The 17th International Speleological Congress took place in the Australian city of Penrith, from the 23rd to the 29th of July, 2017. Assoc. prof. RNDr. Zdenko Hochmuth, CSc., from the Institute of Geography of the Faculty of Science of the P. J. Šafárik University in Košice took part in the conference as a representative of the University as well as a representative of the Slovak Speleological Organisation. With him were two other representatives, prof. Aubrecht a Mgr. Lánczos, from the Faculty of Science of the Commenius University in Bratislava, comprising the Slovakian delegation.
Assoc prof. Hochmut presented an article at the conference, the co-author of which is RNDr. Gessert, with the title „The Jasov Plateau in the Slovak Karst as an Experimental Area for the Denudation Dynamic Research“, which was included as part of the program and has been published in the subsequent almanac of the congress. The article was a product of an effort to present quality results in carsological research, which were conducted under different projects of the Institute of Geography, mostly through project APVV SPATIAL 3D. Around 600 guests took part in the congress.
According to Assoc. prof. Hochmut, research and projects conducted in Slovakia, specifically at the Faculty of Science, are consistent with global trends. One of the most dynamic disciplines is speleo-cartography (maps, 3D models). The Bulletin of the employees of the Institute of Geography has raised considerable interest. The article, created by a collective of authors, employees of the Institute, with the title „Laser scanning and digital 3D modeling of the UNESCO Heritage Cave – Domica (Hochmuth, Gallay, Kaňuk, Hofierka, Sedlák, Gessert, Barabas, Šupinský, Šašak) received great recognition in the couloirs.