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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 30 Jan 2020

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Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


Three are three important announcements to bring to your attention in the news below:


  1. The International Year of Caves and Karst Planning Guide is now available. The International Year will be the most important event in the history of caves and karst, but only if you are involved to make it a success. Read more below to learn how.


  1. Major fires across Australia have ravaged homes, lives, and ecosystems. Because of its importance, we are reposting the message below to encourage donations of funds to help the Australian Speleological Federation restore damaged cave ecosystems.


  1. Also reposted from our previous message, our hearts go out to the people of Puerto Rico hurt by recent earthquakes. NCKRI is organizing the next Sinkhole Conference in April in Puerto Rico, The airport, hotel, and everything is functioning normally. The conference will not be affected by the earthquakes. However, we asked our friends in Puerto Rico, “What can we do to help you recover from the disaster?” They answered, “Come to the Sinkhole Conference! Come to Puerto Rico!” The economic benefit from the money you spend in hotels, restaurants, and attending the conference has a huge effect. And when you return home and tell people that Puerto Rico is beautiful, safe, and open for business and tourism, that will help even more. For more information about the conference and to register, see the announcement below.


Here is the full list of news for this report:


Various News

  • International Year of Caves and Karst: Time to Start Planning!
  • Now Available: UIS Bulletin 61-2 - December 2019
  • Donate to Help Restore Fire-Damaged Cave Ecosystems in Australia!
  • Guadalupe Mountains Annual Youth Poster Contest Celebrates Public Lands 


Student, Educational, and Job Opportunities

  • 2020 International Karstological School “Classical Karst” Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects: Slovenia
  • KARSYS Karst Modeling Courses: Kentucky and Virginia, USA

·        Job Opportunity: Research Geologist (Hydrostratigrapher), Indiana Geological and Water Survey, USA


Conferences and Meetings

  • The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Register and Help the People of Puerto Rico!
  • 18th International Congress of Speleology: Location and Date Updates
  • 14th Balkan Cavers Camp: Open for Registration 
  • US National Speleological Society Convention: Call for Geology and Geography Abstracts
  • US National Speleological Society Convention: Call for International Exploration Abstracts
  • 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.






International Year of Caves and Karst: Time to Start Planning!


This will be the biggest and most important speleological event ever, but only if you participate. 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 the IYCK a success, the UIS is calling on all of its member countries and other organizations to begin planning a series of public lectures, programs, demonstrations of techniques, and others activities for 2021. To get involved, download the newest UIS Bulletin from http://www.uis-speleo.org/downloads/uis-bulletins/uisb612.pdf. It has the IYCK Planning Guide which will teach you all you need to know about how to join the IYCK. The Planning Guide will also be posted soon on the IYCK website at http://www.iyck2021.org/.


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)




Now Available: UIS Bulletin 61-2 - December 2019


Dear friends,


We are glad to share with you the Volume 61-2 of the UIS Bulletin. The PDF Interactive format can be downloaded by clicking on the link:



The 51 pages of this issue brings the following topics:

Editorial: “Are You Ready?

The President’s Column: “International Congress of Speleology Announcements for Everyone—Even if You Don’t Attend!”

A Planning Guide for the International Year of Caves and Karst

Call for proposals: 2025 International Congress of Speleology

Scientific Research: UIS Glacier, Firn, and Ice Caves Commission

Report of Activities 2019: History of Speleology Commission

International Speleological Educational Expeditions on Cyprus

Cave Rescue Trainning in Brazil: A decade of Partnership whith France

14th National Mexican Congress of Speleology 2019

Man and Karst 2019 - International Scientific Conference in Italy

Cleaning Nature - Trashbonding & Guardians of The Earth

Australia - Cave Landscape Bushfire Rehabilitation Appeal

Derek Ford, UIS Past President, Honored in Canada

UIS Bureau Meeting Minutes in Bohol, Philippines

Calendar of Events

18th International Congress of Speleology – Le Bourget-du-Lac, France 2021 .. 44

UIS Bureau 2017/2021

List of Member Nations

Annual Contributions and Bank Account


We will appreciate very much your comments and suggestions in order to improve upcoming issues.

Please send it to the whole speleological community in your country and to your entire contact list.


Previous issues are also available by clicking on the link:



Visit the UIS Website



Best regards



Adjunct Secretary (Brazil)

UIS-Union Internationale de Spéléologie




Donate to Help Restore Fire-Damaged Cave Ecosystems in Australia!


The recent and ongoing bushfires have severely damaged many cave areas across Australia. Your donation to the Australian Speleological Federation will help restore cave ecosystems. Donate here: www.gofundme.com/f/cave-landscape-bushfire-rehabilitation-appeal or by bank transfer into the Karst Conservation Fund using the following information:

  • Swift Code:                       ASLLAU2C
  • BSB:                                    641800
  • Account number:            200812379
  • Account name:                Karst Conservation Fund
  • Institution name:               IMB LTD
  • Institution Address:           253-259 Crown St Wollongong NSW Australia (postcode) 2500


Known impacted cave areas:

Western Australia:

Yanchep (north of Perth)


New South Wales:

Jenolan Caves: most of the above-karst forested areas and extensive areas of the World Heritage Area around Jenolan Caves. Caves House was saved by the efforts of fire crews, two staff houses and the cavers cottage as well as the fire brigade shed were all destroyed.

Yarrangobilly Caves: most of the vegetation above the karst and caves has been severely burnt. Amazingly, the heritage Caves House was saved by six people.

Wombeyan Caves: all vegetation burnt but visitor facilities appear to have been saved.

Kempsey -Willi Willi Maternity Bat Cave and associated rainforest.

Bungonia: extensive damage to forest in the caves area.

Most remote karst areas in NSW have been severely burnt.



Buchan Caves Reserve, and surrounding cave reserves are all extensively burnt. Most public facilities in the Buchan Caves Reserve have been destroyed. Numerous buildings in Buchan village have been destroyed.

Budj Bim (Mt Eccles National Park) World Heritage Area (cultural site).


South Australia:

Kelly Hill Caves and many areas on Kangaroo Island.

These are only some of the areas known to be impacted – we anticipate many more caves have been or will be affected.


Funds raised will go directly towards:
- Projects aimed at cleaning and restoring caves and karst areas
- Immediate on ground works to cave affected areas
- Cave entrance stabilisation, fencing and stairway replacements (that are not covered by insurance)
- Rehabilitating vegetation in cave landscapes
- Rehabilitating of critical habitats for bat and cave fauna populations
- Research projects to assess long term bushfire impact on fauna and cave environments
- Bat population surveys post-fire
- Replacement of entrance identification cave tags where needed.

The Australian Speleological Federation (ASF) is an Environmental Organisation, with the primary objective is to protect the cave and karst environments of Australia. As the national body in Australia ASF represents 22 caving clubs with over 800 members and represents Australia on the International Union of Speleology.  The ASF is registered as an Environmental Organisation by the Department of Environment and Energy, Canberra .

To receive a tax deduction receipt please email:
Our website:

Find us on Facebook:

Thank you so much for your kind support.




Guadalupe Mountains Annual Youth Poster Contest Celebrates Public Lands 


Public lands are the best places to enjoy your time outdoors! Whether you like to hike and explore the wilds of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, or ride mountain bikes through Bureau of Land Management public trails, public lands are here for you to enjoy! This year Guadalupe Mountains is partnering with the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to celebrate recreation on public lands. Guadalupe Mountains is proud to host our annual youth poster contest with the theme of “Recreation for All!” Bring your sense of adventure and creativity, come discover the outdoors and enter the contest. Public lands offer many opportunities for healthy outdoor discovery; hiking, fishing, camping, caving, wildlife viewing, boating and cycling. These are just a few of the many ways you can experience public lands. 

From January – April 30, 2020, youth ages 6-17 years can submit artwork they have created to show their favorite recreational activity on public lands. The contest is FREE to enter. Participants can draw or paint their favorite memory of exploring public lands through the many different recreational opportunities.  If you like to hike, bike, fish, photograph, explore caves, or even draw as you relax outdoors; recreate your experience on paper or canvas and enter the contest. However you wish to express yourself, the memory does not have to take place at Guadalupe Mountains or on BLM lands. Although we encourage you to come for a visit!  To help plan your visit go to our website at www.nps.gov/gumo  or www.blm.gov/programs/recreation. All poster submissions must be on at least an 8 1/2" x 11" poster board or paper. Suggested media can be crayons, pastels, acrylic paint, color pencils, markers, pen and ink or tempera paint. 


Entries can be delivered to the Pine Springs Visitor Center in the park, Carlsbad National Park Headquarters in Carlsbad, New Mexico or mailed to: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Attn: 2020 Poster Contest - 400 Pine Canyon Drive, Salt Flat, Texas 79847.  The winning entry will receive prizes from Western National Parks Association and the winning art will be featured on the 2021 Guadalupe Mountains Annual Park Pass.  Honorable mentions, prizes and recognition will also be awarded in three age categories. Check the website for information about prizes and contest rules at www.nps.gov/gumo

For updates on the status of the contest and current entries follow Guadalupe Mountains National Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/guadalupe.mountains , Twitter at http://twitter.com/GuadalupeMtnsNP  and Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/guadalupemountainsnps/ . 




2020 International Karstological School “Classical Karst” Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects: Slovenia


The Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU is organizing the 28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst” in Postojna, Slovenia, on 15-19 June 2020. This year’s topic is Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects.


Since 1993, the International Karstological School “Classical Karst” (IKS) has been organized annually, covering many aspects related to karst research. The basic idea of the event is to present the state-of-the-art of the annually selected topic and to promote discussion between participants via a set of invited and topic-related lectures, a poster session and field trips to the Slovenian Classical Karst area.


The 28th International Karstological School will be focused on regional karst studies. Karst is distributed in most continents and climatic regimes. Most of what we know on karst is based on regional studies. These have direct implications in development challenges of a particular region, however, their broader relevance and validity of regional results may be questionable. Results of regional studies thus, may or may not be generally valid. Regardless of what your topic is (geomorphology, geology, hydrology, biology, speleology, …) we encourage you to present your regional study and discuss its results in view of their relevance to other karst systems.


Thank you very much and kind regards,


For more information: https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/ 




KARSYS Karst Modeling Courses: Kentucky and Virginia, USA


Dear Karst Scientists,


The Karst Waters Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey will be offering a KARSYS karst-modeling course on May 20th, 2020 in Reston, Virginia at the USGS headquarters, and May 22, 2020, in Bowling Green Kentucky at Western Kentucky University. The course will enable you to learn to use one of the most successful, freely available 3D modeling applications for karst aquifers. Learn more about the course and the application in the attached documents. The course is performed by the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA) and it is suitable for students and professionals experienced in karst hydrology.


The course is free of charge, thanks to the Karst Waters Institute, Cave Conservancy Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Western Kentucky University. Since there is a limited amount of space (max. 20 people) we will follow the principle of first come first served. People registering after the quota is reached will be put on a waiting list and be invited to fill in the seats in the event of any cancellations. Since there appears to be a lot of interest in this course please be mindful if your schedule changes, and let us know as soon as possible so we can give another person a chance.


For the course held in Bowling Green, Kentucky send your registration to Katarina Kosič Ficco at . Please include your contact information and affiliations. For more information about the courses, visit https://www.visualkarsys.com/.


The course held in Reston, Virginia will be primarily provided for USGS scientists. However, a limited amount of space will be available for scientists outside USGS. For information regarding the course, please contact Dan Doctor at


Please register by February 28, 2020.



Katarina Kosič Ficco, PhD

Karst Protection Specialist

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation,

Division of Natural Heritage




Job Opportunity: Research Geologist (Hydrostratigrapher), Indiana Geological and Water Survey, USA


The Indiana Geological and Water Survey, a research institute of Indiana University, USA, seeks applications for a research geologist to perform basic and applied research to evaluate the water resources of Indiana. We are principally interested in individuals who can bridge the fields of hydrogeology and stratigraphy and conduct fieldwork to characterize aquifer properties and geometries to develop maps and 3D interpretations of Indiana groundwater resources. Bachelor’s Degree required with preference to candidates with a Master’s Degree or work experience. Knowledge of the hydrogeology of Indiana and the Midwest is desired. Competitive salary with ample University benefits package. Complete job posting is on the IGWS Website (http://igws.indiana.edu) Application deadline is February 15, 2020 with a negotiable starting date on or before May 1, 2020. Please apply at http://jobs.iu.edu.


[While the above job is not explicitly for karst hydrogeology, Indiana contains major and important karst aquifers and we expect karst research and expertise will be involved with this job. NCKRI]




The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Register and Help the People of Puerto Rico!


As written at the top of this news message, our friends in Puerto Rico have told us that the best way you can help the people of the island recover is go to Puerto Rico. We hope you register for the Sinkhole Conference, not simply because we believe it will be a great experience for you, but also because we truly believe it will help these people who have suffered greatly from natural tragedies over the past few years.


If you register now and wish to give a presentation, you still have the opportunity. Sign up for Karst Clips, a lightning talk-style session where you can update everyone on your work, share your ideas, and develop new partnerships though a brief presentation. This session will broaden participation and content at the conference, as well as provoke valuable discussions among participants. Details about Karst Clips are highlighted at www.sinkholeconference.com, where you can also register for the conference. Don’t forget, except for one dinner, the registration price includes all of your meals!


The 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, generally called “The Sinkhole Conference,” will be in its most fabulous location yet, the historic city of San Juan and the incredible karst of Puerto Rico from 20-24 April 2020. Access to the conference is also easy, often as cheap or cheaper than flying to many other US locations. A lot of great talks are lined up, as well as field trips, short courses, and more. For all of the details, to register, and also to reserve your hotel room, visit www.sinkholeconference.com.




18th International Congress of Speleology: Location and Date Updates


There has been a small change in the location and date of the 2021 International Congress of Speleology from Lyon to Savoie Mont-Blanc, France on the

Campus Savoie Technolac. It will be held on 25 July to 1 August 2021. The International Congress of Speleology is an event of the International Union of Speleology, and next year’s will be hosted by the French Federation of Speleology, who eagerly await speleologists and scientists from all over the world to exchange their latest results on exploration, research, techniques, management, and equipment, and join trips, meetings, parties and other activities to meet hundreds of old new friends. This congress will also be the major global event to celebrate the International Year of Caves and Karst, making it unique among the congresses and something you will not want to miss.


The venue is the Savoie Mont-Blanc University Technolac Campus, one of the greatest research centers of the area, providing the facilities for conferences, talks and scientific activities. Located close to the city center, train stations, airports, and beautiful caving sites, Savoie Technolac has everything needed for an excellent congress to and meet the participants’ expectations.


Registration will open later this year. For more information visit http://uis2021.speleos.fr/.




14th Balkan Cavers Camp: Open for Registration 


Dear Caver friends!


The Organizing Committee of 14th Balkan Cavers Camp  is happy to inform you that the web page of the event is available where you can register. That’s why it is time to inform you of the conditions for participation in the Camp respectively some other details.



Early Bird registration:   before  31 March 2020 -  20 Euro

After 31 March 2020 :  30 Euro


  • Access to all activities, exhibitions and presentations of the BALKAN CAVER’S CAMP 2020;
  • Participation at guided caving tours;
  • Provided or facilitated transportation to caves and some tourist attractions, with the exception of some which will be done with your own transport.
  • Access to campus restaurant in Bacho Kiro Hut (with preferential prices);
  • Participation at festive closing party;
  • Participation package (T-shirt, Guidebook, souvenirs, etc.)


The “Bacho Kiro“ Hut  will host most of the participants and there registration and all seminars, presentations and other events will be held.

Exhibitions and presentations. The presentations will be held in evenings, as they will be scheduled and announced.



Bacho Kiro Hut  - Dryanovo Monastery, Bulgaria – Center of the event

Bacho Kiro Hut  offers rooms for 2, 3, 4 and 6 people with common  restrooms  and bathrooms.

Price: -  6,00 Euro or  11.00 lev / bed incl. VAT


Camping Strinava - Dryanovo Monastery

Capacity of 50 seats in wooden bungalows with 2 and 3 beds. Wide asphalt parking. Excellent conditions for caravans and tents. Shared bathrooms and bathrooms. Location - 200 meters from Bacho Kiro Hut.



The daily evening program from 2nd to 3rd July includes presentations! All who intend to present their organization, expedition, innovation, slide show or caving movie, are kindly invited to fulfill and send us the forwarded application. The presentations should be done on Microsoft Office Power Point – the lowest version admissible version is PP-2007! Please have in mind that the duration of presentation should be no longer than 25 minutes. Deadline for application is 30 May 2020! Poster presentations are also welcome.  Please, fill your application and mail to: before 31th of May 2020.


Visa Formalities

The 14th Balkan Camp is open for all cavers! Please, check the visa formalities for visiting Bulgaria! 

• For citizens of European Union countries no visa is required. What is needed is a valid passport, ID, or any other valid document of identification.

• For citizens of most non-Schengen countries a visa is required. Visitors from those countries should ask for information at the local  Bulgarian embassies or consulates, or ask their travel agents. Those registered cavers who need an entry visa for Bulgaria, should send us their personal international passport data like: full name, No of pass., date and place of issue, home address.


The Organizing Committee will appreciate all  who register  oneself  before to come! Thank you for your valuable help.

Detailed information & on line registration  are available on the web page of event

If you need more information do not hesitate to contact us at:




US National Speleological Society Convention: Call for Geology and Geography Abstracts


The NSS Section of Cave Geology and Geography is accepting abstracts for presentations at the Geology and Geography Session of the 2020 NSS Convention, to be held July 27 – 31, 2020 in Elkins, West Virginia. Each year, the Geology and Geography Section of the NSS hosts talks featuring the latest research in geology, hydrology, speleogenesis, and many other topics related to caves and karst. All abstracts will be considered to be for oral presentations unless a poster presentation is specifically requested. At this time, we have not reserved poster space, but could accommodate a poster session if there is sufficient interest and enough advance notice is given to convention organizers. As we did last year, we also encourage interested researchers to bring posters from other conferences such as GSA, AGU, and ICS that may be of interest to attendees at convention. This provides an additional opportunity to share your work with your colleagues.


Abstracts may be no more than 250 words in length (this limit must be strictly met). In addition to the text, the abstracts should contain the title of the paper, and the name(s), address(es), and email address(es) of the author(s). The abstracts should be informative summaries that include the conclusions, and not lists of topics that "...will be discussed." Bibliographies and references should not be given in the abstracts. Papers may be submitted for either oral presentation as a poster. Please specify your preference when submitting your abstract. 


Please send any questions and your abstracts to:

Katherine Schmid at


The deadline for abstracts is June 12, 2020. Early submissions are encouraged. Confirmation notes will be sent to everyone sending an abstract. Details on presentations times, dates, and other information will be sent to all confirmed participants after the deadline. For online details about the convention, visit: https://nsscon2020.org/. The talks are twenty minutes long and include time for questions. 


Please email me if you have any questions and feel free to forward this to anyone who you think might be interested.




US National Speleological Society Convention: Call for International Exploration Abstracts


Have you been caving outside of the United States? Come share your underground adventures in exotic lands with your fellow cavers. The International Exploration Session at NSS Conventions is one of the most well attended of all sessions. It is a great venue to present your new discoveries to a wide and appreciative audience.


Please consider coming to the 2020 NSS Convention in Elkins, West Virginia, USA this summer (July 27-31) and join our Session to show your stuff. The International Exploration session will take place all day on Wednesday (July 29) and provides 15 to 30 minutes for each presentation, depending on the amount of material you have and the total number of speakers.


Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less describing your presentation to mminton at caver.net or vonnycaver at yahoo.com. Don't delay - this session always fills up. Submit early to assure your spot.


Please feel free to distribute this message widely. See you in West Virginia!


Mark Minton

mminton at caver.net


Yvonne Droms

vonnycaver at yahoo.com




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


1)       3rd International Planetary Caves Conference, 18-21 February 2020 (San Antonio, Texas, USA), https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/3rdcaves2020/.

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

3)        Workshop on Surveying Caves with the Disto X, 28 February 2020  (Viñales, Cuba), for information contact or

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)        North-Central Geological Society of America Meeting Karst Session, 18-19 May 2020 (Duluth, Minnesota, USA), https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https*3A*2F*2Fwww.geosociety.org*2FGSA*2FEvents*2FSection_Meetings*2FGSA*2FSections*2Fnc*2F2020mtg*2Fhome.aspx&data=02*7C01*7Celarson*40shawnee.edu*7Cc2ae4d6125894cbeb78b08d79" target="_blank">www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Section_Meetings/GSA/...

10)        KARSYS Karst Modeling Course, 20 May 2020 (Reston, Virginia, USA), register with ; 22 May 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), register with ; general information:  https://www.visualkarsys.com/.

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

12)        7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), 12-20 June 2020 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), http://www.karst.edu.rs.

13)     14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, June 2020 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

14)     Karst Field Studies Program (4 one-week courses), 7 June – 10 July 2020 (Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA), www.karstfieldstudies.com.

15)     International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, 11-20 June 2020 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs.

16)     28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 15-19 June 2020 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

17)     1st Karst Science Forum, 24-27 June 2020 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro.

18)        25th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 28 June – 4 July 2020 (Alba Iulia, Romania), https://www.25icsb.com/

19)        14th Balkan Cavers’, 2-5 July 2020 (Dryanovo Town, Bulgaria), http://balkancaverscamp.weebly.com/

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

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

22)        14th EuroSpeleo Forum 2020, 31 July – 2 August 2020 (Burgos, Spain), https://congresointernacionalespeleologia2020.blogspot.com/

23)     International Training Camp for Young Speleologists: Germany, 1-15 August 2020 (Schwäbische Alb [Swabian Jura], South Germany), https://www.juhoefola.de/english.html.

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

25)        34th International Geographical Congress karst sessions: Global Karst Critical Zone and Land Use Planning in Karst, 17-20 August 2020 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.igc2020.org/en/KARST%20COMMISSION.html

26)        19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 29 August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/

27)     6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 22 - 26 September 2020 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

28)        26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 8-11 October 2020 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany), .

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

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

31)     18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/

32)        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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