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3rd International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-III)

Dates: From 12 May, 2008 till 17 May, 2008
Location: Kungur, Russia

3rd International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-III)

Kungur Ice Cave, Perm Region, Russia
May 12 - 17, 2008
First Circular
June 10, 2007
Dear Colleagues!
As decided in 2006 during IWIC-II in Slovakia, we are glad to invite you to the third edition of International Workshop on Ice Caves in Russia.
IWIC-III will focus on anthropogenic influence on ice caves, changing of microclimate of such caves, saving and protection of ice caves.
The day following to the contributions oral and poster presentation sessions there will be some field excursions: to the Kungur Ice Cave - one of the oldest show caves with perennial ice in the world, and we are organizing excursions to some caves with ice deposits in Perm region and salt mines, which are situated at north of our region.
We have preliminary arrangement about accommodation with Hotel "Stalagmit" which is situated closely to Kungur Ice Cave. We will be able to accommodate participating senior researches and PhD and diploma students. We hope that you will also will bring some of your students along.
English will be the IWIC-III official language.
Sincerely yours,
Dr. Olga Kadebskaya
Prof. Viktor Dublyanskiy
Prof. Valeriy Kataev
Dr. Bulat Mavlyudov
Prof. Valter Maggi

Aims of the workshop:
IWIC are workshops entirely devoted to ice caves research. We wish to offer a place to point out the state of art, to discuss ongoing research efforts, to boost international cooperation. We would like to explore the interest for future research projects.
Furthermore, IWIC are an ideal opportunity to widen the availability among the interested audience of important research results formerly published only in non-English papers.
We welcome contributions related to any aspect of ice cave research, and particularly:

- Anthropogenic influence and protection of ice caves;
- Ice cave climatology as an Indicator of Climatic Changes;
- Proposition for the World Heritage list of the caves containing permanent ice;
- Morphology and mass balances of cave ice deposits;
- Cryomineral formations in the caves;
- Cave ice crystal fabric;
- Chemical and isotopical studies on cave ice and its fluid inclusions;
- Biology-related studies applied to ice caves research
IWIC-III is organized under the auspices of UIS-GLACKIPR ? the Glacial Caves and Karst in Polar and High Mountain Regions of the International Union of Speleology.
Organizing Committee:
Prof. Arkady Krasnoshtein1
Dr. Olga Kadebskaya
Prof. Viktor Dublyanskiy
Prof. Valeriy Kataev
Dr. Bulat Mavludov
Prof. Valter Maggi
Dr. Stefano Turri
Dr. Yuriy Stepanov

All correspondence:
Host Institute:
Mining Institute of Ural branch of RAS

Duration of Workshop:
May 12 - 17, 2008
Conference Place and Accommodation:
Scientific meeting will take place at the congress hall of Hotel Stalagmit.
Accommodation will be provided in Hotel Stalagmit
617470, Russia, Perm region
Kungur district, Philippovka vlg.
near Kungur Ice Cave
fax: +0073427137285
Conference Costs:
Pre-workshop excursion
The pre-workshop excursion fee makes 10 ?, it will be payable at the registration.
The workshop fee for full participants will be 80 ?, for accompanying persons 60? and for students 50 ?, payable at the registration. The fee includes: organizational costs, travel, refreshment during coffee-breaks, preparation and print of abstracts and papers proceedings
including postage for sending to participants, renting of conference room, poster panels.
Post-workshop excursion ? two days
Minimum number of participants: 15
The post-workshop excursion fee makes 40 ?, including travel, dinner, refreshment and lunch.
Accommodation in hotel ?Forest tale? (Solikamsk) will be paid individually.
Board and accommodation
Board and accommodation is booked in the ?Stalagmit? Hotel and will be paid individually. Price for single room is from 15 to 75 ?, one person in double room ? from 30 to 75 ?, two persons in double room (price for one person per night ? from 15 to 50 ?). The price of accommodation depends of the class of the room.
Contributed Papers:
All the participants are invited to send abstract to
The Workshop language is English, and the abstracts should be set up as follows:
The abstracts written in Microsoft Word should be formatted for paper A4, single-spaced, 2 cm margins. They should contain the title and name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s);
Title: the title of the abstract should be centred (not justified) and in bold type size Time New Roman 11. Caps on first word and proper nouns only.
Author(s): List the authors, separated by a space from the title. Type size Time New Roman 10. Last name and abbreviation of name.
Affiliation(s): should be listed according to the numbers added in superscript after the authors name. Type size for affiliation is Time New Roman 9. All the lines of the author block should be centred. Leave one blank line after the authors block.
Text: is limited to 500 words (excluding title and author details) of Times New Roman 10. Text must be justified. SI unit should be used. No footnotes, tables, figures, maps, or bibliographic references or acknowledgements should be included in the abstract.

All the information for full papers contribution will be communicated in the next circular.
Maximum poster dimension: 75 x 120 cm (width x height).

Monday, May 12, 2008
09.00 ? 18.00 Pre-workshop excursion
Ordinskaya cave, Belaya gora and some little caves of Kungur district (light and equipment is necessary)
19.00 ? 20.00 dinner/icebreaker party
20.00 ? 21.30 speleological presentations
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
09.00 ? 09.15 workshop opening
09.15 ? 12.30 papers
12.30 ? 13.30 lunch
14.00 ? 17.00 excursion
Karst of Kungur Ice mountain, Kungur Ice cave (visited part -light and equipment is not necessary)
17.30 ? 18.30 posters
19.00 ? 20.00 dinner
20.00 ? 21.30 speleological presentations
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
09.00 ? 12.30 papers
12.30 ? 13.30 lunch
14.00 ? 18.00 excursion
Kungur Ice cave (non-visited part - light and equipment is necessary)
19.00 dinner and discussions
Thursday, May 15, 2008
09.00 ? 12.30 papers
12.30 ? 13.30 lunch
14.00 ? 16.30 papers
16.30 ? 17.30 posters
19.00 dinner and closing ceremony
Friday, May 16, 2008
09.00 ? 19.00 Post-workshop excursion
Mariinskaya Ice cave (light and equipment is necessary)
19.00 dinner and night in hotel ?Forest tale?
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Post-workshop excursion
09.00 ? 20.00 whole-day excursion to the Solykamsk Salt mines, Berezniki salt mine collapse.
Possibility of dinner and accommodation in the ?Stalagmit? Hotel.
For further details about the conference, you are kindly requested to visit the homepage at
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