NSS Convention ~ July 25-30, 2021

Photo: Shane Fryer, NSS

International Exploration

The international exploration session features the work of NSS cavers in mapping and documenting caves around the world. We invite submissions for 15 to 30 minute presentations that will present trip results and inspire exploration and cooperation on projects outside the US.

Each year, the NSS International Exploration Grant programs fosters and encourages the work of society cavers in cave exploration, survey, photography and research projects around the world.

Grants are given in support of group equipment for expeditions outside of the United States and its territories. They have varied between $200 and $1500 in past ten years and have supported caving on 6 continents by dozens of US cavers.

Projects have included work in Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Borneo, Chile, Nepal, China, and many more countries. As few as three and as many as twelve grants have been given in a single year. Overall since 2008 more than $55,000 has been granted for nearly 70 expeditions in 25 countries.

Session Details

Session Moderator

Cyndie Walck

Engineering Geologist at California State Parks

Call For Abstracts:

Opens: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Closes: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Session Moderators:

Cyndie Walck
Email: karstgirl@yahoo.com


How to write an abstract

Online Abstract Submissions:


Online Video Upload Link:


Student Scientists:

The James G. Mitchell Fund was established in 1965 and is maintained by contributions to the National Speleological Foundation. This award includes a cash award for the best scientific paper presented at the NSS Convention by a student member (or members) of the society. Eligible papers shall be judged by an interdisciplinary panel appointed by the Mitchell Award sub-committee chair. For consideration, contact sub-committee chair, Dr. Kathy Lavoie at award-mitchell@caves.org.