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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 15 Feb 2021

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Дата: Воскресенье, 14 февраля 2021, 8:54 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


This has been a busy month with many events and activities for the International Year of Caves and Karst. Learn about all those details and more below:


International Year of Caves and Karst

  • Many Partners, Many Events
  • International Year Events


Various News

  • New UIS Bulletin: Special International Year Issue
  • Show Cave Lighting Paper Now Available
  • Fund Raising for Penn Aqua Cave


Student Opportunities

  • Cave Research Foundation Graduate Student Grants for Cave and Karst Research
  • Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers Course


Conferences and Meetings

  • International Congress of Speleology: COVID Update
  • Virtual Topics in Cave Rescue
  • II Colombian Congress of Speleology: Change of Date and Now Virtual

·       Stories in Speleology

  • 36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology: Postponed
  • 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: Many Partners, Many Events


The International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) is designed to teach people around the world about caves and karst. It is an event organized by the International Union of Speleology (UIS), but the UIS can’t reach the world alone which is why we’re excited to have 145 national and international organizations partnering with us.


We also have 66 events announced and 11 other events are already complete, including our Opening Ceremonies which have been already been watched by over 6,300 people. If you missed them, watch them at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzSiErLj5x6viNbvAdehDvA.


The most important thing is that more partners are joining us and posting events daily and we ask you to be one of them. This is a unique chance to be part of a team making a global impact to improve knowledge, and from there, appreciation, funding, and protection for caves and karst. It is simple to join. Just send you logo and website address to the address on the Partners page the IYCK website (www.iyck2021.org), and then send your event announcements as shown on the Events page. No event is too small. It is all important. Based on the news media that has reported on IYCK events of the past month, we have already reached over 10 million people!


Join us! And visit the UIS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uisspeleo), UIS Twitter account (https://twitter.com/uisspeleo), and/or the UIS Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/uisspeleo/).


George Veni

President, International Union of Speleology

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute




International Year Events


A growing number of events are scheduled for the International Year of Caves and Karst. You will find the full list at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/. Some are scheduled throughout the year. Two are described below that occur at regular periods.


We remind everyone that when each event is completed, to please send a short report to the Event Results page on the website (http://iyck2021.org/index.php/event-results/). This page provides links to video lectures, news reports, and other information on the results of all IYCK events. At the end of the IYCK, all the results will be compiled into one document that anyone can use to demonstrate the global interest, value, and support for caves and karst, which we believe will help us all find more support and funding for exploration, research, and protection.


  • British Cave Research Association Monthly Seminars. Lectures from leading experts on different topics involving caves and karst. They occur on the first Monday of each month, 19:30 – 21:00 UK time
  • Discover Caves and Karst with the Gran Acuifero Maya Project. Every Tuesday at 19:00 Central Mexico Time, explorers, scientists, cave divers, archaeologists, underwater archaeologists, biologists, photographers, speleologists, videographers, cartographers, educators and conservationists will share their adventures, discoveries and anecdotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, in one on one live talks.




New UIS Bulletin: Special International Year Issue


We are glad to share with you the Volume 62-2 of the UIS Bulletin.


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


The 69 pages of this issue brings the following topics:

  • Editorial: “New Decade, Brilliant Future Ahead”
  • The President’s Column: “Welcome to the International Year of Caves and Karst”
  • Planning Guide for a Virtual International Year of Caves and Karst
  • UIS Prizes 2021: Reminder for nominations
  • International Year of Caves and Karst 2021 Opening Ceremony
  • Book “Cave, Karst and People”
  • International Year of Caves and Karst – Activities in some member Nations
  • World Heritage Sites, Global Geoparks, and the IYCK
  • Cave animal of the year
  • Commission on History of Speleology
  • 2020: The 70th Year of the Italian Speleological Society
  • 80th Anniversary of the Cuban Speleological Society
  • International Expedition CHINEXPLOS 2019
  • Caves: Quarries of Speleothems
  • France Habe Prize: 2019 and 2020 Winners announcement
  • LIGHT IN THE DARK/Italy: France Habe Prize winner 2019
  • SOMOSLOSCENOTES/Mexico: France Habe Prize winner 2020
  • In Memoriam: Anthony Hitchcock (South Africa)
  • In Memoriam: Nils-Axel Mörner (Sweden)
  • In Memoriam: István Eszterhás (Hungary)
  • Minutes of the Annual UIS Bureau Meeting 2020
  • Calendar of Events
  • 3rd Circular of the 18th International Congress of Speleology 2021
  • UIS Bureau 2017/2021
  • List of Member Nations
  • Annual Contributions and Bank Account


Down it from: http://uis-speleo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/uisb622.pdf 


Visit the UIS Website



Best regards

Nivaldo COLZATO (Brazil)

Adjunct Secretary / UIS Bulletin Editor

UIS-Union Internationale de Spéléologie




Show Cave Lighting Paper Now Available


Funded by Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NCKRI conducted a study on the effect of LED lights on lampenflora, led by our student Zoe Havlena: Lighting effects on the development and diversity of photosynthetic biofilm communities in Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico. The paper is available from:  https://aem.asm.org/content/early/2021/01/12/AEM.02695-20




Fund Raising for Penn Aqua Cave


The Mid-Appalachian Karst Conservancy (MAKC) recently purchased Penn Aqua Cave in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, USA, which is probably the premier water cave in the state.  The Pennsylvania Cave Conservancy (PCC) has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to assist in paying for the property.  PCC will match all donations up to $3,000.00.  Anything received above that amount also be sent along to MAKC, but without the matching funds.  Please consider donating to this worthy cause if you are able.  All donations are tax deductible.

The link to donate if you choose is:  MAKC purchase of Penn Aqua Cave.

Organized by John Boswell
PCC Treasurer




Cave Research Foundation Graduate Student Grants for Cave and Karst Research


Each academic year, the Cave Research Foundation (CRF) accepts grant proposals for the Philip M. Smith Graduate Research Grant program in cave and karst studies. Proposals may be in any field of the earth, natural, or social sciences if the research addresses topics related to caves or karst. Typically, three to five grants are awarded annually, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each. Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting institution and preference is given to research directly related to the student's thesis or dissertation project. Competition is open to U.S. and international institutions, but application materials must be in English. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2021. See the full application guidelines and grant conditions at https://www.cave-research.org/grants/.




Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers Course


The Centre for Karst Hydrogeology of the University of Belgrade, supported by UNESCO-IHP and several other institutions, will again organize this course but this year is free, and on-line by Zoom. During the first four days, 11 professors will provide 18 lectures ranging from basic karst hydrogeology to special engineering solutions and their environmental impacts. A special thematic session “Lecturing by Distinguish Guests,, with contributions by 12 eminent karst hydrogeologists, will take place on Day Five. The tentative program and the application form can be found on the website at http://www.karst.edu.rs/en/index.html. This 8th course will be dedicated to the International Year of Caves and Karst and will occur on 1-5 June 2021.


This course will be followed for two days by the multidisciplinary conference “Karst: From Top to the Bottom.” The conference is open to all, but it is especially devoted to younger and talented karst researchers—those preferably, but not limited to, under the age of 40. This event will also be dedicated to the International Year of Caves and Karst. Attendance is free of charge.




International Congress of Speleology: COVID Update


On the 26th of January the French organising committee of the French Speleological Federation (FFS) and Bureau members of the International Union of Speleology (UIS) unanimously decided the following due to the uncertainty on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic:

·       The decision on whether the congress will take place from the 25th July to 1st August 2021 or not will be taken on the 26th of March 2021. After this date it will be clear if the congress continues or will be postponed.

·       The deadline for early bird registration with a discount of about 25% on the price of tickets is extended until the 24th March 2021.

·       In case of postponement of the congress already paid tickets will be refunded or valid for a new date of the congress.

For information see: https://uis2021.speleos.fr/infos/inscriptions-au-congres/


As soon as a final decision has been made this will be communicated to the caving community.




Virtual Topics in Cave Rescue


From February-May 2021, the US National Speleological Society will organize presentations on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of February through May. The topics include patient perspectives, rescue pre-planning and operations, patient management, hazardous atmospheres, rescuer care, and more.


Join over 25 speakers to help refresh your cave rescue perspective!

Register now for free.


Sarah Truebe

Southwestern Regional Coordinator

National Cave Rescue Commission





II Colombian Congress of Speleology: Change of Date and Now Virtual


II Colombian Congress of Speleology was scheduled for June 8-13, 2021, and now it was moved to June 22-25, 2021. It will be also now be virtual. For more information visit https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/.




Stories in Speleology


The Speleological Society of Colombia has organized its second season of Relatos de Espeleología (Stories in Speleology). It features the histories and adventures of caving legends in the Americas. For more information visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_Ow__8BWxg&list=PL2ytgoikGet8nJRP3doSj45c1cG1KucsS.




36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology: Postponed


The 36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology was postponed to the next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was scheduled for 2-5 June 2021 but will now be held on 20-23 April 2022. For more information visit http://36cbe.org.br/.




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

2)              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

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

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

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

6)              International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, 1-6 June 2021 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs

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

8)              28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

9)              2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology, 22-25 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/

10)           1st Karst Science Forum, 24-27 June 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro

11)           National Speleological Society Convention, 28 June – 2 July 2021 (Weed, California, USA), http://nss2021.caves.org/

12)           18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/ 

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

14)           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  

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

16)           19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

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

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

19)           26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

20)           6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

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

22)           23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/  

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

24)           36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2021 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

25)           EuroKarst 2022: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, probably June 2022 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/




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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