Message from the Conference Organisers


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

the EuroSpeleo Forum (ESF) is Europe's premier speleological event. Under the aegis of the European Speleological Federation, it is held once a year in a location selected by the delegates of the member nations.

The 12th ESF will be held in Ebensee, Austria, on 23rd-26th August 2018. An estimated 500 people from nearly 30 countries are expected to attend to share the results of their latest exploration, research, and techniques. The Austrian Speleological Association in collaboration with the Speleological Society of Ebensee will host the ESF along with its annual convention for a truly spectacular affair.

Under the motto "Speleology—Connecting Science" , the congress will focus on the role of speleology as a bridge for different fields of science and knowledge. In addition, the Speleological Society of Ebensee is celebrating the 100-year jubilee of the exploration of the cave "Gassel-Tropfsteinhöhle", today a show cave and known tourist spot near Ebensee.

Come and experience Austria's hospitality, unique culture and food, and be surprised by the wealth of our natural diversity, our caves, lakes and mountains. We are honoured and excited to host this wonderful event for the first time in Austria.


Here is a summary of what to expect:
♦ Beautiful venue near the lakeshore with hotels, apartments, dormitories and camping facilities
♦ 500m² of indoor space for vendors and exhibitors
♦ Talks and posters on the latest discoveries in cave science and exploration
♦ Symposia on all aspects of speleology: geology, geography, zoology, botany, history, cultural anthropology, cave protection, cave research, cave rescue
♦ Workshops and organisational meetings
♦ Competitions and exhibitions in cave arts
♦ Speleo-Olympic athletic competitions
♦ EuroSpeleo ImageIn Film Festival
♦ Caving day trips: simple, difficult, wet, dry, horizontal or vertical—something for everyone
♦ Pre- and post excursions and field camps
♦ Evening activities with live music
♦ Free shuttle bus between the conference venues

We are sure that it will be a unforgettable experience during your visit in Austria, and we hope to see you all there.

Johannes Mattes

(On behalf of the Conference Organisers)



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12th Eurospeleo Forum in Ebensee

The Austrian Speleological Association and the Speleological Society of Ebensee would like to welcome all European cavers in the heart of the lake district „Salzkammergut“. The meeting will be held on the 23rd - 26th of August 2018.

The motto of the congress "Speleology - Connecting Science" refers to the function of cave reserach as a link and point of intersection for different fields of science and knowledge.

Ebensee – a town of 8.000 inhabitants – is not only known for its long cultural history and natural beauty, but also for high amount of caves (around 200) surrounding the city. The „Schönberg-Cave System“ (over 140km long) or the „Hirlatzhöhle“ (over 100km long) are only two of them.

Ebensee has a very good highway and railway access and represents an ideal starting point for underground and “overground” excursion to mountains and caves of the lake district „Salzkammergut“, to four managed show caves and the world heritage site „Dachstein“ near the old salt town “Hallstatt”.


Download the First Circular (PDF)


Partners and Field trip organisers:

Speleological Society of Hallstatt-Obertraun

Speleological Society of Upper Austria

Speleological Society in Obersteier

Speleological Society of Vienna and Lower Austria

Congress Committees

Chairs: Johannes Mattes, Dietmar Kuffner

Organising Committee: organiser@eurospeleo.at

Dietmar Kuffner, Ernest Geyer, Walter Greger

Scientific Committee: science@eurospeleo.at

Johannes Mattes, Erhard Christian, Lukas Plan

Congress Secretaries: secretary@eurospeleo.at

Barbara Wielander, Pauline Oberender, Oliver Heil

Congress Treasurers: treasurer@eurospeleo.at

Christian Schasching, Jasmin Landertshammer

Field trip Committee: fieldtrip@eurospeleo.at

Emanuel Zeindlinger, Eckart Herrmann, Peter Ludwig

Information and credits

Verein für Höhlenkunde Ebensee

Reindlmühl 48, 4814 Neukirchen, Austria


Bank account:

Verein für Höhlenkunde Ebensee

IBAN: AT63 2031 4055 0002 8286


Bank name: Sparkasse Salzkammergut