We continue to send you our best hopes that you and your loved ones are well during this time of international crisis.
Here is the latest news:
- International Year of Caves and Karst: Planning Is Starting in Multiple Countries
- Congratulations! Bigfork High School Cave Club wins 2020 US President’s Environmental Youth Award
- KARSYS Course Goes Online
- ASTM Karst Subcommittee: Invitation to Join
Conferences and Meetings
- Geological Society of America North-Central Section Meeting Goes Virtual
- US National Speleological Society Convention Goes Virtual
- Changes in European Conferences
- 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst: Postponed
- 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium: Postponed
- 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.
International Year of Caves and Karst: Planning Is Starting in Multiple Countries
The International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) begins next year, but this year is when people around the world need to start planning events. Brazil is distributing thousands of leaflets and giving lectures. Costa Rica has created a plan for monthly events. France is hosting the International Congress of Speleology. Italy is organizing Speleo Karamaton. Germany and Morocco are developing plans with universities. The USA is coordinating a list of events across North America. Slovenia will dedicate its Classical Karst School to the IYCK and is planning the closing ceremonies for December 2021.
A lot of good work has begun and even more is needed. The IYCK Planning Guide is critically important to help you understand the IYCK and create events to make the IYCK a success. You can find it and the information leaflet in multiple languages and with more information at www.iyck2021.org.
The IYCK has incredible potential to advance speleology in many and great ways, but only if we all work together to make it possible. Please send me any questions and news on your IYCK planning.
George Veni, PhD
Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)
Congratulations! Bigfork High School Cave Club wins 2020 US President’s Environmental Youth Award
The Bigfork High School Cave Club was awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award. The award focused on development of eBat and eCave sites, which allows people without access to GIS to contribute the club’s cave monitoring data. The award also recognizes the club’s many years of work to help conserve and protect cave bats and other cave resources. Bigfork High School Cave Club member Ryan Cantrell was the prime mover in getting the club recognized. He, Colten Wroble, and Scout Jessop created the eBat website.
“The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s youth.”
Here is a link to EPA’s press release for the club’s PEYA award: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/bigfork-high-school-students-mont-recognized-presidents-environmental-youth-award
Bigfork High School Cave Club’s eCave has been partially funded by the US Forest Service in Region 1 through a challenge cost share agreement. They have also completed work in Montana and elsewhere for the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service.
Bigfork HS Cave club website: http://bigforkhighschoolcaveclub.weebly.com/
Example eCave website: http://arcg.is/1vPmXL
KARSYS Course Goes Online
As you may know, the 28th International Karstological School (Slovenia) has unfortunately been cancelled, but In compensation, SISKA offers to give the KARSYS course online!
The course will be organized in 2 sessions of 3 hours each. New dates for the course are:
- Thursday, June 18th, from 1 PM to 4 PM*
- Friday, June 19th, from 1 PM to 4 PM*
* GMT+00:00 Time zone
The course is designed for geologists and hydrogeologists (engineers, academic, students) working in karst environments for applied issues (groundwater management, geothermy, construction, etc.). It intends to provide steps and tools to participants who will apply KARSYS by themselves
Course price: 70 €/pers
Contact for registration / questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASTM Karst Subcommittee: Invitation to Join
ASTM International has created a Karst Subcommittee (D18.27). Its purpose is to develop standards that assist and/or guide the protection of karst and pseudokarst resources and assist in the understanding of geohazards accompanying those systems. This responsibility includes standards relating to the classification, characterization, and properties of karst and pseudokarst systems and processes. Standards involving associated site characterization, geologic, hydrogeologic, and geotechnical aspects associated with potential and/or actual ground instability are also included.
The reason for the creation of D18.27 is because standards are being created around the world, and often by people who have good intentions but lack expertise in karst. If you have experience in karst or pseudokarst geology, hydrogeology, and/or geotechnical methods, we invite you to join the ASTM Karst Subcommittee to help develop the best standards possible for the proper evaluation and management of karst.
If you are an ASTM member, please join D18.27. If you are not an ASTM member, I invite you to join at https://www.astm.org/MEMBERSHIP/index.html. Membership is only $75 for individuals. You do not need to be from the US to join. Remember, it is “ASTM International.” D18.27 was announced by ASTM only two days ago and already has members from four countries!
George Veni, PhD
Chair, ASTM Karst Subcommittee
Geological Society of America North-Central Section Meeting Goes Virtual
The annual meeting of The Geological Society of America’s North-Central Section, originally scheduled to take place in Duluth, Minnesota, will be held virtually on 18–19 May, with technical sessions in the morning and student programming in the afternoon. The online meeting is open and available to everyone for free. No registration is required.
Both oral and poster presenters will prepare their presentations ahead of time, record them, and upload them to GSA’s conference website by 11 May. All uploaded presentations will be viewable through 22 May. A schedule for oral and poster presentations will be determined and posted online by 14 May.
The meeting will include the session “Caves, Karst, and the Hydrogeology of Fractured Bedrock Aquifers” on 18 May, as well as other sessions of interest.
On 18–19 May, all uploaded presentations will be shown through online webinars that anyone can watch in standard 20-minute slots, with a discussion time at the end of each technical session. Poster presenters will upload a poster and a 3-minute lightning talk to accompany it. Time for Q&A will be included.
Student programming will be offered in the afternoon after the technical sessions. Two mentor meetings and three career workshops will be offered. All students are encouraged to attend.
Meeting website: https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Section_Meetings/GSA/Sections/nc/2020mtg/home.aspx
US National Speleological Society Convention Goes Virtual
Dear NSS Friends,
As you know, due to circumstances beyond our control, this year’s National Speleological Society Convention in Elkins, West Virginia, USA, was postponed to 2023. As a sort of consolation and distraction from being quarantined, we are offering some elements of Convention as virtual events.
These include the Cartographic Salon, Cave Ballad Salon, Graphic Arts Salon, Photography Salon, Symbolic Emblems Salon, T-Shirt Salon, and Video Salon; as well as the Communications and Electronics Section and Vertical Section meetings.
We will also offer a number of presentations from West Virginia Exploration and United States Exploration. Also for your viewing pleasure will be the Cave Conservancy Roundtable and the State Survey Roundtable. The Fine Arts Salon folks are planning a special offering that is sure to please.
Most importantly, we will offer the Thursday night Awards Salon and Friday Awards show on those days during the last week of July. It will almost be like you’re in Elkins.
If you had been planning to give a presentation in Elkins, know that it is not too late. Contact the person in charge of that section or sessions and work things out. Many presentations can be done in the virtual realm. But do not think that this is the wave of the future. This is a one-time only offering during the last week in July. If you’ve never gone to an NSS Convention, now is your chance to see one aspect of the many benefits they offer. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to attend or to make a presentation of your own at a future Convention!
We hope you will enjoy the non-Convention this summer. At least it will give you something to do that is cave related, in case we are still not caving by then.
Rich Geisler and Meredith Hall Weberg 2020/23 NSS Convention Co-Chairs
P.S. If you had registered for Convention, we are still working on the process to offer you a full refund; the chance to move your money towards next year’s Convention in Weed, California; or to donate your money to the NSS. AND if you reserved hotel rooms in Elkins, PLEASE don’t forget to cancel those reservations! The hotels are being notified that we postponed Convention, but you need to cancel anyhow.
For updates, follow www.caves.org.
Changes in European Conferences
Below are two detailed announcements NCKRI has received of European conferences that have been postponed. Attached is summary list on the status of European conference scheduled between May 2020 and November 2021.
14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst: Postponed
Dear Potential Participants of the 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, Chęciny, Poland
The 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst would have taken place in June 2020, but due to the pandemic situation it has been postponed until probably spring 2021. More news, if not a firm date for the symposium, will be published in the UIS Pseudokarst Commission’s next news message in August 2020. For more information about the symposium visit https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/. For more information about the UIS Pseudokarst Commission and to join, visit http://www.pseudokarst.com/.
6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium: Postponed
Dear ladies and gentlemen who had registered for the 6th EuroSpeleo Cave Protection Symposium scheduled 22 – 26 September 2020. Due to the Corona/COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the freedom of travel in Europe, we unfortunately have to cancel our meeting in September 2020. In view of the circumstances, we hope for your understanding.
But there is also good news. The new symposium date has already been fixed: 26-30 October 2021. The subject of the symposium and the location will remain the same:
“Assessing, monitoring and protecting cave biotopes and geotopes through Natura 2000 or similar programs in Europe”
at the BfN-International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm in the Baltic Sea region in Germany.
As your registration for this year was accepted and on the basis of your application and the documents you have submitted, we will send you a new invitation with a preliminary agenda and further information and a form to request the new travel funds (2021) at the beginning of November and ask for a confirmation of your participation at the Symposium in 2021. Nevertheless, we would like to emphasize that we would be very pleased if you could all attend next year.
In this sense, stay healthy and hopefully see you next year!
The ESPS organization team,
Jean-Claude Thies (ECPC)
Bärbel Vogel (ECPC)
Ute Feit (BfN)
For more information, contact email@example.com.
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.
1) KARSYS Karst Modeling Course, 20 May 2020 (Reston, Virginia, USA), register with firstname.lastname@example.org; 22 May 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), register with email@example.com; general information: https://karstwaters.org/karsys-course-a-web-tool-for-modeling-karst-aquifers-in-3d/.
2) Karst Field Studies Program (4 one-week courses), 7 June – 10 July 2020 (Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA), www.karstfieldstudies.com.
3) KARSYS Karst Modeling Course, 18-19 June (on-line course), https://www.visualkarsys.com/
4) 14th Balkan Cavers’, 2-5 July 2020 (Dryanovo Town, Bulgaria), http://balkancaverscamp.weebly.com/
5) Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, 12-15 July 2019 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/
6) US National Speleological Society Annual Convention, 27-31 July 2020 (Elkins, West Virginia, USA), https://caves.regfox.com/nss-convention-2020
7) Carbonate Critical Zone: An NSF-Sponsored Workshop, 2-5 August 2020 (Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania), https://carbonatecriticalzone.research.ufl.edu/
8) UNESCOkarst 2020: Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources, 15-21 August 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), https://unescokarst2020.com/
9) 34th International Geographical Congress karst sessions: Global Karst Critical Zone and Land Use Planning in Karst, 17-20 August 2020 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.igc2020.org/en/KARST%20COMMISSION.html
10) Central Asian Speleological Forum, 21-24 August 2020 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/
11) 9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX) & the 12th Scientific Conference Research, Utilization and Protection of Caves, 8-11 September 2020 (Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia), http://www.ssj.sk/en/akcia/18-12th-scientific-conference-research-protection-and-utilization-of-caves
12) 26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 8-11 October 2020 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany), firstname.lastname@example.org.
13) Geological Society of America Convention, 25-28 October 2020 (Montréal, Québec, Canada), http://www.geosociety.org/
14) European Cave Rescue Association Meeting 2020, 12-15 November 2020 (Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/ecra-meeting-2020-cantabria-spain/
15) ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), 5-8 December 2020 (Gorizia, Italy), contact: email@example.com
16) 1st Karst Science Forum, postponed to 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro.
17) 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), http://www.karst.edu.rs.
18) 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), http://www.karst.edu.rs.
19) 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 12-16 April 2021 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com
20) US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, May 2021 (Nashville, Tennessee, USA), https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
21) 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, postponed to spring 2021 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/
22) Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst: Sulfuric Acid Weathering, postponed to mid-summer 2021 (San Vittore, Italy), https://karstwaters.org/conferences/sulfuric-acid-weathering/
23) EuroKarst 2021: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/
24) 18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/
25) 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, tentatively August or September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/
26) 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact firstname.lastname@example.org
27) Speleo Kamaraton, 29 October – 1 November 2021 (Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy), http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/
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
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