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Cave science symposium at the academy

One year after a highly successful first symposium on cave exploration Christoph Spötl, Yuri Dublyansky and Gabriella Koltai together with Lukas Plan from the Natural History Museum (Vienna) organised a second symposium on “Highlights of geoscientific cave research”, held in the historical ballroom of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. 14 invited lectures by international experts covered a wide spectrum of topics ranging from groundwater resources in karst to reconstructing climate change using cave deposits, earthquakes and prehistoric cave art. The second day of the conference was devoted to a topic that has gained much importance in cave research in recent years, the formation of a class of caves formed by upwelling groundwater.
The symposium marked the end of the International Year of Caves and Karst and attracted about 80 participants from 26 nations.
This event was supported by the Commission for Geosciences of the Academy, the University of Innsbruck, the Austrian Speleological Association, and the Natural History Museum in Vienna.

Conference flyer
Press releases by the Wiener Zeitung and the Salzburger Nachrichten.
Interviews on Austrian TV
Univerisity of Innsbruck press release

Photo credit: Tanguy Racine and Lukas Plan