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12th Scientific Conference - Research, protection and utilization of caves - postponed to September 2020

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 natural monuments are protected from geological, mineralogical, geomorphological, hydrological, climatological, biological, paleontological, archaeological or historical point of views.

Datum: 08.09.2020 - 11.09.2020
Venue: Liptovský Mikuláš
Main organizer: State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Caves Administration, Liptovský Mikuláš

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PROGRAMME   FEES AND PAYMENT   TRANSPORT   ACCOMMODATION

 

State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Banská Bystrica
Slovak Caves Administration, Liptovský Mikuláš

Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology, Liptovský Mikuláš

Aggtelek National Park, Jósvafő, Hungary

Slovak Speleological Society

 

 

 

12th Scientific Conference

RESEARCH, UTILIZATION, AND PROTECTION OF CAVES

 

at the occasion of

150th anniversary of the discovery of Dobšiná Ice Cave

90th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology

50th anniversary of the foundation of Slovak Caves Administration

25th anniversary of the inscription of the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst

on the World Heritage List

September 8 – 11, 2020

Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

 

FIRST CIRCULAR

 

Organizing committee:

Chairman: Ján Zuskin

Peter Gažík, Viera Granátová, Dagmar Haviarová, Peter Holúbek, Juraj Littva, Miloš Melega, Ľubica Nudzíková, Vladimír Papáč, Zuzana Višňovská

 

Workshop scientific committee:

Chairman: Valter Maggi

Pavel Bella, Oľga Kadebska, Zoltán Kern, Ľubomír Kováč, Marc Luetscher, Bulat Mavlyudov, Aurel Perşoiu, Christoph Spötl, Ján Zelinka

 

Conference scientific committee:

Chairman: Pavel Bella

Pavel Bosák, Ľudovít Gaál, Michał Gradziński, Helena Hercman, Zdenko Hochmuth, Peter Gruber, Jozef Jakál, Ľubomír Kováč, Peter Malík, Ján Tulis, Michal Zacharov

                      

Secretariat address:

State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic

Slovak Caves Administration

Hodžova 11

031 01  Liptovský Mikuláš

Tel.: +421(0)44/5536201, +421(0)44/5536411; Fax.: +421(0)44/5536311

E-mail for registration by January 31, 2020: milos.melega@ssj.sk or here: ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

The International Workshop on Ice Caves is held every two years, and previously has been organized in Cluj-Napoca (Romania, 2004), Demanovská Dolina (Slovakia, 2006), Kungur Russia (2008), Obertraun (Austria, 2010), Grigna-Milan (Italy, 2012), Idaho Falls (USA, 2014), Postojna (Slovenia, 2016) and Picos de Europa (Spain, 2018).

Since 1997, Slovak Caves Administration biennially organizes the scientific conference “Research, Utilization, and Protection of Caves”, presenting the newest results of research, monitoring, and protection of the caves, especially from the territory of Slovakia and neighbouring countries of Central Europe.

In 2020, the 150th anniversary of the Dobšiná Ice Cave (World Heritage site) discovery will be commemorated by organizing a joint event: the IWIC- IX and 12th conference “Research, Utilization, and Protection of Caves”. 

IWIC-IX topics:

  • ice cave climate, cave glaciation, morphology and mass balances of cave ice deposits
  • stratigraphy and structure of cave ice, cryo-mineralogy, paleoclimatic studies
  • ice cave biota and biodiversity
  • ice cave management and protection

Conference topics:

  • cave geology, morphology and genesis of caves
  • cave deposits, paleoenvironmental changes in karst
  • karst aquifers, geochemistry and karst vulnerability
  • cave climate
  • cave biota and biodiversity
  • paleontological and archaeological findings in caves
  • utilization and environmental protection of karst landscape and caves

 

CONFERENCE VENUE

Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology Školská 1124/4, 031 01 Liptovský Mikuláš tel.: +421(0)44/5477230 e-mail: smopaj@smopaj.sk http://www.smopaj.sk

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME (FOR BOTH IWIC-IX and CONFERENCE and UIS Bureau Meeting) 

May 09, 2020      (Saturday)

16:00 – 22:00        UIS Bureau registration, executive meeting, meeting with SSJ, SSS

May 10, 2020      (Sunday)

09:00 – 17:00        UIS Bureau meeting session (incl. breaks)

May 11, 2020      (Monday)

09:00 – 17:00        UIS Bureau meeting session (incl. breaks)

May 12, 2020      (Tuesday)

07:30 – 09:00        IWIC & conference registration

09:00 – 09:30        IWIC and conference opening & UIS President address

09:30 – 12:30        lectures

12:30 – 14:00        lunch

14:00 – 17:30        lectures

17:30 – 18:30        opening of the exhibition about the Dobšiná Ice Cave

19:00                      dinner and social gathering

09:00 – 17:00        UIS Bureau meeting session (incl. breaks & conference opening)

May 13, 2020      (Wednesday)

08:30 – 10:30        lectures

11:00 – 18:30        IWIC and conference excursion: Dobšiná Ice Cave – jubilee cave tour

18:30 – 19:30        posters

19:30 – 20:00        World Heritage Caves of Aggtelek and Slovak karsts in 3D slide show

08:30 – 21:00        UIS Bureau meeting session (excursion break 10:30 - 20:00)

May 14, 2020      (Thursday)

08:30 – 09:30        lectures

09:30 – 09:45        Information on the 18th Congres UIS, France 2021

10:00 – 11:30        lectures

11:30 – 13:00        lunch

13:00 – 16:15        lectures

16:15 – 16:45        posters

16:45 – 17:00        closing of the conference

10:00 – 17:30        IWIC alternative program – all-day field excursion:

                             Belianska Cave (multi-annual attempt for the glaciation of lower cave part in the 

                             second half of 1930’ and negative impacts on the cave environment), Važecká Cave

09:00 – 17:00        UIS Bureau meeting session (incl. breaks)

May 15, 2020      (Friday)

08:00 – 19:00        all-day IWIC, UIS Bureau and post-conference field excursion:

Ochtiná Aragonite Cave, Silická ľadnica (Silica Ice Cave –  the lowest lying perennial ice cave up to the latitude of 50° north), Domica Cave, Baradla Cave


 

 

LECTURES AND POSTERS

The length of the lecture is 15 minutes. In the case of a large number of submitted lectures, the scientific committees reserves the right to reassign some lectures to poster presentations. Posters will be presented in a panel discussion. Maximum poster dimensions: 75 × 120 cm (width × height), posters should be given in English.

The lectures of IWIC-IX will be presented in English (May 12 – 13). The lectures of conference (May 14) should be given in English, Slovak, Polish and Czech (Power-point presentations have to be in English).

Lecture and poster abstracts in English will be published in Aragonit journal, volume 24, number 1, which the participants will receive at the IWIC-IX and conference registration. Extended abstract (1,500 to 3,000 characters counted without spaces) must be sent by January 31, 2020 at the latest, to the address: pavel.bella@ssj.sk. If necessary, black and white pictures can be included with the list of cited literature at the end of the abstract. The individual authors should be listed with full workplace addresses.

The original scientific articles from the IWIC-IX and conference will be published in journals Slovenský kras and Aragonit journal in the years 2020 and 2021 after assessment by editorial boards and reviews.

IWIC-IX AND CONFERENCE FEE

The IWIC-IX and conference fee of 80 € can be paid by bank transfer (see below) or in cash upon the registration of participants. It covers organizational costs including all workshop/conference materials, refreshment during breaks, transport during the excursion on May 13, 2020, as well as the publication of abstracts in Aragonit journal and contributions in Slovenský kras and Aragonit journals.

Fee for the field excursion on May 14, 2020 is 30 € (covers the entry to the caves, transport and lunch).

Fee for the field excursion on May 15, 2020 is 40 € (covers the entry to the caves, transport and lunch).

SEPA Credit Transfer

Bank address: Statna pokladnica, Radlinskeho 32, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovakia

BIC/ SWIFT: SPSRSKBAXXX

IBAN: SK86 8180 0000 0070 0063 5876

Beneficiary´s account name: BU–Vydavky, SSJ LM

Beneficiary´s adress: State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Caves Administration Hodžova 11, 031 01 Liptovský Mikuláš

Country code: SK

Remittance information: name and surname of participant / IWIC-IX

Transfer of a cross-border payment to a client Štátna pokladnica via correspondent banking by the intermediary bank via SWIFT

Beneficiary´s bank: Statna pokladnica, Radlinskeho 32, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovakia

BIC/ SWIFT: SPSRSKBAXXX

Beneficiary´s intermediary bank: Vseobecna uverova banka, Mlynske Nivy 1, 82990 Bratislava, Slovakia

BIC/ SWIFT: SUBASKBXXXX

IBAN: SK86 8180 0000 0070 0063 5876

Beneficiary´s account name: BU–Vydavky, SSJ LM

Beneficiary´s adress: State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Caves Administration Hodžova 11, 031 01 Liptovský Mikuláš

Remittance information: name and surname of participant / IWIC-IX


TRANSPORT TO AND FROM THE VENUE

Liptovský Mikuláš Town (557 m a.s.l.) is located in the northern part of Slovakia, in the Liptov Basin bounded by several mountains (Tatry, Nízke Tatry, Chočské vrchy, Veľká Fatra). It has more than 32,000 inhabitants. The headquarters of the Slovak Caves Administration, the Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology, and the Slovak Speleological Society are in Liptovský Mikuláš.

The nearest airports to the venue are: Poprad – Slovakia (distance 60 km), Košice – Slovakia (160 km), Ostrava – Czech Republic (190 km), Krakow – Poland (170 km), Katowice – Poland (240 km), Bratislava – Slovakia (290 km), Vienna – Austria (350 km), Budapest – Hungary (420 km), Brno – Czech Republic (430 km), Prague – Czech Republic (520 km). For following transport from airports to the venue we recommend to use Express trains (Intercity – IC) or Long-distance buses.

Air connections to Bratislava and less frequented airports

Express trains run on these lines:

Vienna – Bratislava (transfer) – Liptovský Mikuláš

Budapest – Bratislava (transfer) – Liptovský Mikuláš

Budapest – Košice (transfer) – Liptovský Mikuláš Praha – Liptovský Mikuláš

Ostrava – Liptovský Mikuláš

Brno – Bratislava (transfer) – Liptovský Mikuláš

Katowice – Bohumín (transfer) – Liptovský Mikuláš

Long-distance buses run on these lines:

Krakow – Ružomberok (transfer to trains or buses) – Liptovský Mikuláš

Krakow – Poprad (transfer to trains or buses) – Liptovský Mikuláš

Katowice – Krakow (transfer) – Ružomberok (transfer to trains or buses) – Liptovský Mikuláš

 

Map of international airports close to the venue

CATERING AND ACCOMMODATION
Catering and accommodation are paid by the participants individually.
Accommodation options near the conference venue:

Hotel single room double room distance from venue contact
Jánošík 50 € 80 € 900 m www.hoteljanosik.sk
Europa 50 € 80 € 750 m www.hoteleuropalm.sk
Atlas (Bonifác) 25 € 40 € 250 m www.penzionatlas.eu
Rotunda 30 € 34 € 700 m www.penzionrotunda.sk
Steve 34 € 49 € 250 m www.hotelsteve.sk
Squash 16 € 25 € 750 m www.squash-liptov.sk
Cestár 15 € 30 € 1,000 m www.penzioncestar.sk
Klar 26 € 30 € 1,300 m www.klar.sk

Lunch on May 12 and 14, 2020 - can be reserved by the organizer (one selected menu together with
other parcticipants) or individually in nearby restaurants.

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