The second of the HYPOGEA congresses that brought together experts of the world’s leading underground structures was held in Ürgüp (Turkey) between 6-10 March. In the congress held in Rome in 2015, it was proposed and unanimously accepted by the OBRUK Cave Research Group that the second one should be in Cappadocia two years later. Several scientists from 9 different countries attended the HYPOGEA 2017 Congress, which was supported by dozens of foreign and domestic organizations from the International Caving Federation to the Paris University, Istanbul Technical University to ÇEKÜL.
During the presentations, new researches and discoveries in various countries, from Israel to Georgia, Italy and Turkey, were introduced, research methods of the structures and preservation projects were discussed. In long dinners and cocktails, common projects were discussed.
During the Congress were planned visits to many underground structures in the region. All participants, visiting the non-touristic structures such as Uçhisar Water Tunnel, Erdemli Valley, Filiktepe and Gökçetoprak underground cities, were fascinated.