Lunar and Planetary Institute


Sponsored by
Lunar and Planetary Institute
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa
Meteoritical Society
Barringer Crater Company
CAMECA Instruments
Centre for Star and Planet Formation
Natural History Museum of Denmark

Hosted by
Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP), School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), NASA Astrobiology Institute, and the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa

Alexander N. Krot, HIGP/SOEST, University of Hawai'i, USA
Edward R. D. Scott, HIGP/SOEST, University of Hawai'i, USA
Gary R. Huss, HIGP/SOEST, University of Hawai'i, USA
Jonathan Williams, IfA, University of Hawai'i, USA
Martin Bizzarro, Natural History Museum, Denmark
Yuri Amelin, Australian National University

Scientific Organizing Committee
Francis Albarede, France
Yuri Amelin, Australia
Martin Bizzarro, Denmark
Marc Chaussidon, France
Harold Connolly, USA
Andrew Davis, USA
Steven Desch, Arizona State University
Gary Huss, USA
Ian Hutcheon, USA
Thorsten Kleine, Germany
Alexander Krot, USA
Glenn MacPherson, USA
Herbert Palme, Germany
Bo Reipurth, USA
Sara Russell, UK
Edward Scott, USA
Mario Trieloff, Germany
Meenakshi Wadhwa, USA
Jonathan Williams, USA
Hisayoshi Yurimoto, Japan



Final Announcement — September 2011

Meeting Location and Date

The workshop on Formation of the First Solids in the Solar System will be held November 7–9, 2011, at the Sheraton Kauai Resort, 2440 Hoonani Road, Poipu Beach, Koloa HI 96756. The workshop is dedicated to Klaus Keil to honor his distinguished career in meteoritics and cosmochemistry.

Poipu Beach, located on Kauai’s southern coastline, was recently named America’s Best Beach by the Travel Channel, ranking top among the ten “best” beaches selected nationwide. For maps, information, and activities at Poipu Beach, go to

Purpose and Scope

This interdisciplinary meeting (cosmochemistry, astrophysics, and astronomy) is aimed at understanding the origin and chronology of the first solids in the solar system (calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions, amoeboid olivine aggregates, chondrules, and differentiated asteroids). The meeting will be focused on four major but related issues that are crucial in deciphering the meteorite record of the early solar system:

  • Origin of refractory inclusions [Ca,Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) and amoeboid olivine aggregates (AOAs)] and chondrules: astrophysical environment; mechanism and timing of formation and accretion; chemical, isotopic, and experimental constraints on their origin and radial transport in the protoplanetary disk; as well as the relationship between refractory inclusions and chondrules
  • Short-lived isotopes in meteorites:  initial abundances, sources (stellar, irradiation), chronology, consistency among short-lived and long-lived isotopic chronometers
  • Stable isotopic anomalies in meteorites:  carriers of anomalies in Cr, Ni, Ti, etc., primary vs.secondary heterogeneity
  • Oxygen isotopes:  galactic chemical evolution, initial composition of dust and gas in the solar system, CO self-shielding, correlations with stable isotope anomalies

Workshop Format

The three-day meeting will consist of six oral sessions and a poster session. The program and abstracts are now available. Author notification letters will not be sent out, so presenters should check the author index to see where their abstract has been scheduled.

Oral Presentations

The meeting is structured with morning and afternoon oral sessions organized around topical themes. The oral sessions will consist of 40 invited talks and 27 contributed talks with ample time for questions and discussions.

Audio-visual equipment available for oral presentations will include one LCD projector and one PC laptop.

Unfortunately, due to the large numbers of abstracts submitted to the workshop (150) and the need to retain ample discussion time, only 27 of the 73 abstracts submitted as contributed oral presentations could be assigned 10-minute talks; the rest were assigned poster presentations.

Poster Presentations

A poster session with 83 poster presentations is scheduled for Monday evening, November 7. Posters may be installed on Sunday evening or Monday morning and will be left on display through Wednesday noon, November 9, at which time they must be removed. Authors must be present at the scheduled session to discuss their poster.

Each poster will have a space 44" x 44" (1.1 m x 1.1 m) for display. Posters will be displayed on free-standing panels that are 4' x 8' (122 cm x 244 cm) (inside frame). Two presenters will share one side of one panel, so it is important that displays do not exceed the size limits. Due to space limitations, tables, computers, video equipment, etc., cannot be accommodated as a part of a poster display.

Contrary to information in the second announcement, first authors of posters will not be offered three-minute oral summaries of their poster presentations.

Workshop Proceedings

The workshop proceedings will be published as review papers or regular articles in Meteoritics & Planetary Science, and should be submitted by February 15, 2012. All papers will be subject to the normal MAPS review process.


The registration desk will be open for pre-registrants and new registrants from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, in the Poipu Foyer. The registration desk will also open at 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning, and at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. A welcome reception will be held on Sunday evening from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the Ocean Lawn.

Registration Fees:

  Through October 6, 2011 October 7–October 25, 2011 Onsite*
Professional $410.00 $460.00 $510.00
Student $260.00 $260.00 $260.00
Guest (no lunch included) $210.00 $210.00 $210.00
*Onsite registration must be paid by credit card or check. No cash will be accepted.

The registration fee for professionals and students includes lunches, all social events, technical sessions, coffee breaks, and a printed program and abstract volume.

The guest registration fee will include everything except lunches. Guests must be an accompanying person of a fully paid conference registrant.

Credit card registrations:  Participants registering by credit card MUST use the secure electronic registration form.

Other methods of payment:  Those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, traveler's check, or wire transfer) must contact the LPI Meeting Registrar for detailed instructions.

Note:  We now have a third-party payment page available. Participants required to register using a third party (e.g., SATERN for NASA civil servants) may still register in advance using the electronic registration form. The confirmation e-mail you receive after registering will include payment instructions to submit to the third party. Please be aware, however, that your registration will not be considered complete until the funds have been received.

Cancellations:  Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $25.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through October 24, 2011. Those who fail to attend and do not notify the LPI prior to the October 24 deadline will forfeit their full fee.

Special Events

The workshop will honor the outstanding contributions of Klaus Keil to meteoritics and cosmochemistry. These achievements will be honored with a reception on Tuesday, November 8, after the afternoon oral session. There will also be a welcome reception on Sunday evening and a reception during the poster session on Monday evening.


The deadline for reservations at the special group rate has now passed. However, the hotel has agreed to offer late reservations at a discounted rate of $195 for garden view or $270 for deluxe ocean front. Late bookings will also be eligible for the discounted resort charge of $15 per day. To qualify for these rates, participants must call the hotel directly at 808-742-1661 and ask for Genevieve Cruz.

The Sheraton Kauai Resort is holding a block of 100 rooms for this meeting. A special daily rate of $175.00 plus applicable taxes (9.25% hotel occupancy tax and 4.16% state excise tax), single or double occupancy, for a garden-view room will be available for three days prior to and three days after the meeting dates. (Note:  The 2011 GSA rate for lodging on Kauai is $198.00.)

There is no charge for children 18 years old and younger when they share a room with parent(s) and utilize existing beds. There will be an additional charge of $50.00 plus tax for a third adult (18 or older) in a room and an additional charge of $100 plus tax for a fourth adult (18 or older) in a room. A maximum of four adults is allowed per room.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; check-out time is noon. Guests arriving prior to check-in will be accommodated as rooms become available. The hotel will accommodate late check-outs subject to space availability.

To ensure a room at the special rate, reservations MUST be made by 5:00 p.m. local time on October 7, 2011.

** After October 7, 2011, any unsold rooms will be released back to the hotel inventory, and guests who register after that date will be charged according to available rates. **

Room deposit:  A deposit equal to two nights’ stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. Upon guest check-in, the deposit will be applied to the first and final nights of the reserved stay. All deposits will be charged at the time the reservation is made.

Cancellations:  The deposit is refundable if cancellation is prior to 30 days before arrival and a cancellation number has been obtained.

Porterage/baggage handling charge:  A one-time charge of $8.00 per person will be assessed for round-trip baggage handling. The charge will be indicated at check-out on each guest’s bill and is in addition to (not in lieu of) the usual gratuities for baggage handling.

Resort amenity charge:  A charge of $15.00 plus 4.16% tax will be charged per room per day, to be indicated at check-out on each guest’s bill. The resort amenity charge includes the following amenities and services:

  • Morning Oceanfront Yoga
  • Mai Tai Punch Hour with Hawaiian Entertainment
  • Self Parking
  • Oceanfront Fitness Center
  • Use of Tennis Courts
  • In-Room Wireless Internet
  • Local Calls and Toll Free Numbers
  • The Link @ Sheraton
  • Cultural Arts & Crafts
  • Hula Lessons Lei Making
  • Discount on Select Beach Rental Items

Early departure fee:  Guests will be required to advise the hotel at or before check-in of any change in the reserved length of stay. Changes made after check-in will be subject to an early departure fee of $175.00 to be charged to the guest's individual account.

Room reservations:  To reserve a room, call 1-800-782-9488 and tell them you are with the “Formation of Solids” group, or ask for rate schedule “KCFROM.”

To reserve a room online, use the following reservation link:


There are frequent flights between Lihue and Honolulu on Hawai’ian Airlines. (Check with your airline to determine whether there are any direct flights to Lihue from the mainland.) The Sheraton Kauai Resort is located approximately 16 miles from the Lihue airport and takes about 30 minutes by car or taxi (cost is approximately $50.00). From the Lihue airport proceed onto Ahukini Road, then turn left on Kuhio Highway 56. Follow 56, which connects with Kaumualii Highway 50. Stay on Kaumualii (approximately 20 minutes) and turn left on Maluhia Road/Highway 520, also known as “Tree Tunnel” (green sign says Poipu and Koloa town). Proceed to Koloa town and turn right on Koloa Road, then turn left on Poipu Road. Continue on Poipu Road until you see the Sheraton sign (on the corner of Kapili) and turn right onto Kapili. At the stop sign, turn left on Hoonani, and the hotel will be a short distance ahead on the right side.

There are many excellent restaurants in Poipu. Several are within walking distance in Poipu Shopping Village, which also has a general store including provisions. A rental car is essential if you want to explore Kauai before or after the meeting but during the meeting you may not need one.


The beaches in front of the hotel and at other reef-sheltered bays of South Kauai are generally safe spots for casual swimmers to enjoy the pleasures of ocean swimming. However, swimming at many of Kauai's beaches can be dangerous. On the average, 12 people drown each year on Kauai. Often the drowning victims are strong swimmers who underestimate the power of the local ocean current. Use wisdom in choosing time and place before jumping into the Hawaiian waters. Never depend on flotation devices.

Click here for Hawaiian water safety tips and check on current ocean conditions and hiking guides.

Also, for those unaccustomed to intense sun, the Hawaiian sun (even in November) can cause severe burns if one does not take proper precautions, such as applying sunscreen and wearing a hat. Click here for more information.

Kauai Weather

The average temperatures for Kauai in November are a high of 81°F and a low of 70°F. Click here for current conditions.

Contact Information

For further information regarding the scientific content of the meeting, contact

Alexander N. Krot
HIGP/SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa
1680 East-West Road
Honolulu HI 96822, USA
Phone:  808-956-3900
Fax:  808-956-6322
E-mail:  [email protected]


Edward R. D. Scott
HIGP/SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa
1680 East-West Road
Honolulu HI 96822, USA
Phone:  808-956-3900
Fax:  808-956-6322
E-mail:  [email protected]

For further information regarding meeting logistics or announcements, contact

Katy Buckaloo
Meeting and Publication Services
USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston TX 77058, USA
Phone:  281-486-2106
Fax:  281-486-2125
E-mail:  [email protected]

For further information regarding registration, contact

Linda Tanner
Meeting and Publication Services
USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston TX 77058, USA
Phone:  281-486-2142
Fax:  281-486-2125
E-mail:  [email protected]


Deadline for registration at reduced rate October 6, 2011
Deadline for hotel reservations at group rate October 7, 2011
Workshop on Formation of the First Solids in the Solar System November 7–9, 2011