Dear Friends,

Here is the latest cave and karst information from NCKRI and our friends. This 
announcement is shorter than usual because of the urgency of the first item:

·       Sinkhole Conference: Registration is Open Again and Schedules and 
Scholars Posted

·       Karst Session at 45th International Association of Hydrogeologists 

·       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.



Sinkhole Conference: Registration is Open Again and Schedules and Scholars 

Last week we announced that registration had closed for The Multidisciplinary 
Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst 
(aka “The Sinkhole Conference”) due to security needs at the conference venue, 
the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West 
Virginia. However, we have arranged to keep registration open through the 
conference, but with the following important consideration. At least one day 
before arriving at NCTC you must be registered AND receive confirmation of your 
registration from NCKRI. This assures that your name will be on the conference 
registration list that NCTC security will have at the gate. If your name is not 
on that list, you will not be allowed in the facility. Register as early as you 
can at

For anyone attending and planning to attend, the Schedule-at-a-Glance and 
detailed schedule with the list of all papers and activities are now posted on 
the website. The direct address is

Also, this year’s conference will host a record number of six students 
attending through the Barry Beck Scholarship. To learn about these excellent 
students visit 
One scholarship is funded directly by the Sinkhole Conference while the rest 
are funded through the conference’s silent auction, T-shirt and hat sales, and 
especially by donations. Please donate to support students to attend the 
following Sinkhole Conference by going to The students will gain great 
professional experience and connections by attending, and your donations are 
tax deductible.

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 
Sinkhole Conference is managed by the National Cave and Karst Research 
Institute and this next conference is jointly organized with the Karst Waters 
Institute. Additionally, the conference will include the 3rd Appalachian Karst 
Symposium to make for a truly special event.

The 15th Sinkhole Conference will occur on 2-6 April 2018. You are welcome to 
stay in the lodging at NCTC but there are other options nearby too. Details 
about the conference are available at


Karst Session at 45th International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress

The next congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) 
will be held in Daejeon, South Korea, on 9-14 September 2018 with the theme 
Groundwater and Life: Science and Technology into Action. Topic 7 will focus on 

Advances in Karst and Fractured-rock Hydrogeology
Conveners: Nico Goldscheider, Young-Jin Park, Judit Mádl-Szőnyi, Sung-Hoon Ji

Sub-topics: Recent developments in karst hydrogeology; Characterizing fractured 
rock aquifers; Modeling of flow and transport in karst/fractured-rock aquifers; 
The critical zone in karst system (Karst Institute of Geology CAGS, UNESCO-IGCP 
Special Session); Regional flow systems of deep carbonates - Geological agency, 
discharge features and practical consequences. Nico Goldscheider will present a 
keynote lecture on karst hydrogeology. The deadline for the submission of 
abstracts is 31 March. Details:


List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings

1)         CavesLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure, 14 March 2018 (on-line 

2)         The Sinkhole Conference, joint with the 3rd Appalachian Karst 
Symposium, 2-6 April 2018 (Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA),

3)         Eleventh International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and 
Recalcitrant Compounds: Karst Case Studies Session, 8-12 April 2018 (Palm 
Springs, California, USA),

4)         Speleogenesis, Geomorphology and Hazards in Karst, European 
Geosciences Union, 8–13 April 2018 (Vienna, Austria),

5)         Edwards Aquifer Authority Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Pierre-Yves 
Jeannin, 13 April 2018 (San Antonio, Texas),

6)         California Cave Life Symposium, 28 April 2018 (California Academy of 
Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA), or<>

7)         Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers Workshop, 27 May 
– 5 June (Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina),

8)         Karst 2018: Expect the Unexpected, 6-9 June (Trebinje, Bosnia and 

9)         Karst Field Studies Program, six different 5-6 day courses from 3 
June to 10 August 2018 (Grand Canyon National Park and Mammoth Cave National 
Park, USA),<>

10)      8th International Workshop on Ice caves (IWIC-VIII), 11-16 June 2018 
(Picos de Europa National Park, Spain),

11)      26th International Karstological School "Classical Karst", theme Show 
Caves and Science, 18-22 June 2018 (Postojna, Slovenia), website to be posted 

12)      EuroKarst 2018, 2-6 July 2018 (Besançon, France),

13)      Balkan Cavers Camp, 2-8 July 2018 (Romania),

14)      18th International Vulcanospeleology Symposium, 21-27 July 2018 (Lava 
Beds National Monument, California, USA),

15)      International Training Camp for Young Speleologists, 29 July to 13 
August 2018 (Swabian Alb, Germany),

16)      BERGER 2018 "Clean deep", 29 July – 20 August 2018 (Vercors, France),

17)      2018 US National Speleological Society Convention, 30 July - 3 August 
2018 (Helena, Montana, USA),

18)      EuroSpeleo Forum 2018, 23-26 August 2018 (Ebensee, Austria),

19)      24th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 20-24 August 
2018 (University of Aveiro, Portugal),

20)      International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress, with Topic 7: 
Advances in Karst and Fractured-rock Hydrogeology, 9-14 September 2018 
(Daejeon, South Korea),

21)      24th International Cave Bear Symposium, 27-30 September 2018 
(Chepelare, Bulgaria),

22)      International Workshop for Women Speleologists in Latin America, 2-6 
October 2018, (Viñales, Pinar del Río, Cuba),<>

23)      8th Congress of the International Show Caves Association, 12-18 
October 2018 (Genga, Italy),

24)      16th International Symposium of Speleotherapy, 24-28 October 2018 
(Zlate Hory, Czech Republic),

25)      International Cave Rescue Training, 10-18 November 2018 (Lozere, 

26)      Hypogea 2019: The International Congress of Speleology in Artificial 
Cavities, 20-25 May 2019 (Dobrich, Bulgaria),

27)      National Speleological Congress of Switzerland, 9-12 August 2019 
(Interlaken, Switzerland),

28)      ArmConference 2019: Caves as Natural and Cultural Monuments, 11-13 
September 2019 (Yerevan, Armenia),

29)      18th International Congress of Speleology, 23-29 July 2021 (Lyon, 

George Veni, PhD
President, International Union of Speleology
Executive Director
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Avenue
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA
Office: +1-575-887-5517
Mobile: +1-210-863-5919
Fax: +1-575-887-5523<><>

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