June 5, 2024 Nancy Chabot

Dear Meteoritical Society Members,

We wanted to share some upcoming deadlines, news items, and other announcements:

  • Endowment Grant Deadline: June 15 – There are two types of Endowment Fund Grants, both of which are accepting proposals with a deadline of June 15. Community Grants can be used to support a wide range of activities that further the broad goals of the society, and Research Grants can be used to support student and early-career research efforts. Visit the Endowment Fund Grants webpage for details on how to apply.

  • MetSoc Meeting Early Registration Deadline: June 30Registration is available on the 2024 MetSoc meeting website, with the early registration rates available through June 30. We look forward to seeing many of you at the annual meeting in Brussels, July 28 though August 2! Here are a few other announcements related to the annual meeting:

    • Pre-conference Fieldtrip to Morocco – The Morocco Pre-conference Fieldtrip organized the week before the MetSoc Meeting, from 19 to 26 of July, is moving forward. There are still opportunities to join it! The planned itinerary is accessible on the MetSoc meeting website. The new booking deadline for the fieldtrip is June 19th. For more information and booking please contact Prof. Hasnaa Chennaoui: chennaoui_h@yahoo.fr

    • Curation of Extraterrestrial Samples Workshop on July 27–28 – A pre-conference curation workshop will be held Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28. Visit the website for more details.

    • Student and Postdoctoral Lunch on Sunday, July 28 – The Membership Committee is leading a lunch meeting for students and postdocs to socialize and gather ideas for future student involvement in MetSoc. Lunch will be provided, and please indicate your interest when registering for the annual meeting.

  • 2028 MetSoc Meeting to be held in Antofagasta, Chile – We are pleased to share that the 90th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society will be held in Antofagasta, Chile! Read this announcement for more details.

  • 2487 Meteorites Approved in 2023! – Thank you to the members of the Nomenclature Committee , who give their time and effort to perform this service for our community. Read more in this news story and in the Meteoritical Bulletin 112.

  • In Memoriam – We are sorry to share the passing of Donald Clayton (1935 – 2024), recipient of the 1991 Leonard Medal, but appreciate members who helped provide this remembrance.


  • Dust in the Solar System and beyond - Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions A: Dust in the Solar System and beyond compiled and edited by Nozair Khawaja, Fabian Klenner, Jamey Szalay, Masanori Kobayashi, Christelle Briois and Ingrid Mann. The articles can be accessed directly at https://www.bit.ly/TransA2273

Royal Society Publishing is also looking for new theme issues, and if you are interested in submitting a theme, please visit the website https://royalsocietypublishing.org/rsta/guest-editors or contact the Editorial Office for more information - philtransa@royalsociety.org

  • Survey on researchers’ expectations of conferences

Are you a researcher planning to attend scientific conferences?

Please consider participating in and distributing this survey on researchers’ expectations of conferences that Ariane Wenger – a doctoral student at the Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab), ETH Zurich – is conducting as part of her dissertation on changing research exchange practices. The short (10 minutes) online survey is aimed at researchers of all scientific disciplines and career stages who are planning to attend scientific conferences. In particular, opinions and views of researchers from all around the world are appreciated. Participation in the survey will not only enrich this study, but will also help to identify avenues for enhancing current conference practices, benefiting the wider academic community. Thank you in advance to those who contribute. The survey can be accessed here: https://ww3.unipark.de/uc/cexp1/.

Share your announcements with MetSoc members – Submission guidelines and other details are given on the society's website.

Thank you for being a part of the Meteoritical Society, and please feel free to reach out to us at any time.
Nancy Chabot, Meteoritical Society President, metsocpres@gmail.com
Jutta Zipfel, Meteoritical Society Secretary, metsocsec@gmail.com
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