The Brazilian Speleological Society (SBE) and the National Center for Research and Conservation of Caves (ICMBio/CECAV) are proud to host the 19th International Congress of Speleology (ICS) in 2025.

The City of Belo Horizonte (BH), capital of the State of Minas Gerais - the first Brazilian city to be a member of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) - joins the Organization of the 19th ICS to host the international speleological community in the year 2025. Welcome to BH, welcome to Brazil.

Seventy-two years after the first ICS (Paris, 1953), for the second time its organization is credited to Brazil, under the same responsibility as the SBE. While the 13th ICS (Brasília, 2001) had “Speleology of the Third Millennium” as its theme, the 19th ICS in Belo Horizonte will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the International Union of Speleology (UIS).

The Minascentro Convention Center will be the venue, but you will be the protagonist!

Come to join us!

The Logo

19th ICS

The logo of the 19th ICS consists of a bluish-dark gray circle containing a map of Brazil as an entrance of a cave, where a river is coming in through some stalagmites, while some stalactites hang from the ceiling.

Outside of the “cave,” the tropical sun is rising from behind the small church of São Francisco—the symbol of Belo Horizonte—illuminating the entire country with its bright rays. At the same time, some bats are coming back to the cave at dawn.

The bluish-dark gray circle is surrounded by a black ring bearing the name and number of the congress, as well as the venue and the year.

As the last element, the 60th Anniversary of the UIS—which will be celebrated in 2025—completes the logo of the 19th ICS.