Climate Change, The Karst Record (KR9 Conference)

11.07 - 14.07.2021  
Innsbruck, Austria
Contact person:
Gina Moseley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The PAGES-supported 9th International Climate Change: The Karst Record Conference (KR9) will not be held in a physical format in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2021.

*Update from the organizers, 5 October 2020*

The conference, originally scheduled for 12-15 July 2020, was initially postponed until July 2021.

At this stage, with so much uncertainty regarding travel and the holding of events next year (and since we will need to start planning again soon and some participants will want to book travel in January/February), we think it would be wise to make the decision that KR9 will not happen next year in a physical format. We have also considered an online format, but realistically this will not work given that our colleagues are spread across so many time zones.

We have, however, spent time thinking about how we might bridge the gap in our community. Our proposal is to hold a KR Online seminar series (KRonline) starting November 2020, if possible, and running to March 2021. Given the increase in online meetings, we propose to hold sessions every month or couple of months rather than weekly.

In order to help us gauge if such a seminar series is wanted by the community, and to establish how it might be organised, please can we ask that you fill in this short survey by 12 October. It should only take a few minutes and will help us greatly:

To stay informed on developments, please sign up to the KR9 conference mailing list or follow the news on the website:


Information below is for the 2020 meeting. Updates will be made asap.


The main conference location will be the Centre of Chemistry and Biomedicine (CCB) at the University of Innsbruck.


*The main conference will take place from 12-15 July 2020, with peripheral activities planned for 11-20 July 2020.*

Organizers are aiming to be certified by Green Tirol as a "Green Conference". Childcare will be available on-site at no cost during the main conference.

Awards will be given for best student poster, best student presentation, as well as the Karst Waters Institute Karst Award to Prof. Stein-Erik Lauritzen.

Travel support is available for early-career researchers and those from developing countries. See "Financial support" section below.


The KR9 meeting will bring together scientists from around the globe to share the latest progress in the rapidly developing field of cave-based paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental research.

Important dates

7 December 2019: Registration and abstract submission opens
31 January 2020: Travel-support deadline
Extended to 22 February: Abstract deadline
29 February: Early-bird registration deadline
30 April: Regular registration deadline; field trip registration deadline; and childcare registration deadline
11 July: Early-career researcher workshop on Cave Monitoring with Dave Mattey
11-12 July: Cave photography workshop with Robbie Shone
12 July: Fieldtrip to Spannagel cave and Nature's Ice Palace located on the Hintertux Glacier; Ice-breaker event
13 July: Main Conference: Presentations & Posters
14 July: Main Conference: Presentations, Workshops & Posters
15 July: Main Conference: Presentations & Conference Dinner
16 July: 1-day field trip to Eisriesenwelt cave
16-20 July 2020: Fieldtrip to Eastern Austria.


The full list of sessions can be accessed here:

In the meantime, if you would like to offer an afternoon workshop at KR9 (in addition to those proposals we have already received), then please contact Gina Moseley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract submission

The deadline has been extended to 22 February:


Access the registration portal here:

If you register for the early-bird price, but do not complete payment by the deadline of 29 February 2020, you will be subject to the higher, regular registration fee. If you are paying by bank transfer, please consider leaving enough time for the payment to clear the system, otherwise we may need proof-of-payment from you.

Financial support

PAGES has provided some financial assistance for the attendance of early-career researchers and researchers from developing countries. Submit the application form by 31 January 2020.
All details:


If you think that you will need childcare, it will be helpful for the organisers to know this as soon as possible. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of the child's age. Official registration may follow later by the 30 April 2020 deadline.

Field trips and workshops

Fieldtrips and workshops have a participant limit. In order to guarantee your place, organizers recommend booking early. The organisers also reserve the right to cancel the fieldtrips if there is not enough interest.


Please note that July is high-season in Innsbruck and it is recommended to book your accommodation early.

Further information

Go to the website:

Questions can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PAGES working group session

SISAL: Speleothem data analysis using the SISAL database (14 July 2020 - Afternoon; 1 session)
Convenors: Laia Comas-Bru (University of Reading, UK) and Kira Rehfeld (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

The goal of this workshop is to provide training to interested researchers in using the SISAL database on Speleothem Isotopes (Atsawawaranunt et al. 2018). First, you will be introduced to the SISAL workbooks, which provide the standardised means to submit and upload new speleothem records to the database. You will actively enter data, which can be new speleothem records which you could bring along or synthetic records that we will provide for the purpose of the workshop. Second, you will learn how to run quality control scripts to ensure that the spreadsheets contain all necessary information. Then, you will learn to query and screen the database using R and python. Based on your selected sites, you will plot time series and maps. Further, you will do some statistical analyses to the data such as applying temporal filters and computing correlations.