UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Events and meetings

Karst & Cave related events and meetings

UIS bulletin 2020 published on UIS website. 

UIS bulletin, bi-annual newsletter for year 2020 is published on UIS website. Dounload the 2020 version here. All UIS Bulletin issues available on this UIS page

In this issue:

  • News about the International Year of Caves and Karst 2021 •
  • UIS BULLETIN: Complete collection now available
  • First international cave animal of the year
  • UIS Prizes 2021: Call for nominations
  • Special issue of the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPELEOLOGY: Call for papers
  • 18th ICS: Newsletter Nº 2 available


Editorial: Uplifting Energy is Required                                                                             3
The President’s Column: Advancing Speleology in the age of COVID-19                4
International Year of Caves and Karst 2021:
How to use and edit promotional material                                                                      6
UIS Bulletin: Complete collection now available                                                            9
Special issue of the International Journal of Speleology: Call for papers                 11
UIS Prizes 2021: Call for nominations                                                                             12
The first international cave animal of the year                                                              15
Genovesa Underwater Cave encased in 10m of sewage                                             16
In Memoriam: Trifon Daaliev (Bulgaria)                                                                           17
Calendar of Events                                                                                                              19
News from the 18th International Congress of Speleology 2021                              22
UIS Bureau 2017/2021                                                                                                       30
List of Member Nations                                                                                                       31
Annual Contributions and Bank Account                                                                        32

18th International Congress of Speleology

18th International Congress of Speleology is not just about caves, it is also a great fun! The entertainment program will be fabulous!

Sunday, July 25 12h. Opening the congress, flag-raising concert
  6 p.m. Opening night, aperitif, fanfare, music with the Fanfare des Pavés
Monday, July 26 8 p.m. Rock concert evening with Liam Duo
Tuesday, July 27 8 p.m. Gypsy jazz concert evening with Caranouche
Wednesday, July 28 8 p.m. String show with the company Lez Arts Cordés
Thursday, July 29 8 p.m. Rock concert with Six Tease and the Rockets
Friday, July 30 8 p.m. Screenings / films evening
  23h. DJ night
Saturday, July 31 7 p.m. Great gala evening
  23h. DJ Dancing
Excursions during 18th International Congress of Speleology in France

There will be many fantastic excursions. Hurry up to book your ticket! Follow this link to book.

1. Caves of Cerdon + Caves of La Balme

Grottes du Cerdon  + Grottes de La Balme

Beautiful area in Southern Jura. This is an outstanding caving attraction. There are two famous tourist caves. The Saint-Julien cave has been available for public since 1930s. Temperature inside is between 0 and 14 °. The cave of Labalme was visited by King François. There is a siphon that was once a cave diving record. More info on this website.

Message from the conference orginising commetee:

Dear Friends, As you are no doubt aware, the COVID-19 virus is spreading around the world. Increasing numbers of restrictions are being placed on travel by governments, employers, and industry to reduce the spread of the virus. As a result, it is not possible to conduct the 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst (more commonly called The Sinkhole Conference) as originally planned for next month from 20-24 April 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, we have arranged with our partners and hotel to reschedule it for 12-16 April 2021.

We have selected April 2021 as the most assured date when the conference can be held with minimal health risks associated with the COVID-19 virus, while meeting our logistical obligations to our participants and partners. This later date also avoids conflict with other conferences scheduled at the end of this year that many of you are already planning to attend.