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Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
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Cave and Karst News and Announcements for March 13, 2023

Opportunities for Emerging Cave and Karst Scientist:

  • US Forest Service Cave and Karst Geology Assistant
  • Visual KARSYS Course
  • British Cave Research Association Online Seminar
  • Argus Karst and Speleology Summer School: Ukraine
  • International Karst School: Slovenia


  • ISCA Newsletter: March & April 2023 Now Available

Upcoming events, announcements, and MORE!

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,


I’m writing with two major announcements in addition to our regular news below. The first is that the NCKRI News has improved its appearance and the way we send messages. We hope you like the new look and that it helps you find the information you need more easily. We are also now sending the NCKRI News through Constant Contact, which is designed for such purposes. For years I’ve been sending the NCKRI News though my e-mail address, which is not designed for such use and was blocked by many of your servers. As a result, some of you may be seeing the NCKRI News for the first time. If you do not want to receive these messages, no problem. There is an unsubscribe option at the bottom of this news message. There are also options to update your contact information and to send us your news so we can announce it.


The NCKRI News has never been about news only from NCKRI. Our messages are mostly cave and karst news from our many friends around the world. Together, we can better explore, understand, and protect the world’s caves and karst. Many of you have sent your announcements to me, but that is also changing. When you use the link below, your news will go to Devra Heyer, NCKRI’s awesome Education Program Manager. She will be managing the NCKRI News starting with this message, and you will enjoy working with her has I have.


This leads me to my second and personal announcement. I am retiring from NCKRI at the end of April. It has been an honor to serve as NCKRI’s Executive Director for the past 16 years, and I will continue to support NCKRI for the rest of my life in whatever way I can, but as a volunteer. I do not know who will fill my position or when. NCKRI is administered by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and as soon as the position is open to accept applications, it will be announced in the NCKRI News.


While I am retiring from NCKRI and look forward to slowing down, I am not retiring completely. I will stay involved in cave and karst exploration, research, and teaching and will return to consulting on a part-time basis. My wife and I plan to remain in Carlsbad, New Mexico for the foreseeable future.


I thank you for your support of NCKRI and hope you will please give the new Executive Director your full support too.


George Veni, PhD

NCKRI Executive Director


17th Sinkhole Conference

Tampa, Florida, USA

March 27-31,2023


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UN 2023 Water Conference

New York, New York, USA

March 22-24, 2023


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4th International Planetary Caves Conference

Haria Municipality, Lanzarote, Spain

May 4-7, 2023

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White-Nose Syndrome Annual Meeting

Palm Springs, CA, USA

June 5-8, 2023

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2023 NSS Convention

Elkins, West Virginia, USA

June 26-30, 2023



Job Opportunity

US Forest Service Cave and Karst Geology Assistant

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 17 years old. 

Preference is given to individuals enrolled in institutions of higher education, especially minority-serving institutions.

To Apply:



• Positions last 8 months to 1 year

• Weekly stipend: $500+ (full time)

• Travel and training allowance: $2,750

• Housing allowance: $1,000/month

• Commuting allowance: $50/month

• Eligibility for the RAP Direct Hire and Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility authorities for 2 years after successful completion of the program

Application deadline:

March 30,2023


The USDA Forest Service - Resource Assistant Program is accepting applications for Geologist Assistant internship position with a focus on caves and karst. The Resource Assistants Program (RAP) is a rigorous and immersive, paid internship for individuals interested in conservation, natural and cultural resources, environmental management, research and development, and more.


This project seeks a RAP participant to assist with the administration of the caves & karst program and geoscience internships in the USDA Forest Service (FS). Work will involve GIS/LiDAR, research, data management, communication, writing, web content development, and information sharing. The internship will focus on the management and/or assessment of geologic resources, especially cave and karst. The participant will also assist with the management of a national geoscience internship. The goal of the project is to provide support to Forest Service units as they make management decisions regarding caves and karst landscapes. The participant will have the opportunity to work with program leads at the Washington Office: Minerals and Geology Management Office.



Education Opportunities

Location: Postojna, Slovenia

Date: June 19-22, 2023

For information and to register, visit: https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

International Karst School "Classical Karst": 

Karst – Approaches and Conceptual Models 

The Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU has have been organizing the International Karst School "Classical Karst" in Postojna, Slovenia, since 1993. The school offers a framework in which both, young and established karstologists from all over the world present new research in the field of karstology, socialize, and get to know Classical karst. Every year, we choose a leading topic, the history and state of research of which are presented by invited lecturers, while the other participants present their research in the form of lectures or posters. 


The school also offers afternoon and full-day excursions, where the leading theme is presented in the field sites of the Classical Karst. The last full-day excursion is entirely dedicated to the general presentation of the most important areas of the Classic Karst. 


This year we are celebrating the School's 30th anniversary. The school will be officially opened on Monday, June 19th, and officially closed with a gala dinner accompanied by live music on Thursday, June 22nd. We have invited eminent and world-renowned scientists and researchers who, with their contribution to science, have charted the path to karstology as we know it today.

Application Deadline:

April 16, 2023



April 30,2023


Arqus Karst and Speleology Summer School

Caves and karst areas as unique time capsules that allow us to reach both past and future environments of the Earth, including insights for their protection resulting from the threats related to anthropopressure and global warming


Participants from Ukrainian Universities and Arqus Alliance Universities will learn about the methodology of conducting research in caves and karst areas, the principles of documentation, cataloging, and preparation of animal remains, and more.


Candidates can apply by submitting a 500-word abstract until April 15, 2023. Accepted applicants will be notified by April 30, 2023.


Send applications and requests for more information to:  

Online Sessions

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Online Course:

Visual KARSYS Course N16


Wednesday, April 26th, 2023

Thursday, April 27th, 2023


1 PM to 4 PM GMT


Course Program


To Register:


This workshop is dedicated to the learning of the KARSYS approach through an application on a pilot site by using the Visual KARSYS web-tool. It is dedicated to geologists and hydrogeologists working in karst and other complex environments. Attendees will be introduced in theoretical aspects of the approach and in the practical process of its application: project dimensioning, data introduction, 3D geological modelling, groundwater modelling, end-users functionalities, etc.

Online Course:

GeoModeling Course N5


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Thursday, June 1, 2023


1 PM to 4 PM GMT


Course Program


To Register:


This workshop is dedicated to the learning of the construction of 3D geological models with the implicit approach. Participants will be briefly introduced in the theoretical aspects of 3D geomodelling and will be guided through the construction of a 3D geological model in a folded / eroded / thrusted environment by using different geological data (maps, cross-sections, drillholes, galleries, faults, etc.). The course is dedicated to geologists & hydrogeologists working in complex areas.

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2023 BCRA Online Seminars

Cave Science on Expeditions


Dr. Andy Farrant, British Geological Survey;

Prof. John Gunn, University of Birmingham

Mon 17, April, 2023

19:30 to 21:00 BST



Bats in Caves and Underground sites: World Edition


Jess Eades, Peak Ecology

Mon 15, May, 2023

19:30 to 21:00 BST


Bones in Caves: Awkward Inconvenience or Hidden Opportunity?


Professor Andrew Chamberlain, University of Bournemouth

Mon 12, June, 2023

19:30 to 21:00 BST

In 2023, BCRA celebrates its 50th anniversary. It was created in June 1973 from a merger of the British Speleological Association and the Cave Research Group of Great Britain. To mark this occasion we are hosting a series of online seminars that will promote the scientific importance of caves and karst, and which will describe ways in which BCRA supports cave research. Som eof these talks are jointly organised by BCRA and the Ghar Parau Foundation. GPF is a charity that provides grants to British caving expeditions throughout the world. These talks will use the Zoom platform.


ISCA Newsletter

March & April 2023, Now Available


Dear ISCA Members and Friends,


I hope you are doing great and this e-mail finds you well.

The latest International Show Caves Association (ISCA) Newsletter has been published. You can follow the link below in order to download it:


ISCA Newsletter March & April 2023


We thanked our friends from Core Research and Natural Bridge Caverns, since they have collected and analyzed data for the ISCA & NCA Show Cave Business Survey. As regards these results, you will find the full presentation (PDF) on our website, and we expect to bring new data in the upcoming weeks since there are so many details which can be analyzed. If you require any further information or want to send us your feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.


We really hope you enjoy this newsletter.


Please, let us know if there is anything we can do for you.



Juanjo Tíscar Moya

ISCA Secretary



 White-Nose Syndrome National Meeting: USA


The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with its partners, is pleased to announce that the 2023 White-nose Syndrome (WNS) National Meeting will be held from June 5th – 8th, 2023, in Palm Springs, California, USA.


Plenary sessions will be scheduled daily, with opportunities for questions and discussion following presentations. Presentations will focus primarily on research in disease management, bat health and improving survival, updates on Pd surveillance and diagnostics, and technological advances in bat monitoring. Additional topics will be considered for inclusion.


Presentations will be recorded, however access to recordings after the meeting concludes will be at the sole discretion of the presenters. Not all presentations are guaranteed to be available.


The meeting will feature in-person working sessions focused on topics such as conservation planning for species that have been heavily impacted by WNS, planning WNS treatment and management actions, and developing strategies for western species that are at-risk of WNS impacts. A poster session will be held for in-person attendees. Posters may be available through our virtual platform at the discretion of the presenter.


Please note that in person participation at this meeting is limited. Expression of interest (or registration) is welcome but acceptance of in person attendance is not guaranteed. The planning committee will evaluate interest, geographic and agency representation, topic expertise and contribution, venue capacity and other factors in determining in person attendance.


For more information, please reach out to Christina Kocer () or Meg Boera ().

 Sinkhole Conference: Special Guests!


The Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst (usually referred to as “the Sinkhole Conference”) always includes three groups of special guests. The first is our invited speakers, that we’ve promoted for some time and which you can learn about by selecting from the menu under “Invited Speakers” at the top of http://www.sinkholeconference.com/. The other groups have not been introduced until now.


The second group is six students selected for the honor of receiving the Beck Award, named after the conference founder Dr. Barry F. Beck. The award includes free registration to the conference and reimbursement of up to $1,000 in travel expenses. To learn about this year’s awardees, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/sites/sinkholeconference.com/files/2023-03/Beck%20Biographies_GMP.pdf. The expenses for these fine young scholars are largely supported through your tax-deductible contributions to the Beck Student Support Fund. To learn more and make a donation, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/How-to-sponsor-the-scholarship.


This 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. One of its many benefits is the opportunity to meet the second group of special guests, our sponsors and exhibitors:


Our Sponsors for this year’s conference are:

  • Arcadis US Inc.
  • Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  • MicroSeismic, Inc.
  • P.E. LaMoreaux and Associates
  • Southwest Geophysical Consulting, LLC
  • University of South Florida School of Geosciences


And our Exhibitors are:

  • Albillia LTD.
  • Earth Tech
  • Geologic & Environmental Testing
  • GeoView, Inc.
  • SurvTech Solutions


If you have not yet registered, it isn’t too late (and you can even register on site) to come meet our special guests and our registrants from around the world. The 17th Sinkhole Conference will be held at the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, Florida March 27-31, 2023.


To register for the conference and for more information, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/.



March 2023

United Nations 2023 Water Conference,

22-24 March 2023


New York City, New York, USA


17th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst,

27-31 March 2023


Tampa, Florida, USA


10th Speleological Symposium,

27-31 March 2023


Montería, Córdoba, Colombia https://aczcolombia.org/vi-congreso/

May 2023

4th International Planetary Caves Conference

4-7 May 2023


Haria Municipality, Lanzarote, Spain


15th EuroSpeleo Forum, 17-21 May 2023


Breitscheid/Hessen, Germany


Clay Minerals Society Conference: Karst Trip

20-25 May 2023


Austin, Texas, USA https://cvent.utexas.edu/event/b8822615-d0e8-4730-89e4-2ef519cbeb5b/summary/

14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst,

22-26 May 2023


Sudetes, Poland, https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

June 2023

White-nose Syndrome National Meeting,

5-8 June 2023


Palm Springs, California, USA



National Speleological Society Convention,

26-30 June 2023


Elkins, West Virginia, USA



July 2023

Balkan Cavers' Camp,

29 June - 3 July 2023 Serbia,




37th Brazilian Congress of Speleology,

26-29 July 2023


Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil



August 2023


Summer School on Speleothem Science,

6-13 August 2023


São Paulo, Brazil


September 2023


5th International Meeting of Cavers in the Moravian Karst: Karst, Caves, And People 2023,

20-24 September 2023,


Sloup, Moravian Karst, Czech Republic


October 2023

16th European Cave Rescue Meeting,

12-15 October 2023


Porto de Mós, Portugal


Geological Society of America Convention,

15-18 October


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


3rd Balkan Speleological Congress,

19-22 October 2023


Sofia, Bulgaria


November 2023

3rd International Congress of Karst, Speleology and Enhancement of Natural Heritage,

2-5 November 2023


Rabat, Morocco


Cave Research Foundation Annual Meeting, 3-4 November 2023,


Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA





9th US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Workshop,

22-24 October 2024


Nashville, Tennessee, USA




19th International Congress of Speleology, 20-27 July 2025


Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil http://uis-speleo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/uisb631.pdf

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