Elmar K. Jessberger, Institut für Planetologie, Münster, Chair
Frank Bartschat, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Thorsten Grund, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Ulla Heitmann, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Gary R. Huss, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ex Officio
Ulrike Grabski-Kieron, Institut für Geographie, Münster
Melanie Köhler, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Oliver Krauss, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Ingrid Mann, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Gea McCormack, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Klaus Mezger, Institut für Mineralogie, Münster
Carsten Münker, Institut für Mineralogie, Münster
Heide Prager, MPI für Chemie, Mainz
Detlef Rost, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Hans-Ulrich Steeger, Institut für Zoophysiologie, Münster
Thomas Stephan, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Paul Warren, University of California, Los Angeles, Ex Officio
Iris Weber, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Christian Wies, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Gerhard Wurm, Institut für Planetologie, Münster

Addi Bischoff, Institut für Planetologie, Münster, Chair
Elmar K. Jessberger, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Carsten Münker, Institut für Mineralogie, Münster
Uli Ott, MPI für Chemie, Mainz
Herbert Palme, Institut für Mineralogie und Geochemie, Köln
Thomas Stephan, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Dieter Stöffler, Museum für Naturkunde, HU, Berlin
Iris Weber, Institut für Planetologie, Münster
Jutta Zipfel, MPI für Chemie, Mainz

You are cordially invited to attend the 66th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, to be held at the University of Münster from Monday, July 28, to Friday, August 1, 2003.

Münster, the city of the Westphalian Peace Treaty that ended the Thirty Years' War in 1648, is well suited for a Meteoritical Society Meeting. Münster is a city of administration, courts, high technology, and especially academia. Its 280,000 inhabitants are actually rather bourgeois. Two-thirds of the employed people are civil servants and other white-collar employees. Münster serves as a shopping and cultural center for about 1.4 million people from the city and its environs. The Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster with about 46,000 students is the third largest university in Germany.

The currency is the Euro (EUR), which is worth about 1.17 US dollars as of May 2003.

Location: The oral and poster sessions will be held at the Schloss in two adjoining lecture rooms seating 395 and 210 people, respectively.

Directly adjacent to the lecture rooms are an Internet café, a preparation room, and a room for various committee meetings. The Schlossgarten is available for informal gatherings.

Transportation: Münster is served by the FMO (Münster/Osnabrück) international airport 32 km from the city, with regular services from major German cities and from London, Paris, and Zürich. The city center can be reached conveniently by public transportation (bus fare about 5 EUR) and taxi (about 40 EUR). Münster is also connected to the Frankfurt/Main, Düsseldorf, and Amsterdam airports by the Intercity/Eurocity train system.

The Schloss, built in 1773 as the residence of the prince bishops, is now the central university building. It is situated close to the city center and is within less than 15 minutes walking distance from most hotels.

Additional information regarding travel, accommodations, and local activities, as well as information for joining the Society, may be accessed through the Meteoritical Society Web site and on the Münster meeting Web site.

On-site registration will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, and will be followed by a welcome reception in the Schloss foyer from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Oral sessions will be held from Monday morning through Friday afternoon, with the exception of Wednesday. Posters will be on display during the whole week. A special poster session is planned for Tuesday, following the oral sessions. More detailed information is available via the preliminary program and abstracts. An author index is also provided.

Oral Presentations: Audio-visual equipment available for oral presentations includes two slide projectors and two overhead projectors for transparencies. There will be one LCD projector in each room. LCD projector usage entails the risk of unforeseen hardware/software issues, so any speaker planning to use LCD projection is strongly advised to also bring overhead transparencies as backup.

Special Requirements for Electronic Presentations: Participants who want to use electronic presentations must turn in their presentation at least 24 hours (48 hours for Thursday's sessions) prior to the start of the session in which it will be presented. Presentations for Monday's sessions must be turned in Sunday afternoon during registration. The CD-ROM should be labeled with the speaker's name, abstract number, presentation date, and session name.

Participants unable to meet the 24-hour requirement must FedEx or mail their CD-ROM to the Institut für Planetologie in advance.

Presenters will be required to verify their presentations on conference PCs at the time it is turned in. After readability is confirmed, presentations will be loaded in speaker order on session laptops.

Revisions to presentations will not be accepted after the presentations have been loaded. If revisions to presentation content are necessary, presenters must bring the revisions on overhead transparencies.


Only PC laptops with Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system are available — don't bring any CD not readable by this kind of system! Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 as well as Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 are available on conference PCs. Sorry, but we cannot accept any other formats. Please be sure that all graphics are embedded in the presentation file. Fonts should be standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. If nonstandard fonts must be used, they should be embedded in the presentation files.

Poster Presentations: About 100 running meters will be available for poster display. Maximum poster size is 100 ×100 cm.

Banquet: The annual banquet will take place on Thursday evening next to the Schloss. Please indicate on the registration form if you prefer a vegetarian dinner.

Guest Activities During the Meeting: On Tuesday guests may take part in a guided walking tour through the city of Münster and on Thursday in a bus tour to its surroundings, the Münsterland, with its "100 Wasserschlösser" (moated castles). The approximate fees are 6 EUR and 25 EUR, respectively. Guests should be prepared to pay these fees separately at the time of each tour. For planning purposes, please indicate your interest on the registration form.

Meeting Excursion: On Wednesday there will be a full-day excursion to the Ruhr Area focusing on socio-economic aspects. Since the enormous growth of the steel industry and the expansion of coal mining in the middle of the nineteenth century, the Ruhr Area is the industrial heartland of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. During the last 40 years economic pressure and altered terms of production and trade have caused far-reaching structural changes in the region. The region's cultural landscape still maintains a record of the past, but the decline of the coal mining and steel industries during the last decades created spaces for new uses. Especially since the end of the 1980s the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia has made strong efforts to establish new economic structures and to initiate the renewal of the region. In 1989 the International Building Exhibition "IBA Emscher Park" started in the Ruhr Area. It gave most important impulses to the revitalization of former industrial sites, supported urban renewal and open space reconstruction in ecological and recreational terms, and finally, helped to create a new image of the region. More than 100 projects of the International Building Exhibition "IBA Emscher Park" are integrated in city and regional developments. They give remarkable proof of the recent structural changes. The field trip will introduce some of these projects of reconstruction and revitalization and will reveal the management and planning strategies behind them.

Three post-meeting excursions are planned: (1) to the Nördlinger Ries meteorite crater, (2) to the Eifel region with its volcanic maars, and (3) to the Wattenmeer, the world's largest tidal flats.

(1) Field Excursion to the Ries and Steinheim Impact Craters: The Ries and Steinheim craters, some 25 km and 3.8 km in diameter, respectively, were formed 15.0±1 m.y. ago by an oblique impact of a double asteroid from SW, a satellite system of an ~1-km-sized body with an ~0.15-km-sized moonlet. They produced a tektite strewn field (moldavites) to the NE. The craters formed in a mixed target with Triassic, Jurassic, and Tertiary sediments on top of Hercynian crystalline basement. The excursion visits outcrops and quarries in all major impact and post-impact formations of the Ries: suevite, polymict lithic breccia (Bunte breccia), megablocks of various target rocks, and post-impact lake sediments. The main targets at Steinheim are the central uplift and the rim structure.

The Ries crater is probably the best studied and preserved complex impact crater on Earth and serves as the type locality for characteristic impactites and for the discovery of progressive shock metamorphism. Visits to the Ries Crater Museum and the Center for Impact and Ries Crater Research (ZERIN) in Nördlingen are also planned.

Excursion dates:Departure by bus from Münster on Saturday, August 2, 8:00 a.m.; return to Münster on August 5, in the afternoon.
Scientific guide:D. Stöffler, Berlin, with the assistance of the ZERIN (G. Pösges)
Technical organization:M. Schieber and G. Pösges (Ries Crater Museum)
Hotel reservation:Please contact M. Schieber, Rieskrater-Museum Nördlingen, Eugene-Shoemaker- Platz, 86720 Nördlingen, phone: ++49-9081-273822-0, fax: ++49-9081-273822-20, e-mail: rieskratermuseum@noerdlingen.de
Number of participants: Maximum 40
Price: 100 EUR for transportation, entrance fees, and guide. Fee does not include hotel and meals.

Please check frequently the Web site http://ifp.uni-muenster.de/metsoc2003 for updates. Bookings will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

(2) Field Excursion to the Eifel: The Eifel volcanic field, located in West Germany close to the Rhine River, is the youngest volcanic field in Germany (600,000–12,000 years before present). Among explosive volcanic eruptions on Earth, the Laacher See eruption (ca. 12,000 years ago) was one of the most voluminous. The Eifel volcanic field offers exciting world-class outcrops of volcanic structures, including maars and sections through craters, cinder cones, lava flows, and pyroclastic deposits. During the field trip, a representative selection of volcanic structures in the East and West Eifel volcanic fields will be visited. Additional topics will cover the local traditions in beer brewing and wineries along the nearby Mosel River. We will taste a selection of Mosel wines in a local winery and enjoy some "Vulkanbräu" (Volcano Beer), locally brewed since the 1800s inside an old lava flow.

Excursion dates:Departure by bus from Münster on Saturday, August 2, 9:00 a.m.; return to Münster on August 4, in the evening, with an optional drop-off at Frankfurt Airport.
Scientific guide and technical organization:C. Münker, Mineralogisches Institut, Westfälische Wilhelms- Universität, Münster (muenker@nwz.uni-muenster.de)
Number of participants:Maximum 25.
Price:200 EUR for transportation, hotels and breakfast, entrance fees, and wine tasting. Fee does not include lunches and dinners.

Please check frequently the Web site http://ifp.uni-muenster.de/metsoc2003 for updates. Bookings will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

(3) Field Excursion to the Wattenmeer: There will be a three-day excursion to the Wattenmeer (wadden sea). The central point of the excursion will be the field station at Carolinensiel (East-Frisia), which is the northernmost outpost of the University of Münster. Founded in 1970, it is situated between the picturesque fishery villages of Neuharlingersiel and Carolinensiel. At a distance of about 300 m from the shoreline, the station lies close to the heart of the Wadden Sea National Park of Lower Saxony. Stretching from Denmark to the Netherlands, the Wadden Sea is the largest European wetland area and includes the largest contiguous mudflats in the world. It is one of the last areas of pristine nature in Europe, characterized by a high biological productivity and high natural dynamics. East-Frisia with its wadden sea coast and its rural landscape is not only a beautiful tourist region, but also is an area of great historical, socio-economical, and socio-ecological interest. In East-Frisia, the contrasting constraints of nature conservation, coastal protection, and economical development constantly have to be integrated. Hence, this also is an ideal area to study processes of political decision-making.

The excursion will make participants acquainted with this unique natural reserve and will also include a boat trip to the island of Spiekeroog with its totally different open sea nature. For further information (in German only) on the field station Carolinensiel and its facilities, check http://www.uni-muenster.de/Biologie/Station/Welcome.html.

The station provides overnight accommodations in seven simple rooms; the number of participants is thus limited to a maximum of 25 persons. The rate is 100 EUR per person including transportation to and from Münster, accommodations, breakfast, lunch packages, and entrance fees, but no dinner meals.

Excursion dates:Departure by bus from Münster on Saturday, August 2, 8:00 a.m.; return departure from Carolinensiel on August 5, 8:00 a.m.; arrive at Münster in the afternoon.
Scientific guide and technical organization:H.-U. Steeger, Institut für Zoophysiologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster (steeger@uni-muenster.de)
Number of participants:Maximum 25.
Price: 100 EUR for transportation, accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and entrance fees; dinners not included.

Please check frequently the Web site http://ifp.uni-muenster.de/metsoc2003 for updates. Bookings will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

We ask participants to register by submitting the downloadable registration form either by fax or by (air) mail such that it arrives at Münster no later than July 14, 2003. Electronic registration is not provided for the meeting. Note that, until June 6, 2003, reduced registration fees apply. The social events, including the full-day Wednesday excursion, are included in the registration fees. The currency is the Euro (EUR), which is worth about 1.17 US dollars as of May 2003.

We urge participants to pay the fees by credit card (VISA or MasterCard). For security reasons participants are asked to provide the CARD VERIFICATION VALUE/CARD VERIFICATION CODE. This is the three-digit number on the back of the credit card. Please do NOT give the four-digit number. (It is a repetition of the last four digits of your card number that may also be printed on the back of the card.) Participants who have currency exchange problems or cannot use a credit card may also pay cash (in EUR) at registration. Checks cannot be accepted.

No charge will be made for cancellations received by Friday, June 27, 2003. After this date through Monday, July 14, refunds will be made minus a 20% charge. After July 14, 2003, no refunds can be given for cancellations.

Registration Fees
Before June 6After June 6
Member290 EUR330 EUR
Student Member150 EUR190 EUR
Nonmember330 EUR380 EUR
Student Nonmember190 EUR230 EUR
Guest150 EUR200 EUR

For information about the meeting program, registration and logistics, please contact
Elmar K. Jessberger
Institut für Planetologie
Wilhelm-Klemm-Strasse 10
48149 Münster Germany
Tel. (49) 251 83 3 3492
Fax. (49) 251 83 3 6301
      Addi Bischoff
Institut für Planetologie
Wilhelm-Klemm-Strasse 10
48149 Münster Germany
Tel. (49) 251 83 3 3465
Fax. (49) 251 83 3 6301

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