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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 20 Nov 2019

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Дата: Суббота, 9 ноября 2019, 8:29 +06:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


In one week the price of registration for the Sinkhole Conference goes up! Look below for the details on this great meeting and its fabulous location in Puerto Rico (or just go register now at www.sinkholeconference.com!). Check out the announcement below for a new program added to the conference to increase its value for you! And also don’t forget that while folks call it “The Sinkhole Conference,” is it about karst water, engineering, geophysics, regulations, and so much more.


Below is the other newest news from the cave and karst world:


Grant Opportunities

  • 4th Annual SCCi Science Awards Program: Proposal Deadline Extended


Conferences and Meetings

  • The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Register Now! Prices Increase on the 15th!
  • The 16th Sinkhole Conference: New Event. Karst Clips!
  • 13th European Cave Rescue Meeting: Change of Location!
  • International Year of Caves and Karst: Reminder
  • 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.






4th Annual SCCi Science Awards Program: Proposal Deadline Extended


The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) announces that the Annual Science Awards program to help fund scientific and conservation research projects on SCCi preserves is now soliciting grant proposals for 2019-2020. As the largest and most successful land conservancy solely devoted to acquiring and protecting caves in the US, SCCi understands that scientific research must be part of our mission. We firmly believe that research is essential to conserving cave and karst resources, and it is a foundation upon which good stewardship must depend.


We aim to have a well-rounded research program with focus mainly towards cave/karst topics in geology, geochemistry, hydrology, biology, environmental science, and archaeology. SCCi currently protects more than 170 caves on 31 preserves in 6 states. Any one or more of these caves and preserves would be worthy of different scientific investigations.


SCCi is now accepting grant proposals from non-profit caving groups, scientists, university/college faculty members, and undergraduate-graduate students for conducting research projects at SCCi properties beginning in the Fall of 2019. Funds can only be given to a not-for-profit organization or educational institution. For this year, funding is available to support as many as 3 grants of up to $1,500-$2,000 for (1) geology, geochemistry, or hydrology, (2) biology (zoology and botany) and (3) environmental/archaeological projects.


The new deadline for submissions is 15 December 2019. For details visit https://saveyourcaves.org/news/252-4th-annual-scci-science-awards-program-call-for-proposals.html?fbclid=IwAR3h8Ial_RVjgU0kQBlT2RB9W1itg1HWqLB0o7yBRd__ClYMa3fe8l5noEg.




The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Register Now! Prices Increase on the 15th!


The price of registration for the 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, generally called “The Sinkhole Conference,” increases on November 15th. This will be perhaps its most fabulous location yet, in historic San Juan and the incredible karst of Puerto Rico. Another first will be that nearly all meals are included in the price of registration, making the overall cost of attendance cheaper, as well as much easier and more productive than many past conferences. Access to the conference is also easy, often as cheap or cheaper a flight than to many other locations in the US.


A lot of great talks are lined up, as well as field trips, short courses, and more. For all of the details, to register for the conference before the price goes up, and also to reserve your hotel room, visit www.sinkholeconference.com.




The 16th Sinkhole Conference: New Event. Karst Clips!


Are you interested in attending the Sinkhole Conference, but unable to submit a full paper for publication?  We still want to hear about your projects and research, and offer a new opportunity, less formal than a full paper and talk. 


This year, we are instituting a special session called “Karst Clips” that will allow any participant to give a brief presentation about their work.  This session, styled in the manner of “lightning talks” common at many conferences, is designed to broaden participation and content, as well as to provoke discussions among participants.


Details about Karst Clips will be posted next week. In the meantime, register for the conference before the price goes up at www.sinkholeconference.com.




13th European Cave Rescue Meeting: Change of Location!


This 13th meeting of the European Cave Rescue Association was planned to in Turkey but due to official security concerns the location has changed to Istria, Croatia. The date remains the same: 14-17 November 2019. For more details, see the third first circular at https://caverescue.eu/13th-european-cave-rescue-meeting-third-circular/.




International Year of Caves and Karst: Reminder


This will be the biggest and most important speleological event ever. Your participation as part of the global cave and karst community is crucial. The purpose of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) is to teach the world about the importance of caves and karst. Public understanding and support of caves and karst is currently very limited. As a result, funding, regulations, and opportunities for exploration, research, and management are also very limited.


The International Union of Speleology (UIS) has declared 2021 as the IYCK in a major effort to make the world aware of how caves and karst are valuable to all people. To make this possible, the UIS is calling on all of its member countries and other organizations to begin planning a series of public lectures, programs, demonstration of techniques, and others activities for 2021.


The IYCK website is now open at http://www.iyck2021.org/. It is designed to teach the public about caves and karst, and so it has a great amount of educational information. It also has information on how to become involved in the IYCK. Please send the activities you plan for the IYCK to http://iyck2021.org/index.php/contact-us/ so we can post them on the “Events” page of the website. Look at the Partners page, and if your organization is not listed, send your logo and website address and you will be included. If you know of organizations that should be involved, contact them. The website will continue to be updated so save the address.


More details about the IYCK are described in the December 2018 UIS Bulletin (http://www.uis-speleo.org/downloads/uis-bulletins/uisb602.pdf) and they will be updated in next issue of the UIS Bulletin, which will be posted around the end of this year. Updates will also be sent through this and other e-mail lists. If you have questions, suggestions, or want to offer assistance, contact us!


The IYCK has incredible potential to advance speleology in many and great ways, but only if we all work together to make it possible.


George  Veni, PhD

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


President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


1)            13th European Cave Rescue Meeting, 15-17 November 2019 (Baredine Cave, Istria, Croatia), https://caverescue.eu/13th-european-cave-rescue-meeting/

2)            10th Spanish Congress of Speleology, 6-9 December 2019 (Morillo de Tou, Huesca, Spain), https://espeleoaragon.com/xcongresoespanolespeleologia/

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

4)            16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com

ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), 30 April - 3 May 2020 (Gorizia, Italy), contact:

6)            23rd Conference of the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association, 3-8 May 2020 (Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia), www.ackma.org.

7)         9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX) & the 12th Scientific Conference Research, Utilization and Protection of Caves, 12-15 May 2020 (Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia), http://www.ssj.sk/en/akcia/18-12th-scientific-conference-research-protection-and-utilization-of-caves 

8)         US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, 13-14 May 2020 (Nashville, Tennessee), https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

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

10)      25th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 28 June – 4 July 2020 (Alba Iulia, Romania), https://www.25icsb.com/

11)         Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, 12-15 July 2019 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/

12)      US National Speleological Society Annual Convention, 27-31 July 2020 (Elkins, West Virginia, USA), https://caves.regfox.com/nss-convention-2020

13)         Carbonate Critical Zone: An NSF-Sponsored Workshop, 2-5 August 2020 (Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania), https://carbonatecriticalzone.research.ufl.edu/

14)      19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 29 August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/

15)      Geological Society of America Convention, 25-28 October 2020 (Montréal, Québec, Canada), http://www.geosociety.org/

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

17)         18th International Congress of Speleology, 23-29 July 2021 (Lyon, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/

18)         SpeleoKamaraton, 29 October – 1 November 2021 (Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy), http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/




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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