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25th International Karstological School "Classical Karst"
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25th International Karstological School "Classical Karst"
Postojna, June 19th to 23rd 2017
Organised by
Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU
Each year since 1993, International Karstological School (IKS) “Classical Karst” has been organised,
covering many aspects of karst research. The basic idea of the School has been to present the state
of the art in selected topics and promote discussion between participants via set of lectures, poster
sessions and related field trips to the area of Slovene Classical karst.
Research in the last 25 years has contributed to new findings in many fields of research within
karstology. Therefore, the 25th IKS is an opportunity to review major milestones in karstological
research, stress the research advances in the last 25 years and define challenges and perspectives for
the next generation.
The topics of the 25th IKS will try to include a wide range of karstological research. The sessions are
described in the following text (session organisers are listed in the brackets). Within each session,
invited keynote lectures and selected lectures of other participants will be held. As a number of
lectures per each session is limited, other contributions will be presented as posters.
The work will also include fieldwork (see preliminary programme).
Speleology (F. Gabrovšek)
The session tends to light up new techniques and results in characterisation of cave systems
and cave environment, and present the recent progress and challenges in conceptual and
numerical models of speleogenesis.
Karst geomorphology (A. Mihevc)
The session will be devoted to geomorphology of both the Classical karst and to variety of
karst morphologies worldwide. Speakers will present the new knowledge about karst surface
features as well as new methods and techniques. The session will be supported with the field
trips to the best examples of the karst features.
Subterranean ecosystems (T. Pipan, J. Mulec)
Subterranean ecosystems include both air- and water-filled underground habitats that are
deep or just a few meters (or even less) beneath the surface. They are characterized by the
absence of light and specialized fauna with typical troglomorphic characters. Microorganisms
represent with their interactions an integral part of all ecosystems and participate at all key
geochemical cycles.
Karst hydrogeology (M. Petrič)
Karst aquifers have complex and original characteristics. Specific research methods are
required for studying their structure and functioning. Understanding of the principles of
groundwater flow and transport processes is essential for assessing capacities and planning
protection of these important water resources.
Karst Record (N. Zupan Hajna)
The purpose of the session is to present the importance of karst and caves as a significant
source of information about the processes and the time of sediments deposition and of the
use of different investigating and dating methods that allow the determination of age and
insight into various geological, geomorphological and speleological events in the past. The
focus will be on the presentation of the latest research of sediments from Classic karst of
Development challenges on karst (M. Knez)
Planning without a thorough understanding of the environment and consequently a vision of
its development is not sufficient. We build foundations for the rational planning of activities
on karst based on good karstological research, as much in individual fields of karstology as in
interdisciplinary studies (water, construction, tourism, ecology, protection).
Karstology (T. Slabe)
We will attempt to advance karstology with a discussion about the success of its previous
development and consider the direction of its further development (comprehensive
karstology, fields of karstology, regional karstology, important researches, karst preservation
and presentation, karstology as an independent branch of science); the development of
karstology education; the organization of karstology and its role within the society, as well as
international connections and cooperation in karstological research.
Programme outline
Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday, June 19th Sessions Sessions
Poster session
Ice breaker
Mysteries of karst
Tuesday, June 20th Sessions Sessions
Field trip
Wednesday, June 21st Sessions Field trip
Thursday, June 22nd Whole day excursion Gala reception
Friday, June 23rd Whole day excursion
Who should be interested in participating:
Senior and junior karst researchers, students, managers of karst resources and other people
interested in karst phenomena.
Registration will be open on February 6th, 2017 and closed on April 30th, 2017. Registration will be
online only. Link to registration form, payment instructions and other information will be given on
the website:, starting on February 6th
The registration fee is 175 EUR. It includes conference materials, excursions, refreshments during
coffee breaks, participation at gala reception and at all excursions.
The fee for the undergraduate students is 75 EUR. Day pass fee is 40 EUR (maximum 3 days; 20 EUR
for undergraduate students) and includes all materials of the School as well as all activities and
receptions for that day.
The official language of the event is English and Slovene. The abstracts must be submitted in English
at registration. The participant's preferred mode of presentation (i.e. poster/oral) will be considered
by the organiser. Selected papers will be published in Acta Carsologica.
The Second Circular including the detailed programme of the School will available by May 12th, 2016.
The School is supported by:
Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO, Scientific Research Centre SAZU, Slovenian Research
Agency, Zavod Znanje, Škocjan Caves Park and Postojnska jama d.d.
Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU
Titov trg 2
SI - 6230 Postojna
T: (+386) 5 70 019 00
F: (+386) 5 70 019 99
Contact person:
Dr. Petra Gostinčar