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The Devon Karst....The Devon Karst Research Society....Research Society
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A DEVON KARSZTKUTATÓ EGYESÜLET..·..Anglia    |   DEVONSKÝ KRAS VÝSKUMNÁ SPOLOČNOSŤ..·.. Anglicko
ДРУШТВО ЗА ИСТРАЖИВАЊЕ КРША "ДЕВОН"..·.. Енглеска   |   DRUŠTVO ZA ISTRAŽIVANJE KRŠA "DEVON"..·.. Engleska
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This revised Website Online Edition v. 9.2.0.  is dated 02 April 2014...Revision history :  (now given in the Website Directory or Contents Page.)
DKRS (UK) Author & Editor :  B. Lewarne.      UK Webmasters :  R .P. Smith;  B. Lewarne.
Additional pre-Web-publishing Technical Support & Proof Reading:  L. and.A.J. Satterley.
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News updates on the Progress of updating this Website :

VERSION SERIES 9. of the Website marks a general presentational revision to address readability problems and underlying technical issues before the introduction of Version Series 10. in 2015. This will also allow for the completion of various individual webpages, which are now long overdue.
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WE MUST REMIND OUR VISITORS THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO RE-SET YOUR SCREEN RESOLUTION, IF IT IS NOT ALREADY SET AT THE MAXIMUM LEVEL.
Please visit the "Practical Notes and Technical Information" page via the Link at the bottom of this column.


-..Bosnia & Hercegovina Webpages -
The "Proteus Project" Webpages are now being substantially revised and updated. (April 2014)

Public Appeal for help with
Speleobiological "Proteus Project"
in Bosnia & Hercegovina.
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The Devon Karst Research Society
Plymouth - Budapest - Trebinje
Activities (Europe)
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Links to individual Projects in Bosnia & Hercegovina :
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BiH sub-Project No. 1...DOBROMANI PONOR MILLS.
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BiH sub-Project No. 2...FATNIČKO POLJE.
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BiH Main Project No. 3.
"PROTEUS PROJECT."
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(currently undergoing extensive revision)
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Click on the Link below for details of our new Serials Title
ISSN 1986-8359.
"Spelaeobiologica Bosniæ et Hercegovinæ.
Monographs in Speleobiology and the Conservation-management of Karst Conduit-aquifer Ecosystems in the Dinaric Karst of Eastern Hercegovina, Bosnia & Hercegovina."
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"Proteus Project" Monograph Vol.1. in the Monograph 
Series is now available.
[Eds.: B. Lewarne; Gergely Balázs; R.P. Smith.]
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or our General Coverage of
The Karstography of the Dinaric Karst in Bosnia and Hercegovina.


The Devon Karst Research Society
Plymouth - Budapest - Trebinje
Karstological and Speleological Reference Library.
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Link to :..Library
Location;
Reference Facility;
Catalogues;
Bibliographic & Academic Services;
Media Resources;
Karst- and Speleo-related Publications Reviews.


The Devon Karst Research Society
Plymouth - Budapest - Trebinje
Archive.
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Link to :..Archives
Location;
Reference Facility;
Catalogues.


The Devon Karst Research Society
Plymouth - Budapest - Trebinje
Foreign Policy.
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Link to :..Foreign Policy
& Foreign Assistance Programme.


The Devon Karst Research Society
Plymouth - Budapest - Trebinje
Membership
(inactive Link)

The Devon Karst Research Society
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Link to :
Educational Programme


The Devon Karst Research Society
Activities (U.K.)
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Link to :..Activities (U.K.)

Public Service
Conservation

Link to :

Cattedown Bone Caves,
Plymouth,.Homepage

Welcome Note :
Welcome to the Home Page of The Devon Karst Research Society, Plymouth, Devon, England!
As well as functioning as a conduit of information for the Society's Members, this Website also aspires to inform and educate interested non-Members via the bulk of its Public Access Pages.

THE DEVON KARST RESEARCH SOCIETY
Plymouth - Budapest - Trebinje
Origin and General Aims :
The Society was founded on 20 November 1976 in Plymouth as a result of the locally high level of interest shown by speleologists wishing to create a specialist group committed to promote, resource and devise research projects associated with the full range of the karst sciences (karstology) in addition  -rather than exclusively-  to the cave sciences (or speleological) aspect of karstology.
The name of the group was originally "Devon Karst Research" which was subsequently changed to "The Society of the Devon Karst Research". This was then changed again to the current form.
The Society does not promote "recreational" caving activities as a sport within Devon. Practical and technical physical caving, together with associated training, is supported only as a necessary part of speleological research and is undertaken in the larger caves of the UK that are able to withstand such activities. Many of our larger caves in Devon, including some of our SSSI Caves, have been permanently and very badly affected by "recreational caving" and so called "adventure caving" activities, the latter often being undertaken as uncontrolled commercial enterprises within supposedly State protected areas.
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Present Status :
The Society operates as an independent NGO within the "not-for-profit" voluntary sector. It is not, at this present time, a Registered UK Charity although, because of a strong altruistic element in its Activities governed by a formalised de facto Foreign Policy, it may be regarded without doubt as being a philanthropic or benevolent organisation.
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We work with many professional individuals and we also have many who are Members, but none can ever be employed as salaried or unsalaried staff by the Society. We do not waste vast sums of money on bureaucracy or self-administration, because we have unusual Rules that accompany the roles of our Officers.
In the important matters of scientific research in our speleological and karstological programmes, we are completely open-minded in the direction of investigations and we are inventive, innovative and resourceful in developing new research methods. 
As a result, the Society remains true to its original principles and ideals.
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Proposed New Status :
The future status of the Society was the subject of a membership-wide consultation process in February 2005. The outcome supported a substantial change in the way the Society could be managed in the future. Although this change is currently subject to a considerable delay beyond our control, the Society is likely to become a Registered Charity, although this is not definite. More information about this and about the changes this could have on the Society, will be given in due course. 
In any event, Membership of the Society in the future is to be available to all upon payment of an annual Membership Fee.
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Management :
Management of the Society's financial and material assets is undertaken by an elected Honorary [Executive] Membership, whose Officers are also responsible for the management of the Society's routine business such as Membership Registration, Insurances and General Enquiries. 
Policies and their changes in respect of Activities and objectives are decided upon by all Members at General Meetings. As a result, the Executive (or Council) is responsible for implementation and development in matters of, for example:-
   -  UK and International Research Programmes and offering and managing the relevant Project Research Assistantships;
   -  Educational Programme, including Public Lectures;
   -  The Plymouth-based Library Facility, its Collections and its Academic & Bibliographic Services;
   -  Use and Maintenance of Surface and Underground Scientific Field Equipment in both Plymouth (UK) and Trebinje (BiH);
   -  Use and Maintenance of Technical Underground Caving Equipment in both Plymouth (UK) and Trebinje (BiH);
   -  Karst and Cave Conservation and Preservation;
   -  Public Service Programme;
   -  de facto Foreign Policy, which includes the Overseas Science Programme;
   -  Internal Training; 
   -  Safety;
   -  Production of a Publication;
   -  Recruitment and management of casual external volunteers to assist with all project work,
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..... within the framework of the Statements in the Clauses, Paragraphs and Sections of the Society's Constitution.
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Office & Documentation : 
The Society's Office (not permanently staffed) is located in its Plymouth Reference Library & Archive Facility at :-
.....46, Morley Court, Western Approach, 
.....PLYMOUTH, 
.....Devon,  PL1  1SJ.,
.....England, U.K.
Prospective.(non-Member) callers are requested to telephone or e-mail in advance of visiting :-
.....Tel  + (44) (0)1752  261278.
.....or by e-mail :..karstcentral@netscape.net
The Hon. Secretary also may be contacted at :- 
.....Tel + (44) (0)1752 309904.
.....or by e-mail :  ajsatterley@blueyonder.co.uk
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Publication :
The Society has published the first of a new Series of Monographs in December 2010., relating directly to the results of its principal science programme in Bosnia & Hercegovina. The Monograph Series Title / Sub-Title is :-
"Spelaeobiologica Bosniæ et Hercegovinæ.
..MONOGRAPHS in SPELEOBIOLOGY.AND THE CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT.OF KARST CONDUIT-AQUIFER ECOSYSTEMS IN THE DINARIC KARST OF EASTERN HERCEGOVINA."
The first and all subsequent Monographs in the Series is published jointly with our partner organization in Bosnia & Hercegovina and will support the Society's science programme in that country.
Further details can be obtained from our "Proteus Project" webpages on this Website, available via a Link in the left-side column of this page.
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Public Lectures :
The Society is available from time to time and by appointment, to offer educational and research lectures.
Subjects range in scope from the project at Cattedown to our more exotic foreign scientific programme in Bosnia & Hercegovina. These range in scope from simple talks, presentations or lectures to full multimedia presentations.
Details of the extremely interesting work we are undertaking in Bosnia & Hercegovina with the conservation and protection of karst ecosystems and endangered hypogean species is now being made available in the UK.
and offers exclusive access to some of the most amazing video footage of the hidden karst underworld in the Dinaric Karst.  We also offer a range of films covering karst and cave research in the Dinaric Karst and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
Our charges vary according to the subject covered and duration and type of talk or lecture and the venue for the event.
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Logo :
It was not until 1998 that the Society's Logo was created. Designed by our Members, it illustrates a cave profile, whose outline is the shape of the English County of Devonshire superimposed on a matrix of the standard geological graphic representation of karstified limestone. The whole is embellished with bats and contained within inner and outer circles, within the annulus of which is inscribed the name of the Society.
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Other Title Styles :
The Society currently has 4 other Title Language-styles used in Eastern European Countries where Foreign Members are or were resident or in which the Society's Foreign Assistance Programme operates.
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Links or contact details to recommended Professional Academic Institutions specializing in aspects of Karst Research :
For those who are interested in pursuing the multi-disciplinary science of karstology further, we can recommend the following Institutions, which can be accessed on the World Wide Web via the Links provided :-

THE KARST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, (Slovenia).
of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts,
Postal Address :  Znanstvenoraziskovalni Center, Slovenske Akademija Znanosti in Umetnosti, Inštitut za Raziskovanje Krasa, Titov trg 2, SI-6230 POSTOJNA, R. Slovenia.
http://www.zrc-sazu.si/izrk/
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GEOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE "JOVAN CVIJIĆ", (Serbia).
of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
Postal Address :  Đure Jakšića 9/III., 11000 BEOGRAD, R. Serbia.
http://www.gi.sanu.ac.rs/en
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HUNGARIAN INSTITUTE FOR SPELEOLOGY, (Hungary).
Postal Address :..Kolto út. 21., H-1121 BUDAPEST, Hungary.
(no website address)
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OFFICE FOR STATE ADMINISTRATION OF SLOVAK CAVES, (Slovakia).
Postal Address :..Správa Slovenských Jaskýň, Hodžova 11., 031 01 LIPTOVSKÝ MIKULÁŠ, Slovensko.
http://www.ssj.sk
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SLOVAK MUSEUM OF NATURE PROTECTION AND SPELEOLOGY, (Slovakia).
Postal Address :..Slovenské múzeum ochrany prírody a jaskyniarstva, Školská 4., 031 01 LIPTOVSKÝ MIKULÁŠ, Slovensko.
http://www.smopaj.sk



Links to other recommended Websites of Speleological and Karstological specialist organizations :
For those who are interested in browsing the World Wide Web for other specialist karst and cave websites, we can recommend the following :-
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The SPELEOLOŠKO DRUŠTVO "ZELENA BRDA", (Trebinje, RS-BiH).
[This is our Partner Organization in Bosnia & Hercegovina.]
(website not available)
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CRESWELL CRAGS. (U.K.). (Speleo-archaeology and -palaeontology).
Postal address :  Creswell Heritage Trust, Creswell Crags Visitor Centre, Crags Road, WELBECK, Worksop, Notts., UK., S80 3LH.
http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk
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MAGYAR KARSZT- ÉS BARLANGKUTATÓ TÁRSULAT, (Hungary).
Postal Address :  H-1025 BUDAPEST, Pusztaszeri út 35., Magyarország.
http://www.barlang.hu

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