Dear friends and admirers of the unique subterranean life of the Dinaric Karst, welcome to the 2nd Dinaric Symposium on Subterranean Biology!

The Symposium is jointly organized by the team of University of Ljubljana (SubBioLab, Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty) and Notranjska Museum Postojna. It will be held on 18th and 19th of October 2019 in Postojna, Slovenia.
Postojna is considered as “the cradle of speleobiology”. It is a place where the whole story of uncovering the specialized, cave-adapted life forms begun following to the discovery of the blind cave beetle Leptodirus hochenwartii in 1832.
Now, almost 200 years later, we try to follow the idea set on the 1st Dinaric Symposium in Zagreb, to establish and deepen the networks between scientists and amateurs, interested in rich subterranean biodiversity of the Dinaric Karst. This includes a wide array of topics, related to subterranean world - systematics, biogeography, evolution, ecology, biodiversity, conservation, etc.
Please stay tuned for more information on the symposium, which will be posted on this website.

Teo Delić, Chair of the Organizing Committee

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Registration and Abstract submission

Registration deadline was 9th of September. Registration is valid, when the Application form is submitted, and the payment of registration fee is completed.

Registration guidelines

Please download the Application form. Submit it via email to

Regular registration fee is 30 €, while the discount fee for students and unemployed is 10 €. Please contact the organizers prior payment, to confirm whether you are eligible for discount fee.

Payment options

Payments will be financially managed via the account of International Society for Subterranean Biology, which is endorsing the symposium. When transferring the money, indicate under “Reason for payment” “LAST NAME + FIRST NAME+ 2ndDinaricSymp” and send an email about completed transaction to:

There are two payment options:

    Bank address: Banka Intesa Sanpaolo d.d., Pristaniska 14, 6502 Koper, Slovenia
    IBAN: SI56101000049543327
    Please assure that the transfer is free of charge for the beneficiary.

    The email address of the PayPal account is
    All costs of transaction should be taken over by the payer (they differ according to PayPal conditions): the exchange currency fee, the transaction fee… As there are further costs with processing the money by the receiver (society), additional 2 € should be added to each registration fee to cover handling costs.

  • Abstract submission guidelines

    Abstract submission deadline was 20th September 2019

    Contributions related to different studies of subterranean biodiversity in the Dinarides and in the wider region are welcome. Abstracts are required for all oral and poster presentations. Please download the Abstract form and follow the instructions within. Abstracts should be sent to, before 20th September.


    Organizing Committee

  • Teo Delić, Chair
  • Slavko Polak
  • Peter Trontelj
  • Maja Zagmajster
  • Špela Borko
  • Ester Premate
  • Žiga Fišer
  • Valerija Zakšek
  • Simona Prevorčnik
  • Cene Fišer
  • Scientific Committee

  • David Culver
  • Helena Bilandžija
  • Dragan Antić
  • Peter Trontelj
  • Maja Zagmajster
  • Cene Fišer
  • Program

    Abstract book with detailed program is available here.

    18th October 2019
    8.30 Registration
    9.45 Opening Ceremony
    10.00-11.00 Session 1: Faunistics and historical overview
    11.00-11.30 Coffee break (Poster Session)
    11.30-13.00 Session 2: Threats and Conservation of Subterranean Fauna
    13.00-14.30 Lunch
    14.30-15.30 Session 3: Diversification and diversity in the Dinaric Karst
    15.30-16.30 Coffee break (Poster Session)
    16.00-17.30 Session 4: Adaptation and differentiation to/in subterranean habitats
    17.30 Notranjski Muzej Postojna tour, guided by Slavko Polak

    19th October 2019
    9.00-10.00 Session 5: Closing session
    10.00 Coffee break, Fieldtrip … Lunch at Rakov Škocjan
    Evening Dinner organized at “Gostilna ob kaminu”, Tržaška 88, Postojna


    The symposium will be held at Notranjska Museum Postojna, Kolodvorska cesta 3, 6230 Postojna, Slovenija. Additional informations will soon be available.