Important: Those lecturers willing to take their credentials can attend Auditorium Leopoldo Peñarroja from 5pm to 8pm.

Venue: Salón de plenos municipal (Plenary Chamber), Auditorium Leopoldo Peñarroja, calle Ángela Portalés Romerom s/n, 12600 La Vall d’Uixó.

9am – 1pm  ISCA Board meeting

1pm – 3pm  Lunch

3pm – 5pm ISCA Board meeting


Venue: Palau de Vivel, calle Sanchís Tarazona.

6:30pm – 8pm  Official welcome. Presentation of “The Water Way”, by Centre d’Estudis Vallers in collaboration with students of the Professional Music School “Frances Peñarroja. Honour wine will be offered by the Mayor of the Council of La Vall d’Uixó 


Auditorium Leopoldo Peñarroja, calle Ángela Portalés Romerom s/n, 12600 La Vall d’Uixó.

10:30pm Audiovisual 3D: World’s caves. Fort he benefit of AFANIAD, Families with disabled Children and Adults in La Vall d’Uixó 



Venue: Auditorium Leopoldo Penyarroja, calle Ángela Portalés Romerom s/n, 12600 La Vall d’Uixó

8:30am  Credentials and guest reception



9:30am – 11:am  Opening

  • 9:30am – 10:00am Opening conference: Geoparks and Show Caves. A new AllianceJuan José Durán Valsero, President of actiba and Deputy Director of IGME
  • 10:00am – 10:30am Congress opening
  • 10:30am – 11:00am The tourism model in La Vall d’Uixó. Jorge García (Spain). Emsevall’s Managing Director



11am – 11:30am  Coffee break. 



11:30am – 2pm  1st scientific session

  • 11:30am – 11:45am González Ramón, Antonio et al. Speleogenesis in the caves of Sierra Morena (Málaga, South of Spain). Hydrogeological implications.
  • 11:45am – Noon – Jiménez de Cisneros C. et al., Current speleothem dynamic in the Cave of Nerja(Málaga, España).
  • Noon – 12:15pm  Jiménez de Cisneros C. et al., Physicochemical and mineralogical characteristics of the outer floor in the Cave of Nerja(Málaga, España).
  • 12:15pm – 12:30pm Fernando Gázquez et al. Low-temperature hydrothermalism during the formation of underwater speleothemes in Gruta de las Maravillas(Aracena, Huelva).
  • 12:30pm – 12:45pm Pardo-Igúzquiza, E. et al. Caves as fractals: the added value of show caves for the dissemination of research and education 
  • 12:45pm – 1pm García Menéndez O. et al. Artificial recharge harnessing of flood waters in the karstic system of Sant, Vall de Uxó, Castellón
  • 1pm – 1:15pm Irantuz Álvarez et al., Methodology for the definition of the protection perimeter for karstic systems with cave art: the cave of Cuevas de Alkerdi (Navarra, España).
  • 1:15pm – 1:30pm Morales, R. et al. Hydrochemical analysis of endokarstic water in Cova de s’Aigo, Ciutadella (Menorca) 



1pm – 2pm CONFERENCE: Hypogene cavesPolicarp Garay (Spain) Geologist, Servei T. de Medi Ambient de la Generalitat de Valencia 



2pm – 4pm  Lunch. Rice tasting


4pm – 6pm  2nd scientific session

  • 4pm – 4:15pm Robledo Ardila, P.A. et al. Geomorphology in Cova de s’Aigo, Cala Blanca, Menorca. 
  • 4:15pm – 4:30pm  Esther Martín Pinto, et al., Geoparks and caves. Proposal for the development of protected subterranean natural areas.
  • 4:30pm – 4:45pm  Fernández Amo, y Francisco J.Geomining route of places of scientific interest between Minas de Santa Martay Minas de Burguillos del Cerro (Badajoz, Extremadura).
  • 4:45pm – 5pm Dorado Martínez, María Paz, et al. Geomining Museums in Extremadura cavities .
  • 5pm – 5:15pm Orche Amaré, P. et al.,  Water mines in Carmona (Sevilla): a valuable asset secret in Seville’s Campiña.
  • 5:15pm – 5:30pm  Orche Amaré, P. et al., Guided visits to La Lima’s iron mine: an approach to mining in El Pedroso(Seville) at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.



6:00pm – 8pm Tour “Coves de Sant Josep and The Water Way in La Vall d’Uixó” 



Lugar: Auditorium Leopoldo Penyarroja, calle Ángela Portalés Romerom s/n, 12600 La Vall d’Uixó.

9am – 11am – 3rd scientific session

  • 9am – 9:30am CONFERENCE: The management of Ibero-American show caves. Heros Lobo (Brazil). Professor at Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos
  • 9:30am – 9:45am Ramón Rosselló-Móra et al., Characteristics of the microbial community in Sa Cova des Pas de Vallgornera 
  • 9:45am – 10am Santos Lobo, H. et al. Percepção de lotação e suas contribuições para a capacidade de carga social em cavernas turísticas brasileiras: primeiros resultados (Crowd perception and contribution to tourist carrying capacity in Brazilian caves: Preliminary results 
  • 1am – 10:15am – De la Losa, A. et al. Agressiveness of chemical products used in the removal of lampenflora through electric conductivity measures. 
  • 10:15am – 10:30am Baquedano Estévez, C. et al. The fight against lampenflora in Spanish show caves. 
  • 10:30am – 11am CONFERENCE: Tourist development and use regulations of cenotes in the State of Yucatán. Eric S.Torres, (México). Chieff of the Department of Karstic System Management (México)



11:00am – 11:30am  Coffee break. 



11:30am – 1:30pm 4th scientific session

  • 11:30am – 11:45pm Jorge, N. A. Renewal of tourist destinations – Caves as the centre of tourist complexes 
  • 11:45am – 12pm Lucía Ojeda Rodríguez, Conditioning and installation of a laser-based spectroscopy equipment (CO2, CH4, δ13C-CO2y δ13C – CH4) in the cave of Nerja (Málaga).
  • 12pm – 12:15pm Giménez Portero, Reyes, et al., Preliminary results on the environmental monitoring in Cueva de las Güixas(Villanúa, Pirineo central).
  • 12:15pm – 12:30pm Navarrete-Martín, E. et al. Energy efficiency of the lighting system in Gruta de las Maravillas (Aracena, Huelva): a step further towards sustainable tourism. 
  • 12:30pm – 12:45pm  Jordá Bordehore, R. et al. Study on the stability of the Natural MonumentMina de la Jayona (Fuente del Arco, Badajoz).
  • 12:45pm – 1pm Torres A. et al.,  Gruta de las Maravillas and the management of Aracena’s tourist development.
  • 1pm – 1:15pm Kadiri, M. et al. Project for the tourist activity in La Grotte du Chameau Berkane (Morocco)
  • 1:15pm-2pm – CONFERENCEWorldwide Subterranean Tourism, Brad Wuest(USA), ISCA President.



2pm – 4pm  Lunch (not provided by the organization) 



4pm – 6pm 5th scientific session

  • 4:pm – 4:15pm  Alba Fas Botias. Towards a new culture of subterranean tourism.
  • 4:15pm – 4:30pm Palomo Arrabal Yolanda. Villanúa tourism: Development and Innovaation in Cueva de las Güixas.
  • 4:30pm – 4:45pm Palomo, Y. Renovation of tourist destinations – Caves as centre of holiday resorts. 
  • 4:45pm – 5pm  Josep Antoni Casabó Bernad y María Luisa Rovira Gomar. The first human settlements inCoves de Sant Josep (La Vall d’Uixó, Castelló).
  • 5pm – 5:15pm  Machause López, Sonia. The caves surrounding the iberan settlement of Sant Josep (La Vall d’Uixó): ¿Ritual or auxiliary places?
  • 5:15pm – 5:45pm CONFERENCE:Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin. Josep Casabó (Spain) Archaeologist, Department of Education, Research, Culture and Sport, Generalitat Valenciana



6pm – 7pm  Audiovisual presentations



9pm  Official Congress Dinner. “Les Moreres” Restaurant. Passeig de les Grutes, 2, 12600 la Vall d’Uixó



Lugar: Auditorium Leopoldo Penyarroja, calle Ángela Portalés Romerom s/n, 12600 La Vall d’Uixó.

9:30am – 11am 6th Scientific Session

  • 9:30am – 9:45am Espín de Gea, Antonio et al., Opening of the new acces to the cave in the Port of Calasparra (Murcia), a technological challenge from the geophysical initial research to the excavation method of the access tunnel.
  • 9:45am – 10am García Fidalgo, M.P. et al. Cueva de Valporquero 50 + 1 (1966 – 2017). Development in the management of the tourist resource. 
  • 10:00 a 10:15 Ros, A. et al. Technical Information Point (TIP_NFC) using NFC technology in cavities and new topography marks. 
  • 10:15 a 10:30 Fuente, I. et al. Subterranean cavities, radon and the new European directive. 
  • 10:30 a 10:45 CONFERENCE: The Subterranean Tourism model in Italy. Mario Verole Bozzello (Italia), Gruta del Vento and delegate of the Associazione de Grotte Turistiche Italiane



11am – 11:30am Coffee break


11:30am – 12:30pm  7th scientific session

  • 11:30 – 12pm CONFERENCE: Marketing resources and trends applied to the subterranean tourism. Raúl Temprano (Spain), Manager of Guheko
  • 12pm – 12:15pm  Hugo Rodrigues de Araujo et al., Gestão de grutas turísticas: caracterização de casos existentes no Brasil, Portugal e Espanha (Management of show caves: characteristics of Brazilian, Portuguese and Spanish caves).
  • 12:15pm – 12:30pm Jordá Bordehore, R. et al. Proposal of alternative mining routes for tourist use in the mines of La Florida, Cantabria. 
  • 12:30pm -1pm  CONFERENCE: Caves and the Subterranean World. Cultural Heritage Networks. Darricau, J. (Francia) I.S.C.A. – Chairman of International Commission on Prehistory in Show Caves



1pm – 1:30pm  Congress closing ceremony



1:30pm – 2:30pm ACTE and actiba assembly






From March 27th the registration period will be opened at 
Fees are as follow: 
.General registration fee: 200€
.Reduced registration fee: only for members of ACTIBA, ACTE, ISCA and other collaborating entities, as well as for lecturers (1 registration per communication): 150€
.Students registration fee: 50€(1)

Registration fees include conferences and communications. Lunch on June 21st and congress official dinner on June 22nd.
(1) Students registration fee includes conferences and communications. Lunch on June 21st and congress official dinner on June 22nd are not included. If you wish to attend you shall ask for a place when getting your credentials and pay the pertinent fee. It will be subject to availability.


Brad Wuest (USA), ISCA President
Heros Lobo (Brasil), Profesor en UFSCar
Joëlle Darricau (Francia) I.S.C.A . – Chairman of International Commission on Prehistory in Show Caves
Mario Verole Bozzello (Italia) AGTI
Josep Casabó, (España)
Juan José Durán Valsero (España) Presidente de actiba
Poliarp Garay, (España)
Jorge García (España),Consejero Delegado de Ensevall
Raúl Temprano (España), Guheko


Worldwide Subterranean Tourism
The management of Ibero-American show caves
Caves and the Subterranean World. Cultural Heritage Networks
The Subterranean Tourism model in Italy
Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin
Geoparks and Show Caves. A new Alliance
Hypogene caves
The tourism model in La Vall d’Uixó
Marketing resources and trends applied to the subterranean tourism