Second Announcement — July 2014

Meeting Location and Date

The workshop on Modern Analytical Methods Applied to Earth and Planetary Sciences I will be held November 1–2, 2014, at the Liszt Ferenc Conference Center, Sopron, Hungary.

Purpose and Scope

The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for exchange of ideas between scientists and companies working on or producing different analytical facilities that are being used in the Earth and Planetary sciences. This can also aid in the exchange of ideas between basic research activities and applied science.

The meeting will cover fields such as microscopy (SEM, TEM, EBSD, etc.), spectroscopy (e.g., OSL, CL, TL, ESR, Raman, etc.), mass spectrometry, and microprobe (SIMS) methods that have been used in different samples including geological materials, minerals, meteorites, or experimentally grown crystals. The workshop is supported by the Micromatlab Hungary Kft (Hungary) with technical assistance for announcements, abstract submission, and program production provided by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas (USA).

Meeting Format

The workshop will consist of plenary sessions and a poster session over a period of two days. There will be morning and afternoon oral sessions organized around topical themes, as well as several invited presentations. Ample time will be reserved for discussion. A poster session will be held at the Liszt Ferenc Conference Center, and breakout sessions on science priorities will be held on Saturday afternoon, with future mission design and strategies discussed on Sunday.

Call For Abstracts

Abstracts are solicited for the following topics:

  • Microscopic studies of terrestrial and planetary materials
  • Spectroscopic methods used in the study of terrestrial and planetary materials
  • Mineralogy of fine-grained astromaterials
  • In situ planetary microscopy and spectroscopy for robotic missions
  • Mass spectrometry and microprobe analyses of terrestrial and planetary materials

Abstract Deadline — Thursday, August 21, 2014, 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (GMT -5)

  • No late abstracts will be accepted, regardless of the reason.
  • Abstracts are limited to two pages.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in PDF format.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in U.S. letter format (8.5" × 11") and must include a one-inch margin on all four sides; A4 submissions will be rejected by the system.
  • Abstract file sizes must be no larger than 1.5 MB; larger files will be automatically rejected by the system.
  • If not using the template provided, leave a one-inch margin on all four sides of your document.

Authors are encouraged to start the submission process early so the USRA staff will have time to provide assistance in the event of technical problems. For technical assistance, contact Linda Tanner (281-486-2142), or send an e-mail message to publish@hou.usra.edu.

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 USRA no later than August 14, 2014. 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 publish@hou.usra.edu.

Abstract Revisions (Prior to the Deadline Only) —

If you discover an error and need to replace your abstract file, or correct the information submitted on the form, return to the abstract submission portion of the meeting portal and click on the “Update” link that appears next to the title of the abstract you submitted. Please be aware that you will no longer be able to revise your abstract after the deadline has passed.

Preparation and Submission of Abstracts —

Step 1:   Download the appropriate template

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

Step 3:   Create a PDF file (no larger than 1.5 MB)

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

Travel Funds

No travel funds are available for this meeting

Special Events

An ice-breaker event is currently in the planning stages; details will be announced later.


Access to Sopron

By car:  From Vienna, Austria on A2 to the Traiskirchen intersection, then on A3 to the Eisenstadt intersection, and on B16 to Sopron (65 km). From Budapest, on M1 to Győr, then on 85 to Sopron (210 km).

By train:  Connected to Vienna by suburban trains every hour, departure from Wien Meidling at xx:38. Travel takes 70 minutes and costs about 15 EUR. Sopron is located within the Vienna regional tariff union, so if you have a ticket or travelcard covering the entire network, you can use it to travel to Sopron (but not other Hungarian towns served by suburban trains) (see www.oebb.de). From Budapest (e. g., Keleti pu) to Sopron, there are several direct InterCity trains per day, which cost about 5500 HUF for a one-way trip, which takes approximately 2.5 hours (see www.elvira.hu or www.oebb.at as well as www.db.de).

By plane:  The nearest international airport is Vienna (65 km) (see www.viennaairport.com).

Access to the Conference Venue

Sopron is a small city. The conference venue is within walking distance from the railway station and most of the hotels as well as public buildings in downtown Sopron.

Location Map —

Location map


Besides access to all conference sessions, the registration fee includes the European Union value-added tax (VAT), a conference bag, and the ice-breaker party.

Attendee Through September 15 September 15–October 31 Onsite
Professional Registration $170.00 EUR $180.00 EUR $190.00 EUR
Student Registration $90.00 EUR $100.00 EUR $125.00 EUR

To register for the workshop, please complete the registration form and follow the instructions for submission and payment.


Details regarding a workshop proceedings volume will be announced later.


For further information regarding the scientific content of the meeting and registration contact

Arnold Gucsik
H-9422, Harka, Patak utca 26, Hungary
Phone:  +36-30-315-521; Cell:  +36-30-473-7627
E-mail:  argu1986@hotmail.com; ciklamensopron@yahoo.com

For further information regarding meeting details or announcements contact

Ingrid Dudley, CMP
Meeting and Publication Services
USRA Houston
Phone:   281-486-2151
E-mail:   idudley@hou.usra.edu


August 21, 2014 Abstract deadline
September 17, 2014 Final announcement with program and abstracts posted on this website
November 1–2, 2014 Workshop on Modern Analytical Methods Applied to Earth and Planetary Sciences I


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