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Sinkhole Conference 2020

April 20, 2020 - April 24, 2020

The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Call for Abstracts and Registration

The Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, generally called “The Sinkhole Conference,” is the longest-running international conference of its type. Since 1984, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, land managers, biologists, and many others have gathered at these meetings to exchange cutting-edge information on karst and its many benefits and challenges.

The call for abstracts is now open for the 16th Sinkhole Conference. Abstracts may be submitted until 24 July 2019 (new and final deadline), after which will be the time to submit your papers to accompany your abstracts. The papers of past Sinkhole Conferences have made those proceedings highly sought and widely cited. We expect the proceedings of the upcoming meeting will be the best yet.

The 16th Sinkhole Conference will occur on 20-24 April 2020 in fabulous San Juan, Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico offers a tropical karst landscape and a vibrant historical and cultural venue unlike anything seen in rest of the United States. Many people are already talking about attending the conference as part of a vacation, and we are helping to make that possible.

The conference will be held in the lovely Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel, located in the historic heart of the city. Unlike previous conferences, your registration will include your breakfasts and lunches, in addition to the other usual amenities. Also, your discount conference room rates will extend to three days before and after the conference, in case you want to stay longer and enjoy a vacation.

For all of the details on the conference, including information on how to prepare and submit your abstracts, visit http://www.sinkholeconference.com/.  Remember, the deadline is 24 July 2019.

The Sinkhole Conference is managed by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and with tremendous assistance from a diverse team of karst experts from around the country who join us to form the Organizing Committee. On behalf of the 16th Sinkhole Conference Organizing Committee, we look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in San Juan next year!

All authors will be notified of acceptance of their abstracts by 31 July 2019. If you have any difficulties or questions about the registration or abstract process, please let me know. Remember that we offer scholarships for students, but they must also send their abstracts by 24 July 2019.

One last important word about the Sinkhole Conference. We’ve heard comments and questions about what people think is the high cost and difficulty to travel to Puerto Rico from the USA. This is very wrong. Puerto Rico is part of the USA! It is easy travel, and the cost of flights is comparable to and cheaper than flying to many US mainland destinations. Also, while some think of it as a resort destination, there is world class karst and serious karst issues like Superfund sites we’ll be visiting, so it stands as major and important meeting to attend.


April 20, 2020
April 24, 2020
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