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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 04 Apr 2019

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Дата: Четверг, 4 апреля 2019, 6:02 +02:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


Here are the latest cave and karst news and announcements:


Job Opportunities

·     Lincoln National Forest Cave Specialist and Cave Ecosystem Program Manager

·     Operations Division Director at NCKRI!



·     6th International Course, Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro

·     Edwards Aquifer Authority Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Annette Summers Engel, San Antonio, Texas, USA

·     Short Course KARSYS: Applied and Innovative Methods for the Management of Karst Environment, Slovenia

·     Bat Survey Workshops: USA


Various News

·     EuroSpeleo Newsletter, March 2019 – Bulletin d'information EuroSpeleo, mars 2019

·     4th International Competition: Karst Under Protection—Gift for the Future Generations, Sofia, Bulgaria

·     International Student Competition: Karst - the Last White Spot on the Planet Earth


Conferences and Meetings

·     Call for Presentations: 8th U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

·     Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: A Workshop on Sustainability and Community, Kentucky, USA

·     23rd National Cave and Karst Management Symposium: Bristol, Virginia, USA

·     British Cave Research Association 30th Annual Cave Science Symposium: Nottingham, UK

·     List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


Please contact the people and organizations listed below for more information, and feel free to share this message with anyone who may be interested.






Job Opportunity: Lincoln National Forest Cave Specialist and Cave Ecosystem Program Manager


About the Position

This position serves as the Lincoln National Forest Cave Specialist and Cave Ecosystem Program Manager as well as the Guadalupe District Recreation Staff. The position responsibilities are very complex, covering all technical cave-related matters across the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico, USA (including three Districts encompassing more than a million acres and 250 caves). The responsibilities include managing the Forest-wide program, including budgeting, permitting, cave fauna surveys emphasizing bat species and habitat, White Nose Syndrome (WNS) decontamination procedures, NEPA compliance, maintaining cave files, partnership building, educational outreach, creating and providing presentations, participating in interagency work-teams, and interfacing with the Forest Supervisor, the Supervisor’s staff, and the Regional Office. Recreation duties will include supervising a full time Recreation Program Manager with oversight of the Recreation Program on the Guadalupe Ranger District.


Qualification Requirements

Those who are interested must meet the qualification requirements for either the GS-1301 or the GS-0401 series, which are covered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions: GS-1301 Physical Scientist or GS-0401 Biological Scientist. The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook Manual is available for review at any federal personnel office or on the Internet at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/general-physical-science-series-1301/, or https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/general-natural-resources-management-and-biological-sciences-series-0401/.


Qualifications include a geology background OR a biology background (education and/or job experience) with an emphasis in cave or karst habitat, bat management and speleology to manage the caves based on science.  Additional skills being reviewed are the ability to educate the general public/students through presentations; a working knowledge of cave resource and fauna management; WNS threats and decontamination procedures; and professional writing skills.


The job will require ability to access the caves in the Lincoln National Forest, including traversing rugged, rocky terrain with steep canyon walls under high desert extreme weather environmental conditions: hot temperatures (>100 °F) or cold temperatures (<20 °F), aridity, and little to no shade. The job requires demonstrated skill in single rope techniques (SRT), rigging, and cave safety to access and traverse through the caves.


Job specific duties include highly technical skills in all aspects of vertical and horizontal caving, including, but not limited to, cave survey, maintaining/designing cave gates, cave trail maintenance/evaluation, cave significance determination/evaluation, impact monitoring and restoration, use of GPS and cave environment monitoring equipment, SRT, setting bolts, resource protection oversight and participation in cave SARs, as well as permitting, interfacing with the public and scientists and providing oversight/approval of cave and karst research, educating/training others in technical skills, and maintaining a cache of caving equipment to the highest safety standards.



The position is located in the Guadalupe District Office, Carlsbad, New Mexico, and is supervised by the Guadalupe District Ranger. Frequent travel of distances 1-3 hours from the office is required in a government furnished vehicle. The vast majority of Lincoln National Forest caves are located 1-2 hours from Carlsbad on the Guadalupe Ranger District.


Response due: April 15, 2019

Interested applicants should Aaron Stockton, Guadalupe District Ranger, at , for the Outreach Form and complete email it to him by April 15, 2019. The permanent position should be flown towards the end of April 2019. Responses to this outreach will be used to help determine through what hiring authorities candidates will be considered. A 120-day detail may be filled from responses to this outreach.




Job Opportunity: Operations Division Director at NCKRI!


The US National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) wishes to hire a director for our administrative activities. This person will establish, supervise, and monitor NCKRI’s operations goals, with a focus on fiscal operations and fund raising. No caving experience or cave or karst knowledge is required. The position description is provided at:



This position will be based at NCKRI Headquarters in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA. To apply for the job, for questions about applying for the job, and other questions related to employment, please see https://www.nmt.edu/hr/employment.php. NCKRI is proud to be administered by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, which employs all NCKRI personnel.


If you have questions about the job’s responsibilities, contact NCKRI Executive Director Dr. George Veni (all of his contact information is below at the end of this message).




6th International Course: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro


The 6th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), sponsored by UNESCO and several other institutions, will take place in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Virpazar, Montenegro between May 26 - June 4, 2019. Up to date 25 applications have arrived, and few more places are available. The tentative program, promotional leaflet, and application form can be found at www.karst.edu.rs. 




Edwards Aquifer Authority Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Annette Summers Engel, San Antonio, Texas, USA


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Annette Summers Engel will be the next Edwards Aquifer Authority Distinguished Lecturer on Friday, May 3, 2019.


The six and a half hour presentation will include the following topics: Carbon in karst, geochemical interfaces, microbial diversity of caves and karst, subterranean fauna (and finding unicorns) – case studies from aquifers, karst, and lava tubes, motivation for and consequences of exploration, professional ethics of explorers as educators and scientists.


Dr. Engel obtained her Ph.D. From the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and also holds a M.S. in Biological Sciences and in Geology from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in Geology from Wittenberg University.


She was an assistant and associate professor in geomicrobiology at Louisiana State University prior to becoming the Donald H. Jones Professor of Aqueous Geochemistry at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2011.


The focus of her research has been on systems influenced by sulfidic waters and formed from sulfuric acid speleogenesis and now her research involves investigating the biological diversity of caves in the Appalachians and examining the food web dynamics and biodiversity of Hawaiian lava tubes.


Dr. Engel has been honored for her research and scholarship having received the James G. Mitchell award and the Science award from the National Speleological Society, a recipient of a Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Award, and is a Fellow of the National Speleological Society, Geological Society of America, and the Explorers Club.


For further information, registration and payment online: http://bit.ly/DLecture


Geary Schindel


Geary Schindel

Chief Technical Officer,

Aquifer Management Services





Short Course KARSYS: Applied and Innovative Methods for the Management of Karst Environment, Slovenia



Saturday 22nd June, 2019, at the 27th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”, Postojna, Slovenia http://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/



Dr. Pierre-Yves Jeannin, Dr. Arnauld Malard (ISSKA, CH).


This workshop is dedicated to the learning of the KARSYS approach through an application on a pilot site by using the Visual KARSYS web-service which is under development (https://visualkarsys.isska.ch/). Participants will be introduced in theoretical aspects of the approach and in the practical process of its application.


KARSYS is developed for hydrogeologists working in karst regions, in order to address hydrogeological questions in a very pragmatic and concrete way. KARSYS makes it possible to build an explicit conceptual model (3D image) of the karst aquifers and of the associated flow systems. The approach is based on a 3D model of the aquifer synthesizing all standard geological and hydrological data and coupling a series of simple hydraulic principles. This provides, within a limited effort, a consistent hydrogeological conceptual model of karst flow systems within any investigation area. The course is designed for hydrogeologists with basic knowledge on karst, hydrogeology and 3D modelling. Any professional interested in groundwater management, engineering, renewable energies in karst environments will gain a good understanding of karst hydrogeology and a pragmatic way to assess karst hydrogeological systems.


The course will be extended further with an introduction to KarstALEA method, which has been developed for predicting the position and characteristics of karst occurrences within a massif. KarstALEA was initially designed for tunneling, but can be applied to any kind of underground construction in karst areas. At last, an outlook to flow simulation procedures based on KARSYS (KarstFlowSIM) will be presented.


KarstALEA and KarstFlowSIM are both extensions of KARSYS, providing de facto a consistent and continuous workflow in karst to address pragmatic issues.




Bat Survey Workshops: USA


Hello from Bat Survey Solutions --


I hope you are getting off to a good start with your bat work this year. In case you are looking for a refresher course, or if you have staff and colleagues to train, check out our courses at http://www.batsurveysolutions.com. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn acoustic survey methods and echolocation call data analysis at our field course in Tucson, Arizona, April 8-13 and/or at our classroom data analysis training in Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 26-28 (immediately following the Western Bat Working Group Meeting).


Now that spring has sprung throughout most of the country it’s time to start thinking about summer bat surveys. You can choose join us for an 8-day / 7-night field course in Portal Arizona, Great Basin Nevada or Mammoth Cave Kentucky and get valuable training with combined contact and non-contact methods for the study of bats. All of our venues are top notch for encountering a wide variety of bat species, but the Great Basin location is going to be especially fantastic. So, if you want to brush up on your skills, or send your staff and colleagues to an unforgettable training, consider joining us there in July. We are already taking registrations for this class, and we expect it to fill up soon!


I look forward to working with you again sometime in 2019. And, feel free to share this information with your friends and colleagues. As always, please contact me if you have questions or need more information about these upcoming trainings or any past workshops we’ve offered.


All the best,


Janet Debelak Tyburec

Bat Survey Solutions, LLC

P.O. Box 86493

Tucson, Arizona 85754

Cell/Text: 520.404.7406





EuroSpeleo Newsletter, March 2019 – Bulletin d'information EuroSpeleo, mars 2019


English version (version Française ci-dessous)

It is with great pleasure that the European Speleological Federation (FSE) publishes its first EuroSpeleo Newsletter in year 2019. This Newsletter will be exclusively available in electronic form and it will be distributed through the FSE mailing lists, website and Facebook page. It will be edited by the FSE Bureau and will inform member countries and individual speleologists about important events nationally and internationally as well as new developments and the initiatives of the FSE and its member countries. This Newsletter will be released on an occasional basis.


Please spread this newsletter on the broadest way possible among caving clubs and individual speleologists and all those interested.


You can download the English version of the March 2019 Newsletter here:  



With cordial regards,

The FSE Bureau, March 2019



Version Française

C'est avec grand plaisir que la Fédération Spéléologique Européenne (FSE) publie le Bulletin d'Information EuroSpeleo, mars 2019. Ce bulletin sera exclusivement disponible sous forme électronique, et il sera distribué à travers les listes de diffusion FSE, le site Web et la page Facebook. Il sera édité par le Bureau de la FSE et informera les pays membres et spéléologues individuels sur des choses importantes à l'échelle nationale et internationale ainsi que de nouveaux développements et des initiatives de la FSE et ses pays membres. Ce bulletin sera publié sur une base occasionnelle.


S'il vous plaît diffuser ce bulletin d'information sur la manière la plus large possible parmi les clubs spéléologiques et spéléologues individuels et tous ceux qui s'intéressent.


Vous pouvez télecharger la version Française du Bulletin d”Information de mars 2019 ici:




Le Bureau de la FSE, mars 2019


With best regards

RNDr. Alena Gessert, PhD.
FSE General secretary

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4th International Competition: Karst Under Protection—Gift for the Future Generations, Sofia, Bulgaria


Dear lovers of karst and caves,

I have the honor to announce the opening of the Fourth Edition of the International Competition, Karst under protection – gift for the future generation. The invitation to participate is valid until May 19, 2019.


The new edition of this competition is a part of the program of the International Scientific-practical forum “Protected Karst Territories – Legislation, Tourism and Monitoring” (ProKARSTerra`2019, Sofia, Bulgaria, http://prokarstterra.bas.bg/forum2019) and it is held under the forum’s motto: “Protected karst territories – islands of sustainable development.”


The competition offers 17 rubrics allocated to the traditional five categories, hoping to satisfy the interests of more candidates, according to their abilities. The six evaluation criteria developed along the former competitions are already proven to be effective, and evaluation will be done by an authoritative and impartial international jury.


Detailed information on the conditions for participation and the results from previous editions of the competition can be found on this site. For any questions please use the offered contact addresses.


Let us jointly rediscover karst and with your original works to popularize it among people - they deserve to learn more about this natural phenomenon. Not only because it is unique and attractive and still hides secrets about our planet, but also because it is widespread and its nature and specifics continue to be offensively unknown to our contemporaries.


We wish all the contestants of the competition much inspiration and the very best of luck.


We will be happy to congratulate you at the ceremony session on 29 September 2019 in Sofia as winners in one of the competition categories.




International Student Competition: Karst - the Last White Spot on the Planet Earth


We are pleased to present our new initiative - the international competition "Karst - the Last White Spot on the Planet Earth”. It is designed for students aged 16 to 19, who have a lasting interest in karst, caves and for field research. The competition is organized under the auspices of UNESCO. It is another international initiative of the specialized educational strategy ProKARSTerra-Edu, developed by the Experimental Laboratory of Karstology at National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography – BAS.


This competition is different from other International competitions and Olympiads, and we hope to bring on the interest of students and teachers from all over the world for whom karst and caves are inspirational. The competition regulation provides for active participation of professional karstologists and speleologists as mentors. For more information please check its Internet site: http://prokarstterra.bas.bg/sci-competition.


Let us make together a successful start to a new and inspiring innovative form of karst education. In August we are expecting you in sunny Bulgaria, rich in karst and caves.


On behalf of the organizers:

Petаr Stefanov


For contact:   or 




Call for Presentations: 8th U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee, USA


Mission of the Karst Interest Group

The Karst Interest Group’s (KIG) mission is to encourage and support inter-disciplinary collaboration and technology transfer among U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists working in karst areas. Additionally, the KIG encourages the exchange of karst-related information between USGS scientists and scientists from various other entities.


Purpose of the workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together scientists from different offices of the USGS, Department of the Interior, other Federal and state agencies, research institutes, and universities to present the results of scientific work in karst areas or discuss karst related programs in their bureaus or offices. Tennessee State University is hosting and providing the meeting space. The workshop represents an excellent opportunity for attendees to experience the stunning karst terrain of central Tennessee.


Technical sessions will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 13 and 14, 2020. The optional field trip to karst in the Cumberland Plateau is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020. Ben Miller , USGS Nashville, Tennessee, is the field trip chair and Tom Byl USGS Nashville, Tennessee, and Tennessee State University adjunct professor, is coordinating the local logistics.  Allan Clark  and Douglas Schnoebelen , USGS San Antonio, TX are the new USGS Karst Interest Group co-coordinators.


The USGS KIG workshop is being held the week before the UNESCO 2020 Karst Workshop, “Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources” which will take place at the Mammoth Cave Biosphere Reserve during May 18–22, 2020. There will be an optional weekend field trip following the KIG workshop for those planning to attend both workshops (details regarding the May 16-17, 2020, optional field trip will be announced later). The official announcement for the UNESCO 2020 Karst Workshop following this announcement. If you want to provide input to the UNESCO meeting, follow this link to rank your top three interests and/or offer additional suggestions, https://goo.gl/forms/dV6kvwvEyAQs5pLc2.   


Suggested topics for papers and posters for the USGS KIG Workshop in 2020:

·                  Geophysical methods in karst

·                  Karst ecosystems

·                  Karst in Tennessee

·                  Karst geomicrobiology

·                  Programs within DOI that involve karst

·                  Numerical modeling in karst

·                  Karst in coastal zones

·                  Contaminant transport in karst

·                  Sediment transport in karst conduits systems

·                  Pathogens in karst

·                  Effects of climate change on karst aquifers

·                  Natural resource development in karst areas

·                  Geochemistry of karst systems

·                  Aquifer hydraulics in karst systems

·                  Tracers in karst

·                  Fractured carbonate systems

·                  Speleogenesis

·                  Cave and spring species and habitats

·                  Evaporite-carbonate karst differences

·                  Karst hazards

·                  Agriculture and karst issues

·                  Geologic framework of karst systems

·                  Karst Aquifer Systems


Presentation idea submission instructions

Submit your idea for an oral or poster session and publication in the proceedings via email to Eve Kuniansky () no later than September 9, 2019. You will be notified via email by September 30, 2019 of acceptance for oral or poster session.


Preliminary title:

Corresponding author’s name and email address:

Session preference--oral, poster, or do not care:

Brief description of paper or abstract:



A U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report of the proceeding’s papers will be published. All papers must have a minimum of two peer reviews. Additionally, papers must be approved for publication through the normal report-review process of your agency. For example, USGS information products containing new research or interpretive information, that is, material that has not been published previously in a USGS series publication, outside publication, or elsewhere will need to be approved by a Bureau Approving Official (BAO) in the USGS Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI). If you are having difficulty finding colleague/peer reviewers for your paper, contact Allan Clark () or Douglas Schnoebelen (), the proceedings co-coordinators.


Extended abstracts are limited to 10 pages and must be approved for publication. USGS personnel must provide the IPDS number for their individually approved extended abstract. The Microsoft Word manuscript template and guidelines will be provided after acceptance by the technical committee, along with the deadline for submitting the final, approved paper.


Proceedings of previous workshops are available online:

1.               Kuniansky, E.L. , ed.,  2001, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group proceedings, St Petersburg, Florida, February 13-16, 2001: USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report 01-4011, 211 p.

2.               Kuniansky, E.L. , ed.,  2002, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group proceedings, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, August 20-22, 2002: USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4174, 89 p.

3.               Kuniansky, E.L. , ed.,  2005, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group proceedings, Rapid City, South Dakota, September 12-15, 2005: USGS Scientific Investigations Report 05-5160, 296 p.

4.               Kuniansky, E.L. , ed.,  2008, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group proceedings, Bowling Green, Kentucky, May 27-29, 2008: USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5023, 142 p.

5.               Kuniansky, E.L. , ed.,  2011, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group proceedings, Fayetteville, Arkansas, April 26-29, 2011: USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5031, 212 p.

6.               Kuniansky, E.L. and Spangler, L.E., eds., 2014, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group proceedings, Carlsbad, New Mexico, April 29-May 2, 2014: USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5035, 155p.

7.               Kuniansky, E.L., and Spangler, L.E., eds., 2017, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group proceedings, San Antonio, Texas, May 16–18, 2017: USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5023, 245 p., http://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175023 .


Allan K. Clark, P.G.




5563 De Zavala Rd., suite 290

San Antonio, Tx 78249


(210)275-2025 cell





Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: A Workshop on Sustainability and Community, Kentucky, USA


The George Wright Society, Western Kentucky University, and the Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve invite you to join us May 18-22, 2020 on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA for an international karst workshop.

This meeting brings together major international conservation and science programs to develop an enhanced communication network and facilitate collaboration between these programs and with the scientific community. Although the meeting will include participants from UNESCO programs, the workshop is not sanctioned by UNESCO or the U.S. government.


Registration Opening May 2019!


Full registration includes:

  • Entrance to all technical sessions and workshops.
  • Meeting program, commemorative pint glass, and lunch each day.
  • Welcome reception, May 18.
  • Poster session and reception, May 19.
  • Field excursion to Mammoth Cave National Park and International Biosphere Reserve, May 20.
  • Dinner, tour, and local music at Hidden River Cave, May 20.
  • Closing Banquet at Lost River Cave, May 21.
  • Airport shuttle to/from Nashville Airport, TN on May 18 and May 22.


Early Bird Registration (by January 31, 2020):

$450 Regular, $225 Students

General Registration (after January 31, 2020):

$500 Regular, $275 Students

Abstract Submission: November 30, 2019


Pre-Conference Field Trip

Preceding the conference will be an optional two-day field trip (May 16-17, 2020) at Mammoth Cave National Park and International Biosphere Reserve co-hosted with the USGS Karst Interest Group and the Cave Research Foundation.


IAH Karst Commission 50thAnniversary

Join us in celebrating 50 years of scientific research and promoting sustainable management of karst water resources with the International Association of Hydrogeologists Commission on Karst Hydrogeology.





23rd National Cave and Karst Management Symposium: Bristol, Virginia, USA


The next National Cave and Karst Management Symposium (NCKMS) will be held in Bristol, Virginia, USA, on October 7 – 11, 2019. This is the world’s longest running conference on cave and karst management. Field and cave trips, social activities, and a wide array of sessions are planned. The abstract deadline is 3 June 2019.


For information on NCKMS registration, sponsorship opportunities, and more, visit www.nckms2019.org or contact Zenah Orndorff or Katarina Kosič Ficco at




British Cave Research Association 30th Annual Cave Science Symposium: Nottingham, UK


The British Cave Research Association is pleased to announce details of the 30th Annual Cave Science Symposium. The Symposium will be hosted by Dr. Andy Farrant of the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, on Saturday 19th October, 2019. A programme of presentations is being assembled that will be of interest to anyone wishing to know more about the underground environment. Further details will follow in later circulars, as well as via other BCRA news outlets.



This year’s symposium will feature a keynote lecture by Dr. Peter Wynn (University of Lancaster) dedicated to Twentieth Century Records of Pollution within Stalagmites.  In addition, the symposium will include oral and poster presentations covering BCRA’s principal areas of interest. Following the symposium, an informal evening meal will be arranged for those who are interested. Details are to be announced.


Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are welcome for posters or oral presentations on any topic of cave or karst-based research, and these should be submitted by email no later than 31st August, 2019, 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 for the Symposium will follow at a later date.



The address for the venue is the De la Beche Conference Suite, Environmental Science Centre, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG, UK. Further details on ‘where to find us’ are located here https://www.bgs.ac.uk/contacts/sites/keyworth/home.html


Fieldtrip to Cresswell Crags – Sunday 20th October, 2019

A fieldtrip to Cresswell Crags lead by Prof. Andrew Chamberlain (University of Manchester) will take place on Sunday 20th October, 2019. Further details will follow in later circulars.


Symposium Organisers

Please contact Dr. Andy Farrant (ar[-at-]bgs.ac.uk) for details of the venue and local facilities in Keyworth.  Contact Gina Moseley (gina.moseley[-at-]uibk.ac.at) for details of the programme and for enquiries concerning oral or poster presentations. All are welcome, and we look forward to seeing you at the symposium.




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


1)            Hypogea 2019: The International Congress of Speleology in Artificial Cavities, 20-25 May 2019 (Dobrich, Bulgaria), http://www.hypogea2019.org/

2)            2019 National Speleological Society Cave Diving Section International Cave Diving Conference, 24-26 May 2019 (Lake City, Florida, USA), https://nsscds.org/evetns/2019-nss-cds-international-cave-diving-conference/

3)         Karst Field Studies 2019: Five courses offered, 2 June – 3 August 2019 (Florida and Kentucky, USA), www.karstfieldstudies.com

4)            48th French National Speleo Congress, 7-10 June 2019 (La Ciotat, Marseille, France), https://www.facebook.com/FFSpeleologie/

5)            International Association of Hydrogeologists Karst Commission Geo Trip: Carpathian Karst, 15-18 June 2019 (Romania and Serbia), www.karst.edu.rs.

6)         27th International Karstological School "Classical karst": Karst Hydrogeology - Research Trends and Applications, 17-21 June 2019 (Postojna, Slovenia), http://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/ 

7)         National Speleological Society Convention, 17-21 June 2019 (Cookeville, Tennessee, USA), http://nss2019.subworks.com/.

8)          35th Brazilian Speleological Congress and 50th Anniversary of the Brazilian Speleological Society, 19-22 June 2019, (Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil), http://www.cavernas.org.br/35cbe/.

9)            Man and Karst Conference, 24-26 June 2019 (Ragusa, Sicily, Italy), http://www.cirs-ragusa.org

10)         Symposium on Caves, Karst, and Subterranean Environments: Cuba, 1-5  July 2019 (Havana, Cuba), http://www.cubambiente.com/

11)      Symposium: Challenges for Subterranean Landscape Conservation in the World's Karst Regions, 10th World Congress of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists, 1-5 July 2019 (Milan, Italy), http://www.iale2019.unimib.it.

12)      National Speleological Congress of Switzerland, 9-12 August 2019 (Interlaken, Switzerland), https://sinterlaken.ch/en/

13)      4th Summer School on Speleothem Science, 11-17 August 2019 (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), https://www.speleothemschool.com/.

14)      German Annual Speleo Meeting,15-18 August 2019 (Nesselwang, Bavaria, Germany), www.vdhk.de 

15)      TransKarst 2019: The 3rd Asian Trans-Disciplinary Conference, 7-10 September 2019 (Bohol, Philippines), http://www.transkarst2019.com/.

16)         ArmConference 2019: Caves as Natural and Cultural Monuments, 11-13 September 2019 (Yerevan, Armenia), http://armconference2019.com/

17)         25th International Cave Bear Symposium, 18-22 September 2019 (Paklenica National Park, Croatia),

18)      Geological Society of America Convention, 22-25 September 2019 (Phoenix, Arizona, USA), http://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Annual_Meeting/GSA/Events/gsa2019.aspx

19)      13th EuroSpeleo Forum, 23-26 September 2019 (Sofia, Bulgaria), https://esf2019.speleo-bg.org.

20)         46th IAH Congress “Groundwater Management and Governance Coping with Water Scarcity” (Topic 7: Karst Hydrogeology), 23-27 September 2019 (Malaga, Spain), http://www.iah2019.org/topics-and-sessions/

21)         National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 7-11 October 2019 (Bristol, Virginia, USA), http://nckms.org/2019-symposium

22)      13th European Cave Rescue Meeting, 15-17 November 2019 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://caverescue.eu/13th-european-cave-rescue-meeting/ 

23)      16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com

24)         19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 29 August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/

25)         18th International Congress of Speleology, 23-29 July 2021 (Lyon, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/




George Veni, PhD

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)


President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)


NCKRI address (primary)

400-1 Cascades Avenue

Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220 USA

Office: +575-887-5517

Mobile: +210-863-5919

Fax: +575-887-5523



UIS address

Titov trg 2

Postojna, 6230, Slovenia



Bulat Mavlyudov

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