Postponed & Going Virtual! August 2020

The planning committee has realized that an in-person meeting is not feasible this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. As such, we will be modifying the current program to an online-only format. We hope to offer all authors and workshop facilitators some method of online presentation and will be in touch as we work out the details of the transition to a virtual conference. One of those details being reduced registration fees and refund procedures; thank you for your patience.

Updated schedule and dates coming soon!

If you have made hotel reservations at the Hyatt Place or Holiday Inn,
please contact those hotels directly to cancel your reservation.

If you are a presenting author or workshop facilitator that cannot
participate in the virtual August meeting, please contact us directly at

We look forward to working with all of you to create a valuable and
engaging meeting later this summer.



Due to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are postponing Karst 2020 until August 18-20, 2020. The health and safety of our event attendees is a high priority, and with the growing number of travel restrictions for both academia and government, and multiple states declaring states of emergencies, we have determined that we could not in good conscience continue with the meeting in May. As much of the programming and planning is complete, we are hoping travel plans are flexible and most registrants will be able to attend in August. We anticipate that the schedule and most events will remain the same.

If you cannot attend the meeting in August, we will issue registration refunds and will be in touch by March 27 with details on how to request a refund. We appreciate your patience with this matter and will do our best to address this in a timely manner. 

If you have made hotel reservations at the Hyatt Place or Holiday Inn, please contact those hotels directly to cancel or change your reservation. 

 If you are a presenting author or workshop facilitator that cannot make the August meeting, please contact us directly at

This decision was not an easy one for the local committee. We are very disappointed that we cannot proceed as planned but we feel it is the right one given the current situation. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we work together to arrange a safe and healthy meeting later this summer.

All the best to each of you and we hope to see you in August.

Karst 2020 Planning Committee

USGS Karst Interest Group 2020 Workshop

KIG_2017_FriesenhahnCave_IMG_9574Photo: KIG

Registration now open! The 8th U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group (KIG) workshop will be held May 13-15, 2020 at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN.  This event brings together scientists from different offices of the USGS, Department of the Interior, other Federal and state agencies, research institutes, and universities to present the results of scientific work in karst areas or discuss karst related programs in their bureaus or offices.

Registration and additional details available here.

Abstract Submission Deadline for POSTER PRESENTATIONS extended to DECEMBER 20, 2019.

We have extended the call for POSTER PRESENTATION abstracts to December 20, 2019.  Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 1,2020.

We have received more than 50 abstracts from over 15 countries and will announce workshop sessions soon!  However, we still have plenty of room for additional presentations in poster format. The planning committee looks forward to your proposals! For abstract submission instructions and full meeting details please visit:

Abstract Submission Deadline November 30, 2019

The submission deadline for abstracts and proposals is just over a month away! Conference guests interested in presenting at workshops or technical sessions are encouraged to submit an abstract or proposal as soon as possible. Make sure to formally register to the conference by January 31, 2020 to be included in the meeting program and secure early bird registration rates.

The George Wright Society is managing abstract and proposal submission,  please follow this link: to submit your abstract or proposal. 

For more information on preparing and submitting abstracts, please visit

IAH Karst Commission Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Join us in celebrating 50 years of promoting sustainable management of karst water resources with the International Association of Hydrogeologists Karst Commission. UNESCO Karst 2020 is pleased to be hosting one of the oldest and most active commissions of the IAH during our upcoming conference May 18-22, 2020.

More details coming soon!

Learn more about IAH’s stewardship of karst water resources at

CaveMAB meets EuroMAB

At the recent biennial conference of EuroMAB (regional network of European and North American Biosphere Reserves within the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere World Network), the CaveMAB initiative was successfully promoted and gained new partners from Slovakia and Poland. CaveMAB is a thematic network that brings together biosphere reserves that manage and protect cave and/or karst resources both natural and cultural and are dedicated to connecting people to nature for improved sustainability. The members in attendance decided on continuing outreach to BRs across the globe and focus items for future work during the UNESCO Karst 2020 conference that will take place at the Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve USA, May 18-22, 2020.