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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 21 Apr 2021

Я только сегодня вернулся из Антарктики на судне, пробыв 40 дней без интернета. Потому посылаю информацию с опозданием.
Всего самого доброго!

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От кого: George Veni <>
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Дата: Воскресенье, 21 марта 2021, 18:38 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


The big news for this message is the postponement of the International Congress of Speleology to 2022 and NCKRI’s newest employee. See the details about those items and other news below:


NCKRI Hires a Cave and Karst Management Science Director


International Year of Caves and Karst

  • International Year Events


Student and Job Opportunities

  • Scholarships for International Students for the Doctoral Study Program in Karstology: Slovenia


Various News

  • Visual KARSYS: Next Online Course Announcement
  • EU Proposal: Making Nature Restoration Legally Binding
  • Karst Paper Most Highly Viewed!
  • Karst Waters Institute Awards Celebration


Conferences and Meetings

  • International Congress of Speleology Postponed to 2022
  • Karst Hazards Forum Starts Soon!
  • 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.






NCKRI Hires a Cave and Karst Management Science Director


Following an international search and the review of many exceptional candidates, NCKRI is delighted to announce that Dr. Patricia Seiser was hired as NCKRI’s Cave and Karst Management Science Director. About 75% of her duties will focus on coordinating cave and karst management activities across the US National Park Service (NPS), and her remaining time will focus on NCKRI-specific cave and karst management programs. Because she will work closely with the NPS, she will work out of the NPS offices in Denver, Colorado, which is also important in expanding NCKRI’s national outreach. She starts her work for NCKRI on 29 March 2021.




The International Year of Caves and Karst: Many Partners, Many Events


The International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) was created 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. We now have 167 national and international organizations partnering with us. Together we have 93 events announced around the world and 49 other events are already complete, most of which you can watch or read about at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/event-results/.


More partners join us and post events frequently. We ask you to be one of them. This is your unique chance to be part of the team that is making a global impact to improve knowledge, and from that, appreciation, funding, and protection for caves and karst. To become a partner is simple. Send you logo and website to the address on the Partners page of 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.


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. One is described below.


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.


  • Queen’s University Belfast Caving Club March Cave Science Festival. This event is a series of webinars from researchers involved in some way with caves. We will have presentations from hydrologists, geologists and those involved in bat conservation. This event will be a video conference over Microsoft Teams on every evening, local time. Please check our Facebook page for details. Organized by the Caving Club at Queen’s University in Belfast (QUBCC). For more information: https://www.facebook.com/qubcaving/https://home.qubsu.org/clubssocieties/caving/




Scholarships for International Students for the Doctoral Study Program in Karstology: Slovenia


In keeping with the 2020 development cooperation agreements, we succeeded in preparing, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, a public call for scholarship applications for international students applying for the Doctoral study program in Karstology at the University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia.


Through the award of scholarships to international students in the Republic of Slovenia we aim to promote international education, provide citizens from partner countries with a higher level of education, and help them acquire knowledge in priority areas so that scholarship holders can bring in new knowledge and skills upon their return to home countries, thereby contributing to their long-term sustainable development.


In the 2021/2022 academic year, two scholarships will be awarded to two citizens from recipient or eligible countries for the postgraduate program in Karstology (third level, doctoral degree program) at the Graduate School of the University of Nova Gorica, the only comprehensive Karstology study program in the world.


For more information, please visit the following website:



Kind regards,


Martin Knez

Associate professor dr. Martin KNEZ, univ. grad. eng. geology

Director of Doctoral study program in Karstology

Graduate School, University of Nova Gorica

Head of UNESCO Chair on Karst Education

Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Karst Research Institute

P.O. Box 59, SI-6230 Postojna, Slovenia

Tel: ++386 5 700 1915, ++386 5 700 1900   Fax: ++386 5 700 1999

Email: -sazu.si





Visual KARSYS: Next Online Course Announcement


The next Visual KARSYS course will occur online on 28-29 April 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/.




EU Proposal: Making Nature Restoration Legally Binding

Nature as we know it is heading towards extinction. And it’s because of human activity. Logging, intensive agriculture and overfishing have pushed one million animal and plant species to the point where they're hanging by a thread. The European Commission will propose a new law to make nature restoration legally binding for EU countries. But as it stands, there is no definition of what this will actually mean.

Right now, the Commission is asking the public to give their opinion on what nature restoration across the EU should look like, which is open for feedback until the 5th of April 2021.

BirdLife Europe, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and World Wildlife Fund European Policy Office, have now launched #RestoreNature - a campaign demanding to restore nature across Europe now. The message to the European Commission is simple: Only through meaningful, transformative change at land and sea can we bring back the biodiversity we desperately need. It will help us to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis, and prevent the future spread of diseases.

Through the #RestoreNature campaign citizens from both within and outside the EU can demand that the EU develops a good law that can help reverse the fate of nature in Europe, and beyond and start giving land, sea and water back to nature.
This EU law can be a real game-changer for people and nature, but only if it is grounded in science. Failing that, it risks ending up an empty green-washing tool.


This is about the survival of our precious caves and karst beside wetlands, peatlands, grasslands, forests, floodplains, rivers, and oceans. But it is also about our climate, our health, and the survival of humankind. Protecting what is left is needed but won’t cut it. We also need to bring nature back. We must #RestoreNature now. Our survival depends on it.

Being a full member at EEB, European Speleological Federation and its Protection Commission ECPC are strongly supporting this campaign and ask you to sign online at: https://restorenature.eu/en

Please do it now !

Jean-Claude Thies
ECPC President
European Cave Protection Commission
Fédération Spéléologique Européenne asbl.




Karst Paper Most Highly Viewed!


Hydrogeology Journal announced that the paper, Global Distribution of Carbonate Rocks and Karst Water Resources. is their most highly viewed paper last year! This demonstrates the growth in understanding and appreciation of caves and karst, and an excellent announcement for this International Year of Caves and Karst. To download the open access paper, visit: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10040-020-02139-5?sap-outbound-id=EC57B4EDA32E163567322CE213A590997EC2889A&utm_source=hybris-campaign&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=000_AOR8128_0000011215_BSSS_CON_MD01_GL_BP-JNL_HP_Camp1_21_SPR&utm_content=EN_internal_22826_20210312&mkt-key=42010A0557EB1EDA9BAABB96E70BD822




Karst Waters Institute Awards Celebration


The annual Awards Celebration for Karst Waters Institute (KWI) will take place electronically at 2:00 p.m. US Eastern Daylight Time on March 27, 2021 via ZOOM. This is KWI’s annual opportunity to tell the karst community what we are doing. This year we will celebrate the accomplishments of Annette Summers Engel, and we will announce the winner of the William L Wilson and Diane C. Wilson Scholarship. Ordinarily, this award would be presented in the home town of the winner of the KWI Karst Award, but due to COVID restrictions, we will host the celebration electronically. Please join us for this once a year opportunity to spend time with your karst colleagues. Registration is $20.00 for professionals, but students can attend at no cost, thanks to contributions by several anonymous donors. You can register at the KWI website https://karstwaters.org/




International Congress of Speleology Postponed to 2022


The continued COVID-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of the 18th International Congress of Speleology. It was scheduled for this year but will now occur on 24-31 July 2022 in the same location, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France. If you have registered or sent papers for the congress, they are already accepted for 2022. The congress organizers will also accept cancelations and some adjustments that may be needed. For more information visit http://uis2021.speleos.fr/. Please be patient for more details. This decision to postpone was made final yesterday and details will be posted soon. Also, information on how this decision affects the International Year of Caves and Karst and the other business of the International Union of Speleology will be posted in 1-2 weeks.




Karst Hazards Forum Starts Soon!


The Karst Hazards Forum is organized by the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG). has organized. It will address the three broad topics of Karst, Pseudokarst, and Anthropogenic Sinkholes [karst-like erosion due to human activities]. General & registration information is available at the forum's website, www.aegmeetings.org . The KHF will be a virtual meeting on successive afternoons that begins on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. The forum will be streamed live or registrants will be able to view all the forum’s sessions at a later time & date.


Besides having a diverse group of informative speakers, the registration cost is very low for the number of Professional Development Hours that may be attained.


The three main topics will be divided into sessions, as appropriate. Some of the anticipated sessions may be: investigation/mapping, geologic environs, geophysics/remote sensing, hazard/use categories (surface material loss, groundwater contamination, groundwater supply, construction impacts), risk of the hazard, mitigation of the hazard, public information/protection, and case histories.


Check it out and register soon!




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 (virtual), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

2)             Visual KARSYS Online Course, 28-29 April 2021, https://www.visualkarsys.com/ 

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

13)          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  

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

15)          19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

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

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

18)          26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

19)          US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, October 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

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)          XV Mexican National Congress of Speleology, 29 October to 2 November 2021 (Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico), https://umae.org/congreso2021/.

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

25)          36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2022 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

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

27)          18th International Congress of Speleology, 24-31 July 2022 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, 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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