International Union of Speleology

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International Union of Speleology
Abbreviation UIS
Formation 1965; 52 years ago (1965)
Region served
Official language
English, French, greeck, german, spanish, russian, italian
Parent organization
International Council for Science (ICSU)
Website UIS Official website

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, such as the UIS Informatics Commission formed in 1986, the Speleotherapy Commission and the Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis Commission.[2]

The UIS publishes the International Journal of Speleology.


  1. ^ "What is the UIS?". International Union of Speleology. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  2. ^ "UIS Commissions and Working Groups". Retrieved 2015-07-07.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

External links[edit]

International Union of Speleology (UIS).