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BCRA (online) Symposium 2020


For anyone who is not a keen eyed reader of our newsletter who might have missed this please find the information about this year's symposium and submission of abstracts.

There's normally a great range of presentations so I'm looking forward to seeing what we're going to hear about this year. And you don't even need to leave your sofa so it's a great chance for those who can't normally make it in person to get involved :)

BCRA Science Symposium

The BCRA Cave Science Meeting 2020 is now confirmed for Saturday November 14th 2020 but will take place using an online portal. It will be hosted by Professor Mike Rogerson at the University of Northumbria.

Although we would very much enjoy contributions that discuss how caves have behaved during the lockdown period, we are open to abstracts on any subject linked to cave and karst science, from professional or amateur researchers. We are expecting to have about 10 talks on the day, and would like to see what you have been doing recently. As in previous years we invite contributions across the cave/karst spectrum including archaeology, biology, geomorphology, hydrology and speleothem science.

Presentation slots are not limited to those with a connection to the UK - this invitation is to all interested cave and karst scientists worldwide. Please do submit an abstract by emailing it to Mike Rogerson (lectures@bcra.org.uk) as soon as possible and by Friday 11 September at the latest (put "BCRA abstract" in the email subject to ensure it goes to the right inbox folder). The template for abstracts is available on our News Forum at http://bcra.org.uk/forum

Attendance will be free, using an online portal (likely Zoom) so participants worldwide are invited, although do be aware that talks will be scheduled for 0900 to 1700 GMT. We are exploring possibilities for a virtual field trip on the 15th November ? more on that later.