UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Events and meetings

Karst & Cave related events and meetings

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.

Here are the most important things you need to know about this change:

  • The extra time allows us to accept more papers! The proceedings with the papers we have received already will be published and posted digitally as scheduled by the end of April 2020. New abstracts and papers will be accepted for a second edition of the proceedings that will be released during the conference next year. We will soon post a schedule for submitting new abstracts and papers.
  • If you are a potential sponsor or exhibitor, you now have more time to join us and meet a large group of professionals and practitioners interested in your organization.
  • The hotel will soon set up an updated registration page where you can reserve your rooms for 2021 at a discounted rate.

On behalf of everyone on the 16th Sinkhole Conference Organizing Committee, we are sensitive to the extraordinary circumstances posed worldwide by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We hope you and you loved ones are well. We made these adjustments to the Sinkhole Conference to maximize protection of your health and ability to attend, enjoy, and benefit from this great meeting, with excellent colleagues, amid the spectacular karst of Puerto Rico. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to overcome this challenge. For more information and to register, go to www.sinkholeconference.com.

16th Sinkhole Conference Co-Chairs:

Dr. George Veni
Dr. Brian Smith
Dr. Ingrid Padilla
Dr. James LaMoreaux

The message from the ERIS 100 Organizing Committee

ERIS 100 Postponed to 2021March 31, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Following a thorough consultation with the Romanian Academy under whose aegis we operate, as well as with our key stakeholders, we regretfully have to announce that ERIS 100 - The 1st International Karst Science Forum to be held in Bucharest, Romania, in June 2020, will be postponed to 2021.

Having spent the past nine months planning the Forum with our organizing committee, keynote speakers, participants, and event partners, we are sincerely disappointed not to be able to greet you in Bucharest, in June. However, we live in unprecedented times when health and human life take absolute priority, and staging a scientific event of any kind is neither possible nor advisable.

We will also work to refund all registration fees as soon as possible, but please note that our administration is currently working at minimum capacity and so this may take some time. All abstracts will be withdrawn to allow for new or updated submissions in the second half of this year, as we will know more about ERIS 100 Forum 2021 structure. To stay informed on developments, please sign up to the ERIS 100 Forum mailing list here or follow the news on the website. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Please pay attention to best practices during these stressful times, and stay healthy and safe.

With warmest regards,
The ERIS 100 Organizing Committee

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).

The French Federation of Speleology is proud to welcome 18th UIS International Speleology Congress that will take place in Le Bourget-du-Lac (Savoie, France) end of July 2021.

Visit the official websie of the Congress

Congress location is on a remarkable site, in the heart of Savoy, on the edge of Lac du Bourget, the largest natural lake in France and at the foot of the Bauges massif, labeled UNESCO World Geopark, close to Chambéry, the former capital of the Duchy of Savoy and Aix les Bains, spa and tourist town on the shores of Lake Bourget.

Official teaser of the Congress:

See details on the conference venue:

ICS2021 venue plan

Scientific program will consist of more than 20 symposiums. Below is the list of symposium topics:

  • Karst, heritage and resources
  • Caving and explorations
  • Cave deposits
  • Speleogenesis, geomorphology
  • Karst hydrogeology, physical Chemistry
  • Climatology
  • Biology, Subterranean life
  • Archeology and Paleontology in caves
  • Topography, Mapping, 3D, Documentation
  • History of Speleology
  • Pseudokarst
  • Glacier, firn and ice caves
  • Artificial cavities
  • Volcanic caves
  • Education commission, materials and techniques
  • Cave Rescue
  • Cave diving
  • Socio-economic aspects (School projects about caves and caving)
  • Medecine, health

For each symposium the call for paper is now at hand. Click this link to see more details.

Photo gallery related to the Congress:

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.