You are cordially invited to attend the 86th annual meeting of The Meteoritical Society, which will take place from July 28 through August 2nd, 2024, at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting is hosted by the Université libre de Bruxelles, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the Institute of Natural Sciences.
Oral, poster and plenary sessions will be hosted at the Palace of the Academies. Located next of the Royal Palace, the Palace of the Academies was built between 1823 and 1825 for the Prince of Orange and became the residence of the Royal Academy of Sciences and art and Royal Academy of Medicine in 1876.
The Barringer lecture will take place at the Plaza Hotel, famous for its charming Belle Epoque decorated theater. The banquet will be organized as a walking dinner at the Institute for Natural Sciences, where you will be able to enjoy the tasty Belgian cuisine in the largest dinosaur gallery of Europe, known for the spectacular Iguanodon fossil skeletons.
Fieldtrips on Wednesday afternoon include a visit to the Atomium, a landmark modernist building constructed for the 1958 World Fair that represents a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion time, but also to the European Parliament, the battlefield of Waterloo where the fate of Europe was tragically determined, or the city of Ghent, labelled Belgium’s best kept secret by Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler in 2023.
Post-conference tours include a tour on the WWI and WWII battlefields located in Belgium, and a visit to some of the world-renowned Trappist beer abbeys.
On Saturday July 27 will be organized a workshop dedicated to the curation of extraterrestrial samples, from meteorites to returned samples. This will be organized at the Institute of Natural Sciences. More info to come.