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Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
The Woodlands, Texas
March 19-23, 2018



The 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas, March 19–23, 2018.

This conference brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in planetary science. The five-day conference will be organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions.


About LPSC

A speaker addresses attendees at the Third Lunar Science Conference held January 10–13, 1972, at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.

A speaker addresses attendees at the Third Lunar Science Conference held January 10–13, 1972, at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.

The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), jointly organized by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy from around the world to present the latest results of research in planetary science. LPSC is the premier planetary science conference in the world. Since its beginning in 1970, when it was called the Apollo 11 Lunar Science Conference, the meeting has been a significant focal point for planetary science research, with nearly 1800 planetary scientists and students representing 41 countries attending the conference each year.

LPSC poster session

Today, LPSC features a broad range of planetary topics with more than 1300 poster presentations.

LPSC features four full days and one half day of oral and poster presentations organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions based on submitted abstracts. LPSC receives over 2000 abstracts from around the world from Argentina and Ireland to Switzerland and Vatican City. Contributed abstracts are peer-reviewed, and selections for presentation are based on the overall relevance of the subject matter to the conference and the quality of the science. A number of Special Sessions and Highlighted Events are also scheduled throughout the week of the conference covering a variety of topics, including events in planetary science and current planetary missions and their results.

LPSC poster session

LPSC is unique because it draws a significant student population — over 30% of attendees are students — which provides opportunities for early career scientists to discuss research with senior colleagues.

Despite the growth of the conference over the years, LPSC remains a community-focused conference fostering a collegial environment in which the discussion of relevant scientific and technological issues aims to advance understanding of the solar system and promote scientific discovery.

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Meet the Organizers

The LPSC is a joint effort between the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA.

Conference Co-Chairs

Eileen Stansbery NASA Johnson Space Center

Program Committee Co-Chairs

Meeting Coordination

Debbie Mitchell

Debbie Mitchell - Meeting Planner USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute

Ingrid Dudley

Ingrid Dudley - Meeting Planner USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute

Linda Garcia

Linda Garcia - Registration
and Abstracts
USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute



LPSC Statement on Harassment

The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or other protected status. LPSC events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the lunar and planetary science community. While at LPSC events or related ancillary or social events, any participants, including speakers, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, booth staff and anyone else, should not engage in harassment in any form. All event participants are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employer's policies on appropriate workplace behavior. For issues or concerns, please contact the LPI Director, Louise Prockter, or any LPI staff member at the LPSC help desk. For issues that arise outside of normal registration hours, contact the hotel security staff by dialing “0” from any hotel phone.

Gender-neutral bathrooms will be provided on both the first floor (close to the Town Hall Exhibit Center) and the third floor (close to the registration desk), and will be clearly marked.