Below is our new list of cave and karst news announcements. As usual, there are many good and exciting things happening around the world, including a reminder about NCKRI’s new grant program!
- Newest UIS Bulletin Now Available!
- Major Grants from NCKRI for Cave and Karst Research Now Available!
- New Book: Environmental Karst Geomorphology
- Important Recent Karst Papers Available
- Masters Opportunity on Karst and Mineral Springs Hydrogeology and Geochemistry: Indiana, USA
Conferences and Meetings
- Funding for Young Scientists to Attend IAH Karst Commission Official Conferences
- The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Update
- The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Applications
- The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Donors
- List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
Please contact the people and organizations listed below for more information, and feel free to share this message with anyone who may be interested.
Major Grants from NCKRI for Cave and Karst Research Now Available!
I am pleased to announce that NCKRI is now requesting proposals for new grant programs in support of cave and karst research. Please see the two requests for proposals linked in the descriptions below.
The NCKRI National Seed Grant Program is designed to enable investigators to initiate new cave and karst research, and encourage new principle investigators to enter the field.
The NCKRI Scholar Fellowship Program to designed to support cave and karst research by exceptional graduate and undergraduate students.
Proposals for NCKRI National Seed Grants are due September 20th, 2019, and applications for the NCKRI Scholar Fellowships are due October 4th, 2019. Applications can be submitted at the following link:
Please help spread the word about these new opportunities, and please consider applying yourselves!
Daniel S. Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science
Academic Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
314 Mineral Science and Engineering Complex (MSEC)
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM 87801
Newest UIS Bulletin Now Available!
Dear Members of the World Speleological Committee,
We are glad to share with you Volume 61-1 of the UIS Bulletin.
The PDF Interactive format can be downloaded by clicking on the link:
The main topics of this issue are as follows:
- Editorial: “The importance of UIS in worldwide speleology”
- The President’s Column: “Quiet preparation for the International Year of Caves and Karst and other advances in speleology”
- Report of Activities – Commission on Volcanic Caves
- Report of Activities – Cave Rescue Commission
- International Expedition to the Serra da Bodoquena, Brazil
- Informal Meeting of UIS in Brazil
- National Caving Training Center in Cuba
- In Memoriam: Grzegorz Klassek (Poland)
- Calendar of Events 2019-2021
- 18th International Congress of Speleology/2021 – New information available
- UIS Bureau 2017/2021
- List of Member Nations
- Annual Contributions and Bank Account
We will appreciate very much your comments and suggestions in order to improve upcoming issues.
Please send this issue of the UIS Bulletin to the whole speleological community in your country and to your entire contact list.
Previous issues are also available by clicking on this link
Visit the UIS Website
Adjunct Secretary (Brazil)
UIS-Union Internationale de Spéléologie
New Book: Environmental Karst Geomorphology
Dr, Miljana Golubović Deligianni has published Environmental Karst Geomorphology as a geomorphological approach to describing and assessing the environmental implications of karst features, and as the first major book on karst to be published in Greece in many years. At 240 pages long, the book is published entirely in Greek but has many figures and photos, which are instructive no matter what language someone speaks. For more details and to order the book, visit http://www.iwn.gr/product.asp?catid=17623.
Important Recent Karst Papers Available
The journal Environmental Earth Sciences has made available a topical collection of papers, organized by KC members Saša Milanovic and Zoran Stevanovic. A total of ten papers can be accessed here. It represents a diverse collection of papers that includes extended versions of works presented at the International Symposium Karst 2018.
Masters Opportunity on Karst and Mineral Springs Hydrogeology and Geochemistry: Indiana, USA
The Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS) in collaboration with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (DEAS) at Indiana University, have immediate support for a Masters of Science Research Assistant opportunity to work under the direction of research scientist Tracy Branam at the IGWS. The graduate student project is part of a larger program to establish a springs inventory for hydrogeology and geochemistry in support the aims and missions of the Center for Rural Engagement at Indiana University. The student will collect field data and water samples at spring locations primarily across the Mitchell Plateau of south-central Indiana; and analyze water samples in facilities at the IGWS, DEAS, and collaborating institutions.
Funding for Young Scientists to Attend IAH Karst Commission Official Conferences
The newly established fund for supporting young (<35yrs) karst scientists (https://karst.iah.org/funding-for-young-scientists-to-attend-conferences) will be implemented at the meeting of the International Association of Hydrogeologists Karst Commission in 2020 at the UNESCO Karst 2020 (see info on this meeting in the list of meetings below). Please take a look at the criteria at the link above. Young scientists from low and transitional income countries are especially encouraged to submit an abstract and apply for this award.
The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Update
The Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, generally called “The Sinkhole Conference,” is the longest-running international conference of its type. Since 1984, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, land managers, biologists, and many others have gathered at these meetings to exchange cutting-edge information on karst and its many benefits and challenges.
The deadline for abstracts has passed and we received a fabulous array that assure an excellent conference. The 16th Sinkhole Conference will occur on 20-24 April 2020 in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico offers a tropical karst landscape and a vibrant historical and cultural venue unlike anything seen in rest of the United States. Many people are already talking about attending the conference as part of a vacation, and we are helping to make that possible.
The conference will be held in the lovely Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel, located in the historic heart of the city. Unlike previous conferences, your registration will include your breakfasts and lunches, in addition to the other usual amenities. Also, your discount conference room rates will extend to three days before and after the conference, in case you want to stay longer and enjoy a vacation. For all of the details on the conference, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/.
The Sinkhole Conference is managed by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and with tremendous assistance from a diverse team of karst experts from around the country who join us to form the Organizing Committee. On behalf of the 16th Sinkhole Conference Organizing Committee, we look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in San Juan next year!
Sinkhole Conference Co-chair
NCKRI Executive Director
The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Applications
The Sinkhole Conference was created in 1984 and led for many years by Dr. Barry Beck. In his memory, the conference now offers the Beck Student Scholarship. Students awarded a Beck Scholarship will receive free registration to the conference and up to $1,000 reimbursement for travel expenses, as well as certain special recognitions and other benefits. Scholars from the previous Sinkhole Conference are recognized at http://www.sinkholeconference.com/Beck-scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/how-to-apply-for-the-beck-scholarship.
The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Donors
The Sinkhole Conference funds one Beck Student Scholarship for each conference, but more than one scholarship can be offered with your support. Six were awarded last time! Attending The Sinkhole Conference can be a life-changing experience for students by opening their eyes to state-of-the-art knowledge, and important professional contacts and opportunities. To help change a student’s life for the better, we ask and encourage you to donate to the Beck Scholarship. All donations are tax deductible. For details on how to donate, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/How-to-sponsor-the-scholarship.
List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
- 13th Balkan Cavers Camp, 2-8 September 2019, (Antalya, Turkey), http://bsuturkey.com/index.html
- TransKarst 2019: The 3rd Asian Trans-Disciplinary Conference, 7-10 September 2019 (Bohol, Philippines), http://www.transkarst2019.com/.
- ArmConference 2019: Caves as Natural and Cultural Monuments, 11-13 September 2019 (Yerevan, Armenia), http://armconference2019.com/
- Geological Society of America Convention, 22-25 September 2019 (Phoenix, Arizona, USA), http://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Annual_Meeting/GSA/Events/gsa2019.aspx
- 13th EuroSpeleo Forum, 23-26 September 2019 (Sofia, Bulgaria), https://esf2019.speleo-bg.org.
- International Symposium on Techniques for Remote Location of Unknown Underground Cavities, 26-29 September 2019 (Sofia, Bulgaria), https://esf2019.speleo-bg.org/symposia/.
- 46th IAH Congress “Groundwater Management and Governance Coping with Water Scarcity” (Topic 7: Karst Hydrogeology), 23-27 September 2019 (Malaga, Spain), http://www.iah2019.org/topics-and-sessions/
- 6th Texas Hydro-Geo Workshop, 4-6 October 2019 (Boerne, Texas, USA), https://hydrogeoworkshop.org/
- Sustainable Management of Show Caves, 7-9 October 2019 (Skocjan Caves Park, Slovenia), https://izrk-sci-mtg.zrc-sazu.si/en/
- National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 7-11 October 2019 (Bristol, Virginia, USA), http://nckms.org/2019-symposium
- British Cave Research Association 30th Annual Cave Science Symposium, 19-20 October 2019 (Keyworth, Nottingham, UK), for more information contact Dr. Andy Farrant at: arf[-at-]bgs.ac.uk.
- 13th European Cave Rescue Meeting, 15-17 November 2019 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://caverescue.eu/13th-european-cave-rescue-meeting/
- 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com
- UNESCOkarst 2020: Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources, 18-22 May 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), https://unescokarst2020.com/
- 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 29 August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/
- EuroKarst 2021: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/
- 18th International Congress of Speleology, 23-29 July 2021 (Lyon, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/