9th International Workshop on Ice Caves and 12th Scientific Conference on Research, Utilization and Protection of Caves will be held on May 15-20, 2020 in Slovakia.

The workshop and conference is being organized on the occasion of

1) 25th anniversary of the inscription of the Caves of Slovak and Aggtelek Karst on the World Heritage List,
2) 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Caves Administration,
3) 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology, and
4) 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Dobšiná Ice Cave, both these events are supported by the International Union of Speleology and the International Show Caves Association.

International workshop on ice caves is organized every 2 years and previously has been organized in Spain (2018), Slovenia (2016), USA (2014), Italy (2012), Austria (2010), Russia (2008), Slovakia (2006) and Romania (2004).

The topics that will be covered in this workshop includes the following:

  • Cave glaciation
  • Ice cave climate
  • Cryo-mineralogy
  • Ice cave protection
  • Ice cave management
  • Paleoclimatological studies
  • Ice cave biota and biodiversity
  • Ice Cave structure and stratigraphy
  • Cave morphology and mass balances of cave ice deposits

Slovak Caves Administration has been organizing scientific conference on Research, Utilization, and Protection of Caves since 1997 which involves new insights in research, monitoring, and protection of caves, especially in Slovakia and Central European countries. The conference will be held at Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology.

The topics that will be covered in the conference include:

  • Cave geology, deposits and climate
  • Cave biota and biodiversity
  • Morphology and genesis of caves
  • Paleoenvironmental changes in karst
  • Karst aquifers, geochemistry and karst vulnerability
  • Paleontological and archaeological findings in caves
  • Utilization and environmental protection of karst landscape and caves

Workshop/Conference details and description

The events will be organized in 4 days, from May 12 to May 15, 2020, the program will include the following activities;

May 12, 2020

07:30 – 09:00 | participant registration
09:00 – 09:15 | workshop and conference opening
09:15 – 12:30 | lectures on ice caves including Dobšiná Ice Cave
12:30 – 14:00 | lunch
14:00 – 17:15 | lectures and posters on ice caves
17:30 – 18:30 | Dobšiná ice cave history exhibition
19:00 | dinner and social gathering

May 13, 2020

08:30 – 10:45 | lectures and posters on ice caves
11:00 – 18:00 | Dobšiná Ice Cave excursion (jubilee cave tour)

May 14, 2020

08:30 – 10:00 | conference lectures on the World Heritage caves
10:30 – 12:00 | conference lectures
12:00 – 13:30 | lunch
13:30 – 16:45 | conference lectures and posters
16:45 – 17:00 | closing of the conference

08:30 – 17:00 | ice cave conference alternative program (all-day field excursion) :

May 15, 2020

08:00 – 19:00 | ice cave workshop and post-conference field excursion

The length of the lecture is 15 minutes and posters will be presented in a panel discussion, with a maximum poster dimension of 75 x 120 cm (width x height). If large number of lectures are submitted, the committees reserves the right to reassign some lectures to poster presentations. Posters are required to be presented in English language meanwhile workshop lectures will be presented in English. Conference lectures are required to be in English, Slovak, Polish or Czech (Power-point presentations have to be in English).

Lecture and poster abstracts (in English) will be published in Volume 24, number 1 in Aragonit journal. Extended abstract (1,500 to 3,000 characters) along with information regarding the authors must be sent before the deadline (January 31, 2020) via email at pavel.bella@ssj.sk. The original scientific articles from both the workshop and conference will be published in Slovenský kras and Aragonit journals in 2020 and 2021 after editorial boards assessment and review.

Fee for the workshop and conference is allocated to 80 € which can be paid in cash or by bank transfer during registration. The fee includes organizational costs (workshop/conference materials, refreshments, transport during field/excursion (May 13) and abstract publication/contributions. Fee for the field excursion on May 14, 2020 is 30 € and for May 15, 2020 is 40 € that includes cave entry, transport and lunch.

The central theme of the event is Dobšinská Ice Cave (DIC), an ice cave located in Slovakia. In 2000, DIC was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. In 1870, Dobšinská Ice Cave was discovered by a mining engineer named Eugen Ruffinyi. The cave has an area of 8,874 square meters, out of which 7,171 square meters is covered in 125,000 cubic meters. DIC is estimated to be 250,000 years old having a total length of 1,491 meters and an average annual temperature of zero degree Celsius.

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