84TH ANNUAL MEETING
AUGUST 14-21, 2021
UPDATE February 2021 (new update expected in April 2021): You are cordially invited to attend the 84th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society to be held on August 14-21, 2021. Please mark your calendars. We are planning for an in-person meeting but are prepared to hold the meeting online should the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic require this. The MetSoc 2021 meeting is being organized by planetary scientists at the Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago. The Field Museum is the birthplace of the Meteoritical Society which was founded there in 1933 as the Society for Research on Meteorites. Chicago has a long history of pioneering work in meteoritics, cosmochemistry, and planetary science.
The 2021 meeting will feature special sessions on asteroid sample return missions Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx. More details about the meeting program and events will be provided later. The meeting venue will be the Hilton Chicago on 720 South Michigan Avenue in downtown with views overlooking Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and the Museum Campus. The venue is within walking distance to most major attractions. Chicago is a top tourist destination in the US, a world-class, cosmopolitan city with two frequently served international airports. It has a safe, walkable downtown with beautiful parks, beaches, and cultural attractions including many museums. Chicago is also known for its vibrant restaurant and microbrewery scene, many of which offer outdoor experiences in the summer.
COVID-19 precautions for an in-person meeting: The event organizers will do whatever is possible to minimize the risk for attendees of exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The hotel has already started implementing special cleaning procedures to minimize pathogen exposure of guests. The City of Chicago has reopened cautiously and has implemented comprehensive guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The organizers will work with city and hotel officials to provide the safest and most enjoyable meeting. The event organizers and the Council of the Meteoritical Society will decide if an in-person meeting can be held when we get closer to the meeting. Information will be provided here with an update expected in April 2021.
In any case, the meeting will be an excellent venue to present and discuss your research and learn about the state-of-the art in our fields. We encourage you to reserve the dates of August 14-21, 2021 in your calendar today and we hope to welcome you to Chicago in the summer of 2021.