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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 03 Jan 2021

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Дата: Воскресенье, 3 января 2021, 6:38 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


Welcome to the International Year of Caves and Karst! We encourage you to join NCKRI and nearly 90 partners (and increasing) in celebrating the year and teaching the world about the wonders and importance of caves and karst.


Below are a few announcements to start the new year, which we hope will be healthy and happy for all of you:


International Year of Caves and Karst has Begun!


Job Opportunity

  • Cave and Karst Management Science Director at NCKRI


Various News

  • New International Show Caves Association Newsletter
  • Karst Information Portal: A Free Source for International Publications


Conferences and Meetings

  • 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.






The International Year of Caves and Karst has Begun!


The International Union of Speleology (UIS) welcomes everyone to the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK)! The major goal of the IYCK is to teach people about caves and karst. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to become 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 IYCK website’s (www.iyck2021.org) and its 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 (almost 90 in total!) and hope to welcome more soon.


The official opening of the IYCK will be on 26 January 2021. The location, details, and other information will be posted soon on the IYCK website (www.iyck2021.org) and the UIS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/uisspeleo. Please visit those sites to see how you can help by being part of this global education campaign and contact me if you have any questions ().


George Veni

President, International Union of Speleology

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute




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 retired at the end of 2020, 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 .




New International Show Caves Association Newsletter


Dear All,


I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve. May the new year be filled with brightness and hope for all of you.


Follow the link below to download and read our latest newsletter:


I hope you enjoy reading it and remember to contact me if you have any interesting contents to share with the rest of the community. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, and you can also send new materials (pictures, texts...) about your caves in order to upload data on our renewed website.


Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year.


Kind regards,

Juanjo Tíscar Moya
ISCA Editor


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Karst Information Portal: A Free Source for International Publications


The Karst Information Portal (www.karstportal.org) is a NCKRI project in partnership with the University of South Florida Libraries (USF), University of New Mexico, and the International Union of Speleology. The Portal is part of the USF Libraries Digital Collections and serves as a one-stop shop for free, online access to cave and karst information.


The Portal serves as a library and contains thousands of newsletters, journals, government reports, theses, dissertations, books, and other materials from about 70 organizations in more than 20 countries. If you need information on any cave or karst topic, enter a keyword in the search engine to see what you may find. Publications were downloaded 322,195 times from the Portal last year and new publications are added regularly.


You are welcome to not just search the Portal, but add your publications to share them and show the world the good work you are doing. Just click on “Help” at the top of the website to send a message of your interest in adding your publications to the Karst Information Portal’s collection.




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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