As part of the International Year of the Caves and Karst, organized by the International Union of Speleology (UIS) to celebrate caves and karst internationally and teach the world about their importance, the International Scientific Conference "Man and Karst" is organized in Sicily from 12th to 17th September 2022. The extreme north-western sector of Sicily, where this event will be held, which geographically belongs to the Monti di Capo San Vito in the Province of Trapani, represents an outstanding example for the comprehensive understanding of karst. Here we will explore pure karst landscapes, caves and spectacular and evocative Mountains and their profound relationship with Man.

In this context, the common relationship of Mediterranean Elimi peoples with its own peculiar karst environment has been represented for centuries, in the past with a wisely and naturally sustainable use of its resources, nowadays in an increasingly conflictual way,

as dramatically devastating of its precious resources, first of all the karst waters and caves threatened by heavy degradation and contamination inclusive from waste waters or microplastic, for a senseless and inconsiderate use of the territory.

For all this, Man and Karst 2022 in Sicily, in the same way as the previous past edition, held in Ragusa in 2019, wants to give a contribution to the knowledge, enhancement and safeguard of the karst landscape and caves with its ecosystem and historical-anthropological resources as a whole, as an instrument and optimal function of scientific research, not as often for its own sake or for the sake of a few users, but rather, at the service and for the benefit of the whole community.


The event will be held from 12th to 17th September 2022 in the fascinating paesagistic location of the Monti di Capo San Vito, in the Custonaci Municipality (Province of Trapani).


First Circular: Click here to download the first circular and complete program of Man and Karst 2022

Second Circular: Click here to download the second circular and complete program of Man and Karst 2022

Registration Form: Click here to download the registration form of Man and Karst 2022

Guidelines: Click here to download the guidelines of Man and Karst 2022

Program: Click here to download the Final Program of Man and Karst 2022


  •  Municipality of Custonaci

  • C.I.R.S. – Hyblean Center of Speleo-Hydrogeological Research, Ragusa, Italy

  • Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, Italy

  • UNESCO Chair on Karst Education, Vipava, Slovenia

  • ZRC SAZU Karst Research Institute, Postojna, Slovenia

  • TETIDE APS, Italy

  • University of Bari 
  • University of Messina 
  • University of Trieste


  • Karst geomorphology
  • Karst hydrogeology and water protection
  • Caves and speleogenesis
  • Biospeleology and paleontology
  • Karst caves and archaeology
  • Mines in karst areas
  • Caves in volcanic areas
  • Protection of karst areas
  • Marine caves and protected karst coastal areas


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