The news has been slow for the past couple of weeks, but we are happy to share what we’ve received:
- #SPELEOMEDIT Project—Speleology of the Mediterranean: Call for Participation
- Gazing Deeply: The Art and Science of Mammoth Cave
Conferences and Meetings
- BCRA Cave Science Meeting 2020
- 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst: New Date
- Balkan Cavers Camp: Cancelled
- 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.
#SPELEOMEDIT Project—Speleology of the Mediterranean: Call for Participation
Dear caving friends:
Here is our idea about the #SPELEOMEDIT project that we are using to promote the International Year of Caves and Karst.
The Speleological Society of Italy, in collaboration with TETIDE, is developing a special book, Speleology of the Mediterranean, dedicated to the countries directly connected with the Mediterranean Sea. This project will be a fundamental contribution to creating a common awareness and strengthening the bonds between caving groups and research organizations of the Mediterranean, while supporting the protection of karst and caves. Our plan is to present the project results at the 18th UIS International Speleology Congress, and at the international meeting .
This collection of information about each nation that borders the Mediterranean will be posted on the web site and used for the creation of a Photography exhibition and a special edition magazine.
This special book may be introduced by four articles on the physical geography and geomorphology, hydrology and water, biospeleology, culture and artificial caves, of the Mediterranean which, as it were without national borders, to give the reader an overview of the karst territories and the mountains overlooking this sea. We have also foresee a closing article on the water and bio-speleology related to the Mediterranean area highlighting the themes of environmental protection, and also a proposal on artificial cave studies.
The publication will be prepared and printed in English and the editorial staff will make texts and photographs available for both an electronic PDF version, and a translation into the language that each national organization will choose to use, so that the editorial product will be a communication tool for each participating country.
We currently have participation for 17 of the 21 Mediterranean countries and hope the remaining four (Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, and Syria) will join us soon. More information is here.
Best to you all
Gazing Deeply: The Art and Science of Mammoth Cave
The Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University, USA, is hosting this museum exhibit on Mammoth Cave, the world’s longest cave. The exhibit will remain up until 15 May 2020. If you can’t go there personally, you can take a 360-degree virtual tour of the exhibit by clicking this link.
Visitors to the exhibition will discover:
How Mammoth Cave has formed and is explored, including how explorers study and document the cave;
What international karst scientists saw when they looked at historic illustrations of Mammoth Cave;
Artistic works by art instructor Julie Schuck and her students about Mammoth Cave and its inhabitants, informed by their tours of the cave and scientific studies;
Mammoth Cave's sister parks and how YOU can help protect these vital regions; and
How WKU is fostering applied, interdisciplinary learning and inspiring the next generation of Science+Arts changemakers.
This exhibition is curated in partnership with Dr. Chris Groves (Geology), Julie Schuck (Art), and Dr. Rick Toomey (Mammoth Cave National Park) and features the commentary and work of numerous karst scientists and WKU art students. For more information, visit this site.
BCRA Cave Science Meeting 2020
Attendance will be free, using an online portal (likely Zoom) so participants worldwide are invited, although do be aware talks will be during normal UK working hours (9-5, GMT). We are exploring possibilities for a virtual fieldtrip on the 15th November - more soon on that!
14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst: New Date
Dear Potential Participants of the 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst
As promised, this message announces the new date of the postponed 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst: 22-25 April 2021.
The objectives, organizational conditions and expected program of the Symposium will be very similar to proposed in the First Circular:
Thursday (22th April) : arrival, walk to Chęciny town and castle,
Friday (23th April): scientific session, meeting of the UIS Pseudokarst Commission,
Saturday, Sunday (24-25th April): field sessions in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains,
Monday-Wednesday (26-28th April) – post-Symposium excursion in the Beskidy Mountains.
Therefore, could you, please, reserve the days between 22th and 26th April or 28th April) for the 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst!
Since the pandemic situation is still dynamic, the Second Circular inviting and precising all data on the Symposium will be distributed in October or November 2020. You will find it and more information on the symposium website: 14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com.
Organizational Committee of the 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst
Balkan Cavers Camp: Cancelled
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I hope you, your family, and your colleagues are healthy and safe during the COVID 19 pandemic. We are certainly living in challenging times. As far as we can see, at this moment it is difficult to predict the confinement measures in different European and especially Balkan countries. Over the past few weeks, we have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around COVID-19, to ensure we are making the appropriate decisions regarding the14th Balkan Cavers Camp 2020. What is the situation?
The Bulgarian government has extended the state of Epidemic Emergency, which was introduced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, until August 31. New entry restrictions were adopted on July 31, 2020 and extend to August 31, 2020. The restrictions apply to all persons, regardless of their citizenship, and all types of border crossings including by air, sea, rail and road transport. Tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, will be allowed to visit the country, however, they must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. In other hand some Balkan countries has issued quarantine orders for anyone (including their own citizens) arriving from the countries listed in the temporary „red list“ COVID infection. Bulgarian authorities have lifted the restrictions concerning the behaviour in all indoor public spaces. The outdoor gatherings remain limited with reduced number of participants and strict requirements for social distancing. At this stage, the pandemic situation in Europe is getting worse and health institutions' forecasts for the future are not optimistic. So far, the organizers of the Balkan Cavers Camp have received only a few applications for participation, all of which were received before the cancellation of the date for the event.
After consultation with our partners, the Organizing Committee Decided to Cancel the Carrying Out Of 14th Balkan Cavers Camp , 9-13 September 2020, Dryanovo, Bulgaria. We hope that all cavers and caving organisations will have the power to overcome this difficult period. They hope to see you all healthy and safe after this crisis.
Nowadays the question is where and when will be the next Balkan Cavers Camp, so we are looking for applications!
Organising Committee of Balkan Cavers Camp
Please spread this information among the cavers' community in your country & organisations & clubs !
List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
If you are interested in any of the following events, contact them directly to learn if they are still planned as announced below.
8) International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, postponed to 2021 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), undefined
9) 7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), postponed to 2021 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), undefined
George Veni, PhD
Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)|
President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)
NCKRI address (primary)
400-1 Cascades Avenue
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220 USA