Bucharest, June 24-27, 2020

We regret to announce that ERIS 100 is postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

What is ERIS 100 all about

The 1st Karst Science Forum has a threefold interest:

ERIS 100 promotes advanced knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary perspectives on Earth and Life Sciences. We believe that scientific innovation is the engine of developing and building a better world, and the only relevant knowledge is the one shared by the pioneers and discoverers themselves.

In this context, scientists from all over the world, working with state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies in various research fields related to cave and karst science, come for the first time together to acknowledge 100 years of frontier research in speleology and connected sciences, as well as to answer a few significant questions: What have been the advances in these fields over the past century? How do we see the interdisciplinary in cave and karst science today? What are the bridging elements to connect and advance cave and karst science? What are the challenges for karst and cave exploration and research in the future?

If we want to understand the past of life on Earth and its present dynamics, as well as to predict the future of life on Earth on a planetary scale, we should know and honor the past; explore, understand and celebrate the present; and embrace the future.

The 2020 Karst Science Forum also marks the centennial of the world’s first Institute of Speleology - ERIS, founded in Romania, in 1920, by Emil Racovita, and celebrates ERIS’s history, worth and pledge in both scientific research and preservation of natural and cultural heritage.

ERIS 100 honors Emil Racovita’s legacy as the founder of biospeleology, explorer, researcher and mentor, by taking a fresh look at his contributions to extending the frontiers of knowledge. His profile, accomplishments and renewed relevance in the 21st century are certain to inspire the next generation of scientists.

“On the endless scale of time, humanity strives slowly, at times dragged down into the darkness by the superstitions of ignorance, other times drawn towards the light by the truths of science. To know or not to know, that is the question.“

Emil Racovita

Exploring our planet with a multidisciplinary and visionary approach, knowing the Earth inside and out across millennia, makes all the difference between knowing and not knowing. Earth and Life Sciences reveal the truth of our existence and lead the dialogue between science and society about what lies underneath it all.