Important Dates
  COVID Measures
  Conference Fees
  Financial Support
  A Greener Conference

Important dates

12th January, 2022 Registration and Abstract Submission Opens
27th March, 2022 Financial Support Deadline
10th April, 2022  Early-Bird Registration Deadline
1st May, 2022 Abstract Submission Deadline
15th May, 2022 Childcare Registration Deadline
31st May, 2022

Regular Registration Deadline

Fieldtrip Registration Deadline

15th-16th July, 2022
'Mini S4' (Summer School on Speleothem Science)
17th July, 2022

1-Day Fieldtrip to Spannagel Cave


18th July, 2022
Main Conference: Presentations & Posters
19th July, 2022 Main Conference: Presentations, Workshops & Posters
20th July, 2022 Main Conference: Presentations & Conference Dinner
21st July, 2022 1-Day Fieldtrip to Eisriesenwelt

COVID Measures

Note: The following information is under constant revision to provide you with the most recent information. However, we cannot guarantee legal accuracy. Legally binding information is provided via website of the Austrian and EU governmental bodies listed below.
  • Information on in-country regulations can be found here.
  • The present regulations on travelling to Austria can be found here.
  • A compilation of current rules and regulations related to COVID-19 within EU countries is provided here.

All in-person participants are required to adhere to current COVID-19 safety regulation that are in place at the time of the event.

Current COVID measures at the University of Innsbruck (updated 01.06.2022)
  • All COVID regulations regarding events at the University of Innsbruck have been lifted (further information)
  • There is no requirement to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result.
  • There is no requirement to wear FFP2 masks at the conference.
  • If you become infected with COVID-19, you are not permitted to visit the University of Innsbruck until you have tested negative again.
COVID Testing in Innsbruck

Visitors who require a negative PCR test result for travel are free to use the regional test infrastructure. The most convenient option is to pick up PCR gargle test kits at one of the many pick-up and return stations. You'll need to download an app, pick up a test kit, perform the test on your own according to the instructions and drop off the vial again at any station. Detailed information is provided on the website of the Innsbruck tourism board: click here

You can use your hotel address and your travel document number instead of the social security number as log-in details for the system. Note that it may take longer than 24 hours to receive the results. There is no need to book an appointment, but you need to register ahead.

A pick-up and return station cab be found at the 'Baguette' shop (Innrain 70), right next to our meeting venue at CCB (Innrain 80).

Conference Fees


  Deadline Student Rate Full-rate
10th April, 2022 130 € 215 €
31st May, 2022 190 € 300 €
Conference start 325 € 425 €
Conference Dinner     35 €

Conference fees include the icebreaker, the main conference presentation and poster sessions, coffee breaks, lunches, evening poster receptions. Please note that registration fees for in-person and online attendance are the same due to the high costs associated with hiring professional technicians and equipment. Further details about the conference dinner are available from here.


Specific details can be found here

Speleothem Data Analysis using the SISAL Database €20

Speleothem petrography and microstratigraphy: from the micro to the nanoscale €30

The Depth-Age Model €30

The Value of Radiocarbon in Speleothem Science €30

Note that workshops have a participant limit and operate on a first-come first-served basis.


Specific details can be found here

Spannagel Cave and Nature's Ice Palace 70 €

Eisriesenwelt 45 €

Note that fieldtrips have a participant limit and operate on a first-come first-served basis. The organisers also reserve the right to cancel fieldtrips if there is not enough interest. This decision will be made following the close of regular registration (31st May, 2022).


Financial Support

Limited funds are available to support early career participants attending KR9, escpecially from lower & middle income countries. More information on eligibility can be found here.


A Greener Conference

We are working with Green Events Tirol to make this a "Green Conference".

  • The conference programme will be available online only and not in print.
  • Conference catering will include a minimum of 50 % vegetarian options.
  • Innsbruck is a small city. Many hotels and restaurants are accessible on foot within 15 minutes walk of the conference venue. Innsbruck also has an excellent public transport system, as well as city rental bikes and e-scooters.
  • We encourage greener modes of transport and car sharing. For more information about travelling to and from Innsbruck, click here.
  • People of all genders, religion, ethnicity, language, and disabilities are welcome. All buildings are accessible by wheelchair. For further details regarding accessibility, please contact us:
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We are able to provide childcare with qualified childminders at KR9 for children ages 6 months to 10 years old. The childcare will be available between 0800 and 1800 hours during the main conference (Monday 18th July, 2022, to Wednesday 20th July, 2022) and will be free of charge. Please download this form and register for childcare by May 15th, 2022. It may be possible to accommodate additional children after this date but is not guaranteed. Please contact Gina Moseley via the conference email address ( for further details.

The childminders will provide their mobile KIDS-BOX, which contains toys and handicrafts, a folding baby cot and a nappy-changing facility. Further details on the KIDS-BOX can be found here (in German): In addition, the caregivers will bring along age-appropriate play, painting and craft materials, books and a little surprise for each child. Parents are asked to provide food for their children.



To check whether or not you need a visa for attending the conference, please visit the website of the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

Participants who require an official letter of invitation should send a request to with the required information including travel date, name, date of birth, and passport number of the invitee.

According to the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, visa applications can be processed at the earliest three months prior to the start of the journey and they should be submitted at the latest three weeks ahead of the start of the journey. Letters of invitation will be sent at the start of April in order that they are received in good time for the application.

The invitation is not a commitment on the part of the organisers to provide financial support. The organiser cannot provide or sign any EVE documents or guarantee letters. It should be understood that the organisers can only issue an invitation which includes the time of the conference plus the travel days directly before and after.

A letter of invitation can only be provided for abstract authors and/or registered participants (paid conference registration). Letters for other persons, e.g. family members, cannot be issued.



Scientific Committee

Andrea Columbu: University of Parma, Italy
Dirk Hoffmann: University of Göttingen, Germany
Gayatri Kathayat: Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Marc Luetscher: Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies, Switzerland
Nele Meckler: University of Bergen, Norway
Ana Moreno: Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología, Spain
Kira Rehfeld: University of Tübingen, Germany
Ira Sasowsky: University of Akron, USA
Denis Scholz: University of Mainz, Germany
Pauline Treble: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Haiwei Zhang: Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Organising Committee

Gina Moseley - gina.moseley-[at]
Christoph Spötl - christoph.spoetl-[at]
Gabriella Koltai - gabriella.koltai-[at]
Linda Partl - linda.partl-[at]
Paul Töchterle - paul.toechterle-[at]
Mojgan Soleimani - mojgan.soleimani-[at]



Please email for further information.

If you are not a member of the KR9 email list and would like to be kept informed about developments regarding the conference, as well as announcements that are important to the community (e.g. job postings, conference sessions), please join the KR9conference google group here. Note that it is not necessary to have a gmail account.

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