Message from the Congress President


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are now rapidly approaching the EuroSpeleo Forum (ESF), Europe’s premier speleological event. For those still to register for the congress, we hope the information provided in the 3rd Circular (PDF) will encourage you to join us in Ebensee, Austria, 23rd-26th August 2018.

Until now, about 580 participants from nearly 40 countries and 6 continents are already registered. Finally, we expect that an estimated number of 650 cavers will attend the congress. In about 160 presentations to the different branches of speleology, speakers will share the results of their latest exploration, research and techniques. The programme is completed by approx. 130 excursions and fieldtrips, where congress participants can either experience the region´s popularity as a tourist attraction or its remote wilderness.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if some information is missing or you have additional questions. We are sure that it will be an unforgettable experience during your visit in Austria, and we hope to see you all there.

Johannes Mattes

(On behalf of the Conference Organisers)


12th EuroSpeleo Forum 2018

Registrated Participants: 691 from 40 countries & 6 continents
Excursions: 138
Talks: 122
Volunteers: 165
The 5th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, the 1st EuroSpeleo Show Cave Symposium and the 1st EuroSpeleo Art Symposium as well as the 5th EuroSpeleo Image’In Film Festival were part of the 12 EuroSpeleo Forum.




EuroSpeleo Protection Label 2018

1. Italian Speleological Society (SSI) - (Italy) - Project "Cleaning up the darkness - Puliamo il Buio (PiB)"
2. Zagreb Speleological Union (Croatia) - Project "Clean underground"


Poldi Fuhrich Award 2018 for young Speleologists in Austria

Christian und Caroline Winklmair, Andreas Walch & Michael Schiestl - Project "Caves in the Tyrolean Lech Valley"


Art Exhibition (public vote)

1. Angela Szabo (Rumania): Exploration through Earth, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm
2. Olga Korneeva (Russia): Exploration of Tham Belgaga - Laos - Khammouane
(Photograph of Bartholeyn, J. P., Belgium), 2018, watercolour on paper, 29 x 39 cm
3. Thomas Resch (Austria): Krabbler, 2018, sediments on paper, 20 x 30 cm


Photo Exhibition (public vote)

1. Philippe Crochet (France) - photo "The sunflower (Saint Marcel, France)"
2. Helmut Mohr (Austria) - photo "Ice"
3. Peter Hoffmann (Germany) - photo "Ice Chapel at Königssee"


Film festival (public vote)

1. Oliver Schöll (Germany) - Film "Voica Romania"
2. Uwe Krüger (Germany) - Film "Unter mir gibt es nichts"
3. Annie Guiraud und Philipp Crochet (France) - Film "Reflexions"


Speleo Olympics

1. Rolf Siegenthaler (Switzerland ) & Julius Krause (Germany) - time: 2 min. 54 sec.
2. Clemens Tenreiter (Austria) & Taquy Racine (France) - time: 3 min. 12 sec.
3. Matic Di Bastista (Slowenia) & Beat Heeb (Switzerland) - time: 3 min. 46 sec