The MESS marks a continuity of holding a regional conference to discuss new speleological achievements and developments in the Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean, Eastern Africa, Iran and Pakistan. With a frequency of one symposium every five years, the MESS will secure original news and continuous recording of development of speleology in the Middle East region and its surroundings.
MESS 1 (April 2001 )
The MESS1 was the first of its kind concerning cave exploration in the Middle-East and the surrounding region. About 200 scientists and cavers attended the symposium and visited the exceptional “Spelemedia” exhibition. Among the participants, 50 international speleologists (Arabs, Europeans, Americans, Japanese…) have shared their experiences and knowledge.
MESS 2 (21, 22, 23 April 2006)
The Middle-East Speleology Symposium 2006 was the second international meeting that discussed the speleology in the Middle-East region and its surroundings.
Organized by the Spéléo-Club du Liban (SCL) and the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (LNCSR), with the collaboration of the Department of Geology at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and under the patronage of the Union Internationale de Spéléologie (UIS), the 2nd Middle-East Speleology Symposium (MESS 2) was held on 21, 22, 23 April 2006 at the American University of Beirut.
Before the symposium, the “Library of Sami Karkabi” has been announced “open for the public” in SCL Club House.
MESS 3 (23, 24, 25 September 2011 )
The 3rd Middle-East Speleology Symposium (MESS 3) was Organized by the Spéléo-Club du Liban (SCL) and the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (LNCSR), under the patronage of the Union Internationale de Spéléologie (UIS), on 23, 24, 25 September 2011 at the University of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon. Although the security situation was not optimal and the war in the nearby Syrian already started, 60 participants from Lebanon, the Middle East region and beyond (even from the US, Japan, Iran, Turkey, Oman, Ukraine and Europe) attended MESS 3.
During this event which format was very similar to the previous MESS 2, two books related to caves and speleology of Oman and Lebanon were signed respectively.
MESS 4 (3, 4, 5, 6 October 2018 )
Since everyone is expecting and waiting for the 4th symposium, Spéléo-Club du Liban (SCL) is organizing its fourth symposium related to Middle East Speleology (MESS4) that will be held in October 2018. Unfortunately, the war in nearby Syria and the local/regional security issues resulted in the delay of MESS4, which was supposed to take place in 2016.
More than twenty countries are expected to participate in this event, which will have a great media-staged effect on both national and international levels.
This symposium will provide a comprehensive understanding of speleology where science, culture, leisure and tourism are all intrinsically related. This event will provide an important opportunity to professionals and amateurs in these fields to share their knowledge and help promote speleology.