Lunar and Planetary Institute

72nd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society   July 13-18, 2009   Nancy, France



Hosted by
Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques
   et Géochimiques
Centre National de la Recherche
Nancy Université

Sponsored by
Barringer Crater Company
Cameca Instruments
Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
Centre National de la
   Recherche Scientifique
Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques
   et Géochimiques
Communauté Urbaine du grand Nancy
Conseil Général de Meurthe et Moselle
Institut National des Sciences
   de l'Univers
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Ministère de L'Enseignement Supérieur
   et de la Recherche
Nancy Université
NASA Cosmochemistry Program
Planetary Studies Foundation
Région Lorraine

Local Organizing

Marc Chaussidon, Co-Chair,
   CRPG Nancy
Guy Libourel, Co-Chair,
   CRPG, ENSG Nancy
Bernard Marty, Co-Chair,
   CRPG, ENSG Nancy
Christine Boyd-Lécluse,
   CRPG Nancy
Guillaume Caro,
   CRPG Nancy
Michel Champenois,
   CRPG Nancy
Cécile Fabre,
   G2R Nancy
Isabelle Geoffroy,
   CRPG Nancy
Béatrice Luais,
   CRPG Nancy
Johanna Marin,
   CRPG Nancy
Andreas Morlok,
   CRPG Nancy
Johan Villeneuve,
   CRPG Nancy

Scientific Organizing Committee
Francis Albarède,
   ENS Lyon, France
Addi Bischoff,
   Muenster University, Germany
Marc Chaussidon, Co-Chair,
   CRPG Nancy, France
Cécile Engrand,
   CSNSM Orsay, France
Roger Hewins,
   MNHN Paris, France
Christian Koeberl,
   Wien University, Austria
Guy Libourel, Co-Chair,
   CRPG Nancy, France
Bernard Marty, Co-Chair,
   CRPG Nancy, France
Alessandro Morbidelli,
   CNRS Nice, France
Hiroko Nagahara,
   Tokyo University, Japan
Herbert Palme,
   Koln University, Germany
François Robert,
   MNHN Paris, France
Sara Russell,
   NHM London, Great Britain
Gopalan Srinivasan,
   Toronto University, Canada
Rainer Wieler,
   ETH Zürich, Switzerland




Scientific Highlights:  Oral sessions will be held from Wednesday morning to Saturday at noon in the amphitheaters of the Faculty of Law. Attendees are requested not to register on Wednesday morning since sessions will start early.

Two poster sessions are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday evenings on the patio.

Special Sessions:  The following special sessions will be featured:

  • Vesta, the Dawn mission, and the igneous and impact history of basaltic meteorites
  • Impact cratering and shock metamorphism: A tribute to Dieter Stöffler
  • Organic cosmochemsitry

The program with abstracts is now available. Authors may locate their presentation by looking in the author index.




You are cordially invited to attend the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, to be held July 13–18, 2009, in Nancy, France. Located in Lorraine in northeast France, the city of Nancy is known all over the world thanks to Place Stanislas, a magnificent example of classical French architecture. It is considered the most beautiful royal square in Europe and the high point of Nancy’s outstanding collection of 18th century monuments and is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Nancy is also a prestigious center of art and architecture, mainly in response to the work of the "Ecole de Nancy," a group of artists and architects that worked in the Art Nouveau style at the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century. To be immersed in this historical atmosphere, the meeting will be held in the city center, within walking distance of hotels and the railway station. Visit the Nancy tourist office for more information.

Plenary, oral, and poster sessions will be held in the amphitheaters and patio of the Faculty of Law on the Place Carnot near Place Stanislas (~300 m) in the center of the city, which will also provide the primary accommodations for meeting attendees. Scheduled events include a reception during the registration in the "Grand Salons de l'Hotel de Ville" on Place Stanislas, a banquet, an awards ceremony, and several excursions. The weekend prior to the meeting, there will be a pre-conference workshop on "Experimentation and Modeling in Cosmochemistry" in Nancy and a pre-conference field trip to the Rochechouart impact structure.

July 13–18, 2009
Nancy, France

Nancy is serviced by Metz-Nancy Lorraine regional airport and by the TGV EST - Eastern France-Europe high speed train. If you are coming from overseas, while there are many options for coming to Nancy, we strongly recommend flights arriving at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) international airport in Paris.

The two simplest options are:

  • Flight to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) in Paris and then direct TGV EST train (CDG-Lorraine station): 1h10mn; 3 connections/day at ≈7h30, 12h30, 19h30 (bus will be awaiting MetSoc attendees at Lorraine station to go to downtown Nancy -25 mn).
  • Flight to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) in Paris and then go or stay in Paris and take a direct TGV EST train (Paris Gare de l’Est-Nancy), 1h30; ≈10 connections/day and then walk to your hotel.

More information and links are available on the Nancy meeting website.


Nancy offers plenty of hotel rooms and many have very reasonable rates. However, attendees are encouraged to register early because July is tourist season. Accommodations in several hotels within walking distance from the railway station and the venue of the meeting have already been booked at a special price for the conference. Average prices range from 40 € (economic hotels), 60–143 € (**/*** hotels), and up to 125–230 € (**** hotels). The Nancy meeting website will provide information and links for booking (through Nancy Congrès), emphasizing low- to mid-priced hotels. In July, the weather is on average sunny and dry. High temperatures are approximately 30°–35°C (86°–95°F) and lows are around 20°C (68°F).

    Foreign participants may require a visa to enter the European Community. France belongs to the Schengen Space, which means that any visa issued by countries such as Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, etc., will automatically be valid for France. For more information, contact a French embassy or visit the French Foreign Relations website. Upon request, the meeting secretariat will send official letters to foreign participants, to be filed with visa applications. These letters may be requested at least four months in advance to [email protected]. Please remember to include your full name, date of birth, country, and passport number.


Welcome Reception:  A welcome reception will be held in the “Grand Salons de l’Hotel de Ville” on Place Stanislas, on the evening of Monday, July 13, 2009.        

Tuesday Excursion:  Participants will have their choice of three excursions on Tuesday, July 14:

  • Verdun, 80 km northeast of Nancy, was the location of one of the largest battles of all times during WWI. Memorials and exhibitions recall in a vivid and poignant way this tragedy that resulted in the loss of life of about one million people.
  • The Vosges mountains, an hour drive southeast of Nancy, hosts charming lakes and easy-to-medium hikes in a splendid environment.
  • The Côtes de Toul wineyards, little villages, and renaissance castles where Voltaire once lived in the shadow, and under the protection, of Stanislas.

Conference Banquet:  On Thursday evening the banquet will be held at Pont à Mousson (20mn bus from Nancy) in "Abbaye des Prémontrés" (13th century) on the Moselle riverside.

Guest Excursions:  During the meeting, guests will have the opportunity to freely visit the town of Nancy and to enjoy guided tours of main museums "Musée des Beaux Arts, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, Musée Lorrain," or the Daum glass-blowing factory. Many activities (e.g., swimming pools, parks) are within walking distance or easily accessible by tram. Kindergarten may be organized on request.

The city center consists of several districts of different epochs, the oldest one dating back to the Middle Ages (13th century). Nearby are the 18th-century district built up by King Stanislas and the shopping area with abundant activities. Nancy is renowned worldwide for Art Nouveau, an exceptional art current that blossomed at the beginning of the 20th century and produced masterpieces in architecture, painting, and furniture design. Nancy is notably famous for artistic glass work, which tradition is actively maintained by the renowned Daum and Baccarat Verreries. Visits will be organized to the Fine Arts Museum, which has an excellent collection of 16th- to 20th-century European paintings, and has over 300 art-glass works from the Daum Verreries, and to the Ecole de Nancy Museum, which hosts works from talented Art Nouveau artists in architectural surroundings that date from the same period. Please visit the Nancy tourist office for more information.




A pre-conference field trip to the Rochechouart impact structure will take place from Friday, July 10, to Monday, July 13, 2009. Please note that the field trip starts at Angoulême where a MetSoc bus will wait for participants at the railway station. Transportation during the field trip will be by coach. Return will be by train (TGV) from Poitiers to Charles de Gaulle Airport (near Paris) and change to Nancy. Registration (350 €) includes transportation, housing (double occupancy, 50 € extra for single accommodation), food, and access to sites.

For more information about the Rochechouart field trip, go to the Nancy meeting website.

Important:  Deadline has expired. Late registration must be discussed directly with Philippe Lambert.


The following pre-conference workshop will be held in conjunction with MetSoc 2009.

Experimentation and Modeling in Cosmochemistry
Dates:  July 11–13, 2009
Venue:  Salle d’Honneur des Universités (next door to location for the annual meeting)

Many groups in the world are performing laboratory experiments or developing theoretical models aimed to better understand the formation and the evolution of our solar system from its birth from a nebula to its completion with planet formation. These approaches are invaluable in yielding information on the (astro)physical setting of solar system formation and on the conditions and processes responsible for the formation and evolution of the protoplanetary disk.

The purpose of the workshop is to gather astrophysicists, cosmo/geochemists, meteoriticists, and experimentalists to review the major advances in the field and trigger new directions of research for the coming years.

Important:  Deadline for abstract submission is May 27, 2009.

For more information, please visit the workshop website.


Please note that the pre-registration deadline is June 5, 2009.

Registration fees:

  • Member: 220.00 €
  • Non-Member: 265.00 €
  • Student Member: 140.00 €
  • Student Non-Member: 165.00 €
  • Accompanying Person: 110.00 € 

Please note that you can register for the conference and book your accommodations at the same time (on the same form). We strongly recommend that you book your accommodation as you register because July is a holiday season. Special needs for accommodations will be taken by Valérie Vivona at Nancy Congrès.

Registration can be made at the secure electronic registration website. Registration is mandatory but free for children under 18. On-site registration payment can be made in cash (euros) as well as Visa, MasterCard, or Eurocard.

Registration for the pre-conference field trip or the pre-conference workshop can be made at the registration site.

Cancellation Policy:  A 20 € cancellation fee will be charged on any cancellations received by June 19, 2009. No refunds will be given after June 19, 2009.

Preregistration Deadline:
Friday, June 5, 2009

For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the meeting, contact

Isabelle Geoffroy, Meeting Secretariat
Nancy Université
B.P. 20
54501 Vandoeuvre lès Nancy Cedex, France
Phone :  +33 3 83 59 42 14
Fax :  +33 3 83 51 17 98
E-mail:  [email protected]

Conference Organizers

Marc Chaussidon
[email protected]

Guy Libourel
[email protected]

Bernard Marty
[email protected]

For further information regarding meeting logistics and announcements, please contact

Kimberly Taylor
Lunar and Planetary Institute
phone:  281-486-2151
e-mail:  [email protected]

  June 5, 2009  
Deadline for registration at reduced rate
  June 19, 2009  
Deadline for refund upon cancellation
  July 10–13, 2009  

Pre-conference field trip to Rochechouart Crater
and Bordeaux wineries

  July 11–13, 2009  
Pre-conference workshop on
"Experimentation and Modeling in Cosmochemistry"
  July 13–18, 2009  
72nd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society


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