Welcome Address

You are cordially invited to attend the 81st Annual Meeting of The Meteoritical Society, which will take place 22-27 July 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Chelyabinsk Meteorite
Sikhote-Alin Meteorite
Moscow Historical Museum
Moscow State University
Memorial of the First Meteorite from the Russian Meteorite Collection - Pallasovo Zhelezo
Tunguska Phenomena
The Monument to the Explorers of Space

The meeting is jointly organized by the V.I. Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences, V. I. Vernadsky Geological State Museum , the Ural Federal University and the Kazan Federal University.

Most foreign citizens require a visa to enter the Russian Federation. We strongly recommend applying for a tourist visa. «AIM TOURISM» visa includes: exhibition visit, participation in conferences and other events. Travel arrangement including visa support, accommodation, transportation, and guided tours will be provided by “Reisebuero WELT” Company. Please follow the link for  TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT on our website (http://metsoc81-moscow.ru).

Oral sessions will take place in conference halls of the Academy of Science Presidium building (“Golden Brain”); plenary sessions, invited lectures, including Barringer lecture and the Award ceremony will take place in the largest hall that seats 1000 participants. The facility will also house all poster sessions.

Conference registration begins at 4pm on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at the V. I. Vernadsky State Geological Museum in Moscow historical center, right across the Red Square and the Kremlin. A Welcome Party will be held in the Museum. On the afternoon of the Wednesday meeting day, several excursions will be offered that explore the Moscow (such as a city tour, boat trip along the Moscow-river or Red Square and Kremlin guided tour). The Conference Banquet will be held in the comfortable Korston Hotel banquet Hall.

A number of post(pre)-conference tours are being prepared: a 3-day trip to Saint-Petersburg including a visit of VSEGEI with a special exhibition dedicated to the Popigai impact structure; a 2-day tour to Yaroslavl including a visit to the public museum of Russian deep-drilling projects and a visit to the deep-core depository which stores kerns from the famous 5-km-deep drill core of the Puchezh-Katunki impact crater and the super-deep Kola borehole; a 4-day trip to Ekaterinburg to visit the Europe-Asia boundary, underground Museum at the gold mining with crocoite room, and the fall site of the Chelyabinsk meteorite; and a 3-day trip to the famous ancient city – Kazan with a tour to the Karla impact crater.

We have reserved rooms in multiple hotels, offering a range of price categories and distances from the “Golden Brain” building. Since only one of them is within walking distance of the Academy of Sciences Presidium building, we will offer a 7-day travel pass to all participants of the conference.

Moscow is the capital of Russia, its political, economic, cultural and scientific center. It was founded 8 centuries ago by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky. Historians have accepted the year of 1147 as the start of Moscow’s history. Though Peter the Great moved the capital to St. Petersburg in 1712, Moscow remained the heart of Russia. Now Moscow is one of the largest cities in Europe. Moscow has three international airports (Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo); express trains, buses and taxi allow to reach the center within one hour; famous subway system and renovated public transportation are available from 6 am to 1 am.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Moscow.

Marina Ivanova
e-mail: metsoc2018@gmail.com