"Our world’s caves are places of wonder, mystery and majestic beauty. Show caves around the world are embracing their role in protecting and preserving caves and providing a place for people to learn about these special, natural, cultural and historical resources.

Show caves also play another important nature tourism role of sustainable economic development, providing jobs, and helping the economy of their regions.”

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iYCK Official Opening

26. January 2021 -
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The official opening of the IYCK will be on 26 January 2021. The location, details, and other information will be posted soon on the IYCK website, UIS Facebook page and the new UIS Twitter account. Please visit those sites to see how you can help by being part of this global education campaign.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CAVES AND SUBTERRANEAN WORLD

06. June 2020 -
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Show caves around the world will celebrate the day with special events, tours, and educational activities promoting environmental awareness and conservation, both in classrooms and at their respective caves. From lectures with some of the speleology world’s top experts to local caving and conservation organizations speaking to the importance of exploring, studying, protecting and preserving our caves and karst landscapes.

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Sustainable Management of Show Caves, Slovenia

07. October 2019 - 09. October 2019
country: Slovenia
The main purposes of conference is presentation of theoretical and practical issues of: carrying capacity/-ies from different viewpoints (illumination, CO2, temperature, subterranean fauna…); show cave management; and (where sustainability was not followed) show cave restoration. Organizers: Škocjan Caves Regional Park and Karst Research Institute (Slovenia)

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ISCA 8th Congress, Italy

October 2018
country: Italy
As many as 45 delegations from all over the world took part in the 8th Congress of the International Show Caves Association (ISCA). Five continents were represented at Genga-Frasassi, Italy, comprising some of the most representative show caves in the world. In order to highlight the role of Genga-Frasassi as the location where ISCA was founded and headquartered, the Congress adopted the slogan: “Frasassi, Italy, a place ISCA calls home”.

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EuroSpeleo Forum 2018, Austria

23. August 2018 - 26. August 2018
country: Austria
The 12th EuroSpeleo Forum will take place in the rooms of the town hall in the centre of Ebensee, and in a further complex with an auditorium, a school, and a cinema, which is situated in a distance of 800 m. The congress programme consists of scientific symposia, expos, buisness meetings, different competitions & guided excursions and field camps.

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Cuevatur 2018, Spain

20. June 2018 - 23. June 2018
country: Spain
The Spanish Show Caves Congress, an event not to be missed, celebrates its seventh edition in La Vall d’Uixó, Castellón (Spain). CUEVATUR is the meeting point in which subterranean tourism experts can share and exchange experiences. This sector has become the spearhead of innovative and sustainable tourism, as well as a channel to revitalize rural regions by means of the use of their natural and cultural subterranean heritage.

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26th International Karstological School "Classical Karst": Show Caves and Science, Slovenia

18. June 2018 - 22. June 2018
country: Slovenia
26th International Karstological School "Classical Karst": Show Caves and Science 18 June, 2018 - 22 June, 2018, Postojna, Slovenia Since 1993, the International Karstological School "Classical Karst" has been organised annually, covering many aspects of karst research. This year we will focus on research related to caves dedicated to tourism (show caves). The main aim is to present and discuss a wide range of speleological issues addressed by different scientific and technical disciplines that are deeply involved in sustainable show cave management (morphology, biology, meteorology, nature conservation...), the monitoring of natural conditions and tourist-related activities in show caves. We believe that there are many good and bad practices of adapting caves for tourism worldwide to discuss and to evaluate the role of science - at least at Classical Karst we have opportunity to share knowledge accumulated in nearly 200 years of using the Postojna Cave System for tourism.

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Workshop Cave Lighting , Belgium

16. November 2017 - 18. November 2017
country: Belgium
The workshop took place in Han sur Lesse from 16 to 18 November 2017. 70 managers, show cave operators and technicians from nearly 15 countries attended the workshop. The meeting was opened by the Cave Lighting team and by the Domain of the Caves of Han (Domaine des Grottes de Han). The objective of the workshop was to inform on new illumination strategies for underground objects, show caves and mines under different aspects.The topic of the workshop, “A New Era of Illumination”, not only includes the reduction of energy costs through LED technology. It also implies the improvement of management strategies for show caves as well as a creative design of the object, especially since show caves are among the most popular tourist attractions.

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ISCA Conference, Oman

06. November 2016 - 13. November 2016
country: Oman
Oman is privileged to host the forthcoming ISCA Conference during 6th – 12th November 2016. We are excited to have all ISCA members attending this important gathering, and to experience the charm of the country and its warm hospitality. It will be a platform for networking and exchanging ideas and learning from each other.

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ISCA Meeting Germany - Austria 2015, Austria, Germany

17. October 2015 - 24. October 2015
country: Austria, Germany
ISCA Meeting is planned to be held in Germany and Austria in autumn this year. Detailed information is in the files to download.

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ISCA 7th Congress, Australia

02. November 2014 - 08. November 2014
country: Australia
Here is the list of documents connected with the 7th ISCA Congress as issued by the Jenolan Caves.

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CUEVATOUR 2014 ARACENA, SPAIN, Spain

02. October 2014 - 04. October 2014
country: Spain
CUEVATUR has been a place of exchange of experiences and knowledge for the show cave's managers and experts. It has been a point of reference for the fitting of new caves for a tourist use, because the most important specialists at show caves and mines meet up in CUEVATUR. After the creation of actiba (Ibero-American Show Caves Association), and coinciding with the centenary of the first tourist visit to Gruta de las Maravillas, Aracena will host the 1st Ibero-American Congress on Show Caves, during which the actiba's General Assembly will take place.

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International Conference: Integrated Use and Protection of underground spaces, Russia

26. May 2014 - 31. May 2014
country: Russia
We are pleased to announce the 100th anniversary of tourism and research activities in Kungur Ice Cave.

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16th International Congress of Speleology, Czech Republic

21. July 2013 - 28. July 2013
country: Czech Republic
Dear cavers and karst students, It is big honor for me to invite you to participate on the 16th International Congress of Speleology 2013, which will be held in Moravian Capital, city of Brno. Organizers – the Czech Speleological Society and partners – selected the congress site very carefully taking many aspects into account. City of Brno is the historical capital of the Moravian Country, one of three principal parts of the former Czech Kingdom. The city offers all advantages of the capital, but in acceptable dimensions of the city size. As the Czech trade fair centre, the Congress venue will offer all possible comfort not only for bureaucratic congress background, but also for cultural, sportive and other activities.

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INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR IN SPELEOGOLOGY HELD IN ALISTRATI CAVE, SERRES, GREECE, Greece

10. July 2013 - 20. July 2013
country: Greece
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR IN SPELEOGOLOGY HELD IN ALISTRATI CAVE, SERRES, GREECE is to be held through July 10th -20th 2013

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ISCA Meeting, Greece, Turkey

04. November 2012 - 10. November 2012
country: Greece, Turkey
The meeting programme includes three days in Greece and three days in Turkey. Altogether with transports it is 7 days, plus 2 days for arrival and departure. The organizers - Greece: Perama Cave of Ioannina under the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Ephory of Paleoanthropology-Speleology, South Greece. Turkey: Dim Cave, Turkey.

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6th Spain Congress on Tourist Caves, Spain

18. October 2012 - 20. October 2012
country: Spain
CUEVATUR 2012, PALENCIA

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INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS on “SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN SHOW CAVES”, Slovenia, Italy

13. September 2012 - 15. September 2012
country: Slovenia, Italy
The goal of the three days meeting is to present and share different approaches of researching in the show caves and to discuss the result and possible measures to improve the management in show caves. Other discussion: lampenflora, human impact, hydrology, chemical and physical parametrs in show caves, biodiversity . The official language is English. The papers will be published in Acta Carsologica. Guide book and Abstract to download below.

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ISCA Board Meeting, Slovak Republic

22. October 2010 -
country: Slovak Republic
The meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors was held during the ISCA 6th Congress

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ISCA 6th Congress, Slovak Republic

18. October 2010 - 23. October 2010
country: Slovak Republic
DEADLINE for sending full papers: January 31, 2011

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Pleistocene symposium, France

06. September 2010 - 12. September 2010
country: France
Pleistocène Art of the world

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ISCA Board Meeting - extended, Slovak Republic

19. November 2009 - 21. November 2009
country: Slovak Republic
ISCA Board of Directors meeting took place in Slovakia extended by a meeting of the Constitution Study Group with the following agenda: 1. ISCA Congress 2010 2. ISCA Website 3. Amendments to the ISCA Constitution 4. Non-member papers at Congress 2010 5. Conference 2012 6. Congress 2014 7. Any Other Business

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ISCA Meeting, France

12. October 2008 - 19. October 2008
country: France
Show caves and prehistoric art

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Baltic Speleological Congress, Sweden

13. August 2007 - 18. August 2007
country: Sweden

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ISCA Board Meeting, Italy

30. May 2007 - 01. June 2007
country: Italy
ISCA Board meeting, meeting with AGTI (Italian National Association of Show Caves)

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ISCA Board Meeting, Bermuda

27. October 2006 - 27. October 2006
country: Bermuda
First meeting of the Board of Directors in history, appointed first members of the Scientific and Technical Committee, appointed first members of the Constitution Study Group

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ISCA 5th Congress, Bermuda

22. October 2006 - 26. October 2006
country: Bermuda

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ISCA Meeting, Italy

14. September 2004 - 21. September 2004
country: Italy
30th anniversary of opening to the public

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ISCA 4th Congress, Slovenia

21. October 2002 - 27. October 2002
country: Slovenia
Use of modern technologies in the development of caves for tourism

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ISCA Meeting, Italy

25. October 2001 - 28. October 2001
country: Italy
New technologies in promotion and management of show caves

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ISCA Meeting, China

20. October 2000 - 24. October 2000
country: China
Protection and restoration of show caves

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ISCA 3rd Congress, Italy

18. October 1998 - 24. October 1998
country: Italy

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ISCA Meeting, Hungary

14. October 1996 - 20. October 1996
country: Hungary

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ISCA 2nd Congress, Spain

29. October 1994 - 01. November 1994
country: Spain

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ISCA European Conference, France

07. October 1992 - 13. October 1992
country: France

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ISCA 1st Congress, Italy

01. November 1990 - 04. November 1990
country: Italy

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ISCA foundation, Italy

03. November 1989 - 05. November 1989
country: Italy

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