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23 February 2012

Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) 2012 Abstract Deadline

Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) 2012
Abstract Deadline Approaching

The Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) 2012 conference will be held May 16–20, 2012, in Niigata, Japan, at TOKI Messe (Niigata Convention Center). It is the premier international gathering of scientists who study small bodies. 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 will be the first held in the Asian region.

The scope of presentations and discussion is broad, including all topics related to asteroids, comets, and meteors. Examples include discovery and cataloguing of objects, observations of meteor showers by radar, modeling the gas production of comets, and plans for future asteroid sample returns.

The abstract submission form is available on the USRA/LPI website:

Abstracts (one page) may be submitted for oral or poster presentation. Authors are limited to ONE request for oral presentation, unless they are an invited speaker. The abstract submission is managed by the USRA (LPI) Meeting Portal. If you have not yet accessed the Meeting Portal, you will be requested to create a personal profile before the abstract submission. ALL abstracts MUST be converted to PDF format before submission.

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

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07 February 2012

Reports from Action Team on Near Earth Objects at 49th COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee Meeting

Action Team on Near-Earth Objects provides an update at the forty-ninth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space that was held from 6-17 February 2012 at the United Nation Office at Vienna, Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria.

Scientific and Technical Subcommittee: 2012
Forty-ninth session 6-17 February 2012 Near-Earth objects

2011-2012 Draft recommendations of the Action Team on Near-Earth Objects for an international response to the near-Earth object impact threat
Link: PDF document (English)

Near-Earth objects, 2011-2012 Interim report of the Action Team on Near-Earth Objects
Link: PDF document (English)

Link: Online documents (Scientific and Technical Subcommittee: 2012)
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