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Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI
« on: July 03, 2019, 07:42:59 pm »

Dear Friends,
Below is the list of news and announcements for this message, starting with NCKRI’s Sinkhole Conference. The abstract deadline is coming soon on 15 July 2019! Send your abstracts now!
The Sinkhole Conference
·     The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Call for Abstracts and Registration
·     The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Special Sessions Announcement
·     The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Applications
·     The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Donors
Student, Job, and Research Grant Opportunities
•   Doctoral Study Program in Karstology: Slovenia
•   M.S. Opportunity on Karst and Mineral Springs Hydrogeology and Geochemistry: USA
•   White-nose Syndrome Research Grants
•   Tenure-track Professorship for Geology: Germany
Various News
·       EuroSpeleo Newsletter, June 2019
•   Announcements for the US National White-nose Syndrome Response Team
Conferences and Meetings
•   25th International Cave Bear Symposium: 2nd Circular Now Available
•   The 8th Triennial U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Workshop: USA
•   2019 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, USA
•   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.
The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Call for Abstracts and Registration
The Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, generally called “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 call for abstracts is now open for the 16th Sinkhole Conference. Abstracts may be submitted until 15 July 2019, after which will be the time to submit your papers to accompany your abstracts. The papers of past Sinkhole Conferences have made those proceedings highly sought and widely cited. We expect the proceedings of the upcoming meeting will be the best yet.
The 16th Sinkhole Conference will occur on 20-24 April 2020 in fabulous San Juan, Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico offers a tropical karst landscape and a vibrant historical and cultural venue unlike anything seen in rest of the United States. Many people are already talking about attending the conference as part of a vacation, and we are helping to make that possible.
The conference will be held in the lovely Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel, located in the historic heart of the city. Unlike previous conferences, your registration will include your breakfasts and lunches, in addition to the other usual amenities. Also, your discount conference room rates will extend to three days before and after the conference, in case you want to stay longer and enjoy a vacation.
For all of the details on the conference, including information on how to prepare and submit your abstracts, visit  Remember, the deadline is 15 July 2019.
The Sinkhole Conference is managed by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and with tremendous assistance from a diverse team of karst experts from around the country who join us to form the Organizing Committee. On behalf of the 16th Sinkhole Conference Organizing Committee, we look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in San Juan next year!

The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Applications
The Sinkhole Conference was created in 1984 and led for many years by Dr. Barry Beck. In his memory, the conference now offers the Beck Student Scholarship. Students awarded a Beck Scholarship will receive free registration to the conference and up to $1,000 reimbursement for travel expenses, as well as certain special recognitions and other benefits. Scholars from the previous Sinkhole Conference are recognized at To apply for the scholarship, visit
The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Beck Student Scholarship Call for Donors
The Sinkhole Conference funds one Beck Student Scholarship for each conference, but more than one scholarship can be offered with your support. Six were awarded last time! Attending The Sinkhole Conference can be a life-changing experience for students by opening their eyes to state-of-the-art knowledge, and important professional contacts and opportunities. To help change a student’s life for the better, we ask and encourage you to donate to the Beck Scholarship. All donations are tax deductible. For details on how to donate, visit
Doctoral Study Program in Karstology: Slovenia
The Doctoral study program in Karstology is a world-wide unique program which provides a comprehensive study of karst science, combining the study of the karst landscape, karst caves, karst hydrogeology, biology and ecology of karst in one course of study. It was designed for students who wish to gain a deeper insight into this broadly integrated system of karst sciences. The fundamental objective of the program is to produce two types of karstologists. The first is the karstologist-researcher who can conduct independent research on karst and karst phenomena from multiple aspects. The second type is the karstologist-manager who can apply the full knowledge of karst conveyed by narrowly specialized experts for different applications (economy, education, protection). The program was developed with researchers of the Karst Research Institute at Research Centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) and is carried out by professors and researchers from Karst Research Institute and invited foreign professors, and is coordinated and managed by the University of Nova Gorica. Lectures and research take place in the premises of the Karst Research Institute in Postojna where students are provided all necessary professional and scientific support for their own research work. The successful functioning of doctoral study program Karstology resulted in naming it in 2014 as the UNESCO Chair on Karst Education.

For further information contact:

Associate professor dr. Martin KNEZ, univ. grad. eng. geology
Director of Doctoral study program in Karstology Graduate School,
University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Karst Research Institute
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
P.O.Box 59, SI-6230 Postojna, Slovenia
Tel: ++386 5 700 1915, ++386 5 700 1900
Fax: ++386 5 700 1999