State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic Slovak Caves Administration
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9th Scientific Conference - Research, protection and utilization of caves

Scientific conferences “Research, Utilization and Protection of Caves” are organized by the Slovak Caves Administration biannually since 1997. The newest results from research, monitoring and protection of caves are presented, mainly from Slovakia and neighbouring countries in Central Europe. The caves as specific and fragile natural phenomena are protected from geological, mineralogical, geomorphological, hydrological, climatological, biological, paleontological, archaeological or historical point of views.

Datum: 23.09.2013 - 26.09.2013
Venue: Liptovská Sielnica
Main organizer: State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Caves Administration, Liptovský Mikuláš
Total number of participants: 54
Number of foreign participants: 19
Number of papers: 35

Scientific topics of the conference:

  • geological conditions of karst and caves development
  • morphology and genesis of caves 
  • mineralogy of caves, cave deposits 
  • recent geological and geomorphological processes in caves 
  • reconstruction of paleoenvironmental changes in karst
  • karst hydrogeology and hydrology
  • climatic conditions and processes in caves, ice-filed caves
  • biospeleology, biota in caves
  • paleontological findings in caves
  • monitoring of natural components and processes in cave environments 
  • cave ecosystems, environmental protection of karst and caves
  • caves as educational localities, operation and management of show caves 
  • settlements in caves, archaeological findings in caves, history of speleology 
  • information systems and documentation of karst phenomena and caves




Dear visitors, our show caves are opened again from May 15, 2021 under the following restrictions: visitors must wear a face mask, disinfect hands and keep the required distance from each other. Details are stated in official country regulations and legislature. The number of visitors per admission is reduced. Thanks for understanding. We wish you a pleasant visit!

Underground boat trip in Domica Cave not available.

Due to low yield of underground water the boat trip in Domica Cave is not available. The short tour is available. Thank you for understanding

Cave visit with small children

Dear visitors, due to increased visitation of parents with very small children (circa up to 3 - 4 years of age), we would like to kindly ask you to have a rucksack baby carrier with you for visiting the more demanding caves in given time. This recommendation concerns all caves but the most concerned are the following ones: Demänovská Cave of Liberty, Belianska Cave, Dobšinská Ice Cave, Demänovská Ice Cave, Harmanecká Cave. We also ask you to consider visiting the cave with your crying child, which could disturb the other visitors. Thank you for understanding and we wish you a nice experience.

Cave tour guides for download

Dear visitors, cave tour guides are available for download


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