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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 12 Dec 2020

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От кого: George Veni <>
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Дата: Суббота, 12 декабря 2020, 20:17 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


This may be our last message of this difficult year. We at NCKRI hope you and your loved one are well and have a healthy and prosperous new year. The challenges of 2020 made it difficult to prepare for next year’s International Year of Caves and Karst, so we encourage you to join us in that globally important program (see message below).


Below are announcements from our friends, and starting with an exciting announcement from NCKRI:


Job Opportunity

  • Cave and Karst Management Science Director at NCKRI


International Year of Caves and Karst: Facebook, Events, and Partners


Student and Learning Opportunities

  • TAMU-CC Study Abroad Programs: Karst of the Yucatán Peninsula
  • Cave and Karst Graduate Studies Programs
  • Visual KARSYS: Next Online Course Announcement


Conferences and Meetings

  • 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium Rescheduled
  • 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst: Call for Papers
  • 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.






Job Opportunity: Cave and Karst Management Science Director at NCKRI


Joel Despain has done excellent work as the National Cave and Karst Research Institute’s (NCKRI) Cave and Karst Management Scientist. As he retires at the end of this year, we are looking to hire his successor, but at a higher level as our Cave and Karst Management Science Director. We seek to hire an expert on the multidisciplinary management of caves and karst systems. This person will primarily provide professional leadership, advise, and technical assistance to the US National Park Service. This person will also conduct and support NCKRI cave and karst management research, and assist other partners and groups as available. The position description is provided at:



This position will be based at the National Park Service offices in Lakewood (Denver area), Colorado, USA. To apply for the job, for questions about applying for the job, and other questions related to employment, please see https://www.nmt.edu/hr/employment.php. NCKRI is proud to be administered by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, which employs all NCKRI personnel.


If you have questions about the job’s responsibilities, contact NCKRI Executive Director Dr. George Veni at .




International Year of Caves and Karst: Facebook, Events, and Partners


The International Union of Speleology (UIS) has created a new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/uisspeleo. While it will certainly have UIS news, much of the news for the next year will focus on the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK). If you use Facebook, join this page for more updates and news, and of course, visit the IYCK website (www.iyck2021.org) for more information and to see how you can help by being part of this global education campaign.


Everyone is welcome and encouraged to because part of the IYCK. No program or activity is too small. We are trying to reach the world and need your help. Please visit the Download page for the Planning Guide and other materials you are free to use, If you have already planned events, please send them for posting on the Events page. We also welcome several new partners (more than 80 in total!) and hope to welcome more soon. Please contact me if you have any questions ().


George Veni

President, International Union of Speleology

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute




TAMU-CC Study Abroad Programs: Karst of the Yucatán Peninsula


This GEOL 4650 Field Geology course at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi describes the different types of caves and karst rocks, the water rock interactions in carbonate rock systems, and it explains cave formation via hydrogeological and geochemical processes. It offers field work experience such as sample collection, determining field parameters, karst and cave surveys, measuring spring discharges in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico and laboratory experience on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus. The relationship between the Ring of Cenotes and regional fracture patterns will also be determined in the field. The course will be offered during the second Summer 2021 session


Prerequisites: GEOL 1403 Physical Geology, GEOL 4444 Hydrogeology or GEOL 4311/ESCI4490.011 Paleoclimatology or permission of instructor(s).


For more information visit Karst of the Yucatan Peninsula Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (tamucc.edu) or contact: Dr. Val Murgulet, , (361)825-6023




Cave and Karst Graduate Studies Programs


This spreadsheet, available on the Karst Waters Institute (KWI) website, is a crowdsourced list of graduate programs in the United States. For students thinking about beginning graduate studies in karst, or for professors offering cave and karst research opportunities, this is a great way to make connections! (The list is not ranked by KWI, nor does KWI endorse any particular graduate program listed here. It is provided only as a frequently updated resource for potential students who are interested in karst graduate programs. If you would like your program to be included on the list, please email Rachel Bosch at karstgeomorph [at] gmail.com.)






Visual KARSYS: Next Online Course Announcement


The next Visual KARSYS course will occur online on 3-4 February 2021 in two 3-hour sessions. The course is designed for geologists and hydrogeologists (engineers, academic, students) working in karst environments for applied issues (groundwater resources, natural hazards, geothermy, construction, etc.). It intends to provide steps and tools to attendees who will apply KARSYS by themselves. For more information visit https://www.visualkarsys.com/.




6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium Rescheduled

Moved from its original date in September 2020, the 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium: Assessing, Monitoring and Protecting Cave Biotopes and Geotopes through Natura 2000 or Similar Programs in Europe is now scheduled for 26-30 October 2021. The  symposium is organized jointly by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Cave Protection Commission (ECPC) of the European Speleological Federation (FSE), and will be held at the BfN-International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm, Baltic Sea Region, Germany.

Please note that the 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium is organized under the umbrella of the IYCK – International Year of Caves and Karst.

On behalf of the European Cave Protection Commission and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, we kindly invite all speleologists, scientists and authorities active in cave and karst monitoring and protection, to participate at the 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium. The Symposium will include an overview about Natura 2000 type 8310 ''habitat caves not open to public" monitoring procedures in EU member states and similar programs in non-EU countries. Main aspects will be monitoring, evaluation and cooperation through borders. It will address appropriate management measures to restore or maintain a favorable conservation status.

The symposium is organized by ECPC (Bärbel Vogel (DE)  & Jean-Claude Thies (LU)) and by BfN (Ute Feit)

If you are interested in attending the symposium, you will find the second circular here: https://www.eurospeleo.eu/images/stories/docs/ECPC/6ESPS_2021_2circ_EN.pdf
a questionnaire here: https://www.eurospeleo.eu/images/stories/docs/ECPC/6ESPS_Questionnaire_EN_2021.docx
and a registration form here: https://www.eurospeleo.eu/images/stories/docs/ECPC/6ESPS_REGISTRATION-FORM_2021.pdf

Submit filled-in forms to rg by 1st March 2021.



14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst: Call for Papers


Dear Potential participants of the 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst,


Recent news, which are a little bit more optimistic than before, allow us to hope that the 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst will be held in Chęciny, Poland, 22-25th April 2021, as it was announced in the Symposium homepage https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/. The scientific sessions of this Symposium will surely be performed in that term, in the traditional form (in the European Centre of Geological Education, Chęciny, Poland - https://www.eceg.uw.edu.pl/en/ ) or via Internet, whereas the field sessions will be held in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains, if it is legally allowed in that term (if not, a postponing of the field sessions is also possible). The general program of the conference and estimated costs will be similar to those presented before; see again the Symposium homepage https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/.


Consequently, all are again invited to participate in this Symposium. Participants who have been already registered, are gently asked to confirm they interest in the Symposium via e-mail (to the Symposium e-mail address). New potential participants should submit the fulfilled registration form by the 15th of January 2021 (to the Symposium e-mail address).


Symposium materials: papers (up to 8 pages, submitted up to the 31st January 2021) and field session guidebook, will be published in the Pseudokarst Newsletter no. 30. However, other papers concerning the recent activities, explorations and studies on pseudokarst, as well as announcements (also obituaries) submitted up to the 31st January 2021, will be welcome. Therefore, the Symposium participants that will have presentations or posters and want to publish them, are asked to submit them as a WORD file (text) and separate JPG files (figures) to the Symposium e-mail address directly or (if the total charge is larger than 10 MB) via WeTransfer up to the 31st January 2020.


Sincerely Yours


Jan Urban, President of the UIS Pseudokarst Commission.




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


If you are interested in any of the following events, contact the organizers directly to learn if they are still planned as announced below.


1)              International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, postponed to 2021 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs

2)              7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), postponed to 2021 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), http://www.karst.edu.rs

3)              Visual KARSYS Online Course, 3-4 February 2021, https://www.visualkarsys.com/ 

4)              14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, 22-25 April 2021 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

5)              US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, May 2021 (Nashville, Tennessee, USA), https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

6)              ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), May 2021 (Gorizia, Italy), contact:

7)              Australian Cave and Karst Management Association Conference, 3-7 May 2021 (Wellington Caves, New South Wales, Australia), for more information:

8)              European Cave Rescue Association Meeting, postponed to late spring or November 2021 (Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/ecra-meeting-2020-cantabria-spain/ 

9)              36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2021 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

10)           2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology, 8-13 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/

11)           Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst: Sulfuric Acid Weathering, postponed to mid-summer 2021 (San Vittore, Italy), https://karstwaters.org/conferences/sulfuric-acid-weathering/ 

12)           28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

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

14)           1st Karst Science Forum, 24-27 June 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro

15)           18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/ 

16)           Central Asian Speleological Forum, postponed to August 2021 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/

17)           34th International Geographical Congress karst sessions: Global Karst Critical Zone and Land Use Planning in Karst, 16-20 August 2021 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.igc2020.org/en/KARST%20COMMISSION.html  

18)           International Association of Hydrogeologists 47th Congress, 22-27 August 2021 (São Paulo, Brazil), https://iah2021brazil.org/en/

19)           19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

20)           International Association of Hydrogeologists 48th Congress, 6-10 September 2021 (Brussels, Belgium), https://iah2021belgium.org/

21)           Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference, September 2021 (Socorro, New Mexico, USA), https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/FtStanton/home.cfm

22)           26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

23)           6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

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

25)           23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/  

26)           Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, postponed to 2022 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/ 




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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