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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 22 Apr 2021

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Дата: Понедельник, 12 апреля 2021, 18:55 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


For those who did not see the news from our previous message, the International Congress of Speleology is postponed to 2022. A repeat of that message and several new and big announcements are:


International Year of Caves and Karst: Extended to 2022!


Student, Grant, and Job Opportunities

  • 28th International Karstological School: Registration Open

·        Karst Hydrology Grants

·        Bats and Construction: Call for Proposals


Various News

·        EuroSpeleo Newsletter: April 2021 Issue

·        Call for Papers: Geosciences Special Issue - Karst Unsaturated Zone


Conferences and Meetings

·        International Congress of Speleology Postponed to 2022

·        Call for Papers: Cave and Karst Session for the Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences

·        UIS Pseudokarst Commission: Symposium Postponed and Call for Papers for Special Newsletter

·        Karst Interest Group Workshop: New Dates!

·        International Cave Bear Symposium: 2nd Circular

·        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: Extended to 2022!


The International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) was created to teach people around the world about caves and karst. Organized by the International Union of Speleology (UIS), we now have 183 national and international organizations partnering with us. Together we have 110 upcoming events announced around the world and 79 other events are already complete, most of which you can watch or read about at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/event-results/.


The biggest single event for the International Year is the International Congress of Speleology (https://uis2021.speleos.fr/) which has been posted to July 2022 because of the pandemic. As a result, the UIS Bureau has decided to extend the International Year through 2022. We have contacted our partners directly so they can plan events through next year. We suggest 2021 as the virtual International Year, and as conditions improve with the pandemic we hope 2022 will be the in-person International Year when we can plan and celebrate events when we are truly together.


We encourage all of you as individuals and organizations to join us in reaching out to the world about the importance of caves and karst. Remember, the International Year website (www.iyck2021.org) has a Download page with the logo, posters, a video, and other resources you are free to use. The most important at the two Planning Guides, one for virtual events and one for when we can gather physically. They will give you many ideas of things you can do to support the International Year of Caves and Karst. Remember, no event is too small. It is all important. And please post all your events and their results on the International Year website to the address near the top of the Events pages.


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




28th International Karstological School: Registration Open


Dear colleague!


We are informing you that the 28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional karstology - Local and general aspects, will take place from the 14th to 18th June 2021 entirely as an online event.


Deadline for the abstract submission is 15th April and for registration April 30th respectively. The forms and other information are available here: https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/prijava/


An event will take place within the International Year of Caves and Karst. Due to online organization, the program will be adapted and known at the end of the registration.


Thank you for the understanding and we are looking forward to see you there.


Organizing Committee

Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU

Titov trg 2

SI-6230 Postojna


T: +386 5 700 1900

F: +386 5 700 1999





Karst Hydrology Grants


Crawford Hydrology Laboratory (CHL) is pleased to announce an expanded grant program to help support cave and karst research in celebration of the UIS International Year of Caves and Karst (www.iyck2021.org). CHL will provide an award two times per year of up to $1,000 each through a proposal competition for laboratory analytical services used in groundwater tracing investigations. We now open this opportunity to registered members of a National Speleological Society (NSS) grotto or cave conservancy group.



Category 1) Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at an accredited university with an endorsement from a full-time faculty member of that university. Proposals from high school students may be considered with additional supporting documentation as described below. Applicants are eligible for the award once per calendar year.


Category 2) . Registered members of a NSS grotto or cave conservancy group are eligible with an endorsement from your local organizational leader.


Proposals should be limited to projects that can be completed within 12 months from the start of the project. Awards are limited to a maximum of $1,000 per project.


Submission Instructions and Deadline

Applications will be reviewed as received and only two awards will be granted per calendar year. All proposals should include a cover letter, a resume, a letter of support from the applicant’s supporting faculty member or organizational leader, and a project proposal including purpose, budget, design of the dye trace, and expected outcomes. High school student applicants must also submit a transcript and a second endorsement letter from the student’s school principal.


Applications should be submitted to Crawford Hydrology Laboratory at or via post to 1906 College Heights Blvd. #31066, Bowling Green, KY 42101. For more details see: https://dyetracing.com/research-grant-program.




Bats and Construction: Call for Proposals


The US Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released a request for proposals to develop a handbook on selecting and implementing methods to temporarily deter and/or exclude bats from transportation structures ahead of and during construction and maintenance activities. The handbook will describe methods that are (1) sensitive to the biological needs of bats and (2) effective for a range of geographical locations, project types, and site conditions. Proposals are due May 18, 2021.




EuroSpeleo Newsletter: April 2021 Issue


It is with great pleasure that the European Speleological Federation (FSE) publishes its first EuroSpeleo Newsletter in year 2021. This Newsletter will be exclusively available in electronic form and it will be distributed through the FSE mailing lists, website and Facebook page. It will be edited by the FSE Bureau and will inform member countries and individual speleologists about important events nationally and internationally as well as new developments and the initiatives of the FSE and its member countries. This Newsletter will be released on an occasional basis.


Please spread this newsletter on the broadest way possible among caving clubs and individual speleologists and all those interested.

You can download the English version of the April 2021 Newsletter here:  



With cordial regards,

The FSE Bureau, April 2021




Call for Papers: Geosciences Special Issue - Karst Unsaturated Zone


Dear Colleagues,


In celebration of the International Year of Caves and Karst 2021 (http://iyck2021.org/), we are organizing a Special Issue of Geosciences dedicated to the Karst Unsaturated Zone.


This Special Issue invites contributions dealing with, but not limited to, the following topics: epikarst and transmission zone, karst geomorphology and caves topography, karst genesis, karst inception, palaeokarst, petrophysics, flows and storage in karst unsaturated zones, karst occurrences and their impact on fluids dynamics in buried carbonate reservoirs, outcrop analogues of karstified carbonate reservoirs, and related interdisciplinary and new characterization and modelling techniques including sampling, logging, remote sensing, geophysics, groundwater monitoring.


As the guest editors, we cordially invite you to contribute (either alone or with colleagues, PhD students, post-doc, etc.) research articles, review articles, short communications, technical notes or perspectives to this Issue. Should your response be positive, we would appreciate receiving within the next weeks a short tentative abstract (150–200 words) describing the topic covered in your contribution. Papers can be submitted at any time up until the deadline as they will be published on an ongoing basis. The provisional deadline is September 30, 2021.

Please find some information about this special issue on the website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/geosciences/special_issues/karst_unsaturated_zone .


Geosciences is an MDPI open-access journal (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/geosciences) indexed by *Scopus* (citescore 2.10) and *ESCI* (Web of Science). The Article Processing Charge (APC) is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs) per accepted paper. There are numerous benefits to publishing in Geosciences: (1) one of the few interdisciplinary journals to cover all aspects of Earth and planetary sciences and aimed at a wide audience, (2) open access and high visibility - unlimited access, broad database coverage, and various promotional activities and academic event presentations; (3) rapid turn-around - first decision provided to authors approximately 15.5 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 2.9 days.


For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors on the journal website (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/geosciences/instructions). Please feel free to contact us or the Editorial Office ( or ), if you have any questions or concerns.


We very much hope that you will be interested in this invitation and will propose quality contributions. We look forward to hearing from you.


Best regards,

The guest-editors: Charles Danquigny, Olivier Kaufmann, Carol Cazarin, Patricia Kambesis




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/.




Call for Papers: Cave and Karst Session for the Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences


Dear colleague,

I hope you are doing well and safe.  

I am contacting you with regard to the 4th CAJG (Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences) which we’ll organize this year and as every year in collaboration with the team of our Arabian Journal of Geosciences. We’re planning soon to enlarge this event in order to establish a bigger venue for geoscientists.  

After the success of the Past Editions of CAJG with more than 1000 abstracts submitted and 400+ attendees from 50+ countries, we will continue this year by moving from Tunisia to Turkey (ITU, Istanbul), where we wish to be able to organize a physical CAJG event from 25–28 November, given the fact that the current pandemic situation will most likely improve by end of the year (finger crossed for safety and wellbeing). However, the opportunity of a virtual participation will be provided to all interested registrants at the conference.

This year on the occasion of the
International Year of Caves and Karst, the Organizing and Scientific Committees of the 4th CAJG are planning to organize a special session to host the best studies on the various geoscience topics related to Caves and Karst. An edited volume (will be published in Springer ASTI series – indexed in Scopus) and special issues are planned for preparation / publication in some Springer journals after the conference. For more details, you can read about the 4th CAJG Publication Plan.

Example of special sessions previously hosted by the CAJG:

Active Tectonics & Earthquake
Mesozoic to Recent Tectonic Agenda of the Northern African Basins
Petroleum Systems in North Africa

We will announce soon our
Special Session “Caves and Karst Geoscience” on the “Highlights” section of the 4th CAJG website. If you are interested in contributing to organize this session as a convener or as a keynote speaker, please send me an email in this regard.

Finally, as an international expert in this field of “Caves and Karst Geoscience”, we wish you could join us and submit a
short abstract (max. 500 words) by April 30th (extended deadline) on your newest research using this platform and by selecting Track 16 during the submission process (for more details, please read the Author Guidelines):   https://www.performer2021.cajg.org/author/login

Thank you in advance for your kind interest and cooperation. Please feel free to forward this call for abstracts to your colleagues!

Stay safe, stay healthy!

Best regards from Heidelberg,

Dr. Nabil Khelifi
Senior Editor | Middle East and North Africa

Springer, a part of Springer Nature
Tiergartenstrasse 17, 69121 Heidelberg, Germany
+49 6221 4878 573
M +49 151 74302175





UIS Pseudokarst Commission: Symposium Postponed and Call for Papers for Special Newsletter


Following the postponement of the 18th International Congress of Speleology in France to the summer 2022, the Organising Committee of the 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst decided to postpone this meeting to the spring 2022. There are several reasons of this decision, such as: translation of many speleological activities to the next year, minor interest in an online meeting deprived of field sessions, and difficult pandemic situation which limits even activities necessary to hold the online meeting. Consequently, we propose to organize this Symposium next year in hybrid form in Chęciny, Poland. The next communication concerning the Pseudokarst symposium will be distributed in October 2021.


Nevertheless, the International Union of Speleology’s (UIS) Pseudokarst Commission is obligated to keep its normal activities, therefore we are ready to publish the 30th issue of the Pseudokarst Newsletter. Since this is no. 30, and the terminological problem of “pseudokarst” has been again discussed, and—furthermore—we are celebrating the International Year of Caves and Karst, we the editors want to prepare a special edition of this journal, having the motto: “Pseudokarst all over the World.” This issue will be widely distributed not only among cavers, but it should reach the general public promoting landforms and caves, which are usually considered to be far from “caves and speleology”—non-karst, probably-karst, possibly-karst, partly-karst, more-or-less-karst, karst-like caves and other landforms. This issue will contain short papers (1-3 A4 pages), describing in clear, commonly understood language (obviously English) pseudokarst phenomena from various regions and continents, richly illustrated. Consequently, everyone and especially members of the Commission who provided photos for IYCK, are warmly invited to submit such manuscripts. The suggested deadline for manuscript submission is May 2021, but all authors planning to submit such materials are gently asked to submit applications with provisional titles and proposing the topics they will discuss to: or .


We hope to have a very interesting and picturesque publication, which will raise awareness of pseudokarst in the wider public.




Karst Interest Group Workshop: New Dates!


Dear Karst Interest Group:


The US Geological Survey’s Karst Interest Group (KIG) planning committee has decided on the dates of October 19-21, 2021 for the 8th Triennial workshop. The workshop will be hosted by Tennessee State and/or Vanderbilt Universities in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The KIG workshop will have an online virtual option for attending and presenting at the technical sessions. The field trip will not contain a virtual attendance option but an online storybook of the field trip will be available to people not attending the workshop in person. We are still accepting registration for the workshop at USGS 2021 KIG Workshop Registration (office.com). Also check the KIG webpage [Karst Interest Group (KIG) 2021 Workshop (usgs.gov)] which we will update with information on the hotel (s) and field trip. The webpage also contains presenter information, past proceedings, photographs of past KIG field trips, and links to KIG partners websites.


If you wish your organization to be listed as a partner please contact .

Please note that the USGS publications proceedings is approved and all of the originally approved abstracts and extended abstracts will be published.

Just a reminder to USGS employees planning to present (either virtually or in person) you will need to get your PowerPoints and video presentations approved. In addition USGS employees planning on presenting a virtual poster will also have to have approval.


Thank you


Allan K. Clark




International Cave Bear Symposium: 2nd Circular


Dear Friends of Cave Bears,

We hope you are all well and healthy.


We thought to be open the exhibition “Eiszeit-Safari” at the Museum Weltkulturen in Mannheim at the 18th, but due to the corona pandemic it will be later, hopefully at the end of April.


We want to thank you for your numerous registrations for the symposium in 2020 and also in 2021.

We send you the 2nd circular of the symposium (ICBS 2021) with all the information for the meeting. You will find the actual updates also at the rem homepage: https://www.rem-mannheim.de/ausstellungen/eiszeit-safari/aktionsjahr-20202021/symposium/


If you are already registered in 2020, please give us a short note that you will join the symposium.


We look forward to the presentations of the registered talks and posters.

Stay healthy and we hope, that the situation will better soon, so that we can meet us in September in Mannheim!


Doris Döppes / Sarah-Nelly Friedland / Wilfried Rosendahl



rem | Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen
Zeughaus C5
68159 Mannheim
phone +49 (0) 621 – 293 8968
fax +49 (0) 621 – 293.3828





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

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

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

4)             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

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

6)             28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

7)             2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology, 22-25 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/

8)             1st Karst Science Forum, postponed to undetermined date in 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro

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

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

11)          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  

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

13)          19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

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

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

16)          26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

17)          US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, 19-21 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

18)          Australian Cave and Karst Management Association Conference, 18-22 October 2021 (Wellington Caves, New South Wales, Australia), for more information:

19)          6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

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

21)          23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/

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

23)          Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Cave and Karst Session, 25-28 November 2021 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.cajg.org/

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

25)          14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, postponed to Spring 2022, https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

26)          36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2022 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

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

28)          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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