UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Events and meetings

Karst & Cave related events and meetings

Registration for the 18th International Congress of Speleology is currently open at the discount price of 129 euros ($141 US) for a week of spectacular events and meetings. Also, don’t forget that abstracts are due by 31 July 2020. Many excellent sessions and symposia are planned on all speleological topics. Here is an announcement of one of the sessions.

Session 03: Cave Deposits/Session 03: Les dépôts endokarstiques
Karst deposits as archive – multidisciplinary approaches for reconstructing karst processes, present and past landscapes, environments, and climate.
Les dépôts karstiques en tant qu’archive – approches multidisciplinaires pour la reconstitution des processus karstiques, environnements et climats présents et passés.

A more detailed description can be found on this site
Une description plus détaillée se trouve en fichier joint ou sur le site

The Editorial Committee/Le comité éditorial:
Sophie Verheyden (Belgium) and Carole Nehme (France) dirs.
Bogdan P. Onac (USA, Romania, IUS), David Lagrou (Belgium), Nadja Zupan Hajna (Slovenia, IUS), Fadi Nader (France, IUS), Yavor Shopov (Bulgaria, IUS), Gina Moseley (United Kingdom), Daniel Ballesteros (Spain), Edwige Pons (France), Anamaria D. Haeuselmann (Switzerland, Romania), Sebastian Breitenbach (United Kingdom).

To all national caving organizations, delegates, and cavers,

Before and after the 18th International Congress of Speleology next year, the French Federation of Speleology (FFS) is planning to organize pre-congress and post-congress camps. The European Speleological Federation (FSE) agreed to assist the FFS and International Union of Speleology (UIS) by asking clubs and organizations in its member countries to also organize such pre- and post-camps. These camps provide an opportunity for cavers from outside of France and Europe to get acquainted with European caves and karst and to enjoy a European dimension to the congress.

The FFS invites not only cavers in Frances's neighboring countries, but all FSE member countries to organize a camp for the congress. Proposed activities include:

* exploration or traditional speleology
* canyoning
* cave diving
* scientific internships
* photography
* cultural tourism and/or
* speleo-culinary

which can be above or below ground, as long as they are in accordance with speleo and canyoning codes of conduct.

For more information, the conditions and the application form please read this document. The application should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For general information about the congress visit this site.

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.

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 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.