The 7th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium will be held in Slovakia

from 9-13 September 2024.

Click HERE for the first circular

Caves and Karst are important features of the European landscape and have intrinsic natural beauty and value. However, they are constantly exposed to numerous human impacts, directly inside the cave environment or indirectly in the associated surrounding. Karst regions suffer from destruction, air and water pollution associated mainly due to forestry, agricultural chemicals, quarries, landfills, mining, urban and rural development and uncontrolled mass tourism.

Karst and caves offer a direct access to the groundwater aquifer and the risk of pollution from threads is very high.

The 2024 EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium’s theme of “WATER in Caves and Karst” Understanding – Vulnerability – Protection” will focus on scientific and technical aspects of water in caves and karst. Protection and conservation, through speleological input, exchange of best practice and sharing of knowledge.

An EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium will provide a platform for scientists, speleologists and authorities active in the domain of cave and karst monitoring and conservation. 

Organizing institutions

European Cave Protection Commission

European Speleological Federation

University Pavol Jozef Safarik in Kosice

Institute of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Symposium schedule


Monday, 09th of September

Arrival, Registration and Welcome

Tuesday, 10th of September

Presentations & Discussions Evening program

Wednesday, 11th of September

Presentations & Discussions Evening program

Thursday, 12th of September Fieldtrip

Natural and cultural beauties of the Spiš region                                                                                  

Dinner, Slovakian “Raut” & Farewell Party

Friday, 13th of September

Final Discussion & Evaluation

Closure and Departure (after lunch)


The symposium will be held at the teaching-training facility of the University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Danišovce, district of Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia

All interested cave experts are asked to submit the filled in attached application form, the abstract (if applicable) by 1st April 2024. Candidates who will be accepted will then be contacted. 

Registration date extension up to April 22nd !

The application form shall be sent to

First circular in English

Application Form in English

We invite you to get in contact with the commission at “” for any further contact.

– List of previous EuroSpeleo Protection Symposia

2021 – Assessing, monitoring and protecting cave biotopes and geotopes through Natura 2000 or similar programs in Europe 2nd circular in English and Synopsis (external link)

2018 – Connecting Science with Cave Protection

2016 – Caves & Karst – Protection and Conservation under EU Law

2014 – Speleological heritage: preserving natural and cultural sites

2012 – Best Practices for Cave and Karst Protection in Europe

2008 – Cave conservation in Europe – European underground heritage