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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 15 Jul 2019

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Дата: Пятница, 12 июля 2019, 5:39 +02:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


Below is the list of news and announcements for this message, starting with NCKRI’s Sinkhole Conference. This is your last minute reminder that the abstract deadline is this Monday, 15 July 2019! Send your abstracts now!


The Sinkhole Conference

·     The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Call for Abstracts and Registration

·     The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Special Sessions Announcement

·     The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Applications

·     The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Donors


Student, Job, and Research Grant Opportunities

  • Physical Scientist Job at Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA
  • Two PhD Student Jobs in Karst Hydrogeology: Germany

Conferences and Meetings

  • EuroKarst 2021: Spain
  • 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.






The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Call for Abstracts and Registration


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 now open for the 16th Sinkhole Conference. Abstracts may be submitted until 15 July 2019, after which will be the time to submit your papers to accompany your abstracts. The papers of past Sinkhole Conferences have made those proceedings highly sought and widely cited. We expect the proceedings of the upcoming meeting will be the best yet.


The 16th Sinkhole Conference will occur on 20-24 April 2020 in fabulous San Juan, Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico offers a tropical karst landscape and a vibrant historical and cultural venue unlike anything seen in rest of the United States. Many people are already talking about attending the conference as part of a vacation, and we are helping to make that possible. 


The conference will be held in the lovely Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel, located in the historic heart of the city. Unlike previous conferences, your registration will include your breakfasts and lunches, in addition to the other usual amenities. Also, your discount conference room rates will extend to three days before and after the conference, in case you want to stay longer and enjoy a vacation.


For all of the details on the conference, including information on how to prepare and submit your abstracts, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/.  Remember, the deadline is 15 July 2019.


The Sinkhole Conference is managed by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and with tremendous assistance from a diverse team of karst experts from around the country who join us to form the Organizing Committee. On behalf of the 16th Sinkhole Conference Organizing Committee, we look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in San Juan next year!


George Veni

Sinkhole Conference Co-chair

NCKRI Executive Director




The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Applications


The Sinkhole Conference was created in 1984 and led for many years by Dr. Barry Beck. In his memory, the conference now offers the Beck Student Scholarship. Students awarded a Beck Scholarship will receive free registration to the conference and up to $1,000 reimbursement for travel expenses, as well as certain special recognitions and other benefits. Scholars from the previous Sinkhole Conference are recognized at http://www.sinkholeconference.com/Beck-scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/how-to-apply-for-the-beck-scholarship.




The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Donors


The Sinkhole Conference funds one Beck Student Scholarship for each conference, but more than one scholarship can be offered with your support. Six were awarded last time! Attending The Sinkhole Conference can be a life-changing experience for students by opening their eyes to state-of-the-art knowledge, and important professional contacts and opportunities. To help change a student’s life for the better, we ask and encourage you to donate to the Beck Scholarship. All donations are tax deductible. For details on how to donate, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/How-to-sponsor-the-scholarship.




Physical Scientist Job at Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA


Big Bend National Park is looking to hire a GS-12 Physical Scientist. The announcement closes on July 19th. For details see https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/538730000  

This is a great job.  A lot of opportunity to work on bi-national water resource management challenges associated with the Rio Grande.  It is also an understudied arid karst landscape. Collaborate with partners on landscape scale restoration projects.  Manage an air quality program dating back to the 1980s.  Work with park Facilities Management on ground water resources.  Implement new strategies and technologies on restoring tributary and Rio Grande riparian ecosystems.  


David Larson

Acting Superintendent, Fort Davis National Historic Site

Cell (432) 294-4554

Office (432) 426-3224, ext. 221. 


Chief of Science and Resource Management

Big Bend National Park

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River

Office (432) 477-1143

Cell (432) 294-4554

Fax (432) 477-1153



Two PhD Student Jobs in Karst Hydrogeology: Germany


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Institute of Applied Geosciences, Division of Hydrogeology, is looking to employ two PhD students in Karst Hydrogeology part time (67%) for three years.


Current research topics of our group include karst hydrogeology, hydrological tracing techniques, groundwater modeling and water-quality monitoring. The principal goal of the two PhD theses is the quantification of groundwater resources and the development of a hydrogeological conceptual model, as well as the characterization of the highly variable hydrochemical and microbiological water quality in a geologically complex karst aquifer system in the Italian Apennine mountains. The two theses are part of a joint research project on the availability and quality of karst water resources in the Mediterranean area, which is coordinated at KIT and funded in the framework of the “Partnership for Research an Innovation in the Mediterranean Area” (PRIMA).


Applicants must have a completed university degree (M.Sc.) in Applied Geosciences, Hydrogeology, Environmental Natural Sciences, Geoecology or a similar field, and an interest to work in an international and interdisciplinary project team. The successful applicant will have documented competence in hydrogeological field and laboratory work, as well as good knowledge of mathematical-statistical data analysis and modeling. A high motivation for solving problems is required. Candidates should further have the drive for independent thinking and self-learning as well as the ability to work in teams. Furthermore, we expect active contributions to teaching activities and various other tasks and duties at the institute and in the project.


Please apply online (http://www.pse.kit.edu/job/1038/2019) until August 2nd, 2019 using the vacancy number 1038/2019 and reference number 8. Personnel support is provided by Mrs. Brückner, Personalservice, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Süd, Kaiserstraße 12, 76131 Karlsruhe. For further information please directly contact Prof. Dr. Nico Goldscheider, Tel.: +49(0)721/608-45465.  Further details can be found on our website: www.kit.edu.




EuroKarst 2021: Spain


The next EuroKarst is scheduled for 22-24 June 2021 in Málaga, Spain. To stay informed as more information becomes available, save the website: http://www.eurokarst.org/


The contact person for this congress will be Dr. Matías Mudarra:




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings



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

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

3)         4th Summer School on Speleothem Science, 11-17 August 2019 (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), https://www.speleothemschool.com/.

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

5)         13th Balkan Cavers Camp, 2-8 September 2019, (Antalya, Turkey), http://bsuturkey.com/index.html

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

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

8)            25th International Cave Bear Symposium, 18-22 September 2019 (Paklenica National Park, Croatia),

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

10)      13th EuroSpeleo Forum, 23-26 September 2019 (Sofia, Bulgaria), https://esf2019.speleo-bg.org.

11)         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/

12)         6th Texas Hydro-Geo Workshop, 4-6 October 2019 (Boerne, Texas, USA), https://hydrogeoworkshop.org/

13)      Sustainable Management of Show Caves, 7-9 October 2019 (Skocjan Caves Park, Slovenia), https://izrk-sci-mtg.zrc-sazu.si/en/

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

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

16)      International Congress: 80th Anniversary of the Cuban Speleological Society, 19-23 February 2020 (Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba), for information contact .

17)         16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com

18)         US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, 13-14 May 2020 (Nashville, Tennessee), for information contact

19)      UNESCOkarst 2020: Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources, 18-22 May 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), https://unescokarst2020.com/

20)         19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 29 August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/

21)      EuroKarst 2021: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/

22)         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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