1 Introduction

In the 1960ies and 1970ies the International Astronomical Union organized symposia and colloquia dedicated to minor bodies in the solar system mainly minor planets and comets, with a small contribution about meteors. In 1983, 1985 and 1989 conferences dedicated to small Solar System bodies, “Asteroids, Comets, Meteors” were organized in Uppsala, Sweden. In 1991 the “Asteroids, Comets, Meteors” conference series moved to Flagstaff, USA, having no meteor related conference in Europe for professionals in several years. With most meteor scientists at work in Europe, the idea was born to organize a conference completely dedicated to meteoroids. Astronomers of the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences decided to organize a conference in Slovakia in honor of Ľubor Kresák for his 65th birthdate. This conference took place in 1992, July 6–12 at Smolenice Castle, Slovakia. Although the conference was not intended to start a new series of such conferences, the success of Meteoroids 1992 proved that there was need for such conference. The next Meteoroids conferences took place in 1994 and 1998 in Slovakia followed by meetings in Sweden, Canada, Spain, USA, Poland and the Netherlands.

Meanwhile the Meteoroids conference series will celebrate its 10th meeting returning to Slovakia, where it all started.

Meteoroids is a meeting for professional scientists and also of interest to experienced amateurs. Except the lectures and poster sessions, the conference offers plenty of opportunity to have informal discussions about various meteor related topics. Most leading meteor scientists are present. In 1992 for instance about all senior scientists of that time who served as IAU commission 22 Chairmen were present (Figure 1).

For people who may be interested, I share the second announcement for Meteoroids 2019.

Figure 1 – An historic photo of all IAU Commission 22 Chairmen from l.to r. Lubor Kresak, Pulat Babadzhanov, Zdenek Ceplecha, Ian Williams, Oleg Bel’kovich, Bertil Lindblad, Graham Elford, Colin Keay and Jan Stohl.


Meteoroids 2019 will be the tenth international conference in a series of meetings on meteors, meteoroids, meteorites, interplanetary dust, and related topics, which have been held since 1992.
The Meteoroids 2019 will take place at the Hotel Tatra in Bratislava, Slovakia, from June 17 – 21, 2019, starting by welcome party on Sunday evening June 16, 2019 in Hotel Tatra.

More detailed information will be provided in next circulars or on the web page of the conference: http://meteoroids2019.uniba.sk.

The SOC defined the following sessions:
1. Meteoroid Sources
2. Composition and Physical Properties
3. Dynamical Evolution
4. (Exo-) Zodiacal dust
5. Meteor Physics
6. Influx of Interstellar Matter
7. Meteorite Recoveries
8. Planetary Defense
9. In-situ Experiments and Spacecraft Anomalies
10. Meteoroid Impact Physics
11. Future Methods and Techniques


The early registration with reduced fee is now available until March 31, 2019. The final registration deadline is May 1, 2019.
The registration types are as follows:
370 € – standard early registration
320 € – discounted early registration *
420 € – standard late registration
370 € – discounted late registration *
* Discounted registration fee is only available to invited speakers, PhD students, amateurs and accompanying persons.
The registration fee is increased by 50 € during the late registration period (see important dates below).
Conference fee should be paid via international bank transfer to the following bank account:
Bank name: Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s.
Account name: AGO Modra
IBAN account number: SK50 0900 0000 0051 3773 4083
Payment description: meteoroids + [participant’s name]
Note that the registration is accepted only after the payment.
The following items are provided within conference fee: welcome drink (Sunday evening), access to conference sessions, conference materials, coffee breaks,
lunches (Monday-Friday), excursion/trip (Wednesday) and social dinner (Wednesday).


You can now submit your abstract and choose preferred presentation type (oral/poster) on the conference web page, the final decision on acceptance will be made by SOC.
We are happy to announce that the head of SOC Dr. Diego Janches and the Editor in-Chief Dr. Angelo Pio Rossi arranged the possibility to publish the conference contributions
in a special issue of Planetary and Space Science journal. The expected deadline for paper delivery is September 2019.


Local organizers would like to kindly notify that the accommodation is not arranged by conference organizers and is therefore completely within participant’s responsibility.
However, LOC encourages participants to take advantage of the accommodation within the conference venue – Hotel Tatra. The hotel created special discounted accommodation
offer for conference participants:
Promo code: METEO (should be communicated upon booking and will be valid after registration and payment of registration fee)
Single room price (per night): 65€, Double room price (per night): 83€
In general, prices for hotels might be substantially higher in Bratislava in June.


LOC arranged the trip by boat on the Danube river with the visit of Devin castle. After the trip, the conference dinner will be held in Hotel Tatra for all participants and spouses.


12 December 2018  Second announcement including conference sessions/Details of registration/Registration and Abstract submission opens
31 March 2018   Early registration deadline
1 May 2018      Final registration deadline
1 May 2019      Abstract submission deadline
1 June 2019     Conference program ready
16 June 2019    Sunday evening welcome party
17 June 2019    Conference start
21 June 2019    Conference end
September 2019  Plan to deliver papers for special issue of PSS