UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Events and meetings

Karst & Cave related events and meetings

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 All abstracts will be withdrawn to allow for new or updated submissions in the second half of this year, as we will know more about ERIS 100 Forum 2021 structure.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

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.

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.

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).

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