Final Announcement — September 2014

Meeting Location and Date

The workshop on Modern Analytical Methods Applied to Earth and Planetary Sciences I will be held November 1, 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 one-day workshop will consist of talks and a poster session. There will be morning and afternoon oral sessions organized around topical themes. 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 Saturday as well. During the poster session, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the sponsors of the workshop.


Papers will be collected for a proceedings volume to be published in February 2015. Contributions can be a maximum of 10 pages, including black and white figures. Format your paper using the LPI abstract template and submit your entry to Dr. Arnold Gucsik by December 15, 2014.

Information For Presenters

Oral Presentations —
A PC laptop, LCD projector, and speaker remote will be available for oral presentations during the scientific sessions. In order to facilitate a smooth transition between speakers, all speakers must load their presentations and test them in advance. To aid the preloading process, create a folder on your flash drive/CD called “METHODS2014” and place your PowerPoint or PDF presentation in that folder. Please include your last name in the naming of your presentation file.

Hardware and Software Specifications —
The plenary room will be equipped with the following minimum hardware and software:

PC Hardware: PC Software:
Dell Latitude E5440 Operating System:  Windows 7
Memory:  4 GB Microsoft Office 2010 including PowerPoint
Video:  AMD Radeon HD 6350 Windows Media Player:  12
Acrobat Reader:  11

Poster Presentations —

Posters will be attached to the wall in the meeting room. Push pins will be provided.

Poster Setup: Saturday, November 1, from 8:00 a.m.
Poster Removal: Saturday, November 1, from 7:00 p.m.
Poster Size: 44" × 44" (110 cm × 110 cm)


Travel Funds

No travel funds are available for this meeting

Special Events

A social event including Hungarian wine tasting will be held on November 1, 2014. Details regarding the event will be advertised during the workshop.


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 (www.sopron.hu). The conference venue is within walking distance from the railway station and most of the hotels as well as public buildings in downtown Sopron. The address of the conference venue is Liszt Ferenc Konferencia és Kulturális Központ, Sopron, Liszt Ferenc utca 1., H-9400 (GPS coordinates:  47.6835, 16.5885).

Location Map —

Location map



For additional details regarding hotels in Sopron, please do not hesitate to send your questions to Dr. Arnold Gucsik at argu1986@hotmail.com or ciklamensopron@yahoo.com.


Besides access to all conference sessions, the registration fee includes the Hungarian value-added tax (VAT), a conference bag, and the social event as well as the publishing fee for the proceedings of the workshop.

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.

All participants are required to sign in at the meeting as proof of verification of attendance.


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


October 31, 2014 Deadline for advance registration (onsite registration available at increased fee)
November 1, 2014 Workshop on Modern Analytical Methods Applied to Earth and Planetary Sciences I
December 15, 2014 Deadline for submission of proceedings papers


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