Welcome to SINTERLAKEN 2019!

From Friday 9th to Monday 12th of August, a congress of speleology will take place in Switzerland for the first time in seven years. It is the 14th congress overall and after 1967 and 1974, the third in Interlaken. 

The aim of the congress is to bring speleologists and interested parties from Switzerland and abroad together for professional exchange and networking. The passion for caves connects us and for four days, caves with all their facets are at the centre of interest.

Cave explorers present their new discoveries. At workshops, different topics can be explored individually and in greater depth. The SpeleoKino shows classics and new releases. Photographs and cave maps, submitted for the competitions are on display in the exhibition. At the SpeleOlympics, everyone can demonstrate his/her skills and rope technique. Numerous retailers are on site. Clubs, commissions, associations and individuals will inform at booths about their activities. We also offer guided excursions and camps or you undertake an independent excursion. There will also be a welcome aperitif, a gala dinner and live music.

Sinterlaken 2019 is a congress of the Swiss Society for Speleology (SSS) and organised by the Hohgant Region Speleological Association (HRH). Both organisations are celebrating an anniversary this year and cordially invite you to celebrate with them.

80 years of SSS: the SSS offers a surprise on Friday evening and invites you to a brunch on Saturday morning.
40 years of HRH: the HRH offers a dessert as usual on Saturday evening.

The Organising Committee is looking forward to an exciting and unforgettable event and invites participants to engage in the many interesting activities.

See you soon in Interlaken!

Marie-José Gilbert
President of the Organising Committee


Submissions for photo and plan competitions closed

The submissions for the photo and the survey competitions are closed! We are very happy about the participation and can present you a fabulous number of 167 pictures and 13 maps! The exhibition of the maps and the photos will also be open to the public on friday evening.

3. circular online!

The 3rd circular is available! Download here DeutschFrançaisEnglish or in Downloads

Submission deadline for photo competition extended

The photos for the photo competition can now be entered until 07.07.2019. So get on it, submit your best pictures! To the rules and registration

Bat excursion available!

From now on you can register for the bat excursion with Peter Zingg and Daniela Schmieder! More details and registration here!

Submission for papers deadline extended

ATTENTION: Because of demands, we EXTEND the submission deadline for papers to the 28. February 2019! Please submit ALL conference papers until then!

Maybe you make THE discovery of the century in 2019? You can, of course, also make a presentation in this case, without an article in the conference proceedings. We keep a presentation block free for this purpose. Please contact science@sinterlaken.ch in this case.