UIS Internal Regulations
Internal Regulations of the International Union of Speleology
Adopted by the General Assembly at the 5th International Congress of Speleology (Stuttgart, Germany, 1969), modified at the 15th International Congress of Speleology (Kerrville, USA, 2009)and the 16th International Congress of Speleology (Brno, Czech Republic, 2013)
Article 1: Preamble
According to the Union Internationale de Spéléologie’s Act of Societies Article 11 (official paper of the Republic of Slovenia No. 60/5) created during the 4th International Congress of Speleology in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, on September 16, 1965, and amended during the session of the General Assembly held on July 23, 2001 in Brasilia DF, Brazil during the 13th International Congress of Speleology, the Union’s General Assembly decided to set the Union’s stable address in Slovenia and adopted the following:
a) The name of the Society is: Union Internationale de Spéléologie (UIS).
b) The UIS is a legal subject of Slovene law. The UIS headquarters is Postojna, Titov trg 2, Slovenia.
c) The UIS has a logo. It graphically represents the acronym “UIS” with two rectangles above the letters U and S, of the same colour as “UIS” (blue or black), and includes the caption “Union Internationale de Spéléologie.” The seal of the Society is rectangular in shape, 4.7 x 1.3 cm in size, and contains the UIS logo and the heading “Sécrétaire Général.”
d) The UIS can be associated with caving and other organizations in Slovenia and abroad.
e) The UIS works on a volunteer basis and is open to public. The UIS publicizes its activities directly by publishing printed reports and/or through public media.
f) The UIS can have real or other property, which must be listed as property of the UIS in the UIS inventory. Property of the UIS can be bought or sold only through the decision of the UIS Bureau.
g) The UIS can be dissolved by a majority vote of its General Assembly where more than 2/3 of delegates of member countries are present. In the case of UIS dissolution, the General Assembly of the UIS will decide to whom the assets, property, and authority of the UIS will belong.
Article 2: Objectives of Internal Regulations
The purpose of these Internal Regulations is to complement the UIS Statutes by establishing the detailed procedures, standards, and obligations of the UIS Bureau and those the Bureau assigns to perform duties for the UIS. Their intent is to promote fellowship among speleologists and cavers around the world, develop all aspects of speleology (scientific, technical, cultural, sporting, social, and economic), and to promote the protection and management of the world’s speleological and karst heritage in ways conducive to sustainable development in all locations where caves or speleological activities occur.
Article 3: Official documents of the UIS
The official documents of the UIS include:
- Statutes of the UIS
- Internal Regulations of the UIS
- UIS Code of Ethics for cave exploration and science in foreign countries
- Instructions and General Recommendations for Organizers of International Congresses of Speleology
- Agreements signed with other organizations
Article 4: Extraordinary General Assembly
The guide for the accomplishment of Extraordinary General Assemblies with votes by electronic correspondence is a proposed alternative secured by the current statutes of the UIS. Item (g) of Article 3 of the UIS Statutes foresees voting by correspondence, through letter or telegram, since the original version of the Statutes was written in a time before electronic communication. Considering the current widespread use of electronic means of correspondence, the UIS recommends institution of the present norm to regulate voting through electronic means as another alternative voting method.
The use of votes by E-mail correspondence
E-mail voting can be used to facilitate legitimate decision making by an Extraordinary General Assembly on matters important to the UIS, or on matters which the UIS Bureau either does not have the power to address or would rather consult the General Assembly on before taking a decision.
Convocation and Vote
An Extraordinary General Assembly can be called by the Bureau or by request to the Bureau of at least 10 % of the Member Countries of the UIS, as foreseen in the item (d) of Article 4 of the UIS Statutes.
The agenda of the Extraordinary General Assembly is established by Bureau.
The President is the person responsible for writing a Circular Letter to all of the Delegates justifying the need to convoke the Extraordinary General Assembly of the UIS.
The Secretary General sends the President's Circular Letter, together with the agenda for the analysis and vote, to all the Regular and Substitute Delegates of any Member Country of the UIS in good standing with the treasury of the UIS as a first convocation of the Assembly. This should be accompanied with a request to confirm receipt.
The period for voting of the Delegates is 15 (fifteen) days from the first summons and 7 (seven) days from the second one. The deadline for voting will be stated for clarity in the Secretary General’s e-mail, including the date and the time by Greenwich Mean Time. If in the period of 15(fifteen) days the majority of the Delegates with the right to vote, do not present their votes, the Secretary General sends the same President's Circular Letter again, together with the agenda to be voted, as a second summons of the Assembly.
Each Delegate's vote should be sent to the UIS Secretary General within the established period. Delegates who do not vote or vote outside the established period will be registered as abstentions. A Delegate that has voted in the first summons is released from voting in the second summons, unless the Delegate’s position has altered. If a Delegate votes in response to both summonses, the second vote will be considered the Delegate’s true and final vote.
Scrutiny of the voting
The scrutiny of the voting is responsibility of the UIS Secretary General. To be considered valid, the votes of the Delegates must be clearly stated (YES, NO or ABSTENTION) with no comments or conditions.
Each UIS Member Country has a right to only one vote on each issue brought forward for a vote. If both the Regular and Substitute Delegate for a Member Country vote on the same issue, the Substitute Delegate's vote will only be counted if the Regular Delegate doesn’t vote within the established period.
The results will be determined by a simple majority of received valid votes.
The Secretary General has the obligation to file all of the documents of the summons process, voting, and scrutiny of the voting, for consideration during the next Ordinary General Assembly of the Union.
The Secretary General has the obligation to implement the results of the Extraordinary General Assembly and to inform the international speleological community. Within 15 (fifteen) days after the deadline for the vote, the results of the vote should be sent to the UIS Bureau and all UIS Delegates. The results should be published in the next edition of the UIS Bulletin and presented in the next updating of the UIS Website. Within 30 (thirty) days after the deadline for the vote, the results should be formally sent to all the national federations and associations of all the UIS Member Countries, as well as for their respective publications in the form of a publishable article.
All resolutions approved by an Extraordinary General Assembly with voting by electronic correspondence should be confirmed by the next Ordinary General Assembly of the UIS.
In the case of a tie vote, the power of decision rests with the President of the UIS, at least until the next Ordinary General Assembly of the Union.
Article 5: Bureau Responsibilities and Powers
The UIS Bureau is responsible for:
Conduct of UIS Bureau meetings:
Conclusion of Bureau membership:
Article 6: President’s Responsibilities and Powers
Article 7: Vice-Presidents’ Responsibilities and Powers
Appointment of Vice-Presidents:
a) coordinate and communicate with the Organizing Committee of each International Congress of Speleology and other international meetings supported by the UIS in the establishment of their programs;
b) coordinate and communicate with the UIS Commissions, Committees, Working Groups, and other internal UIS organizations to ensure that all groups are active, productive, reporting their results to the Bureau on a regular basis, and publishing their results as available;
c) assist and rehabilitate International Congress Organizing Committees and UIS internal organizations as needed;
d) recommend to the Bureau that Organizing Committees and UIS internal organizations continue to be supported by the UIS or be disbanded if they are inactive or not functioning in a way that supports the goals and standards of the UIS;
e) assign, if the position is vacant, a Librarian for the Documentation Center of the UIS and communicate with that person on a regular basis to insure the Center is active, functioning properly, and that it meets the needs and purposes of the UIS.
a) assign, if the position is vacant, a person as Website Manager to coordinate and maintain the UIS website, and communicate with that person on a regular basis to ensure the website is active, productive, up-to-date, easy to use, informative, and reflects the goals and standards of the UIS;
b) assign, if the position is vacant, a person as Technical Manager to attend to the technical aspects of the UIS Internet facilities, and communicate with that person on a regular basis to ensure the facilities are properly operational and secure;
c) assign, if the position is vacant, a person as Chief Editor of the UIS Bulletin who will be responsible for its publication and distribution, and communicate with that person on a regular basis to ensure the Bulletin is produced and distributed on time, within its budget, and is professional in appearance, informative, and reflects the goals and standards of the UIS;
d) assign, if the position is vacant, a person as Chief Editor of the International Journal of Speleology who will be responsible for its publication and distribution, and communicate with that person on a regular basis to insure the Journal is produced and distributed on time and within its budget, maintains a high professional international standard in appearance, content, and scientific recognition, and reflects the goals and standards of the UIS;
e) regularly review the content of all UIS printed and electronic publications, including the website, and coordinate as needed with the President and Secretary General on their policy and content;
f) replace any person in an assigned publication or Internet position, following consultation and approval by the President and Secretary General, if the person is not able or willing to perform their assignment or in a manner consistent with UIS goals and standards.
Article 8: Secretary General´s Responsibilities and Powers
The Secretary General:
Article 9: Adjunct Secretaries’ Responsibilities and Powers
The Adjunct Secretaries:
Article 10: Invited Adjunct Secretaries’ Responsibilities and Powers
The Bureau, by simple majority vote, may appoint people from member countries not represented on the Bureau to serve as Invited Adjunct Secretaries. These members have all of the rights, duties, and privileges of Adjunct Secretaries, except they cannot vote.
The Bureau will elect Invited Adjunct Secretaries for the following reasons:
Article 11: Past Presidents’ Responsibilities and Powers
Past Presidents are normally included as Honorary Members of the Bureau.
Article 12: Honorary Presidents’ Responsibilities and Powers
Honorary Presidents are appointed by the General Assembly. The Honorary Presidents have the right to be heard at meetings and thus serve as advisors to the Bureau, but they do not have the right to vote.
Article 13: Honorary Bureau Members’ Responsibilities and Powers
Honorary Members of the Bureau (excluding past Presidents) are recommended by the Bureau, based on their contributions to the development of speleology, and are appointed by the General Assembly. The Honorary Members have the right to be heard at meetings and thus serve as advisors to the Bureau, but they do not have the right to vote.
Article 14: Awards of the UIS
This UIS gives awards to recognize excellent and/or longstanding service to the UIS and/or speleology in general. The General Assembly gives the UIS Bureau the authority to select the people receiving the awards in order to protect the privacy, dignity, and integrity of the selection process and the nominees. There are three award categories: Fellowship, Honorary List, and Prizes.
Fellowships are the highest award given by the UIS in recognition of outstanding contributions to speleology and/or the UIS. The Honorary List acknowledges people who have significantly contributed to the development of speleology and/or the UIS.
Nominees for Fellowships or the Honorary List may be submitted to the UIS Bureau or from within the UIS Bureau. Each nomination must include information with the person’s qualifications and justifications for nomination. During a closed session of the UIS Bureau meeting, the UIS Bureau will select which people will receive a Fellowship or be added to the Honorary List. The selection will occur at the UIS Bureau meeting one year before an International Congress of Speleology to allow time to create certificates for those selected, and for notification of the selectees so they have adequate time to plan and attend the congress where they will be formally recognized at the first session of the General Assembly. The names of the selectees will be kept confidential until announced at the congress.
Prizes are given at the International Congress of Speleology for specific accomplishments at the congress or during the period since the previous congress. Prizes may be given for outstanding books, scientific posters presented at the congress, and other contributions to speleology as determined appropriate by a Prize Committee appointed by the UIS Bureau. The Prize Committee will also decide the number of prizes, who will receive them, the nature of the prize (e.g. certificate, medal, funds, etc.), and other conditions as necessary per the unique materials and accomplishments present at a congress or since the previous congress. The prizes are not competitive and not related to the cartographic, photographic, athletic, and other competitions at the congresses. More than one prize may be given for a category, and prizes will not be given if the Prize Committee does find accomplishments worthy of the recognition.
Article15: Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee consists of 5 (five) members invited by the Bureau, although they do not actually belong to the elected Bureau.
The members of the Advisory Committee will be asked to give their opinions about important decisions of the Bureau of the UIS when asked to do so by the Bureau.
The members of the Advisory Committee can participate in the meetings of the Bureau and have the right to be heard.
All members of the Advisory Committee are automatically relieved of their duties upon termination of the term of the Bureau which appointed them.
The members of the Advisory Committee can be invited to serve as members of Advisory Committee for subsequent Bureaus.
Article 16: Member Countries
A country is a region legally identified as a distinct political geographic entity as reported by the United Nations list of countries. In order to take into account different situations inherited from the past or for any other exceptional case, the Bureau may accept exceptions from this rule which must be endorsed by the General Assembly.
A new country can be admitted into the UIS by making a formal request. This request should be printed on letterhead paper and sent to the Secretary General of the UIS. It must contain the name of the organization submitting the request, as well as information about it and data and publications showing that it is representative of speleology in the country; letters of support from delegates of UIS member countries in good standing may also be submitted. The request must indicate the names of the delegates and include the funds for the payment of the first annual fee (or a promise of payment at the upcoming ICS), as well as making it clear that the organization will respect the Statutes and standards of the UIS. The Bureau will review all membership applications and if they are found acceptable the Bureau will recommend them to the General Assembly for approval.
Any country where speleology is practiced, whatever its level of development, can apply to join the UIS. The acceptance of a new Member Country is ratified by the General Assembly.
Each Member Country must appoint two Delegates (Regular and Substitute) to represent that country in the UIS and to participate in the General Assemblies.
Each Member Country must agree to pay the annual affiliation fees to the UIS. A country that has not paid all of its fees will not be allowed to participate in the General Assembly as a voting member.>/p>
The UIS encourages the sustainable use of the world’s speleological heritage and thus supports the initiatives of its Delegates and their affiliated entities in projects designed for such purposes in their home countries, while simultaneously respecting the legislation of each Member Country.
Once a new Member Country is formally accepted, the Secretary General of the UIS must communicate this fact in the UIS Bulletin and on the web site, and send the new Delegate a copy of all of the official documents of the UIS. The delegate of the Member Country will be sent the UIS logo for use by that country’s speleological organizations to show affiliation with the UIS, but the logo may not be used for the organization’s events without requesting permission as described in Article 30 below.
A Member Country that fails to communicate with the UIS or pay its fees for more than 5 (five) years may be removed from the UIS by a vote of the General Assembly following a recommendation by the Bureau. At such a time, the Member Country may immediately apply for reinstatement by a different national organization from that country along with payment for all unpaid fees. If the unpaid fees cannot be paid at that time, the national organization must wait until the next International Congress to reapply, at which time past unpaid fees will not be owed unless reinstatement is requested by the national organization that developed the debt.
Associated Speleological Organizations are international speleological organizations composed of national organizations within a geographic region that represent individual speleologists or speleological organizations. These international organizations may request association with the UIS on their stationary in letters containing the name of the organization, data about the organization’s origin, goals, membership and activities, and a statement that the organization supports the goals and Code of Ethics of the UIS. An official representative must be indicated, the letter must be sent to the President or the Secretary General of the UIS. Acceptance follows a majority vote by the UIS Bureau and is in effect at that time, but requires ratification by the next General Assembly.
The official representatives of Associated Speleological Organizations have the right to participate in the General Assemblies of the UIS and open UIS Bureau meetings with the right to be heard, but without the right to vote. Members of the UIS Bureau have the right to participate in the assemblies and open meetings of the Associated Speleological Organizations with the right to be heard, but without the right to vote.
The establishment of new Associated Speleological Organizations will be communicated by the Secretary General of the UIS in the UIS Bulletin and on the UIS website. The Associated Speleological Organizations will communicate their association with the UIS to their members through their publications and websites. Copies of all official documents of the UIS and the Associated Speleological Organization will be exchanged between the organizations.
Article 18: Affiliated Organizations
Affiliated Organizations include institutes and other bodies supporting the goals of the UIS. These are not national speleological organizations but may include private companies as well as non-profit organizations.
Affiliated Organizations should appoint a representative to the UIS.
The official representatives of Affiliated Organizations have the right to participate in the General Assemblies of the UIS, with the right to be heard, but without the right to vote.
For the affiliation of a new organization, a formal statement of the desire for admission into the UIS is required. This request must be printed on letterhead paper, containing the name of the organization, and must be sent to the President or the Secretary General of the UIS. Provisional acceptance follows a majority vote by the UIS Bureau and all rights and obligations of the organization go into effect at that time; full acceptance requires ratification by the next General Assembly, which has the right to support or reject the Bureau’s decision. The request must contain data about the organization and a brief account showing how it is representative of speleology of the country. An official representative must be indicated, and the organization must agree to respect the Statutes and standards of the UIS, as well as to pay the annual fees once affiliation is approved. Non-payment of the annual fees for more than two consecutive years will result in the loss of affiliation; the organization may reapply for affiliation.
The affiliation of new organizations will be communicated by the Secretary General of the UIS in the UIS Bulletin, and on the website, and copies of all official documents of the UIS will be sent to the official representative of the organization.
Each Affiliated Organization has the right to non-commercial use of the logotype of the UIS on their documents to show their affiliation to the UIS.
Article 19: Delegates
Article 20: Department Presidents
The election of presidents for the various departments is outlined in the UIS Statutes. It is the responsibility of the President of each Department to:
The President of each Department, or someone delegated by him/her, has the right to use space on the UIS website for Department web pages.
Article 21: Presidents of Commissions, Committees and Working Groups
Presidents of the Commissions, Committees, and Working Groups will be elected by their respective members. It is the responsibility of the President of each Commission, Committee or Working Group to:
Presidents are encouraged to delegate these and other responsibilities to their members for greater effectiveness. The UIS Bureau may require a Commission, Committee or Working Group to deactivate, reorganize, or select new officers if the above responsibilities are not met.
The President of each Commission, Committee, or Working Group, or someone delegated by them, has the right to use space on the UIS website for their group's web pages.
The term “Working Group” above refers to formal Working Groups of the UIS instituted at a General Assembly of the UIS, not to the internal Working Groups which may be formed from time to time by and within Commissions, Committees, or Working Groups of the UIS.
Article 22: UIS Bulletin
The UIS Bulletin is the official publication for publicizing the activities of the UIS and the state of the art of international speleology.
The UIS Bulletin will be published twice a year, but this frequency can be increased if deemed necessary.
The publishing, printing and distribution of the UIS Bulletin are conducted under the direction of the UIS Vice-President of Operations.
The UIS Bulletin will be primarily distributed in electronic form but with archival paper copies sent to the UIS Documentation Center in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the UIS permanent headquarters in Postojna, and to any of the people, organizations, or facilities listed below that cannot receive the UIS Bulletin in electronic form and requests a paper copy. An electronic copy of each edition will be sent to:
The following material must be published in the UIS Bulletin:
The following material is recommended for publication in the UIS Bulletin:
Advertisements can be published in the UIS Bulletin as long as:
Article 23: International Journal of Speleology
The International Journal of Speleology is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific publication of the highest international standard.
The publication, printing and distribution of the International Journal of Speleology is delegated to a society or national federation of one of the member countries of the UIS by means of a specific agreement approved by the UIS Bureau.
The organization responsible for the publication, printing, and distribution of the International Journal of Speleology will appoint someone as a Chief Editor responsible for maintaining contact with the UIS Bureau through the UIS Vice-President of Operations and will select an Editorial Staff and advise the UIS Bureau of its members.
Special editions can be organized by a Guest Editor.
The occurrence of international speleological events officially supported by the UIS may justify the organization of additional special issues of the International Journal of Speleology.
The International Journal of Speleology supplements the scientific reports or papers produced by the Commissions, Committees, and Working Groups, but it cannot take their place.
Special editions can be organized with the agreement of the responsible organization, the Chief Editor, and the Presidents of Departments, Commissions, Committees, or Working Groups to present the result of work and/or studies developed by these organizations of the UIS.
For each published issue of the International Journal of Speleology, at least one copy must be sent to the UIS Documentation Center in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the UIS permanent headquarters in Postojna, and to each of the Associated and Affiliated Organizations. An electronic copy should be available from the Journal's website.
Article 24: Bulletin Bibliographique Spéléologique/Speleological Abstracts
Speleological Abstracts, the Bulletin Bibliographique Spéléologique, is a publication that annually lists and abstracts all publications related to speleology within a given year. It is produced to facilitate research and the study of speleology and is available both in electronic form from its website and in printed form.
Speleological Abstracts is the responsibility of the President of the Bibliography Commission of the UIS, who coordinates with the UIS Vice-President of Administration.
Speleological Abstracts is regularly updated electronically. Special collaborators are invited from each Member Country, as well as the assistance provided by the UIS Delegates.
The UIS Treasurer is required to provide financing for the publication, printing and distribution of the Speleological Abstracts.
Article 25: Karst Information Portal
The Karst Information Portal (KIP) is a project that the UIS conducts with the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) of the USA, University of New Mexico (UNM), and the University of South Florida (USF) as part of the signed agreement of the Karst Information Portal Consortium (KIP-C). Based on that agreement, KIP’s “purpose is to organize, manage, and generally make available data on caves, karst, and related phenomena, and provide a collaborative forum for the exchange of ideas and information on such topics, all in an international virtual environment known as the Karst Information Portal (KIP). These services are provided for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes that support effective and sustainable research, utilization, and management of caves, karst, and related resources. The KIP-C reserves the right not to distribute certain information if it could result in the exploitation or degradation of cave, karst or related resources.”
The agreement further states “The role of the UIS is to develop communication, collaborations, and data linkages and exchanges between the KIP-C and the international community of cave and karst researchers, managers, and explorers. The UIS will link its website and cave and karst databases to the KIP-C, and will actively promote similar action by its members, as well as international non-member individuals and organizations. The UIS will inform the KIP-C of any relevant international activities and will inform the international cave and karst community of the KIP-C’s activities. The UIS will assist in providing language translations when needed by the KIP-C.”
The UIS will appoint a member of the Bureau to serve as the representative to the KIP-C and to work with UIS Officers, Bureau Members, Delegates, Departments, Committees, Working Groups, Associated and Affiliated Organizations, and other individuals, projects, and programs of UIS to support the KIP as stated in the KIP-C agreement.
Article 26: Documentation Center of the UIS
The Documentation Center of the UIS is a library composed of speleological and related publications from around the world.
The Documentation Center of the UIS must maintain complete collections of all official publications of the UIS: Proceedings of the ICS, UIS Bulletin, International Journal of Speleology, Speleological Abstracts, scientific reports or papers produced by the Commissions, Committees and Working groups, etc.
The organization and maintenance of the Documentation Center of the UIS is delegated to one of the national societies or federations of one of the member countries of the UIS, by means of a special agreement approved by the UIS Bureau until such time as the UIS will be able to maintain this center at the permanent headquarters.
The organization responsible for the Documentation Center of the UIS can nominate a Librarian, who will be responsible for the maintenance of contacts with the UIS Bureau through the UIS Vice-President of Administration.
The Librarian is responsible for the presentation of an oral report about the present situation of the Documentation Center of the UIS, as well as a written report containing an index of the publications available at the center, at each UIS General Assembly for inclusion in the UIS archives.
The Librarian is responsible for sending an up-to-date list of the publications available at the Center to the UIS Bureau, as well as to the UIS website, whenever any significant change occurs.
Article 27: Archive of the UIS
The UIS Archive is located in the Institute of Karst Research, ZRS SAZU, Postojna, Slovenia.
The UIS Archive collects all paper and electronic documents dealing with UIS activities, i.e. activities of the UIS Bureau, its members, commissions and working groups, and Advisory Committee.
The UIS Archive collects all materials obtained by library exchange with other bodies.
The UIS Archive collects all publications (proceedings, books, journals, leaflets, etc.) produced with the logo of the UIS without respect to the address of the publisher. The responsible editor of such publications must deliver two copies to the UIS Archive in Postojna.
All regular members of the UIS Bureau (President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General, Treasurer, Adjunct Secretaries) will deliver all paper and electronic materials involving their activity with the UIS Bureau to the UIS Archive: (a) every 2-3 years, and/or (b) when their term of office is complete, if the materials are not delivered to their successors.
Honorary members of the UIS Bureau will deliver all paper and electronic materials involving their activity with the UIS Bureau to the UIS Archive every 2-3 years.
Presidents of UIS Commissions and Working Groups will deliver all paper and electronic materials dealing with the activities of their respective UIS bodies to the UIS Archive: (a) every 2-3 years, and/or (b) after they finished their term as President, if not delivered to their successors.
The UIS Archive is managed by a member of the UIS Bureau charged by the UIS Bureau. The charged member is responsible for the organization and management of the UIS Archive.
The UIS Bureau can establish regional archives of the UIS. This act does not relieve respective UIS persons and bodies from also delivering identical materials to the UIS Archive in Postojna.
Article 28: UIS Internet facilities
The policies governing the UIS Internet Facilities are the responsibility of the Bureau.
The UIS Internet facilities consist principally of UIS' domain name "uis-speleo.org", websites, emailing lists (listservers), generic email address redirections, web-based databases, and the supporting Domain Name Service (DNS).
The policies governing the UIS Internet Facilities are the responsibility of the Bureau.
For the proper operation and updating of the Internet Facilities, and to share the workload, volunteers may be invited to take responsibilities in the management of specific tasks. For example, Website Manager, Technical Manager, Calendar Editor, Addresses Manager, Listserver Managers, Database Managers, and any others that may be needed.
All the positions should be invited by the UIS Officer to whom they are responsible.
The UIS Website is the official electronic medium for the presentation of information of the activities of the Union and the state of international speleology.
The policy and content of the UIS website are direct responsibilities of the UIS President together with the UIS Secretary General through the Vice-President of Operations.
The day-to-day management of the website is carried out by the Website Manager.
The basic design policy for the website is:
The following are to be included on the UIS website:
The UIS website can provide space for the websites of Bureau Officers and all UIS Departments, Commissions, and Working Groups who request it, provided they obey the following rules:
Emailing listservers can be set up to facilitate discussion and information dissemination on various speleological and administrative topics. Each is generally configured and maintained by its own Listserver Manager. The list-server and topics must be directly related to the purpose of the UIS group responsible for it.
Web-based databases can be used to facilitate speleological and administrative purposes, for example, the Caver's Multi-lingual Dictionary and UIS addresses. Each is generally configured and maintained by its own Database Manager.
The Technical Manager is responsible to the Bureau via the President. The Technical Manager’s responsibilities are:
The Website Manager is responsible to the President together with the Secretary General. The Website Manager’s responsibilities are:
The The Calendar Editor is responsible to the Secretary General. The Calendar Editor’s responsibilities are:
The Addresses Manager is responsible to the Secretary General. The Addresses Manager’s responsibilities are:
Article 29: International Speleological Congresses
The ICSs are conducted once every four years and organized by a Member Country whose proposal is analyzed and chosen by vote during the General Assembly of the UIS. They are regulated by the Instructions and General Recommendations for Organizers of International Congresses of Speleology.
Article 30: Formal support for speleological events
All events which contribute to the technical, scientific or cultural development of speleology, whether of a general, international, national or even regional nature, are of interest to the UIS. The official support of the UIS is thus desirable for all such events, as this should increase their status. This document defines the types of events supported by UIS, the means of applying for UIS support, and the obligations of events that receive UIS support.
Classification of Events
For the application of these regulations of the UIS, events are classified according to their objectives and may involve various subjects in relation to geographical areas. These are categorized as follows:
Congresses involve technical, scientific and/or cultural presentations on various topics. These events must have an organizing committee, maintain a register of participants, and publish the proceedings of the event. They may include practical activities in the field, technical visits, and/or pre- and/or post-congress excursions, although these are not essential.
Congresses may be further subdivided into two sub-categories:
a. National Congresses:
National events involve a single country and are coordinated through an internal national organization. Participation is principally by residents of that country although visitors from other countries can be involved. In larger countries, regional events limited to participants from a certain part of the country may also be organized.
b. International Congresses:
Symposia involve technical, scientific and/or cultural presentations on a single theme. These events must have an organizing committee, maintain a register of participants, and publish the proceedings of the event. They may include practical activities in the field, technical visits, and/or pre- and/or post-symposium excursions, although these are not essential.
Meetings involve scientific (e.g. geomorphology, hydrogeology, speleogenesis), technical (e.g. exploration, training, surveying) and/or cultural presentations on various topics. These events must have an organizing committee and maintain a register of participants. They may include practical activities in the field, technical visits, and/or pre- and/or post-meeting excursions, although these are not essential.
Expeditions involve the organization of technical, cultural, or scientific investigations to collect information and/or samples – produce new data (e.g. maps, photographs). These events must have practical activities in the field and should involve the study and organization of the data collected. Expeditions must have an organizing committee, maintain a register of participants, publish their results, and be organized according the UIS Code of Ethics. They may involve technical visits, although this is not essential.
Any other kind of scientific, technical, or cultural event of potentially significant interest may qualify for UIS support if it has an organizing committee that can demonstrate the proposed event’s significance to speleology and the goals of the UIS.
Conditions for formal support
For the UIS to provide formal support for an event, the proposal must be of international significance and be within the scope of the regulations of the UIS, while also respecting the regulations and standards of the countries involved.
Formal request for support
Requests for support must be formally submitted on letterhead paper of the event or the organizing entity. It should contain a short description of the event, including the scope, and must be signed by the president of the organizing committee of the event and the relevant delegate(s) of the UIS.
In principle, the UIS does not support events organized by countries which are not members.
The request for support should explicitly show that the proposed event obeys the regulations and standards of the countries involved.
Agreement with the Regulations of the UIS
The request for support should explicitly show that the proposed event is in agreement with the statutes, regulations, and ethics of the UIS.
Recipients of requests for support
Requests for support should be addressed directly to the President or Secretary General of the UIS, although they can be sent indirectly through any member of the Bureau.
All events which have the formal support of the UIS will automatically assume the following obligations:
The official logo of the UIS should be printed on all material advertising the event, including posters, folders, banners, films, and any other printed matter, in a manner appropriate to the level of sponsorship. The logo may be printed in black and white if printing in the original blue color is not possible.
Promoting the name of the UIS
In news reports or any other kind of publicity of the event, it should be pointed out that the UIS is providing formal support for the event.
Official opening of the event
At the opening session of the event, the UIS should be given an opportunity to speak. This position should be reserved for the UIS President or his official representative. The delegate of the UIS of the country where the opening ceremony is being held should also be given the opportunity to speak.
Publications of the event
In any publications resulting from the event (proceedings, minutes, reports, results, etc.), the formal support of the UIS should be mentioned. In the case of expeditions, there should be space for the comments from the UIS, which would be a text written by a member of the UIS Bureau. These comments would explain the relevance and importance of the expedition.
An official representative of the UIS, and the delegate of the UIS country hosting the event, should be invited to participate in any event supported by the UIS and be exempt from registration fees.
At international events formally supported by the UIS, when stands are installed for exhibits and/or sales, the event organizers should provide exhibit space for use by the UIS. Mounting of a stand for the UIS should be discussed by the organizers of the event with the UIS President and Secretary General, and the delegate of the country promoting the event, with the latter in charge of maintaining someone at the stand of the UIS during the event. This stand can be shared with the national society of the promoting country if desired.
For international events formally supported by the UIS, depending on the importance of the event, it is recommended that the organizers of the event facilitate the presence of the official representative of the UIS, furnishing, if possible, transportation, room, and board.
If the event has a surplus of funds at its conclusion, the event organizers are asked to consider making a donation to the UIS to support its goals and activities. The donation, if any, and the amount is voluntary; any donation would be appreciated by the UIS and recognized in UIS publicity.
Letter of support
Once a request for UIS support is received, the UIS Bureau will analyze it and respond by either sending a letter of support or furnishing reasons for denying support.
Prior to responding to a request for support, the UIS Bureau Member responsible for answering will consult with the UIS Delegate(s) of the country or countries involved if they did not sign the request for support.
A request for support for a national event will be analyzed and answered directly by the Bureau Member who received it. The Bureau member will forward a copy of the request and response to the UIS President and Secretary General for review before sending the response to the person making the request. If there is disagreement about the response, all Bureau members will receive a copy of all relevant correspondence and a vote will be taken. The Bureau Member who received the request will then respond as directed by the Bureau. If an event is supported, the President of the UIS Informatics Committee will be notified by the Bureau member about the dates of the event so that it can be included on the UIS International Speleo Calendar.
Requests for support for international events should be forwarded directly to the UIS President or Secretary General, who will analyze the request and send an answer. Before writing the answer, they should consult with each other and delegates of the countries involved. If a letter of support is sent, information about the event should be forwarded to the President of the UIS Informatics Commission to be included on the UIS International Speleo Calendar.
Article 31: Modification of Internal Regulations
All modifications to the Internal Regulations will be made by the Bureau, and must be presented at the next General Assembly for the information of the Delegates and their Member Countries.