— September 2003 —

Conveners —
Dr. Stephen Mackwell,
Lunar and Planetary Institute Dr. Eileen Stansbery,
NASA Johnson Space Center

Sponsored by —
National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
Lunar and Planetary Institute,
NASA Johnson Space Center


  We are pleased to invite your participation in the 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference to be held at the South Shore Resort and Conference Center in League City, Texas, March 15–19, 2004. This conference brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in planetary science.

  You are encouraged to submit ideas and suggestions for plenary or special sessions to Mary Cloud ( by October 10, 2003, so they can be considered, planned, and publicized. Organizers of these sessions should be prepared to serve on the Program Committee, or to have a fully empowered delegate serve on the Program Committee, if requested by the Conference Chairs. Authors of invited talks for special sessions must meet the same deadline for abstracts as authors of contributed papers (see below). Organizers who wish to have invited talks represented in the conference abstract volume should make the invited speakers aware of the deadline restrictions when inviting their presentation.

  Participants may indicate a preference for oral, poster, or print-only presentation. The Program Committee will make all decisions on the mode of presentation to ensure a balance of as many important new research results as possible. Selection criteria will be based on the relevance of the subject matter to the conference and the quality of the science. The 4.5-day conference will be organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions.

  To allow sufficient time and personnel to prepare for the program committee meeting, we will have TWO separate deadlines for electronic submission of abstracts. The deadline for electronically submitting abstracts in PDF format will be 5:00 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, January 13, 2004. Authors who are unable to produce PDF files must submit their abstracts electronically by 5:00 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, January 6, 2004.

Authors who are unable to submit electronically will have to request special instructions (phone: 281-486-2142; fax: 281-486-2125; e-mail: Hard-copy submissions will be due at the LPI no later than January 6, 2004.

Non-PDF submissions or hard-copy submissions that arrive after January 6, 2004, will not be considered for the conference.

Detailed information regarding abstract preparation and submission will be available via the meeting Web page and will be included in the second announcement, to be posted on the conference Web site by the middle of November.

There will again be a limit of TWO abstracts per first author for oral or poster presentation requests. If you submit two abstracts, you will be asked to rank them in order of preference.

As was the rule last year, print-only abstracts will be allowed, but ONLY from those authors who are NOT submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. In other words, if you're requesting a print-only abstract, you cannot submit an abstract for any other type of presentation. Authors are limited to ONE print-only request.

The program committee will strictly enforce the above policies. Abstracts submitted in violation of these policies will be rejected. The only exception will be for those who are invited to give a talk at a special session (e.g., the Masursky Lecture, or a special topical session). Those abstracts will not be counted against authors as one of the two abstracts they are allowed to submit.

  More detailed information will be available in future announcements posted on this Web site (see schedule below). To be added to the mailing list to receive electronic reminders or special announcements via e-mail, please return the electronic Indication of Interest form by October 24, 2003. (It is important that you provide us with a valid e-mail address.)

  For further information regarding conference logistics, contact
Mary Cloud
phone: 281-486-2143;
fax: 281-486-2125;

October 10, 2003Deadline for suggestions on Special Sessions
October 24, 2003 Deadline for Indication of Interest forms
November 14, 2003 Second announcement posted on this Web site
TUESDAY, January 6, 2004,
5:00 p.m. (U.S. CST)
Deadline for hard-copy submission and
non-PDF electronic abstract submissions
TUESDAY, January 13, 2004,
5:00 p.m. (U.S. CST)
Deadline for electronic abstract
submissions in PDF format
On or before February 3, 2004Final announcement with preliminary program
and abstracts posted on this Web site

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