Bucharest, June 24-27, 2020


ERIS 100 promotes advanced knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary perspectives on Earth and Life Sciences. Scientists from all over the world, working with state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies in various research fields related to cave and karst science, come for the first time together to acknowledge 100 years of frontier research in speleology and connected sciences, as well as to answer a few significant questions: What have been the advances in these fields over the past century? How do we see the interdisciplinary in cave and karst science today? What are the bridging elements to connect and advance cave and karst science? What are the challenges for karst and cave exploration and research in the future?

The 2020 Karst Science Forum also marks the centennial of the world’s first Institute of Speleology - ERIS, founded in Romania, in 1920, by Emil Racovita, and celebrates ERIS’s history, worth and pledge in both scientific research and preservation of natural and cultural heritage. In this context, the Forum honors Emil Racovita’s legacy as the founder of biospeleology, explorer, researcher and mentor, by taking a fresh look at his contributions to extending the frontiers of knowledge. His renewed relevance in the 21st century is meant to inspire the next generation of scientists.

If we want to understand the past of life on Earth and its present dynamics, as well as to predict the future of life on Earth on a planetary scale, we should know and honor the past; explore, understand and celebrate the present; and embrace the future.

Topics include:

  • Human journey: Anthropology & Human evolution
  • Subterranean ecosystems
  • Extreme environments
  • Water as a karst resource
  • Cave deposits and climate change
  • Inferring past environments: from biomolecules to organismal
  • Human journey: Archeology
  • Cave and karst management
  • Speleology in 100 years from now

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Abstracts should be submitted by May 1, 2020.

Submit your abstract here.