UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Events and meetings

Karst & Cave related events and meetings

Hidden Earth is the name for the British Cave Research Association’s (BCRA’s) annual caving conference.

This weekend-long event taking place in September every year is a friendly, educational, inspiring and social gathering of hundreds of cavers from across the UK and overseas.

The weekend is packed with lectures, with two or three parallel sessions running both days. Topics include new and old exploration from the UK and overseas as well as workshops covering cave science, research, technology and photography. There are competitions, games, videos and a trade hall with caving equipment vendors from across Europe selling their latest products. We also have our own bar (with excellent beer) and conference dinner with entertainment on the Saturday night to make this a great social occasion.

This is the premium opportunity for cavers from across the UK and overseas to get together, celebrate caving, and be enthused about British cave exploration and research.

Text copied from the conference website

The General Assembly 2019 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 7–12 April 2019. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations. The entire congress centre is fully accessible by wheelchairs.

Contact information:


General information, registration,
and submission of abstracts
Copernicus Meetings
Bahnhofsallee 1e
37081 Göttingen
Phone +49 551 90 03 39 20
Fax +49 551 90 03 39 70
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Hotel reservation
Mondial Congress & Events
Operngasse 20b
1040 Vienna
Phone +43 1 58 80 41 54
Fax +43 1 58 80 41 85
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Congress centre
Austria Center Vienna
Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
1220 Vienna
Phone +43 1 26 06 90
Fax +43 1 26 06 93 03

Letter of invitation can be found here: https://egu2019.eu/about_and_support/letter_of_invitation.html

Link to the application form: https://webforms.copernicus.org/EGU2019/letter_of_invitation_request/

The Assembly programme: https://egu2019.eu/abstracts_and_programme/how_to_access_the_programme.html

Dear Friends

It is my great pleasure that the 17th International Congress of Speleology will be held in Australia next year. I have visited Australia a number of times in the past, and for sure this is the place with fascinating landscapes and culture as well as a variety of fantastic caves and karst landforms.

To many of us, caves used to be just fun places to explore or to visit. However, it has been revealed past a few decades that caves also contain very important sites for scientific research. From stalagmites and cave sediments, Earth’s past climatic histories can be revealed back for a few million years. Obviously this significant information will help predict future climate changes. Fossils such as animal bones have been found in some caves, telling us much about the past environmental history on Earth. For example, in the Naracoorte Caves in Australia, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, are numerous animal bones in cave sediments. Also, archaeological remains such as human skeletons in caves give us significant information on human evolution. Moreover, microbiologists are making tremendous efforts to find new microbe species in caves which may enable the cure of some currently incurable diseases.

During this 17th ICS, various speleological sessions will be held to meet your various interests from basic caving skills, exploration activities of many fantastic caves in the world, to many topics in science. The UIS has five Departments. Among them the Department of Scientific Research includes 12 commissions focusing covering different fields in speleology. The Department of Karst and Cave Protection will discuss the conservation and effective management of wild and show caves. And the Department of Exploration will cover numerous caving activities. You will be able to experience full depth of caving and scientific activities during the ICS.

I am sure that it will be a truly unforgettable experience during your visit Australia, and I hope to see you all there.

Kyung Sik Woo
President, International Union of Speleology

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The Austrian Speleological Association and the Speleological Society of Ebensee would like to welcome all European cavers in the heart of the lake district „Salzkammergut“. The meeting will be held on the 23rd - 26th of August 2018.

The motto of the congress "Speleology - Connecting Science" refers to the function of cave reserach as a link and point of intersection for different fields of science and knowledge.

Ebensee – a town of 8.000 inhabitants – is not only known for its long cultural history and natural beauty, but also for high amount of caves (around 200) surrounding the city. The „Schönberg-Cave System“ (over 140km long) or the „Hirlatzhöhle“ (over 100km long) are only two of them.

Ebensee has a very good highway and railway access and represents an ideal starting point for underground and “overground” excursion to mountains and caves of the lake district „Salzkammergut“, to four managed show caves and the world heritage site „Dachstein“ near the old salt town “Hallstatt”.

More details in Meeting Calendar