UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Events and meetings

Karst & Cave related events and meetings

The Croatian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists is honoured to host the 44th Annual Congress “Groundwater Heritage and Sustainability” in the Dubrovnik Palace hotel, Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 25th to 29th September 2017.

The city of Dubrovnik is the jewel of Croatian tourism, occupying a spectacular location on the eastern Adriatic coast. The city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

The presence of the fresh water has been one of the key influences on the location of settlements throughout the history of mankind. The utilization of groundwater sources is therefore as old as human settlement and has become the part of our cultural heritage – a natural heritage which must be preserved. Due to significant industrial, agricultural, mining and touristic activities in the past century, together with the effects of climate change, the sustainability of groundwater use is now in the spotlight of hydrogeological research. Both the quality and quantity of groundwater sources are at risk of deterioration, and it is our task to reconcile meeting the water demands of contemporary settlements and economies with the need for conservation of this natural and cultural heritage in different environments around the globe.

The community of Croatian hydrogeologists would like to invite colleagues who deal with groundwater issues from different aspects to join this congress and share their ideas, experiences and knowledge. We extend our welcome to fellow scientists, engineers, other professionals, policy makers, government officials, as well as to students interested in groundwater.

Tamara Marković
President of the Croatian IAH Chapter

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ICSD 2017 : 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development, 6 - 7 September 2017 Rome, Italy

Conference Objective and Philosophical Framework                  

 The International Conference on Sustainable Development is inspired from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context.

The 5th ICSD 2017 will be held at the Roma Eventi, Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy
Wednesday 6 to Thursday 7 September, 2017.

The Conference theme is:

"Creating a unified foundation forthe Sustainable Development: research, practice andeducation".

This theme emphasizes the strong foundation that is provided by using research to inform our everyday practices, policies, and analytical approaches.

The 2017 Conference will once again provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings, and discussion of professional issues relevant to Sustainability Science.

This ambition will proceed in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives, through which we can address the fundamental and related questions of Sustainable Development. This interdisciplinary forum is for scholars, teachers, and practitioners from any professional discipline who share an interest in—and concern for— sustainability in an holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic and social concerns intersect.

We invite you to submit an abstract in the range of the
following streams within the ICSD2017 program:

1. Economic Sustainability:
Financial Sustainability, SME, MicroFinance,
Emerging Countries, International Trade,
2. Environmental Sustainability:
Water and Soil conservation, Healthcare,
Renewable Energies, Food and Enviromental Legislation
3. Socio-Cultural Sustainability:
Sustainable Urbanism, Education, Human
Development, Psychology, Sociology

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, posters/exhibits, or virtual presentation. Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered.  For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community send an e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Virtual participation is available for those who are unable to attend the conference in person.  All conference registrants (in-person and virtual) can be published in the European Journal of Sustainable Development or in the Book of Proceedings ICSD 2017 (ISBN).

I. Conference Proposal Guidelines

Several types of information will be requested when you submit your proposal, but the "Long Description" is the central and most important component.  It contains the information which reviewers use to evaluate the proposal and, if your presentation is ultimately published in the journal, serves at the Abstract of the journal article.    While each proposal should address the purpose, methods, and implications of the scholarly work, the content within these general categories will vary somewhat, based on the type of scholarly work to be presented and the type of presentation you choose.  Illustrations of the topics, or elements, to be addressed in the proposal are presented below. Please note that all proposals and presentations must be in English or Italian.

II. Type of Scholarly Work: Research, Practice, or Theory

Research Focus

  1. Thesis statement:  the hypothesis, research statement, statement of the problem or issue being explored.
  2. Methodology: brief overview of research method used to address the research question identified in the thesis statement. For the proposal, include information on the type of data collected (e.g., surveys, interviews, tests, literary analysis or critique, observations) but not on design, sampling, or data analyses techniques (these should be explained in the full paper).
  3. Results: the main findings of the study, resulting from the methods used.
  4. Conclusions and Implications:  what the results mean for the field of study or for society; relate back to the thesis statement.

Practice Focus

  1. Framework: the scholarly knowledge base--theoretical framework, previous research, or conceptual approach--upon which the practical application is based.
  2. Description of practical application: what was designed or developed, how was it implemented, in what setting and with whom?
  3. Outcomes: what has been learned from the implementation, what strengths and weaknesses have been identified?
  4. Implications: what are the next steps or the implications for future practice or for society. 

Theory Focus

  1. Statement of the hypothesis, theoretical perspective, or philosophical idea being asserted.
  2. Relationship to existing theories or perspectives in the field.
  3. Contribution: how proposed idea advances knowledge in the field or benefits society.

III. Type of Presentation: Paper, Poster/Exhibit

The type of presentation you plan will also have implications for the information you include in the Long Description.

Paper Presentation 

Accepted papers will be organized into thematic sessions or roundtable discussions and, while the preparation for your presentation may be different for these two formats, the content of your proposal should include all of the elements of a research, practice, or theory-focused work listed above.


Generally most appropriate for "practice-focused" works (or works in progress), a poster/exhibit proposal may concentrate on one aspect, for example, "description of the practical application".  The proposal should clearly describe the type of information (or product) that will be displayed.

IV. Steps for Presenting at the Conference

Preparing to present your scholarly work at the annual conference consists of the following steps, each of which is explained in detail in the indicated link(s).

1. Prepare your proposal

  • Consider the most appropriate Proposal Type for your topic and stage of work. 
  • Review the Proposal Guidelines for the topics to be included in the proposal.
  • Prepare the proposal for online submission and note the current submission deadline.

2. Submit your Proposal

  • On the web site you can download the proposal form
  • Enter all the requested information, and choose the Themes and Keywords that best fit  your presentation.
  • Your proposal will be reviewed within 1-4 weeks of receipt.

3. Register to attend Conference and submit your manuscript

  • If your proposal is accepted, declare your intention to attend and present your work by registering for the conference and send your manuscript at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Remember that your presentation cannot be scheduled until your registration is complete and fully paid.

4. prepare your presentation

  • Note your presentation date:  Depending on when you submitted your proposal and completed registration, your presentation will appear in either the draft program (posted 3 weeks prior to the conference start date).

V. Submit a Conference Proposal

  1. Title of Proposal
  2. Presentation Type:  (paper, poster,)
  3. Longer Description (Abstract):  A description of the purpose, methods, and implications of your scholarly work.  This will be used to evaluate and place your work in the appropriate session.   If your paper is subsequently published as an article in the journal, this will serve as the Abstract (may be revised prior to publication).  Recommended length 150-200 words.
  4. Keyword set: Keywords are used to organize presentations into appropriate sessions, so please choose words that clearly describe the main idea of your work. List only 3-8 keywords.
  5. Knowledge Focus: Choose if your work has a Practice, Research, or Theory focus.  .
  6. Theme Selection: Select the theme that best categorizes your work.  Theme selections will be used to begin the process of organizing presentations into sessions.   Proposals related to topics other than these themes may also be considered. 
  7. Scheduling Note: optional note to organizers regarding session scheduling requests or restrictions.  Note that these requests can only be honored for registrations received by certain dates (see Registration Deadlines).
  8. Biographical Information: organization or institution, position or title within the organization/institution, short statement of interests.
  9. Language: Please note that all proposals must be in English.

Download the proposal form and follow the directions; or contact  us for assistance.

Important Note: You may submit multiple proposals for a conference.  However, in the interest of fairness and as a function of the scheduling process, each presented paper must have a separate registered author.  Therefore, you may co-author up to 3 presented papers, but there must be 3 registered participants--one available to present each of the three papers.  In other words, there must be at least one, paid, in-person registration per paper presented at the conference. 

VI. Submission of the Manuscript

Authors Guidelines

General Requirements

  • All manuscript should be written in English or Italian language. Title and abstract should be written only in English.
  • We only accept text files or files in .doc format (such as from Microsoft Word). We do not accept PDF submissions.
  • Articles should be approximately 2,000-5,000 words in length. They should be written as continuous expository narrative in a chapter or article style—not as lists of points or a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Please remember that the articles are to be published in a fully refereed academic journal. This means that the style and structure of your text should be relatively formal. For instance, you should not submit a verbatim transcript of your oral presentation, such as ‘Today I want to speak to you about …’.
  • Article submissions must contain no more than 30% of textual material published in other places by the same author or authors, and these other places must be acknowledged and cited; in other words, the remaining 70% of the article must be unique and original to your current submission.
  • Authors must ensure the accuracy of citations, quotations, diagrams, tables and maps.
  • Articles must have a minimum of five scholarly references.
  • Spelling can vary according to national usage, but should be internally consistent.
  • Articles should be thoroughly checked and proofread before submission, both by the author and a critical editorial friend. After you have submitted your article you are unable to make any changes to it during the refereeing process, although if accepted, you will have a chance to make minor revisions after refereeing and before the final submission of your article.
  • Articles will be assessed by referees against ten criteria or fewer, if some criteria do not apply to a particular kind of article.

In case of Acceptance a manuscript should be submitted in Word file and should not exceed 10 pages.

Please use the following rule of text for your manuscript:

  • Title: 14 pts. Centered, Garamond or Times New Roman
  • Abstract: 10 pts. Italic, Garamond or Times New Roman
  • Paragraphs: 12 pts. Numbered, alignment left. Garamond or Times New Roman
  • Text: 12 pts, single line, Justified, Garamond or Times New Roman
  • References: Use APA style for references
  • Tables and figures: Included in the text, centered and numbered

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NAMHO 2017

Welcome to the information and booking site for the NAMHO 2017 conference

NAMHO Conference 2017, 23rd – 26th June, based in Godstone, East Surrey Hosted by the Wealden Cave & Mine Society
in their 50th Anniversary year.

Mining History Organisations – “Achievements and Challenges”


The 2017 NAMHO Conference is now open for bookings and within these pages you will find details of the many exciting field trips and lectures that are on offer over the weekend of 23-26th June 2017 as well as useful practical information regarding food, drink, accommodation arrangements, etc. and of course the ability to select your choices and join us all in June, by clinking on the booking link !

The conference will be centred around Osney Lodge Farm in South Godstone, in Surrey, where registration, camping, food , drink and entertainment is to be provided !

Lectures will all take place at Godstone Village Hall, a short drive away.

We look forward to seeing you there !

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UNIVERSITY OF ZADAR, Department of Geography, Zadar, Croatia
UNIVERSITY OF MONTENEGRO, Faculty of Philosophy, Nikšić, Montenegro
CENTRE FOR KARST AND SPELEOLOGY, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Karst is a unique environment due to its distinctive morphology, hydrology and biota. Unique karst landscapes are formed by karstification process and are often dominated by underground drainage networks. These diverse, fascinating and yet roblematic terrains are vulnerable to environmental impacts. Living in karst areas is sometimes challenging, but at the same time many artefacts documenting early human development have been preserved in karst areas. Humans have been living on karst and with karst for millennia, and therefore it is important to explore, understand and protect it.

The aim of this meeting is to gather scientists dealing with wide range of topics related to karst. Meeting will be organized as series of sessions with keynote lectures and selected lectures within each session. Participants are invited to present their contributions in oral or poster form. Lectures will be followed by field excursions (see preliminary programme).


  • karst morphology
  • karst hydrology and water protection
  • caves
  • protection of karst areas
  • living on karst (culture, agriculture...)

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Welcome to Rio Rancho, New Mexico

     The 76th Anniversary of the NSS is being celebrated in June, not July, of 2017, just beyond and west of the Rio Grande, with the awesome Sandia Mountains (and a watermelon-shade at sunset) rising >10,600 feet to the east above the high desert floor. Rio Rancho, home of the Santa Ana Star Center, is our location for the 2017 NSS Convention. It is a thriving community, the third largest in the state with a population of over 90,000, and lies just north of New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque. 

     At first, we thought that we could welcome cavers with a hot-air balloon, but that would be too expected. Instead, following an official speech or two, as the sun rises over the Sandia Mountains early on Monday morning, June 19, our 2017 NSS Convention will open with an astonishing blessing and offering by Zia Pueblo members. The Pueblo’s talented Toya family will present an incredible Eagle Dance accompanied by drum, flutes and chanting—an experience many New Mexicans have never observed. 

2017 - Red or Green

     Our theme, Red or Green 2017, besides rhyming, is likely going to cause bewilderment. Red or Green? is New Mexico’s official state question. Whenever we walk into a New Mexican restaurant, we are asked this question. It refers to which taste of New Mexico chile a customer prefers. We figured cavers coming to New Mexico should be prepared. If the customer doesn’t know the answer, he or she can answer, “Christmas,” which is both flavors of chile. However, the best tactic is to ask which is hottest or mildest for the day. 

30 Years since the Tularosa Convention

     A vigorous generation of cavers has been eager to pursue another convention on our home territory. New Mexico caving country contains not only the tremendous limestone caves of the Guadalupe Mountains that many are familiar with. Other extraordinary caves and karst display rare, diverse qualities in character that we hope to share with cavers from near and far. In bygone years, guest cavers from the former Soviet Union, Italy, France and South Africa have seen our world-class lava tubes and ice caves in El Malpais National Monument and shared caver goodwill in our gypsum wonders. 

     A shelter alcove at El Morro National Monument exhibits early graffiti, a 1605 signature of Don Juan Oñate, who escorted the first Spanish settlers to our state. We anxiously await the opportunity to present cavers the array of New Mexico’s cave and karst qualities as well as its natural history. 

     After investigating needs and requirements for a convention, the Sandia Grotto narrowed its sites to a terrific space at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Members of the Southwestern Region joined us in a partnership to host this 2017 New Mexico NSS Convention. 

A Passport Won’t Be Required

     Some folks don’t recognize New Mexico as being one of the 50 states. They think they need a passport to visit or an airmail stamp on a letter. It was one of the last in our country to become a state in 1912, just a few months before Arizona. Some citizens of the U.S. either don’t know their geography or U.S. history or may not listen when we say, “New Mexico.” The Mexican border is about 300 miles south of Albuquerque with many illustrious New Mexican towns and ghost towns surrounding us. We hope cavers will explore many of these intriguing spots along their journeys to and from the 2017 New Mexico NSS Convention. 

     Therefore, we hope to give you a Passport to New Mexico when you arrive in order to join us for a rare opportunity to find the lost state and travel between worlds. Only in New Mexico can people journey from ancient cities lost in time to a bustling spaceport, from white sands to badlands, from traditions rooted in the past to technologies geared to the future. Visitors don’t want to miss a chance to stamp their passport to adventure. 


  • BEWARE of the Sun. SAVE your SKIN. Bring shade that can be staked down secure of summer breezes.
  • Stay inside or up in the forest during the day – it will be too hot to be hanging around camp.
  • Summer temperatures cool off by 6 p.m. with temperatures dropping as much as 30°.
  • The air is dry, not humid.
  • If you are out in the sun during the day, wear a wide-brimmed hat, use minimally SPF 30 sunscreen and apply often, and wear light clothing that covers the skin. Avoid consuming too much alcohol in the sun; instead, Drink LOTS of WATER.
  • Bring a hammer or mallet and use heavy-duty tent stakes or screwdrivers to secure tents. DO NOT forget to stake your tent in place.
  • Be aware of crawly critters – this is the desert.
  • Lastly, listen for the pleasurable sound of howling coyotes off in the foothills.

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