Speakers

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George Veni

“An Introduction to Cave and Karst Hydrogeology.”

Dr. George Veni is the Executive Director of the National  Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) and an internationally recognized hydrogeologist specializing in caves and karst terrains. He has conducted extensive karst research throughout the United States and in several other countries, and has published and presented nearly 240 papers, including six books, on hydrogeology, biology, and environmental management in karst. He has served on the Bureau (governing board) of the International Union of Speleology since 2002, serving as its Vice President of Administration for 8 years, and as its President since 2017.

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Tim Moulds

"An introduction to cave biology and its management"

Tim Moulds is a passionate speleologist from Perth in Western Australia. He enjoys a wide variety of caving activities including cave surveying, sport caving, exploration, biology, conservation and management. He has caved in every major Australian mainland karst area, as well as extensively in New Zealand and around the world during the past 20 years on over 20 different expeditions. Tim completed a B.Sc. (Hons) in geology at Macquarie University, in Sydney, before completing a Ph.D. in cave ecology at the University of Adelaide.

In his professional life Tim runs an environmental consultancy specialising in subterranean fauna for environmental impact assessment as well as cave and karst management. Tim is a currently serving member (since 2013) of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Cave and Karst Working Group as part of the Geoheritage Studies Group. Tim has been an Adjunct secretary of the International Union of Speleology (UIS) since 2017 and the Vice-president of the UIS Commission for Cave Biology. Tim has published 10 scientific papers on cave fauna diversity and biogeography in Australia and is currently the biology subject editor for the Australasian cave science journal Helictite. Tim’s main interests are the biological diversity of tropical karst in Australia and Asia.

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Nadja Zupan Hajna

Cave and Karst Environmental Management (introduction on karst properties (various geology &climate & threats) together with examples on Cave and Karst Environmental Management)

  • Doctorate of geological sciences, Master‘s in geology, Eng. Geologists; Ljubljana University; Slovenia
  • Study of speleothem dating, 1991, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; scholarship of the Republic Secretariat for Research and Technology
  • Research Advisor at Karst Research Institute of Research Center of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; Postojna, Slovenia
  • Associated Professor at the University of Nova Gorica – Doctoral study of Karstology; Postojna_Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • Treasurer and Legal representative of International Union of Speleology_UIS (2009 -2017 Adjunct Secretary; since 2017)
  • Former President of Slovenian Geological Society (2006-2010)
  • Former President of Geomorphological Association of Slovenia (2002- 2007)
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Kyung Sik Woo

"Geoheritage and cave tourism"

Dr. Kyung Sik Woo is a professor at the Department of Geology, Kangwon National University, Korea since 1986. He graduated from Seoul National University and received a MS degree in Geological Oceanography at Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. degree in Geology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He is the Chair of IUCN WCPA Geoheritage Specialist Group and has carried out field evaluation of World Heritage nominated sites for IUCN since 2009. He was the founder and the first President of Asian Union of Speleology and he served as the President of International Union of Speleology from 2013 to 2017. He has published ten books and more than

300 International and Korean scientific papers on carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis, speleology, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, and geoheritage, including his paleoclimatic study using speleothems in Nature in 2014. He was in charge of writing a nomination document for Jeju World Heritage and Jeju Island Global Geopark. He has received many awards including the commendation by the Minister of Environment (2001), the Prime Minister (2003), the President (2009), and received a Medal of Science and Technology by the President (2013) and a National Academy of Science Award (2017).

  • Cave Rescue: Gyula Hegedus

Started his speleo career in 1972 when he is still a university student. Joined Cave Session of Meteor Touristic Club and still is a member of the club, and member of presidency since 2008. A member of the Hungarian Speleological Society since 1974 and had handled different positions during the past decades as secretary, member of education committee, member of disciplinary committee, member of supervisory board and member of presidency. A member of the Hungarian Cave Rescue Service since 1974 and had handled different positions in the organization and participated in approximately 100 rescue operations. Currently, he is responsible for international coordination. Have been working for Karst and Cave Foundation since 1995 and is the president since 2000. Have been elected as adjunct secretary of the Union Internationale de Spéléologie (UIS) during 17th International Congress of Speleology held in Sydney/Australia, 2017. Participated and lectured on many domestic and international speleo events like conferences and congresses. Did caving activities in many countries like Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, UK, USA, etc. Wrote one book (about a huge cave rescue operation) and about 80 domestic and foreign publications and took lot of presentations during speleo events.

  • “The stone book – data we can extract from cave deposits” by Paolo Forti

Prof. Paolo Forti, now retired, was Full Professor of Geomorphology and Speleology at the University of Bologna. For over 50 years his research was focused on karst with particular interest in gypsum karst, speleothems and cave minerals. During his life he visited and studied caves of some 70 Countries in 5 Continents and published over 600 scientific papers, about 20 books and nearly 500 informative papers on caves and karst. He served as President of the International Union of Speleology from 1993 to 1997, later being nominated Honorary President of the same Union.

  • History of caving and karstology by Bernard Chirol
  • Organization of International Speleological Expeditions” by Mladen Garašić
  • Cave photography by Satoshi Goto
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals and Speleology – campaigning for cave protection by Bärbel Vogel

Baerbel Vogel is President of the German Speleological Federation VdHK and Secretary of the European Cave Protection Commission ECPC. She was engaged in two proposals to the European Union for cave protection. From 2015 – 2018 she was board member of the European Environmental Bureau – the largest European network of environmental citizens’ organisations – representing the European Speleological Federation. In the IUCN / WCPA Geoheritage Specialist Group she serves as coordinator for the Working Group Caves and Karst. Since 2017 she is board member of the International Union of Speleology.

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