UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Events and meetings

Karst & Cave related events and meetings

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The 2020 GSA Annual Meeting will be in Montréal from Oct. 25-28. Please consider volunteering to chair a session and submit a session proposal for this year's meeting. The proposal deadline is Feb. 1, and you can find more information at the following link: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020AM/cfs.cgi. Please contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;) if you plan to submit a session proposal so that we can coordinate a full meeting program for the Karst Division. A successful meeting requires many volunteers; thank you in advance for your help!

Best regards,
Andrew Luhmann
GSA Karst Division

As written at the top of this news message, our friends in Puerto Rico have told us that the best way you can help the people of the island recover is go to Puerto Rico. We hope you register for the Sinkhole Conference, not simply because we believe it will be a great experience for you, but also because we truly believe it will help these people who have suffered greatly from natural tragedies over the past few years.

If you register now and wish to give a presentation, you still have the opportunity. Sign up for Karst Clips, a lightning talk-style session where you can update everyone on your work, share your ideas, and develop new partnerships though a brief presentation. This session will broaden participation and content at the conference, as well as provoke valuable discussions among participants. Details about Karst Clips are highlighted at http://www.sinkholeconference.com, where you can also register for the conference. Don’t forget, except for one dinner, the registration price includes all of your meals!

The 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst will take place in Puerto Rico on from 20 th to 24 April 2020. Online registration is already open: https://support.nckri.org/SinkholeConference2020.

The Sinkhole Conference will be held in beautiful and historic San Juan, Puerto Rico. Unlike some of our previous conference locations, this is someplace your family will love and where you’ll want to stay longer beyond the conference.Puerto Rico offers fabulously vibrant cultural scenes and spectacular karst landscapes unseen in the continental part of the US.

The 19THInternational Symposium on Vulcanospeleology (ISV) will be held in Catania, on the island of Sicily in Italy from Saturday August 29 to Saturday September 5, 2020.


The 19th ISV will take place in the prestigious setting of the University of Catania, in the centreof the city. The town is only35 kilometresfrom the top of Mt. Etna. The big draw for cavers will be the lava tubes, numbering over 300, on Mt. Etna. This mountain is a composite strato-volcano that reaches 3.325m a.s.l. Its pyroducts covera largearea (8100 hectares/ 20,000 acres).


The symposium will be organized jointly by Gruppo Grotte Catania (GGC) and University of Catania. The GGC caving groupis affiliated with the Catania section of the Club Alpino Italiano(CAI). The University of Catania1is one of the oldest in Italy.