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Welcome to
S4 2023

We are excited to announce that the next S4 will be held from August 6-13, 2023 in São Paulo, Brazil! Applications are closed.

General information

Important Deadlines

1st November          Application opens

13th January             Application closes

January/February     Applicants will be informed of admission status

31 May                      Registration deadline for admitted participants 

6-13th August           S4 2023

Documents for attendees

Information packet

Poster session program

Poster session abstracts

Program (see updated program here)

​S4 2023 will consist of three days of lectures and workshops from experts in the field of speleothem science at the Institute of Geosciences at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Participants will also get the chance to present their own research to fellow participants and the experts during poster sessions.​ This will be followed by a 4-day field trip to PETAR (Parque Estadual Turistico do Alto Riberia), a beautiful region renowned for its caves.

Lecture topics

  • Stable isotopes (oxygen and carbon)

  • Trace elements

  • Speleothem formation

  • Cave monitoring + speleothem sampling (in the field)

  • Dating (U and Pb)

  • Speleothems and climate models

  • Paleotemperature

  • Karst geomorphology and hydrology (in the field)

  • Multi-archive reconstructions

  • SISAL database

  • Paleomagnetism


Workshops (subject to change)

  • Speleothem petrography

  • Age-depth modeling

  • Time series analysis

  • Cave photography (in the field)

What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee will include lodging, breakfasts and some lunches, and the field trip. Participants will need to secure funding for travel to and from Brazil and some of their meals during the event.

Covid Measures

During S4 2023, we will follow the current COVID-19 safety regulations that are in place at the time, and all participants are required to do the same. We will keep you updated with the available information here.


If you have any questions, please email or message us through our contact page.

If you are not on the S4 email list and would like to receive information about the S4 2023 or any upcoming S4 events, please send us an email or message and we will add you to our list.

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