On January 20, 2015, the Tular Cave Laboratory organized the press conference at the Kranj Town Library to present the outcomes of the research project “A survey of the distribution of Proteus anguinus by environmental DNA sampling”, co-financed by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife International and DOPPS (2013–2014).

 Here was born the idea of periodic meetings dedicated to Proteus anguinus research.


Within the project »With Proteus we share dependence on groundwater«, the Tular Cave Laboratory (Society for Cave Biology) organised, together with its hosting partner, the Municipality of Dobrepolje, the first international workshop »SOS PROTEUS: Implementation of monitoring and practical actions for the conservation of Proteus in Slovenia«. It was held on 12. 12. 2015 in Videm – Dobrepolje, Slovenia, in memory of the cave laboratory in Podpeška jama (1928–1931), and in celebration of 55 years of the Tular Cave Laboratory.

SOS Proteus_2015 Detailed Program.pdf


Upon the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the black proteus (Proteus anguinus parkelj), the Tular Cave Laboratory (Society for Cave Biology) organised the second International Meeting SOS Proteus: »Conservation of the black Proteus and its habitat – 30 years after its discovery«, held on 10.–11. 12. 2016 in Črnomelj, Bela krajina, Slovenia.

SOS Proteus 2016 Detailed Program.pdf

APRIL 2018

Upon the 250th anniversary of the first published scientific description of proteus, the Tular Cave Laboratory (Society for Cave Biology) organised, in partnership with Škocjan Caves Park, Slovenia, the 3rd International meeting SOS Proteus : »Conservation of Proteus and its habitat – 250 years after its scientific description«. It was held on 14. 4. 2018 at the Promotion and congress centre of Škocjanske jame Caves Park, in Matavun in Slovenia, under the honorary patronage of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Borut Pahor.

SOS Proteus 2018 Detailed Program.pdf