Monday March 16, 2020 08:00 AM EDT

Hello NSS members,

No doubt you have been following the news regarding Coronavirus – also known as COVID-19.  I want to assure you that the National Speleological Society (NSS) and the 2020 NSS Convention Staff continue to closely monitor the situation and the potential effects to our members and events.  We are committed to keeping you safe as the health and well-being of all our members are top priorities.  

As of now the 2020 NSS Convention remains as scheduled: July 27–31, 2020.  Based on the uncertainties regarding COVID-19, the NSS Convention Staff has decided to change the Pre-Registration deadline to May 31, 2020.  We hope this doesn’t inconvenience our membership.

One thing we should all do is educate ourselves from a reliable scientific source:

As always, feel free to send any questions or concerns our way.  If scheduling changes need to be made, we will reach out again.  It is in challenging times like these that we see our core values in action.  Thank you for your commitment to each other and the NSS.

Keep Calm & Carry On

Katherine “Kat” Crispin, Ph.D.
NSS Administrative Vice President

Abstract Due Dates

This is a list of sessions that are likely to have formal presentations.  In addition to the session chair’s name and email address, it shows the date abstracts for the session are due.  Abstracts should be sent to the session chair and must be no longer than 250 words.  Please also say how much time you need for your presentation.

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Art and Music Salons

NSS Art & Music Salons encourage and recognize cave-related arts, artists, and musicians. NSS Salons are open to everyone; entrants need not be members of the NSS. Rules, entry forms, and deadlines are available on each Salon’s website. For more information navigate to:

The best of each Salon’s entries will be exhibited at the NSS Convention in Elkins, West Virginia, 2020. Each Salon’s top award and Caver’s Choice award (if applicable) is presented during the convention’s Thursday evening Salon program. After the convention, low-resolution representations of the top award winners for every Salon are placed in the NSS Salons web pages and, other than music, in the NSS News.

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NSS News – February 2020

NSS News Feb 2020A major attraction at every NSS Convention is the opportunity to visit the caves in a new area and the 2020 Convention in Elkins, West Virginia, is no exception. However, there is plenty of other activity during the day for those who want a break from caving. Most daytime activities will be at the Elkins High School where sessions, workshops, vertical activities, and specialized meetings will be held. These include the always popular U.S. and International Exploration sessions that feature updates on major projects throughout the U.S. and the world.

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Speakers requested for the International Exploration Session 2020 NSS Convention in Elkins, WV

Have you been caving outside of the United States? Come share your underground adventures in exotic lands with your fellow cavers. The International Exploration Session at NSS Conventions is one of the most well attended of all sessions. It is a great venue to present your new discoveries to a wide and appreciative audience.

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