17th International Congress of Speleology - Speleo 2017

Cavers, cave and karst scientists and managers, 

we are now just over six (6) months from the world's most significant gathering of speleologists from around the world. The 17th International Congress of Speleology (17th ICS) is heading for Australia in July 2017, hosted by the Australian Speleological Federation.

Under its theme, "Caves in an Ancient Land" the 17th ICS, Speleo 2017, will showcase Australia's caves and karst through an exciting range of pre and post Congress field trips. Note, the deadline for booking these field trips closes on 15 January 2017, just one week away so don't delay.

Held every 4 years, the ICS attracts hundreds of delegates from around the world with a common interest in caves and karst. Full Congress details, including field trips on offer and accommodation options, can be found on the conference website at https://www.speleo2017.com or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ Speleo2017.  If you haven't already registered you are invited to participate in the 17th ICS, to be held at the world class Penrith Panthers Conference Centre, Sydney, Australia, between 23-29 July, 2017.

Registrations are open online by going to https://www.speleo2017.com/ Register.html. Early Bird Registration closes in just a few weeks, on 31 January 2017, after which the registration charge will increase so don't delay, make sure you get your registration and payment completed before the price increases.

The organisers understand that some people have experienced registration and payment problems and we apologise for the inconvenience. If you have any difficulty with your registration or payment please don't hesitate to contact the Registrations Manager (David) at registrations@speleo2017.com and we will be happy to assist.

The organisers have received an outstanding response to the call for abstracts and papers ensuring a full and exciting program of presentations. You will be spoilt for choice, the large list of accepted abstracts can be found at https://www.speleo2017.com/ AcceptedAbstracts.html

The congress program will cater for cave managers or guides, cavers, cave scientists, gear freaks and armchair cavers as well as partners and children. In addition to the formal presentations, there will be competitive events (film, video, photographic, map and speleo-art competitions), social events and field trips.

The pre and post Congress field trips, booked with your registration, are being offered to karst areas in every Australian state as well as in New Zealand and will cover the spectrum from show caves through to stunning wild caves, hard-core vertical and cave diving trips. In short, the congress is aimed at everyone who has an interest in caves and karst.

Please don't delay in booking your accommodation for the conference as the nearby accommodation may fill up quickly. You will need to do this independently from registration.

The 17th ICS is your ideal opportunity to visit Australia, one of the world's most sort after and safe destinations, so take this opportunity to visit and attend the 17th ICS, get your registration in now.

Please share this message with all your contacts. For any enquiries please use our contact email: info@speleo2017.com

Kind regards

Speleo 2017 ICS Organising Commission