles about dye tracing and karst conduit flow in Minnesota. We now have a significant amount of information available on the web. This includes a means for making the reporting from all those years available using a combination of the DNR website and the University Digital Conservancy. Each link on the dye tracing webpage (linked below) leads either to a UDC page or a link somewhere that already existed. The traces are organized first by county and then by colloquial name of the study area. There is also a “related information” section that contains links to other works or papers that are generally related to dye tracing but do not contain information specific to any trace that doesn’t exist elsewhere.


DNR Dye Trace Reports Webpage




Grant Opportunity: Cave and Karst Conservation Assistance for the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, USA


Through a cooperative effort, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Roswell Field Office and the Recipient will work together to maintain, improve, explore and study Fort Stanton Cave resources within BLM New Mexico public lands, as well as seek and use the skills, knowledge, and expertise in Recipient organization to plan, develop, and implement cave management and conservation efforts with BLM New Mexico. BLM benefited greatly from an existing Assistance Agreement that helps BLM manage this world-class cave system.


For more information, visit http://www.Grants.gov and search on L17AS00187.




11th Balkan Caving Camp, Greece


Dear cavers,

On behalf of the Hellenic Federation of Speleology (FHS) we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 11th Balkan Caving Camp. The event will be held from August 28th to September 3rd, 2017 in Leonidio, Peloponnesus, Greece.


The event is organized by the Hellenic Federation of Speleology (FHS) under the patronage of Balkan Speleological Union (BSU). Τhe camp is going to be seven days long and will host many cavers from the Balkan Peninsula and from all over Europe too.


For more information see: https://archive.org/details/11thBalkanCaversCamp2017 or https://www.facebook.com/11th-Balkan-Caving-Camp-2017-in-Leonidio-301383733616075/


Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Best regards.

On behalf of the Hellenic Federation of Speleology (FHS)




International Speleological Connections


Periodically I hear from people seeking cavers and scientists in other countries. As a reminder to all, go the website of the International Union of Speleology at http://www.uis-speleo.org/ and you’ll find connections to people around the world. Also, don’t miss the Commissions, special interest groups in all aspects of speleology. They would welcome your participation.




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


1)          17th International Congress of Speleology, 23-30 July 2017 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), http://speleo2017.com/

2)          International Clean-up of Gouffre Berger, 1-15 August 2017 (Vercors, France), http://cds39.fr/BFC/index.

3)         11th Balkan Caving Camp, 28 August – 3 September 2017 (Leonidio, Greece), https://archive.org/details/11thBalkanCaversCamp2017 or https://www.facebook.com/11th-Balkan-Caving-Camp-2017-in-Leonidio-301383733616075/

4)         11th EuroSpeleo Forum, 15-17 September 2017 (Ferrières, Belgium), https://www.speleovvs.be/index.php/en/caving-days

5)         Biospeleology Conference, 21-23 September 2017 (Seville, Spain),   https://5encuentrobssevill.wixsite.com/veibs

6)         44th International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress, 25-29 September 2017 (Dubrovnik, Croatia), http://iah2017.org/

7)         National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 16-20 October 2017 (Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA), http://www.nckms2017.com/

8)         British Cave Research Association 28th Cave Science Symposium, 20-21 October 2017 (Leeds, UK), website to be announced.

9)         Geological Society of America Convention, 22-25 October (Seattle, -Washington, USA), http://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Annual_Meeting/GSA/Events/gsa2017.aspx

10)      International Conference on Geomorphology, 6-11 November 2017 (New Delhi, India), karst session, http://www.icg2017.com/session.php

11)      Workshop: Grotte de Han, New Dramatic Effect of Lighting, 16-18 November 2017 (Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium), .

12)      To Know and Share Caves and Karsts: Understanding, Conservation, and Geotourism, 6-9 March 2018 (Ardèche, France), https://dhuguet.wixsite.com/cavesymposium2018

13)      The Sinkhole Conference, joint with the 3rd Appalachian Karst Symposium, 2-6 April 2018 (Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA), http://www.sinkholeconference.com/

14)      EuroKarst 2018, 2-6 July 2018, (Besançon, France), http://www.eurokarst.org/

15)      18th International Vulcanospeleology Symposium, 21-27 July 2018 (Lava Beds National Monument, California, USA), http://www.vulcanospeleology.org/sym18/ISV18.html

16)      EuroSpeleo Forum 2018, 23-26 August 2018 (Ebensee, Austria), http://eurospeleo.at/expo.html.

17)      24th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 20-24 August 2018 (University of Aveiro, Portugal), http://24icsb.web.ua.pt/.




George Veni, PhD

Executive Director

National Cave and Karst Research Institute

400-1 Cascades Avenue

Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA

Office: 575-887-5517

Mobile: 210-863-5919

Fax: 575-887-5523



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