Speleo 2017 Program

Welcome to Speleo 2017, the 17th ICS, Sydney! We invite you to take part in a program designed to cater for all registrants, partners and children. It has formal scientific presentations as well as competitive events; sport, film, video, photographs, maps and Speleo-art competitions. There will be a number of social functions as well as a banquet.

There is a mid-week excursion day planned which includes trips to the Jenolan Caves and the Blue Mountains.

A draft preliminary program can be found here: DraftProgramSpeleo2017v8.xlsx Please note this is still a preliminary working draft and subject to change.

We have invited speleologists, cavers, cave managers and those interested in caves and karst to offer to present at this Congress. All proposed presentations are related to speleology, but can be on any scientific, technical, cultural or educational aspect.

Updates and changes for the program sessions are happening now. Information for authors can be found in this file: Information_for_presenters.pdf and in the on-line submissions page .

Additional help for Authors submitting abstracts can be found in these instructions: Instructions_for_Abstract_Submission_DM2.pdf

UIS General Assembly Meeting

There will be meetings of the UIS General Assembly at the start and at the end of the Convention. The first meeting agenda will cover UIS business listed and the final will consider bids for the next Congress and elect a new Bureau of the UIS.

Scientific Program

The theme Caves in an Ancient Land will feature in plenary sessions and special seminars giving context to karst areas and landscapes in Proterozoic dolomites through to the youngest Quaternary karst areas in coastal settings. Caves have contributed greatly to many disciplines starting with the marsupial megafauna discoveries in cave deposits in the mid-nineteenth century to more recent work involving modern dating techniques and Southern Hemisphere records of climate changes. As well as show-casing Australian caves and karst we hope there will be many presentations on karst around the world. Australian cave diving will feature in a plenary lecture and there will be a seminar featuring the cutting edge of cave exploration in various parts of the world.

Presentations can be either oral or poster. A list of potential topics can be seen in Information_for_presenters.pdf

UIS Commissions, meetings, workshops

Meetings of individual UIS Departments, Commissions and Working Groups, as well as of national and regional speleological associations, and many other meetings and workshops are a very important part of the Congress. The organisers of these meetings are asked to contact the organizing committee (info@speleo2017.com) to assist the scheduling of these meetings. An overview will be on the ICS website as soon as the details are available.

Social Program

Plans for a full program of social events including the banquet are well advanced.

A Partners Program to see and visit places in Sydney and surrounds during the Congress is organised, and details can be seen in partners2.pdf. Updated 15/4/2017.

Contributions to the program

The program includes several specifically invited presentations. Volunteers are very welcome to help things run smoothly.

There are many excellent presentations being prepared for this congress. The technical program is now full, so new contributions for the technical program sessions have now closed. As authors submit papers and posters, they are being peer reviewed and checked. It is important that authors check the specific requirements (rules) for submission of poster and oral presentations. This includes the requirements for submission of material for the proceedings. Details of the submission process and paper format can be found in the file Information_for_presenters.pdf

Exhibitions of art, photography and cartography

During the 17th ICS several art, photographic, multimedia, and cartographic events and competitions are being planned. We welcome contributions to the arts, photography and cartography sessions. Categories and competition conditions can be found on the entry forms below.

Arts: download the entry form ArtSalon.pdf in PDF, or ArtSalon.docx in docx format.

Photography: We are now accepting entries in the photographic competition. This link Speleo 2017 Photograph Competition will take you to Google Docs. Read the details and submit your entries there.

Cartography: download the entry form MapSalon.pdf in PDF, or MapSalon.docx in docx format.

The exhibitions include the highly successful travelling exhibition, Sixteen Legs, on the biology and environment of the large Tasmanian Cave Spider (Hickmania troglodytes). This Exhibition consists of 48 giant backlit panels representing a photographic journey into the science and conservation management of caves and groundwater, especially the biology of the caves and the spider. Brought to the Congress by the Bookend Trust.
 
Updated 20/4/2017

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