Lunar and Planetary Institute

Nordlingen 2010   June 25-27, 2010   Nordlingen, Germany



Museum für Naturkunde –
for Research on
   Evolution and Biodiversity at the
   Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Institut für Planetologie, University of
   Münster, Germany
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und
   Raumfahrt DLR (German Aerospace
   Center) at Berlin, Germany
Institute of Geoscience, University of    Freiburg, Germany
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI),
   Houston, USA
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft    (German Science Foundation), Bonn,    Germany
Barringer Crater Company, Decatur, USA

Meteoritical Society, USA

City of Nördlingen, Germany
Ries Crater Museum, Nördlingen,    Germany
Community of Otting,
   Ries, Germany
Märker Cement Factory, Harburg,

City of Nördlingen
Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz-
   Institute for Research on Evolution
   and Biodiversity at the Humboldt
   University Berlin
Ries Crater Museum, Nördlingen
Center of Ries Crater and
   Impact Research (ZERIN),
Society “Friends of the Ries Crater
   Museum,” Nördlingen
Community of Otting, Ries
Märker Cement Factory, Harburg


Prof. Dieter Stöffler, Museum für
   Naturkunde, Berlin
Prof. Wolf Uwe Reimold, Museum für    Naturkunde, Berlin
Dr. Kai Wünnemann, Museum für    Naturkunde, Berlin
Hermann Faul, First Major of Nördlingen
Prof. Thomas Kenkmann, Freiburg
Prof. Harald Hiesinger, Münster
Prof. Tilman Spohn, DLR, Berlin
Dr. Ulrich Köhler, DLR, Berlin
Dr. David Kring, LPI, Houston
Dr. Axel Wittmann, LPI, Houston
Gisela Pösges, Ries Crater Museum,    Nördlingen
Ralf Barfeld, Chair, Society
   “Friends of the Ries Crater Museum”



Nördlingen 2010:  The Ries Crater, the Moon, and the Future of Human Space Exploration will be held June 25–27, 2010, in Nördlingen, Germany. The international workshop is being held in honor of Eugene M. Shoemaker and on the occasion of three anniversaries:  The 1960 discovery of the Ries impact crater by Eugene M. Shoemaker and Edward C. T. Chao; the 1970 field training of Apollo astronauts in the Ries crater; and the 1990 opening of the Ries Crater Museum at Nördlingen. Nördlingen is a lovely medieval town with numerous cultural and historical sites to visit.

Registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25, in the lobby of the Stadtsaal Klösterle, Hotel Klösterle, Nördlingen. A registration and help desk will be open on June 25 and June 26.


  When:  June 25–27, 2010
  Where:  Nördlingen, Germany


The workshop will include invited keynote lectures and contributed poster presentations; celebration of the three Ries anniversaries with a reception provided by the City of Nördlingen; a guided tour of the Ries Crater Museum; and a field excursion to the Ries impact crater.


June 25

Afternoon:  Lectures by NASA and ESA astronauts and
scientific poster session

June 26

Morning:  Scientific session (keynote lectures)
Afternoon:  Scientific session (keynote lectures)
Evening:  Celebration of the three Ries anniversaries (in German) and reception by the City of Nördlingen at the Ries Crater Museum

June 27

Guided tour through the Ries Crater Museum followed by a field excursion through the Ries impact crater, “On the track of the Apollo 14 and 17 astronauts,” with a special celebration at the discovery site of coesite (suevite quarry of Otting) including a reception by the major of Otting and lunch at Otting

Click here to view the detailed program, and click here for a detailed agenda for the field excursion. Meeting attendees may also be interested in viewing the illustrated background information we have compiled about the Ries Crater and the three anniversaries.


A limited number of travel grants for students are available due to funds generously provided by the Barringer Crater Company and the Meteoritical Society’s Endowment Fund. The actual amount of individual student travel grants will be determined after we have received the applications. Grants will only be given to students who are first authors of an abstract submitted for the poster session. Students may apply for a grant by sending an informal note of application, along with a copy of their abstract and a short note from their supervisor confirming their status as a student, by e-mail to Dieter Stöffler ([email protected]). Please include "Workshop Nördlingen 2010 Student Application" in the subject line.


The registration fee for the workshop will be 65 € (EUR) for participants who register by June 1, 2010. Registrations after that date will be subject to a late fee of 10 €.

The fee for the visit to the Ries Crater Museum and guided tour (field excursion) to the Ries crater on June 27 will be 25 €, with a 10 € late fee assessed after June 1.

Cancellations with request for refunds will be accepted through June 15, 2010, but a 20 € processing fee will be applicable.

Return the downloadable registration form along with your payment to the address below (not the LPI). For additional information, contact:

Gisela Poesges
Eugene-Shoemakerplatz 1
86720 Nördlingen
Phone:  09081 27 38 22 0
Fax:  09081 27 38 22 20
E-mail:  [email protected]

If you prefer to use PayPal for your registration fee, go to the following website:

Note that if you pay by bank draft or PayPal, you should still send in the registration form, noting the date that you made payment.



Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. A sufficient number of double and single rooms are available at the conference venue, Hotel Klösterle, for the period June 25, 2010, to June 27, 2010.

Rates per room per night:
   Single room:  81 €
   Double room:  95 €

To make reservations, contact:
   Hotel Klösterle Nördlingen
   Beim Klösterle 1
   D-86720 Nördlingen
   Phone:  +49 9081 87080
   Fax:  +49 90818708100
   E-mail:  [email protected]

There are several other hotels available that are close to the workshop venue. For more information, visit,, or


Please submit the electronic Indication of Intent form to subscribe to a mailing list to receive electronic reminders and special announcements relating to the meeting via e-mail.




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

Dieter Stöffler
Museum für Naturkunde –
Leibniz-Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin
Invalidenstrasse 43
D-10115 Berlin, Germany
Phone:  49 30-20938843 or x49 30-25924313
Fax:  49 30-20938565
E-mail:  [email protected]

For further information regarding registration, contact

Gisela Poesges
Eugene-Shoemakerplatz 1
86720 Nördlingen
Phone:  09081 27 38 22 0
Fax:  09081 27 38 22 20
E-mail:  [email protected]

For further information regarding the online program and abstracts, contact

Linda Tanner
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone: 281-486-2142
Fax: 281-486-2125
E-mail:  [email protected]

June 1, 2010

Deadline for registration at the reduced rate

June 25–27, 2010

Nördlingen 2010:  The Ries Crater, the Moon, and the Future of Human Space Exploration held in Nördlingen, Germany



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