The 19THInternational Symposium on Vulcanospeleology (ISV) will be held in Catania, on the island of Sicily in Italy from Saturday August 29 to Saturday September 5, 2020.
The 19th ISV will take place in the prestigious setting of the University of Catania, in the centreof the city. The town is only35 kilometresfrom the top of Mt. Etna. The big draw for cavers will be the lava tubes, numbering over 300, on Mt. Etna. This mountain is a composite strato-volcano that reaches 3.325m a.s.l. Its pyroducts covera largearea (8100 hectares/ 20,000 acres).
The symposium will be organized jointly by Gruppo Grotte Catania (GGC) and University of Catania. The GGC caving groupis affiliated with the Catania section of the Club Alpino Italiano(CAI). The University of Catania1is one of the oldest in Italy.