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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 29 Aug 2019

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Дата: Среда, 28 августа 2019, 10:51 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


Below is our new list of cave and karst news announcements. As usual, there are many good and exciting things happening around the world, including a reminder about NCKRI’s new grant program!


Various News

  • Newest UIS Bulletin Now Available!
  • Major Grants from NCKRI for Cave and Karst Research Now Available!
  • New Book: Environmental Karst Geomorphology
  • Important Recent Karst Papers Available


Student Opportunities

  • Masters Opportunity on Karst and Mineral Springs Hydrogeology and Geochemistry: Indiana, USA


Conferences and Meetings

  • Funding for Young Scientists to Attend IAH Karst Commission Official Conferences
  • The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Update
  • The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Applications
  • The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Donors
  • 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.






Major Grants from NCKRI for Cave and Karst Research Now Available!


Dear Colleagues, 


I am pleased to announce that NCKRI is now requesting proposals for new grant programs in support of cave and karst research. Please see the two requests for proposals linked in the descriptions below. 


The NCKRI National Seed Grant Program is designed to enable investigators to initiate new cave and karst research, and encourage new principle investigators to enter the field.


The NCKRI Scholar Fellowship Program to designed to support cave and karst research by exceptional graduate and undergraduate students.


Proposals for NCKRI National Seed Grants are due September 20th, 2019, and applications for the NCKRI Scholar Fellowships are due October 4th, 2019. Applications can be submitted at the following link: 




Please direct any questions about submission or budget preparation to Judith McShannon (, 575-835-6940). Other questions about this RFP can be directed to Daniel Jones, NCKRI Academic Director (, 575-835-5049).


Please help spread the word about these new opportunities, and please consider applying yourselves!

Daniel S. Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science

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


314 Mineral Science and Engineering Complex (MSEC)

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro, NM 87801

office: 575-835-5049

mobile: 651-245-2775




Newest UIS Bulletin Now Available!


Dear Members of the World Speleological Committee,


We are glad to share with you Volume 61-1 of the UIS Bulletin.


The PDF Interactive format can be downloaded by clicking on the link:



The main topics of this issue are as follows:

Editorial: “The importance of UIS in worldwide speleology”

The President’s Column: “Quiet preparation for the International Year of Caves and Karst and other advances in speleology”

Report of Activities  – Commission on Volcanic Caves

Report of Activities  – Cave Rescue Commission

International Expedition to the Serra da Bodoquena, Brazil

Informal Meeting of UIS in Brazil

National Caving Training Center in Cuba

In Memoriam: Grzegorz Klassek (Poland)

Calendar of Events 2019-2021

18th International Congress of Speleology/2021 – New information available

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 this issue of the UIS Bulletin 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




New Book: Environmental Karst Geomorphology


Dr, Miljana Golubović Deligianni has published Environmental Karst Geomorphology as a geomorphological approach to describing and assessing the environmental implications of karst features, and as the first major book on karst to be published in Greece in many years. At 240 pages long, the book is published entirely in Greek but has many figures and photos, which are instructive no matter what language someone speaks. For more details and to order the book, visit http://www.iwn.gr/product.asp?catid=17623.




Important Recent Karst Papers Available


The journal Environmental Earth Sciences has made available a topical collection of papers, organized by KC members Saša Milanovic and Zoran Stevanovic. A total of ten papers can be accessed at:

https://link.springer.com/journal/12665/topicalCollection/AC_66ec433d2c4caa1c56d17c01d329e7a6. It represents a diverse collection of papers that includes extended versions of works presented at the International Symposium Karst 2018.




Masters Opportunity on Karst and Mineral Springs Hydrogeology and Geochemistry: Indiana, USA


The Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS) in collaboration with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (DEAS) at Indiana University, have immediate support for a Masters of Science Research Assistant opportunity to work under the direction of research scientist Tracy Branam at the IGWS. The graduate student project is part of a larger program to establish a springs inventory for hydrogeology and geochemistry in support the aims and missions of the Center for Rural Engagement at Indiana University. The student will collect field data and water samples at spring locations primarily across the Mitchell Plateau of south-central Indiana; and analyze water samples in facilities at the IGWS, DEAS, and collaborating institutions.


The opening is available to start in January 2020. Please apply through the Indiana University’s Graduate School admissions site at http://graduate.indiana.edu/admissions/index.shtml. More information for prospective students is at https://earth.indiana.edu/graduate/how-to-apply.html.  You may also contact Dr. Doug Edmonds, Director of Graduate Studies at DEAS, , 812-855-4512, Research Scientist Tracy Branam at the IGWS, , 812-855-8390, and Dr. Lee Florea, Assistant Director for Research at the IGWS, , 812-855-1376.




Funding for Young Scientists to Attend IAH Karst Commission Official Conferences


The newly established fund for supporting young (<35yrs) karst scientists (https://karst.iah.org/funding-for-young-scientists-to-attend-conferences) will be implemented at the meeting of the International Association of Hydrogeologists Karst Commission in 2020 at the UNESCO Karst 2020 (see info on this meeting in the list of meetings below). Please take a look at the criteria at the link above. Young scientists from low and transitional income countries are especially encouraged to submit an abstract and apply for this award.




The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Update


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 deadline for abstracts has passed and we received a fabulous array that assure an excellent conference. The 16th Sinkhole Conference will occur on 20-24 April 2020 in beautiful 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, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/.


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.




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


1)         13th Balkan Cavers Camp, 2-8 September 2019, (Antalya, Turkey), http://bsuturkey.com/index.html

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

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

4)            25th International Cave Bear Symposium, 18-22 September 2019 (Paklenica National Park, Croatia),

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

6)         13th EuroSpeleo Forum, 23-26 September 2019 (Sofia, Bulgaria), https://esf2019.speleo-bg.org.

7)         International Symposium on Techniques for Remote Location of Unknown Underground Cavities, 26-29 September 2019 (Sofia, Bulgaria),  https://esf2019.speleo-bg.org/symposia/.  

8)             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/

9)             6th Texas Hydro-Geo Workshop, 4-6 October 2019 (Boerne, Texas, USA), https://hydrogeoworkshop.org/

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

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

12)      British Cave Research Association 30th Annual Cave Science Symposium, 19-20 October 2019 (Keyworth, Nottingham, UK), for more information contact Dr. Andy Farrant at: arf[-at-]bgs.ac.uk.

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

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

15)         16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com

16)         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), for information contact

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

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

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

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

21)         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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