UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Events and meetings

Karst & Cave related events and meetings

Dear Friends,

As previously announced, the 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst (more commonly called The Sinkhole Conference) was rescheduled by the COVID-19 pandemic to 12-16 April 2021 at its same location in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, we have now published the proceedings as NCKRI Symposium 8, which is available on this page. While you are there you are welcome to download other NCKRI conference proceedings and reports at no cost. If you have difficulty accessing the website (which we are updating in part to improve access), you may also download the proceedings from the Karst Information Portal.

The postponement of the conference allows the opportunity for you to submit papers to present and publish in the second edition of these conference proceedings, which will be posted with the conference next year. Here are the deadlines for papers for the second edition:
* July 24, 2020: Abstract due
* July 29, 2020: Authors notified of abstract acceptance
* October 19, 2020: Draft papers due
* November 23, 2020: Authors provided with review and comments
* December 21, 2020: Final papers due
For more information and to register for this world-leading conference on engineering and environmental management issues in karst, go to this page

George Veni
16th Sinkhole Conference Co-Chair

The National Speleological Society (NSS) is having its annual convention virtually this year. From July 27 through 31, enjoy many outstanding pre-recorded presentations and live events on topics ranging from cave conservation to exploration. Everyone is welcome no matter where in the world they live. All times are current US East Coast times (UCT-4). Best of all, it’s free!

Go to this page to see the schedule. During the event, various presentations will go live. For example, on Monday, July 27, watch presentations on West Virginia Exploration and Cultures of Caves, Cavers, and Caving. There will also be live events. For example, Tuesday, July 28 brings the NSS Vertical Section meeting and presentations as well as a book signing event.

Until we can once more be together in person—Stay smart, Stay healthy, Stay safe.

ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), 30 April - 3 May 2020 (Gorizia, Italy),

The first aim of the ALCADI biannual symposium is to promote and to spread the knowledge about the origin and the history of karstology and speleology in the Alps, Carpathians and Dinarides from 1918 on.

The symposium deals with the history of all speleological and karstological research in the Alps area. Italian speleological organizations, researchers who have worked in the Alpine Karst are welcome. Obviously all ather scientific presentations, concerning the main topic of ALCADI symposium, i.e. the history of karstology and speleology in wider sense are welcome too.

More information on: http://www.seppenhofer.it/

You can find the first circular in english here: https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZzFsG7ZAhiwGPItrzzAB0xHAXnFSkLhqowV

È possibile trovare la prima circolare in italiano qui: https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZbFsG7ZKcknx3fU3kugyqDBlxjp5pxKLaoV

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The International Congress of Speleology will be held next year in France. In addition to its usual status as the world’s most significant speleological conference, next year it will also be the main event for the International Year of Caves and Karst. However, some planning for the congress is delayed by COVID-19 and your patience and understanding are appreciated.

Because of those delays, the deadline for abstracts is postponed until 31 August 2020. You will definitely want to send your abstracts and papers. The proceedings of the congresses are the largest single conference contribution to speleology with over 18,000 pages of information since the first congress in 1953. To download any or all of those proceedings, visit this link. To become part of the future of speleology by sending your abstract to the next congress, go to https://uis2021.speleos.fr/conference-scientifique/ for instructions and details.

For general information about the congress visit https://uis2021.speleos.fr/, where you can watch the new congress video. It is also accessible at https://youtu.be/_JuCKb67Z1I.

This will be the biggest and most important speleological event ever. Your participation as part of the global cave and karst community is crucial. The purpose of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) is to teach the world about the importance of caves and karst. Public understanding and support of caves and karst is currently very limited. As a result, funding, regulations, and opportunities for exploration, research, and management are also very limited.

The International Union of Speleology (UIS) has declared 2021 as the IYCK in a major effort to make the world aware of how caves and karst are valuable to all people. To make this possible, the UIS is calling on all of its member countries and other organizations to begin planning a series of public lectures, programs, demonstration of techniques, and others activities for 2021.

The IYCK website is now open at http://www.iyck2021.org/. It is designed to teach the public about caves and karst, and so it has a great amount of educational information. It also has information on how to become involved in the IYCK. Please send the activities you plan for the IYCK to http://iyck2021.org/index.php/contact-us/ so we can post them on the “Events” page of the website. Look at the Partners page, and if your organization is not listed, send your logo and website address and you will be included. If you know of organizations that should be involved, contact them. The website will continue to be updated so save the address.

More details about the IYCK are described in the December 2018 UIS Bulletin (http://www.uis-speleo.org/downloads/uis-bulletins/uisb602.pdf) and they will be updated in next issue of the UIS Bulletin, which will be posted around the end of this year. Updates will also be sent through this and other e-mail lists. If you have questions, suggestions, or want to offer assistance, contact us!

The IYCK has incredible potential to advance speleology in many and great ways, but only if we all work together to make it possible.

George Veni, PhD
Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)