Oral Presentations and Posters


The programme of EuroSpeleo Forum 2018 includes the following symposia:

♦ Cave Geology
♦ Cave Biology
♦ Caves, Culture & History
♦ Cave Exploration & Expeditions
♦ Cave Rescue
♦ EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium
♦ EuroSpeleo Show Cave Symposium
♦ EuroSpeleo Art Symposium


Oral presentations (15 min lecture, 5 min discussion) and posters (landscape format, maximum height 90 cm, maximum width 120 cm) are welcome. Symposium language is English. Presentations in German are accepted when headings and captions in the slides are in English. Participants are invited to submit abstracts (max. 250 words) or extended abstracts (max. 4 pages in length) of their contributions by February 23rd, 2018.

Call for Abstracts (PDF)

Since the abstracts will be collected in a printed publication, authors are requested to carefully follow the instructions of the following templates:

All abstract applications must be sent by email to
Please indicate if you prefer an oral or poster presentation.
Submissions undergo a reviewing process. The scientific committee reserves the right to request revision of the abstract and to decide on acceptance as oral presentation or as poster. For the participants of the EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, the reviewing process lays in the responsibility of the European Cave Protection Commission

Important Deadlines
Abstract Submission Deadline: Extended to 23rd February 2018 (!)
Notification of Acceptance: 31st March 2018


5th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium

Dear all,
Please find the first circular in
English (PDF)
French (PDF)
German (PDF)
for the 5th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium. The subject of the Symposium is "Connecting Science with Cave Protection" More on this in the circular.

For any enquiries questions and remarks please check the ESF2018 website or send us a mail for protection matters.
Please visit the ECPC Facebook Webpage to get more information on general European Cave Protection Commission work.

See you in Ebensee,
Jean-Claude Thies
(ECPC President)


1st EuroSpeleo Show Cave Symposium

For some time, the idea has been pursued to integrate the show caves of Europe better in the agendas of FSE.

A working group was set up for this purpose, which is initially dealt with the questions how far is there an interest of the show caves and in what form a (better) cooperation is appropriate and desired. It is conceived that in various events of the FSE, especially in the framework of the EuroSpeleo Forum, also some show cave symposia and workshops could be held, which could deal with individual topics, such as new lighting systems, experiences of high-frequency show caves or experiences in the area of so-called adventure tours, etc.

The primary purpose of this idea is, on the one hand, an exchange of experience among the show caves and, on the other hand, to strengthen the mutual understanding between the world of speleology and that of the show caves, and to realize a mutual benefit from such encounters.

The first symposium is conceived within the framework of the 12th EuroSpeleo Forum in Ebensee. We invite all show cave operators and cave explorers to a knowledge exchange at the "1st EuroSpeleo Show Cave Symposium" in Austria. Presentations can be submitted via a template on the conference website.

Fritz Oedl
(European Contact Group on Show Caves)


1st EuroSpeleo Art Symposium

The symposium aims to link the scientific aspects and concepts of speleology in different art forms through intercultural exchange. The artists present their ideas, emotions and fantasies about caves and cave research with different media such as painting, sketching, photography, computer graphics, ceramics and sculpture, textiles, mixing techniques, but also poetry.

The symposium will be conducted by a group of artists from different countries with particular interest in caves. Presentations and workshops outside and inside caves are meant to demand an artistic exchange of experience.

In this sense, all artist-cavers are invited to participate in this symposium with their works of art, photographs, documentaries, texts as well as presentations, and workshops.

The works will be exhibited in the Art Salon, or presented in the form of a lecture.

Taraneh Khaleghi