ESF2014 Ambassadors

austria

Ernest GEYER

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Ernest GEYER
Austria

 Bureau member of the European Speleological Federation (FSE), FSE-Vice-delegate of the Austrian Speleological Association, Board member of the Verein für Höhlenkunde in Obersteier (VHO).

Caving since early life - his main caving areas are in Austria e.g. Totes Gebirge and Dachstein mountain. Responsible for the cave register of the VHO area. Several speleological expeditions to Namibia, Malaysia and Iran. Mountain-, cultural- and speleological research trips in more than 55 countries.

Author of several national and international speleological reports, member of the advisory board of the Austrian caving magazine "DIE HÖHLE", and editor of the VHO publication "Mitteilungen - Höhlenkundliche Berichte" (speleological reports).

He supports the speleological cooperation in Europe and also with other countries.

Address: Admont, Austria
Telephone(s): 0043 6991 3632 408
E-mail(s): ernestgeyer@gmail.com
Languages: German, English

belgium

Jean-Pierre Bartholeyns

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Jean-Pierre Bartholeyns
BELGIUM

Adjunct Secretary International Union of Speleology (UIS) UIS Department of Karst and Cave Protection – President
Member of Spéléo Club de Bruxelles “Les Stalacs” and of Groupe Interclub de Perfectionnment par la
Spéléologie
Former General Secretary of the Belgian Speleological Federation

Numerous caving expeditions to Brazil, France, Gabon, India, Iran, Macedonia, Mexico, Switzerland, Tanzania, Laos as participant or organizer.
Strongly involved in the karst and cave protection since the early 70’ in Belgium: Treasurer of the
Commission Wallonne d’Etude et de Protection des Sites Souterrains (CWEPSS) (see http://www.cwepss.org/index.htm)

Address: Patrijzenstraat 16 – 3078 Evergerg – Belgium
Tel : +32 2 759 92 01
Email:  jp.bartholeyns@gmail.com
Langages : French, English.

bulgaria

Alexey Konstantinov ZHALOV

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Alexey Konstantinov ZHALOV
Bulgaria

Member of speleo club “Helictite” – Sofia
Balkan Speleological Union (BSU) President, since 2013
Vice-secretary European Speleological Federation (FSE), in function

Instructor of Speleology, Cave Rescuer
Participant in speleological expeditions in  Greece, F.Y.R.O.M, Russia, Serbia, Spain etc.;
Leader of speleological expeditions: Albania (1991-2012), Cuba (1988), China (1990,2011,2013) Greece (1984, 2011,2012) Vietnam (1989) etc. 

Address: 1, “Reka Osam” Str. 1124 Sofia, Bulgaria
Telephone(s): ++  359 2  944 37 28; Mobile:  ++359 88846 7252
E-mail(s): azhalov@ gmail.com ; alex@speleo-bg.com; alex.1953@abv.bg
Languages: Bulgarian, English, Russian

france

Bernard TOURTE

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Bernard TOURTE
France

Président du Spéléo Secours Français,

Instructeur et Conseiller Technique National Secours de la Fédération Française de Spéléologie.
Pratique la spéléologie depuis 30 années,
A participé à plus de trente expéditions spéléologiques par le monde (Malaisie, Irian-Jaya, Papouasie nouvelle Guinée, Géorgie, Abkhazie, Chine ….) et organisé puis dirigé plus d’une dizaine d’entres elles françaises à l’étranger (Mexique, Russie, Chili, Espagne…).

A réalisé de nombreuses opérations de sauvetages, parfois très complexes par le monde (France, Russie, Espagne…)

Contribue dés qu’il le peut au partage des savoirs faires du Spéléo Secours Français avec des organisations secours émergeantes ou souhaitant mieux se préparer, elles et leurs sauveteurs en cas de secours. Soit plus de 40 formations techniques ou de Conseillers Techniques Secours dispensées par le monde (en Espagne, en Bulgarie, en Croatie, en Russie, en Ukraine, en Roumanie, au Mexique, en Slovénie, au Liban, en Iran, en Turquie….).

Instigateur et maitre d’œuvre sur les essais et les records de portés de tyroliennes géantes réalisées par le Spéléo Secours Français… dernier record en date : 2205m de porté pour 380m de dénivelé.

Trois passions : L’exploration, la recherche technique et le partage des connaissances !

Adresse: 25, rue Louis de Broglie France
Téléphone: 00 33  08 75 95 29
Email: btourte@wanadoo.fr
Langues: Français, Espagnol

Marcel Meyssonnier

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Marcel Meyssonnier
France

Member of F.R.S. Association (France-Roumanie spéléologie/ Franta-România Speologia),
of SCV (Speleo-club de Villeurbanne - Rhône-Alpes), and SCHV (Speleo-club de la Haute-Vienne - Limousin).

Speleologist, instructor and former technical director of the French School of Speleology (Ecole Française de spéléologie), in charge of the CNDS / Library and National Center of Speleological Documentation, and of the Biospeleogical Studies group - Environment and scientific Committees of the French Federation of Speleology; President of the U.I.S. Teaching Department.
It has been 50 years since I am passionate about caves. In contact with Romanian cavers for more than 25 years.

Adresses: 19 rue Billon F-69100 Villeurbanne (Rhône) / Cremerols F-43350 Bellevue-la-Montagne (Haute-Loire)
Phone: 00 33 (0) 6 86 84 05 44
E-mail(s): marcel.meyssonnier@ffspeleo.fr / marcel.meyssonnier@free.fr
Languages: French, English

Olivier VIDAL

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Olivier VIDAL
FRANCE

Secretary General FSE (1999-2001 & 2005-in charge)
Member of the CREI board (FFS International Expeditions Commission) since 1995
CREI President (2009-2013)
Responsible of the Sustainable Development FFS Taskgroup (2008-2012) Vice-President of the French Federation of Speleology (2008-2010)
Coordinator of the IVth European Congress Vercors 2008 work team (2005-2008)
Coordinator of FFS workgroup for European CE standards on Caving Equipment (1996-2000) Creator & 1st President of the FFS Youth Commission (1996-2000)
Member of the Groupe Speleo Vulcain (Lyon-F)

Caving in the following countries : France, Romania, Mozambique, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Papua-New-Guinea, Brazil, Columbia, USA, Canada, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Portugal

Co-creator of the EuroSpeleo Projects (FSE's ESP)
Co-creator of the International Caving Expeditions database (ICE-db)

Address: 11 avenue Rossellini, 69100 Lyon-Villeurbanne, France
Telephone: +33 681 61 16 70
Email : secr.general@eurospeleo.org
Websites:  www.eurospeleo.eu ;  www.crei.ffspeleo.fr ;  www.vercors2008.eu ; www.groupe- speleo-vulcain.com
Languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian

germany

Dr. Georg Radu TAFFET

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Dr. Georg Radu TAFFET
Germany

Caver since 1977.
Member of several speleological clubs in Romania: GESS, Speo Alpin MH, Avenul Brașov and Germany: Freunde der Aachhöhle, Höhlenrettung Baden-Württemberg and cave rescue.

Visits and explorations of mountains and caves from Romania, Germany, France, Switzerland.

Address: Hauptstraße 2, 78239 Rielasingen-Worblingen, Deutschland/Germany
Telephone(s): +49 7731 22617
E-mail(s):  Georg.Taffet@t-online.de
Languages: Romanian, German, English

Michael LAUMANNS

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Michael LAUMANNS
Germany

Vice-president European Speleogical Federation (FSE), in charge
Responsible for foreign affairs German Speleological Federation, in charge
Member of the Speleoclub Berlin
Former president of the German Speleological Federation (VdHK) (1994-2007)
Former member of the editorial board of the VdHK (1984-2009)

International cave surveyor and publisher
Numerous caving expeditions to Africa, the Middle and Near East, India as well as to Southeast Asia.
Creator of the international caving expedition and country compilation series “Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte” where 54 volumes have been released in English language since 2001 (see http://www.speleo-berlin.de).

Address: Unter den Eichen 4C, 15834 Rangsdorf, Germany

Telephone: ++49 3018 682 3854

E-Mail: michael.laumanns@bmf.bund.de
Websites: www.speleo-berlin.de; www.laoscaveproject.de
Languages: German, English, Dutch/Flemish

hu

Joska ZIH

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Joska ZIH
Hungary

 

 

Member of the EXPLO TEAM and GORTANI TEAM (Hungary)
Technical coordinator at “Z” Oradea caving club, honorary member Romanian Federation of Speleology
Caver and explorer since 1977.
Caving in the following countries: Italy, Abkhazia, Hungary and Romania.

Address: 1237 Budapest Maros u. 198. Hungary
Telephone: +36209220043
Email : info@explo.hu
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Languages: Hungarian, Romanian

lx

Jean-Claude THIES

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Jean-Claude THIES
LUXEMBOURG

Founding Delegate of the FSCE/FSUE/FSE
Delegate for Luxembourg at the FSE (1990-current)
Treasurer of the FSE (1994-2008)
Member of the ECPC Team since 2007
Responsible for the ECPC Membership in EEB since 2011
Internal Financial Auditor at the FSE since 2012

Member of the GSL – Groupe Spéléologique Luxembourgeois since 1980
Secretary of the GSL – Groupe Spéléologique Luxembourgeois (1987-2005)

Caving in the following countries : Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland

Co-creator of the EuroSpeleo Protection Commission (FSE’s ECPC)
Member of the UIS Informatics Commission since 2013

Address: 21, rue du Merschgrund  L-8373 Hobscheid, Luxembourg
Telephone: +352 621 298 558 (mobile)
Email : jcthies@pt.lu
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Languages: Luxembourgish, German, French, English, Swedish

moldavia

Alecu RENIȚĂ

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Alecu RENIȚĂ
Moldavia

Ecologist, nature and culture explorer, photographer, promotes the protection of natural and cultural heritage, writer, editor in chief of Natura journal.

Address:str.S.Lazo, nr.13,Chișinău, Moldavia
Telephone(s): +37379409470
E-mail(s):  alecu.renita@yahoo.com
Languages: Romanian, Russian, English, French

WEB pages: http//www.natura.md ; www.ecopresa.md

poland

Tomasz PAWŁOWSKI

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Tomasz PAWŁOWSKI
Poland

Member of KW Kraków (Climbing and caving Club) (PZA Poland – Polish Mountaineering Association), TSK Zakopane (Association Canyoning), Speodava Stei (FRS Romania)
Caver, alpinist, ski-alpinist, sport instructor, completed training in mountain and caving rescue and emergency medical,
Caver and Alpinist since 1990.
Visits and explorations of mountains, caves (i.e. Iceland, China) and canyons.
Especially he loved mountains and caves in Romania and the Balkans (Montenegro and Albania).

Address: Kraków, Poland
Telephone(s): 00 48 510419895
E-mail(s): tomi@veo.pl, tomi@caver.eu
Languages: Polish, English

slovenia

Gregor ALJANČIČ

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Gregor ALJANČIČ
Slovenia

 

 

President of Society for Cave Biology, Slovenia
Chair of Tular Cave Laboratory, Kranj, Slovenia

Cave biologist, cave rescuer and cave diver, Gregor Aljančič is expert on the endangered European cave salamander Proteus anguinus (behaviour, ecology and distribution, conservation and public promotion); developer of non-invasive  methods for observation and monitoring of Proteus; winner of two international awards for conservation of Proteus (2011, 2012); currently coordinating the development of innovative eDNA method in order to map possible new Proteus localities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro within an Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot project, financially supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.

Address: Oldhamska cesta 8a, 4000 Kranj, Slovenia
Telephone(s): +386 31 804 163
E-mail(s): gregor.aljancic@guest.arnes.si ;
Languages: Slovenian, English, German, Serbo-Croatian
Web: www.tular.si

Magdalena NĂPĂRUȘ

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Magdalena NĂPĂRUȘ
Romania / Slovenia

 

 

Member of Society for Cave Biology, Slovenia
GIS analyst at Tular Cave Laboratory, Kranj, Slovenia

Expert on karst geomorphology and GIS analyst working on spatial modeling of subterranean karst biodiversity. Since 2009, she becomes involved in research of the endangered cave salamander Proteus anguinus by introducing the GIS technology, and bringing innovative and non-invasive ways to study its ecology and behavior.

Currently she coordinates the complementary GIS model to an eDNA method development, in order to survey the new Proteus localities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro within an Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot project, financially supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.

Address: Oldhamska cesta 8a, 4000 Kranj, Slovenia
Telephone: +40 721 599 393
E-mail: magda.naparus@gmail.com;
Languages: Romanian, English, French
Web: www.tular.si

slovacia

Pavol KOČIŠ

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Pavol KOČIŠ
Slovakia

 

 

 

 

 

Member of Speleoklub Cassovia (Slovak Speleological Society), Speozet Oradea (FRS Romania), AFIAP (Fédération Internationale de ľArt Photographique)
Caver and photographer.
Caver since 1985.

Address: Milosrdenstva 42, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia
Telephone(s): + 421 904 492 472
E-mail(s): pavol.kocis@cnet.sk
Languages: Slovak, Romanian, Russian, German, Czech

united kingdom

Ged Campion

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Ged Campion
Great Britain

 President of the FSE (2013 - presently)
Vice President of the FSE (2005 -2013)
UK Delegate to the FSE.
Member of the British Caving Association Council  (BCA) (2005 -)
Member of the British Cave Research Association (BCRA) (1980 -)
Member of the Yorkshire Ramblers Club
Member of the British Alpine Club.
Caving in the following countries : France, Myanmar, Thailand, Madagascar, Brazil, Hungary, , Italy, Spain, China, Malaysia, Australia, Phillipines,Tanzania.

Address: Twisleton Near Barn, Ingleton, Carnforth Via Lancaster, LA6 3JH (tel.015242 42522).
Email : ged.campion@talk21.com
Websites: www.eurospeleo.eu ; www.chinacaves.org.uk; www.yrc.org.uk;
Publications; karst geology, cave exploration,

united states

Victor Ursu

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Victor Ursu
USA

Victor started caving over 15 years ago in the Carpathian Mountains in his home country, Romania, as part of Speleoteam caving club that he co-founded. Growing up in cave country was just the beginning of his caving career; he discovered, explored, mapped and organized small scale expeditions in the Romanian karst. He is also the founder of Speologie.org, Romania's #1 online cave database and community. Recently he moved to the United States and joined project caves in West Virginia and Virginia. He is full cave diver, and enjoys SRT and digging.

Participated in expedition across Mexico and US.

In real life he is a father, has a MS in Automatics and Computer Science, and works for Blink Reaction in New Jersey.

Address: 375 Middlewood Rd, Middletown, NJ 07748
Telephone: 732-533-4893
Email : contact@victorursu.com, ursuvictor@yahoo.com
Websites: www.speologie.org
Languages: English, Hungarian, Romanian