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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 22 Jun 2021

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Дата: Воскресенье, 20 июня 2021, 22:11 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


Here is the latest news from NCKRI and our friends around the world:


NCKRI Opportunities

  • One More NCKRI Job Opportunity: Office Manager
  • NCKRI Research Grants: Last Minute Reminder


The International Year of Caves and Karst: More than 200 Partners!


Job Opportunities

  • Job Opportunity: Interpretive Naturalist Position at Mystery Cave, Minnesota, USA
  • Cave Bear Conference: Limited Free Registration for Young Researchers


Various News:

  • 2021 Call for the EuroSpeleo Protection Label
  • Roman Lamps in Caves: Request for Help
  • Call for Papers: Exploring Planetary Caves as Windows into Subsurface Geology, Habitability, and Astrobiology


Conferences and Meetings

  • Announcing: 19th International Congress of Speleology, Brazil, 2025
  • 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology Update: Italy
  • US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Workshop Goes Virtual
  • US National Speleological Society Convention Updates
  • Geological Society of America Convention: Call for Cave and Karst Abstracts
  • 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.






One More NCKRI Job Opportunity: Office Manager


The US National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) is hiring on Office Manager. The job will be based at NCKRI Headquarters in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA. NCKRI is administered by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (“New Mexico Tech” or “NMT”) and all applications must be sent to NMT. The application form, information on job benefits, and the contact information for the Human Resources Department at NMT is at https://www.nmt.edu/hr/employment.php. If you have questions about applying for the job, benefits, or want general information about employment at NMT, contact NMT’s Human Resources Department. If you have questions about the job that is not explained in the job description at https://www.nmt.edu/hr/docs/hr/jobs/OfficeMgrNCKRI21-087.pdf, contact George Veni at .




NCKRI Research Grants: Last Minute Reminder


Dear Colleagues,


NCKRI is pleased to remind you that of our next call for grants in support of cave and karst research. One opportunity is still available for only a few more days:


The NCKRI National Seed Grant Program is designed to enable investigators to initiate new cave and karst research, and encourage new principal investigators to enter the field. Proposals for NCKRI National Seed Grants are due June 23rd, 2021.


Applications can be submitted at the following link: https://www.nmt.edu/research/organizations/nckri.php


Please direct any questions about submission or budget preparation to Judith McShannon (, 575-835-6940). Other questions about this RFP can be directed to Daniel Jones, NCKRI Academic Director (, 575-835-5049).


You can also view a presentation about NCKRI, our grant programs, and other activities at our parent university, New Mexico Tech, at https://nmt.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?tid=230927e0-9ea4-4c12-ac69-ad180140b004


Please help spread the word about this new opportunity, and please consider applying yourselves!




Daniel S. Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geobiology, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science
Academic Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)



The International Year of Caves and Karst: More than 200 Partners!


The International Year of Caves and Karst is organized by the International Union of Speleology (UIS) to celebrate caves and karst internationally and teach the world about their importance. This is a huge job. It cannot be done alone, which is why we excited to announce we now have more than 200 national and international organizations partnering with us—202 to be exact!


Look at our list of partners at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/partners/. Of course, most are cave organizations, but you will find many and major non-speleological organizations too. This is critically important because they show that caves are important to everyone. If your organization hasn’t joined, please do. There is no cost or application process. All you need to do is simply send your logo and website address to the website manager, whose address is near the top of the Partners page, and then we ask you to organize one or more events, programs, activities, or publicity in your area to help us reach and teach the world.


We also continue to make progress through our partners with our events. We have had 187 successful events so far (http://iyck2021.org/index.php/event-results/), and another 124 are coming soon (http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/). We encourage you to plan your own events and activities for the International Year, no matter how small, and please and send them in the simple format to the website manager. It will take less than 5 minutes, and you can help teach the “hole” world!


For more information, visit the International Year website (www.iyck2021.org), 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/) for news and more information.


George Veni

President, International Union of Speleology

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute




Job Opportunity: Interpretive Naturalist Position at Mystery Cave, Minnesota, USA


Mystery Cave in Forestville/Mystery State Park, located in the beautiful Driftless Area of Southeast Minnesota, USA, is looking for an entry level interpreter. The position is permanent, 40 hours weekly, mid-May through Labor Day (5 months). Starting pay is $20.40 - $29.50. Minimum qualifications require a Bachelor’s degree. The park is 45 minutes south of Rochester, Minnesota where the Mayo Clinic is located. There are some benefits such as paid holidays, retirement contributions, paid sick days but this position is not insurance eligible. The nearest towns to locate housing are Spring Valley, Preston and Wykoff, Minnesota.


For more information, visit www.Mn.gov/mmb/careers/search-for-jobs/, and search for Job ID#46627.




Cave Bear Conference: Limited Free Registration for Young Researchers


Dear Friends of Cave Bears,

We hope you are all well and healthy, and we will meet in September in Mannheim.


We have some terrific news for you:


We have the opportunity through a sponsor who wants to remain unknown to support young researchers.

In order to support young researchers, the conference is free of charge for 10 students.

Please inform interested students. If you want to benefit from this sponsoring, send us an e-mail.


Post conference on Sun, 3.10.2021:

8 am: departure

11:30 am: Visit the Geisloch at Oberfellendorf (Northern Frankenalb, Bavaria).

A maximum of 16 persons are possible.


Autumn festival at the “MEisZeit maze”, a corn maze at the Hegehof in 68526 Ladenburg-Neuzeilsheim, with experimental archaeologist Rudolf Walter and special “Stone age/Ice age” events from 12 to 17 pm.


You will find updates about the symposium at the link below. In a separate document there is still a booking form with which you can register for the symposium and find information for the abstract:



Registration ends finally end on July 2021.


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


All the best

Doris Döppes / Sarah-Nelly Friedland / Wilfried Rosendahl






2021 Call for the EuroSpeleo Protection Label


Dear Caving Friends,
The European Speleological Federation (FSE) and its European Cave Protection Commission (ECPC) are very pleased to announce the launching of the 2021 Call for the EuroSpeleo Protection Label. Please find enclosed the guidelines and application form (deadline for applications 30 June 2021). All documents may also be found on the FSE website: http://www.eurospeleo.eu/en/commissions-en/cave-protection/ecpc-activities/eurospeleo-protection-label.html

The aim of the EuroSpeleo Protection Label is to support active cave protection in the speleo clubs, committees, national commissions, etc., all over Europe and to share this knowledge throughout Europe.
For this reason, many cavers and speleological structures are identifying specific solutions which can then be shared with the whole European speleological community in order to adapt these cave protection solutions for application in other European countries.
The FSE / ECPC would like to recognize quality projects which can help to find better solutions for cave protection among the speleological community by awarding them the EuroSpeleo Protection Label. This award should also involve financial support to allow continuation of the important work that has been carried out by the awarded clubs, committees and commissions, because we all need to preserve the speleological heritage for the next generations.

Please consult the documents on the website for all further information and technical rules.

Best regards,

Jean-Claude Thies
ECPC President
European Cave Protection Commission
Fédération Spéléologique Européenne asbl.
B.P. 3067
L-1030 Luxembourg




Roman Lamps in Caves: Request for Help


Following the discovery of a Roman bronze lamp (https://skfb.ly/o6Fvn), with its preserved contents, in the Azé Cave (France), we are looking for documentation on Roman bronze lamps discovered in caves, whatever the country, in order to make a bibliographic synthesis. We are also looking for publications on cave sanctuaries during the Roman period and especially the 1st Century BC and the 1st Century AD.


If you have knowledge of such discoveries or documentation, thank you in advance for your help in communicating this information to us.




Call for Papers: Exploring Planetary Caves as Windows into Subsurface Geology, Habitability, and Astrobiology

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2021


We invite you to submit your article to this special collection, which focuses on the current state of planetary cave science, including:

  1. how we identify and characterize planetary caves,
  2. which processes are behind their genesis and what we can learn from terrestrial analogs,
  3. the potential for planetary caves as habitats for life and
  4. how we may explore these windows into the subsurface.


This special collection welcomes recent advances in geology, geophysics, astrobiology, environmental science regarding planetary caves. This knowledge will be the baseline for future space missions and will help the community to set scientific goals and technological solutions for the exploration of planetary caves.


Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS website for Earth and Space Science or JGR-Planets by selecting the collection title from the Special Section drop-down menu on the submission portal.


If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us (addresses available through Internet search). Please feel free to share this information with anyone else who may be interested. We look forward to highlighting your work.


Charity M. Phillips-Lander, Southwest Research Institute

Francesco Sauro, University of Bologna

Laura Kerber, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

J. Judson Wynne, Northern Arizona University
Timothy N. Titus, United States Geological Survey

Penelope J. Boston, NASA Astrobiology Institute, NASA AMES




Announcing: 19th International Congress of Speleology, Brazil, 2025


The International Union of Speleology (UIS) has recently voted to hold the 19th International Congress of Speleology in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on 27 July – 2 August 2025. A preliminary video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwjhHEKEDUQ. More information will be released soon in the next UIS Bulletin (www.uis-speleo.org).




19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology Update: Italy


Hello Everyone


I am pleased to advise that the 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology (ISV) will take place as scheduled from Saturday 28 August to Friday 3 September 2021.


The Gruppo Grotte Catania (GGC), which is organising the symposium, has decided that with the COVID situation in Italy now improving, it will be possible to host the Symposium in Catania. However, it has been necessary to make some changes to the program.  The organisers have placed some new information about the Symposium on the ISV19 Website.  I have copied it here for your convenience:


Dear friends, speleologists, scholars and supporters of volcano-speleology,


Finally, here is the news you have been waiting for: the 19th International Symposium on Volcano- speleology in Catania is on! It took us longer than we had expected because we had to face problems we have never encountered before and consequently had to make difficult decisions, in accordance with civil and speleological institutions.


In Italy the COVID-19 situation is now under control: the infection is decreasing rapidly because of the vaccine campaign (to this day, 10 million people had both shots, and 20 million more had their first shot out of a population of 59 million people). With the necessary precautions (negative test or green pass) it will soon be possible to return to travel from country to country, not only in Europe but also in the rest of the world.


Last March we considered making an online-only symposium, allowing you to follow it on your PC screen, but the dramatic improving of the situation has made it possible to meet in person in Catania in compliance with the safety conditions for both organizers and participants. This means we had to cut down on some of the activities of the original program and to change some of the locations.


We tried to keep the most significant and qualifying commitments such as the geological tour, the car drive to Mt. Etna and the visit of some cavities, but we had to give up the excursion to the Aeolian Islands and the planned speleological Camp on the volcano fields which are too risky for the impossibility of maintaining social distancing.  Those who have already paid the fee for the excursion to the Aeolian Islands will be reimbursed as soon as possible. If you decide to stay in Catania the six days when there should have been the trip to the Aeolian Islands, we will help you plan some other visits of interest to you.


Here is the new program: we hope that you do not give up on the idea of coming to Italy and share your caving experiences. We will welcome you with all the warmth and friendliness of the famous Sicilian hospitality.


See you in Catania.


The REVISED PROGRAM (as per the ISV19 Website) is:


Saturday August 28th:

  • For all participants, complementary transportation between the airport and the hotels (to book in advance).
  • OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION: The Fingal Cave, between history and legend.


Sunday August 29th:

  • PRE-SYMPOSIUM EXCURSION (1): – GEOLOGY OF MT. ETNA an overview of the volcano guided by a geologist, with comments at the most significant points (all day).
  • Welcome party (Scammacca's Farm).


Monday August 30th:

  • Morning – SYMPOSIUM Institutional work sessions.
  • Afternoon – Catania's natural and cultural heritage (guided short trips)- Katane: the Greek and Roman city.
  • Evening – Recent discoveries video or slide presentations (GGC Arena).


Tuesday August 31st:

  • Morning – SYMPOSIUM LECTURES - University of Catania - Geological Faculty
  • Afternoon - Catania's natural and cultural heritage (guided short trips) - The City revive from the earthquake: the Catanese baroque.
  • Partners' Program (1) - Taormina and Alcantara Gorges guided tour (tour operator).
  • Evening - Participants video or slide contributions (GGC Arena).


Wednesday September 1st:

  • Morning – LECTURES/WORK SESSIONS/MEETING OF UIS COMMISSION - Lectures and conclusion of work sessions – coffee break incl.(University of Catania - Geological Faculty).
  • Afternoon - Catania's natural and cultural heritage (guided short trips) - Historical Museum of the Landing in Sicily 1943 and Cinema Museum or Guided tour of the Botanical Garden.
  • Partners' Program - Syracuse and Noto guided tour (tour operator).
  • Evening – Gala Banquet in a typical Sicilian restaurant.


Thursday September 2nd:

  • GENERAL EXCURSION - Visit of the ''Valle del Bove''.(All day – for all participants).
  • Evening - Sicilian Granita Time (GGC Terrace).


Friday September 3rd:

  • CAVES OF THE ETNA: with the support of GGC speleologists, visit of some Etna’s caves. 5 people and 1 GGC speleologist for each cave: grotta Catanese I (a), grotta Intralio (b), grotta di Serracozzo (c), grotta di Piano Porcaria (d).
  • CLOSING OF THE EXHIBITION: The Fingal Cave, between history and legend.
  • Evening - SYMPOSIUM CLOSING - Farewell party (GGC Terrace).


As our friends in GGC have made a huge commitment over several years to organise the Symposium, I urge you to attend if you are in a position to do so.  I acknowledge that it will be difficult, or indeed impossible, for some members to participate because of Government travel restrictions or the COVID vaccination situation in some countries, including in Australia.  For those who are not able to make it to Catania, GGC is planning an online option for some of the sessions.


For more information and the new 4th Circular, visit https://www.19isvetna.com/.


All the best


John Brush

Chairman, UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves

Canberra, Australia




US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Workshop Goes Virtual


The US Geological Survey (USGS) Karst Interest Group (KIG) planning committee has decided to host the upcoming KIG workshop virtually on October 19-21, 2021. This decision is based on the host Universities not being unable to commit to the event based on continuing Pandemic uncertainties and because the USGS travel restrictions remain unchanged. Once the details for joining the online workshop are worked out the registered attendees will be e-mailed with the details. The first two days of technical sessions will remain unchanged except that they will be virtual. The final day, which would have been the field trip, will now be poster presentations. If you have already made hotel reservations please look into canceling them.


For more information about the workshop, visit: https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2021-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects



Allan Clark




US National Speleological Society Convention Updates


Greetings Cavers,

This is a reminder that the NSS Virtual Convention will take place from Monday, July 26 through Saturday, July 31, 2021. During convention week, video presentations will be posted on our website at nss2021.caves.org. You may download a full schedule here, but be aware that some dates & times may change over the next couple months.

Some highlights of the week will include the NSS Fine Arts Salon, a virtual tour of Captain Jack's Stronghold in Lava Beds National Monument, the Congress of Grottos meeting, an exciting series of luminary speakers, and an in-depth discussion with the movie producer of the upcoming IMAX feature, "Ancient Caves".

All abstract & video presentation deadlines have been extended to June 30, 2021. For abstract submission to go the website and click on the sessions link to find the desired session. Then just click on the abstract submission link and follow the directions to upload your video.

Our sessions this year include:

The cave cartography salon deadline is June 25th. The annual cartography critique will be held on the morning of Saturday July 31.

We look forward to welcoming you (virtually) to the 2021 NSS Convention!

Cave gently,
NSS 2021 Convention Team




Geological Society of America Convention: Call for Cave and Karst Abstracts


This year’s Geological Society of America Convention will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA, from 10-13 October 2021. Ten sessions are planned focused on caves and karst and are now accepting abstracts:


T30. Using Hydrochemistry to Conceptualize Relations between Recharge and Discharge in Karst Aquifers 

T59. Effects of Carbonate Minerals on Critical Zone Characteristics and Processes 
T60. Geoarchaeology of Underwater Caves

T61. Karst Ecosystems and Biogeochemistry

T62. Karst Hazards and Monitoring

T63. Karst Hydrology and Hydrogeology

T64. Karst Processes and Speleology

T65. Karst Sedimentary, Paleoclimate, and Historical Records

T66. New Frontiers in Cave and Karst Research: In Honor of the International Year of Caves and Karst 
T67. Pseudo-Karst Processes and Features 


The deadline for abstracts is 20 July 2021. For information about other sessions visit https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2021AM/top/index.epl.


To register for the convention and other information, visit https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2021/home




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

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

3)             National Speleological Society Convention, 26-30 July 2021 (virtual conference), http://nss2021.caves.org/

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

5)             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  

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

7)             19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 3 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

8)             ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), 3-5 September 2021 (Gorizia, Italy), contact:

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

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

11)          26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

12)          Geological Society of America Convention, 10-13 October 2021 (Portland, Oregon, USA), https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2021/home

13)          National Caves Association Convention, 10-14 October 2021 (Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, USA), http://members.cavern.com/Content/Convention/Convention%20Registration%20Form%202021.pdf

14)          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

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

16)          6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

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

18)          23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/

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

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

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

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

23)          14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, postponed to Spring 2022, https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

24)          36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2022 (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/

26)          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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