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.

The meeting is jointly organized by the V.I. Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, the 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 a company TRIALOGUE (for more information please contact: metsoc81@confreg.org). We strongly recommend that you apply for your visa no later than three months before the trip, in order to accurately complete and submit all the documents. If you need an invitation to the conference from the Vernadsky Institute or any advice, please submit your request by e-mail to metsoc2018@gmail.com.

Oral sessions will take place in the conference halls of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Presidium building (“Golden Brain”); and plenary sessions, invited lectures including the Barringer lecture and the Award ceremony will take place in the largest hall which 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 the heart of Moscow’s historical center, right across from Red Square and the Kremlin. The Welcome Party will also be held in the Museum. On the afternoon of the Wednesday conference day, several excursions will be offered exploring different parts of Moscow (city tour, boat trip along the Moscow River, Red Square and Kremlin guided tour). The Conference Banquet will be held in the comfortable Korston Hotel banquet hall.

A number of pre- and post-conference tours are being prepared: a 3-day trip to Saint-Petersburg including a visit to 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 cores 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, an underground Museum in a gold mine with crocoite room and the fall site of the Chelyabinsk meteorite; and a 3-day trip to the famous ancient city of 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” Academy of Sciences building. Since only one of the hotels is within walking distance of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Presidium building, we will offer a 7-day city transport pass to all participants of the conference.

Moscow is the capital of Russia and is the country’s 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, it was reinstated as the capital in 1728. Now Moscow is one of the largest cities in Europe. The city has three international airports (Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo); express trains, bus and taxi routes, making it possible to reach the city center in one hour. Moscow’s famous Metro system and renovated public transportation network are available daily from 6 am to 1 am.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Moscow.

Marina Ivanova
e-mail: metsoc2018@gmail.com