1st Circular

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2012
An international conference on small solar system bodies

16-20 May, 2012

Niigata, Japan

This is a first announcement of the Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) meeting which will be held in Japan. As you know, the serious trouble of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant due to the East Japan Earthquake prohibited us to have ACM 2011 meeting as originally planned. We struggled to restart the organization, and succeeded to go as a renewed ACM 2012 meeting.

The Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) meeting is the premier international gathering of scientists who study all kinds of small bodies in our solar system. The ACM series began in 1983 in Uppsala, Sweden, as a means of bringing together different groups within the asteroid, comet, and meteor communities who do not often have the opportunity to interact. From this first ACM meeting, a regular conference began. The conference now takes place every three years, and it is the pre-eminent meeting for small-bodies research, with attendance usually in excess of 400. The 2012 ACM meeting will be the 11th in the series, and the first time in Asian Region. The members of SOC and LOC are listed at the web site.

The scope of presentations and discussion is broad, including all topics related to asteroids, comets, and meteors. ACM 2012 is expected to bring together experts on small-bodies studies from around the world. It will be the first meeting held after several significant and anticipated events, which include the return of "HAYABUSA" mission and the expected result of "Dawn", "EPOXI" and "STARDUST-NExT", as well as many others. ACM 2012 will highlight the research currently being conducted, and encourage discussion among researchers in various areas, and identify new avenues of research.

General information is available at:
http://chiron.mtk.nao.ac.jp/ACM2012/.

All the process of registration and abstract submissions etc. should be performed in the LPI meeting portal site with kind help of the LPI. You can register your e-mail address for receiving further information of the ACM2012 at the following site:
https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meeting_portal/iofi/?mtg=acm2012 (at LPI web site, a new window will be opened).

The registration fee will be 30,000 Japanese yen (professional) and 15,000 Japanese yen (student). Registration includes the welcome reception, coffee breaks, lunches of 3 days, main excursion on Wednesday, program and abstract volume etc. Conference dinner and accommodations are not included. Detailed information will be updated in the web site.

Schedule:

   December 2010  Open for Indication of interest
15 December 2011  Open for Abstract submission
19 December 2011  Open for early registration at reduced
                   rate
28 February 2012  Abstract deadline
                  Deadline for Financial Support 
                   Application (if possible)
15 March 2012     Deadline for early registration at 
                   reduced rate
                  Deadline for visa assistance
31 March 2012     Conference program available on website
16 May 2012       Open for on-site registration

We are planning to have several satellite meetings together with excursion which should interest you. Detailed information will be up at the web site at appropriate epoch.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to ask us by sending e-mail to ACM2012 -at- pub.mtk.nao.ac.jp (please replace "-at-" by at-mark, "@").

The meeting place, Niigata City, is about 180 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Please look at the following site for more information.

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