Scientific information

Call for Abstracts

Oral and poster contributions on any aspect of meteoritics and planetary science are invited. Abstracts should be submitted using the instructions below. First authors are limited to TWO submissions but ONLY ONE will be considered for oral presentation, except for special session requests. The abstract submission deadline is May 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (GMT -5).

NOTE: The format for the electronic supplement to Meteoritics & Planetary Science changed recently. Abstracts are still limited to one page, but the new format allows a full page of data. The new template is one page with text with dimensions of 6.5 inches (~16.5 cm) wide by 9 inches (~23 cm) long. Due to the still relatively small size of the abstracts, figures and tables should only be included when they provide important critical information in support of the text.

Abstracts will be published in electronic format as a supplement to Meteoritics & Planetary Science after the end of the conference.

Contributions to the Sunday workshops will not count toward the two abstracts submission rule; these are included as a choice in the topic menu.

Contributors are requested to indicate which one of the following topics most closely describes their work:

  • Presolar Grains and Isotopic Anomalies
  • Radionuclides and Early Solar System Chronology
  • Interplanetary Dust Particles, Micrometeorites and Stardust
  • CAIs and Other Refractory Materials
  • Formation of Chondrules and Chondrite Precursors
  • Volatiles in the Solar System
  • Carbonaceous Chondrites and Their Parent Body Evolution
  • Organic Material in Meteorites, Distribution, and Evolution
  • Differentiated Bodies in the Asteroid Belt: Psyche, Vesta, and Ceres
  • Achondrites
  • Martian Meteorites
  • Lunar Samples and Meteorites, Origin, and Evolution of the Moon
  • Iron and Stony-Iron Meteorites
  • Parent Body Processes
  • Isotopic, Chemical, and Experimental Studies of Meteorites
  • Exposure History and Delivery of Meteorites from Asteroids
  • Asteroids and Comets
  • Physical Properties of Meteorites
  • Impact Cratering Processes and Dynamics of Small Bodies
  • Surface and Interior Dynamics of Meteorite Parent Bodies
  • Shock Metamorphism
  • Developments in Analytical Technique for Meteorite and Returned Sample Analysis
  • Meteorite Fall/Finds
  • Other
  • Special Session: Dedicated to the Famous Meteorite Falls in Russia
  • Special Session: Evolution of the Solar nebular: Origin of the Moon and planets.
  • Sunday Workshop: Experiment and Modelling in Investigation of Extraterrestrial Material
  • Sunday Workshop: NEOs Hazard: Multidisciplinary Approach
Submission Policies
  •  No late abstracts will be accepted, regardless of the reason.
  •  Abstracts sent by e-mail will NOT be considered.
  • ​ NOTE Abstracts are limited to one page with text dimensions of 6.5 inches (~16.5 cm) wide by 9 inches (~23 cm) long.
  • ​ All abstracts must be submitted in PDF format.
  • ​ The page size for all abstract files must be U.S. letter size (8.5″ × 11″); A4 submissions are automatically rejected by the system.
  •  Abstract file sizes must be no larger than 3 MB; larger files will be automatically rejected by the system.

Authors are encouraged to start the submission process early so the LPI staff will have time to provide assistance in the event of technical problems. For technical assistance, call Linda Garcia (281-486-2142), or send an e-mail message to

Unable to Produce PDF Files?  Authors who are unable to produce a PDF file may send their source files (must be in Word or PostScript format) to the LPI no later than May 1, 2018. A PDF file will be created and returned to the author, but it is the author’s responsibility to submit that PDF file by the time of the abstract deadline. Source files should be sent to

Preparation and Submission of Abstracts

Step 1: Download the appropriate template

Step 2: Write the abstract (no more than one page) using the format shown in the template

Step 3: Create a PDF file (no larger than 3 MB)

Step 4: Fill out the electronic abstract submission form and upload the abstract file

Meteorite Names

All meteorite names appearing in abstracts MUST have been approved by the Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society. Abstracts submitted in violation of these requirements will NOT be published in the journal. To check the publication status of a meteorite, please search the Meteoritical Bulletin Database. A representative of the Meteorite Nomenclature Committee will be reviewing the submitted abstracts to make certain that all authors are in compliance with these policies. The program committee reserves the right to reject any abstract found to be in violation of these rules.

Abstract Fee

You will have an opportunity to pay the abstract fee ($35.00) immediately after submitting your abstract. A link will be provided directly to the Meteoritical Society webpage in your confirmation e-mail (alternatively click here to proceed to payment). If you are unable to pay via credit card, your fee will be collected in cash at the meeting.