International Union of Speleology

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International Union of Speleology (French: Union Internationale de Spéléologie UIS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization formed in 1965 on the initiative of the International Speleological Congress (held every four years since 1949) to promote interaction between academic and technical speleologists from a wide range of nationalities for the purpose of developing and coordinating international speleology in all of its scientific, technical, cultural and economic aspects. Its voting members consist of a delegate from each member country representing the cavers and speleologists of that country, rather than any of the official national bodies.[1]

Its activities take place in a number of commissions and working groups,[1] such as the UIS Informatics Commission formed in 1986, the Speleotherapy Commission and the Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis Commission.

The UIS publishes the International Journal of Speleology.


  1. ^ "What is the UIS?". International Union of Speleology. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 

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