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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 07 Sep 2021

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От кого: George Veni <>
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Дата: Вторник, 7 сентября 2021, 3:46 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


We have waited to send this message to include the important announcement below so you can virtually join the celebration of the International Year of Caves and Karst at UNESCO Headquarters. Please read and join live or watch the recording when you can.


Our full list of news and announcements is:


The International Year of Caves and Karst: Join the Celebration at UNESCO!


Various News:

  • Invitation: Multi-Media Competition
  • Italian Cave Exploration Movie at the 78th Venice International Film Festival
  • Newest International Show Cave Association Newsletter: Now Available


Conferences and Meetings

  • European Cave Rescue Association Meeting: Postponed
  • Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference: 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: Join the Celebration at UNESCO!


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. Please join us, on Monday, 13 September 2021, when UNESCO will celebrate the International Year with us at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Many governmental ambassadors and influential people will be at the meeting in Paris. These are people who have the power to make changes in UNESCO and their countries around the world to improve our ability to “Explore, Understand, and Protect” caves and karst. Change will not happen immediately. Changes are slow to happen with governments. But this is the biggest opportunity in history to advance worldwide governmental appreciation of caves and karst!


You can watch the celebration live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzSiErLj5x6viNbvAdehDvA from 10:00-13:00 Paris time. You will also find it recorded to watch later at that site since many of you will normally be sleeping at that time. Please share this YouTube address! It is important that as many people as possible watch it to impress UNESCO with our interest and commitment to caves and karst.


While UNESCO seems far from many people, as the global organization of governments for education, science, and culture, its celebration of the International Year gives you strength to prove in your area, to your lawmakers, to your supporters, to your public, that caves and karst are truly important.


Thank you for your support. For more information, visit the International Year website (www.iyck2021.org). Also like us at 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/).


We welcome your organization to join our 236 International Year partners (http://iyck2021.org/index.php/partners/) and to announce your International Year events and activities at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/.


George Veni

President, International Union of Speleology

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute




Invitation: Multi-Media Competition


Dear Friends of the Karst and Caves,


I have the honor to invite you to participate in the international multimedia competition “Karst under protection – gift for the future generation” (http://prokarstterra.bas.bg/competition/). It is a Bulgarian initiative, held since 2005, which in 2012 received support from UNESCO. The Competition is organized by the Experimental Laboratory of Karstology (ELK) of the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography (NIGGG) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). In the four editions of the Competition held so far (2005, 2012, 2015 and 2019) there are participants from 20 countries. The fifth edition of the Competition is held in support of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) and is included in its program (http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/).


The International Year of Caves and Karst is an opportunity for wider global participation in the competition. It is maximally accessible (without age restrictions) and offers a larger number of competition sections (18). An additional incentive for participation is the international status of the competition, as well as the opportunity to express various skills and scientific interests, motivated and focused on karst and caves. Active and multinational participation in the competition will provide a basis for serious analysis and guidelines for more effective promotion of the karst on a global scale, especially among young people.


We ask your assistance to spread the information about this competition to reach the maximum number of potential participants. Thank you in advance.

Together we can do more!


Petar Stefanov,





Italian Cave Exploration Movie at the 78th Venice International Film Festival


The Italian Speleological Society SSI is sponsoring the movie on the explorations of the Bifurto "il Buco," directed by Michelangelo Frammartino, and nominated for the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.


The movie tells the story of darkness, isolation, and emptiness to tell the experience of 12 speleologists who in 1961 decided to go down to Calabria and explore other depths. In the cast are 12 speleologists who were selected during a year and a half of casting throughout Italy. https://www.speleo.it/site/index.php/patrocini/935-il-buco-film-sul-bifurto


According to the director Michelangelo Frammartino, "The caves constitute an absolute cinematographic off-screen also because the eternal night that reigns inside them would seem the most hostile to the camera. Yet, those who love cinema know well that the off-screen, the invisible, represent its deepest ‘substance.’ This territory has a particular link with nature in contrast with Western culture. Here, we of the troupe have discovered that you can become one with it. The main character of the film is, therefore, the cave and the movement of the bodies that plunge into it."


The speleologists who participated in the great enterprise of the discovery of the Bifurto Abyss in 1961, together with the speleologists who participated in the film, will attend the Venice Film Festival and parade on the red carpet with the director Michelangelo Frammartino on 4 September.


The Movie has been selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, which is organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera. It will take place at Venice Lido from 1 - 11 September 2021. .  https://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2021/venezia-78-competition/il-buco


Reviews  :IONCINEMA  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsb3t0IC8l0 Cineuropa: https://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/378696/ Cine Search: https://cinereach.org/films/il-buco-the-hole/ IMdb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11012320/



Ferdinando Didonna




Newest International Show Cave Association Newsletter: Now Available


Dear ISCA members and friends,


We really hope you enjoyed your summer holidays in the last months. Our latest newsletter (September & October 2021) is now ready to download. Visit the following link to the ISCA website in order not to miss anything. We look forward to receiving new materials in order to share in our next issue.




Juanjo Tíscar Moya
ISCA Editor




European Cave Rescue Association Meeting: Postponed


After careful consideration of the current COVID situation, the European Cave Rescue Association (ECRA) Board has decided to hold this year's ECRA meeting on November 11-14, 2021 in Ramales de la Victoria, Cantabria, Spain. The focus will be on international cooperation. From November 10-11, several excursions will be offered as a preliminary program, which will lead us among others to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Please Note: the Corona situation expected in November will be decisive for the actual implementation.


2nd Circular:  https://caverescue.eu/european-cave-rescue-meeting-2021-second-circular/





Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference: Postponed


Due to the continuing COVID pandemic, the science conference on Fort Stanton Cave (New Mexico, USA), has been posted to the spring of 2022. The exact date has not yet been decided but it will now be the special theme of the annual New Mexico Geological Society’s spring meeting. The location remains unchanged at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico, USA.


For more information visit https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/FtStanton/home.cfm.




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

2)             26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

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

4)             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

5)             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

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

7)             Visual KARSYS Online Course, 20-21 October 2021, https://www.visualkarsys.com/ 

8)             6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

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

10)          23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/

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

12)          European Cave Rescue Association Meeting, 11-14 November 2021, pre-meeting 10-11 November 2021, (Ramales de la Victoria, Alto Asón, Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/european-cave-rescue-meeting-2021-second-circular/  

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

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

15)          14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, postponed to Spring 2022, https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

16)          Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference, postponed to Spring 2022 (Socorro, New Mexico, USA), https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/FtStanton/home.cfm

17)          36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2022 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

18)          EuroKarst 2022: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-25 June 2022 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/

19)          18th International Congress of Speleology, 24-31 July 2022 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/ 

20)          19th International Congress of Speleology, July 2025 (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil), for preliminary information see volume 63-1 of the UIS Bulletin at http://uis-speleo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/uisb631.pdf



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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