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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).

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Mladen Garašić

Organization of International Speleological Expeditions

Mladen Garašic, ScD.,PhD. of Geology, Hydrogeology, Geological Engineering and Speleology. Born in Zagreb,Croatia. Graduated in geology and karst hydrogeology in 1977, master of science 1981, and doctorate in geosciences and geological engineering in 1986. He is a scientist and emeritus full professor of geology, karst hydrogeology, applied geology, engineering geology and speleology at the University of Zagreb, and has authored more than 360 scientific and professional papers and several books. He serves as a Karst committee General secretary of the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts (HAZU), UNESCO World Heritage Team for the Dinaric Karst (2014-2016), International Association of Hydrogeologists, and International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, Croatian Geological Society, Croatian Geotechnical Society, Geological Society of America, etc.

He started caving and speleology in 1963 and is the founder and president of several caving clubs in Croatia. He served as first president of the Croatian Speleological Federation (HSS) from 1990 to 2010 and is a life member of the U.S. National Speleological Society  Since 1993 to 2017 he has served as Croatia’s delegate to the International Union of Speleology-UIS and to the European Speleological Federation-FSE beginning in 2009 to 2017. Adjunct Secretary of UIS (2013-2021) Vice president of FSE (2017-2019), conducted research in, and explored and visited nearly 5150 caves in 79 countries, has led many speleological expeditions in the longest and deepest caves in Croatia, Europe and the World. He has also studies about 1000 caves without natural entrances, discovered by tunnels and quarries, and evaluated their hydrogeology and engineering geology. Cave diver, cave rescuer, photographer, international caving instructor etc. He got many international and national awards for his works.

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Dr. Joerg Dreybrodt

UN Sustainable Development Goals and Speleology

Dr. Joerg Dreybrodt
born 27.04.1966 in Frankfurt/M., Germany
Citizenship Germany
Residence in Switzerland since 10 years

Education:  Dr. and Diploma in Physics at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany

Professional: Works since 1995 in the Semiconductor Industry at companies Siemens, Infineon and Swatch Group, since 2016 at the Swiss High-Technology Company u-blox, Zurich

Several Long Term Delegations to China, Taiwan and Japan (total 5 years)

Speleology: Long term Member of the German Speleological Federation (VdHK) and the Swiss Speleological Society (SGH). Caving experience since 40 years. Participation in expeditions to Austria, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Iran, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Norway and Switzerland.

Founder of Northern Lao – European Cave Project in 2001. Survey and documentation of 100 km of cave passages.

Founder and Main Coordinator of Myanmar Cave Documentation Project in 2009.

Survey of about 80 km of caves.

Karst Conservation

Cooperation’s in Laos and Myanmar with focus on Eco-Tourism and Karst Conservation with

Laos National Tourism Authority, Ministry of Hotels & Tourism (Myanmar), SNV (Holland), GiZ Germany, EU Micro Projects (EU), Fauna & Flora International (UK), Wildlife Conservation Society (USA) and Institute OIKOS (Italy).

  • Founder and Speaker of the Workgroup “Sustainable Development” of the German Speleological Federation
  • Member of the NGO Major Group within the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) framework for monitoring the progress on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030)
  • Representative of the German Speleological Federation to the UN ECE Regional Forum for Sustainable Development in Geneva.
  • Member of the IUCN/WCPA Karst & Caves Specialist Work Group

Publications: Eight Book publications in the international BHB Berlin Series, two documentaries and many international conference presentations about karst and caves.

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Paolo Forti

“The stone book – data we can extract from cave deposits”

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.

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Satoshi Goto

Cave Photography

Born in 1966. Living in Tokyo. Satoshi began photography at the age of 13. He started caving in 1982 and began to take cave photos in 1988. He put some effort into the cave rescue and exploration techniques.  He introduced SRT and rescue techniques in Japan from abroad. As a result, he became councilor of the Speleological Society of Japan from 1998 and became the president until 2008-2011. Recently he is re appointed as president.  He is also general secretary of Asian Union of Speleology from 2015 and one of the adjunct secretaries of UIS from 2017.

Half of his caving activities is to take cave photos and the other half is starting to focus on cave education in both Japan and Asia.

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Cave Rescue

HEGEDŰS, Gyula started his  speleo career in 1972 when he was university student. At that time he joined  the Cave Session of Meteor Touristic Club and is currently a member of the club, and member of presidency since 2008. He is member of Hungarian Speleological Society since 1974 and filled different positions during past decades as follows: secretary, member of education committee, member of disciplinary committee, member of supervisory board and member of presidency. He is also a member of Hungarian Cave Rescue Service since 1974 and filled different positions in that organization and participated in approximately 100 rescue operations. Currently, Gyula is responsible for international relationships.

Hes been working for Karst and Cave Foundation since 1995 and He is the president of that Foundation since 2000.  Currently been elected as adjunct secretary of Union Internationale de Spéléologie (UIS) during 17th International Congress of Speleology held in Sydney/Australia, 2017.

He is a lecturer of many domestic and international speleo events like conferences and congresses. He 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. He also wrote one book (about a huge cave rescue operation) and about 80 domestic and foreign publications and took lot of presentations during speleo events.

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Bernard Chirol

History of Caving and Speleology

Bernard Chirol was born in Lyon, a famous centre for caving and speleology in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. He discovered caving activity by himself when being a teen-ager and then joigned the French Federation of Speleology at the age of 18. He was a teacher for Primary school when he published the Inventory of the caves of South Jura (France) about 2000 phenomenons (1985).

He was a pioneer for the introduction of caving and speleology for pupils and students (1983-2010).

He went back to University for a Master of Physical Geography with the Universities of Savoie and Lyon II (2004 and 2007). He is one of the main explorers of the longest karst system in the Ain Department, France  (23 km ; Jura Mountain) since 1990 with the Speleo Group of Hauteville upto 2017. He was also a guide for caving groups of summer camps between 1983 and 2004. Now retired, he goes on teaching caving and writing books about mountains and the next to be published  manages with “world history of women in caves”. He is President of the History Commission of the UIS since Brno 2013 and UIS Bureau Member since Sydney 2017. His favourite countries for speleology : Cyprus, Japan, South Africa, France, …

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