EuroSpeleo - Prix Frederik HAMMEL 2008

The 2000 euros Caving Prize runs up to the 15th of July !
Send your projects in the fields of accident prevention and safety in Caving

The French Federation of Speleology (FFS) inform you of the opening of Frederik Hammel Prize to all European cavers, this year, in the frame of the European Speleological Congress "Vercors 2008", organised by FFS under the patronnage of the European Speleological Federation (FSUE).

The prize was been created in 1990 after the tragic death of Frederik Hammel in the Gouffre Achama Lezia (part of the Système Saint-Vincent in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques in France) on August 1st 1988. You can find more details about this accident on :
Find more details about this accident.

The Frederik Hammel Prize is aimed at rewarding work which has a bearing on accident prevention or cave rescue techniques. Such work, presented in writing, must be innovative and applicable to caving in general. It is awarded every second year among the FFS. This year, on the occasion of the European Congress, the Prize is open to every European cavers, members of a national organisation of the FSUE, including European non-EU countries. The total amount of the Prize has been raised at 2000 euros for this year.

The candidates (individuals or cavers groups) who want to apply to the Frederik Hammel Prize 2008, should write their candidature either in French, or in English, in both case with a summary in French.
The files are to be sent :
- by post mail to :
FFS - Prix Frederik Hammel
28 rue Delandine
F-69002 Lyon

- or by email to :
with as email title "Candidature - Prix Frederik Hammel 2008"

The candidatures should arrive to FFS headquarters before July 15th 2008 at 4pm.
The laureates of the Frederik Hammel Prize 2008 will be awarded by a European jury on the 29th of August 2008, during next European Speleological Congress in Lans-en-Vercors.

The are available details of the rules governing the award of the Frederik Hammel Prize
The content of the application file is detailed at article 9.

For your information, the former laureates of the Prize are named

Should you have any further question about the Prize, please contact the Frederik Hammel Prize Delegation at :

If you need to check wether your country is a member of the European Speleological Federation (FSUE), in order to know if you can apply, you can contact the FSUE officers at :

We wish you good luck for the mounting of your application,

Best Speleological Regards,

Bernard THOMACHOT & Olivier VIDAL
Délégué aux Prix Fédéraux & Délégué FSUE
Fédération Française de Spéléologie (FFS) &
Fédération Spéléologique de l'Union Européenne (FSUE)
bernard.thomachot@ffspeleo.fr & olivier.vidal@ffspeleo.fr

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