12th EuroSpeleo Forum Ebensee 2018


PHOTO: www.philippe-crochet.com


Message from the Congress President


Dear colleagues and friends,

What an amazing congress lies behind us, full of exciting presentations, excursions, discussions and competitions. I hope that this meeting provided you with a forum to exchange scientific ideas, inspire new research, and new contacts for closer co-operation. Personally, I am deeply impressed by the warm, helpful, cooperative and encouraging atmosphere of this meeting. That is not the job of the organizers, this is the achievement of all the 691 cavers, who finally attended this congress and made it a success. Moreover, it is a powerful sign of a promising international development of speleology. On the one hand, it is always sad to say good-bye to colleagues and friends.

On the other, we are looking forward to the next Eurospeleo Forum that will be organised in Bulgaria in September 2019.

In this spirit, I would like thank all committee members, guides, volunteers and supporters, who did their best to realise the idea of hosting this speleological congress in Austria.

Good bye and see you all next year in Bulgaria,

Johannes Mattes

Congress President


12th EuroSpeleo Forum 2018

Registrated Participants: 691 from 40 countries & 6 continents
Excursions: 138
Talks: 122
Volunteers: 165
The 5th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, the 1st EuroSpeleo Show Cave Symposium and the 1st EuroSpeleo Art Symposium as well as the 5th EuroSpeleo Image’In Film Festival were part of the 12th EuroSpeleo Forum.




EuroSpeleo Protection Label 2018

1. Italian Speleological Society (SSI) - (Italy) - Project "Cleaning up the darkness - Puliamo il Buio (PiB)"
2. Zagreb Speleological Union (Croatia) - Project "Clean underground"


Poldi Fuhrich Award 2018 for young Speleologists in Austria

Christian und Caroline Winklmair, Andreas Walch & Michael Schiestl - Project "Caves in the Tyrolean Lech Valley"


Art Exhibition (public vote)

1. Angela Szabo (Rumania): Exploration through Earth, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm
2. Olga Korneeva (Russia): Exploration of Tham Belgaga - Laos - Khammouane
(Photograph of Bartholeyn, J. P., Belgium), 2018, watercolour on paper, 29 x 39 cm
3. Thomas Resch (Austria): Krabbler, 2018, sediments on paper, 20 x 30 cm


Photo Exhibition (public vote)

1. Philippe Crochet (France) - photo "The sunflower (Saint Marcel, France)"
2. Helmut Mohr (Austria) - photo "Ice"
3. Peter Hoffmann (Germany) - photo "Ice Chapel at Königssee"


Film festival (public vote)

1. Oliver Schöll (Germany) - Film "Voica Romania"
2. Uwe Krüger (Germany) - Film "Unter mir gibt es nichts"
3. Annie Guiraud und Philipp Crochet (France) - Film "Reflexions"


Speleo Olympics

1. Rolf Siegenthaler (Switzerland ) & Julius Krause (Germany) - time: 2 min. 54 sec.
2. Clemens Tenreiter (Austria) & Taquy Racine (France) - time: 3 min. 12 sec.
3. Matic Di Bastista (Slowenia) & Beat Heeb (Switzerland) - time: 3 min. 46 sec