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History of Meteoroids conferences

History of the Meteoroids Conferences and its Slovak Roots

Written by: Mária Hajduková, jr. and Mária Hajduková

 

The first conference of the „Meteoroids“ series, Meteoroids and their Parent Bodies, was organised by a group of scientists at the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava in 1992 and was dedicated to the 65th birthday of their team leader, Ľubor Kresák.

Many years have passed since then and this year we are celebrating the 10th meeting. This occasion has offered a great opportunity to retrace the events’ history and remember a group of Slovak scientists whose contribution to the subject has been considerable. To honour their achievements, the 10th meeting will once again take place in Slovakia.

Ľubor Kresák (1927-1994) formed a very strong scientific group of astronomers in Bratislava (Slovakia; at the time Czechoslovakia), who worked in the field of solar system small bodies, and who played an important role in the world of astronomy during the second half of the last century. The astronomers from Kresák’s team, who pioneered the Meteoroids conferences in the early 90s, were Ján Štohl, Anton Hajduk and Vladimír Porubčan.

The first three Meteoroids meetings were held in Slovakia, a convenient place for scientists from both western countries and the east to meet. They started a great tradition of regular meetings of the community of meteor scientists and strengthened the cooperation between professionals and amateurs. Meteoroids moved outside Slovakia in 2001, and traveled to various corners of the world. The conference series undoubtedly helped faciltiate the growth of meteor science. More than 500 original research papers or review contributions have been published within the proceedings. Another important aspect of these meetings, apart from bringing together the results of the meteor research in many different countries, are the opportunities they offer for informal interactions between the scientists attending, which give rise to new collaborations. Iwan Williams summed up the first successful meeting with words which apply to all these meetings: The Meteoroids conferences offer high level science in a very friendly atmosphere.

 

 

Slovak scientists who pioneered the series of Meteoroids conferences in the 90s.

 

The beginning of the Meteoroids series would be unimaginable without two unique scientists, B. Lindblad and Z. Ceplecha, and  their outstanding influence on the meteor community. 

I. Williams and J. Baggaley were deeply involved in the establishment of the conference series and its development under the auspices of the IAU Commission 22 (current Commission F1 Meteors, Meteorites and Interplanetary Dust).

 


 

Information of the all Meteoroid Conferences and their organizing commitees.

 

Meeting

Year, Date

Location

Chairman/Co-Chairman of the LOC

Chairman/Co-Chairman of the SOC

No. of

participants

  1.

1992

July 6–12

Slovakia, Smolenice Castle

A. Hajduk

I.P. Williams

J. Štohl

 107

  2.

1994

Aug. 28–31

Slovakia, Bratislava

A. Hajduk

V. Porubčan

I.P.Williams

 69

  3.

1998

Aug. 17–21

Slovakia, Tatranská Lomnica

A. Hajduk

W.J. Baggaley

V. Porubčan

 84

  4.

2001

Aug. 6–10

Sweden,  Kiruna

A. Pellinen-Wannberg

V. Porubčan

 

 107

  5.

2004

Aug. 16–20

Canada, London, Ontario

P. Brown

R. Hawkes

I. Mann

 86

  6.

2007

June 11–15

Spain, Barcelona

J. M. Trigo-Rodríguez

J. Llorca

J. M. Trigo-Rodríguez

 115

  7.

2010

May 24–28

USA, Colorado, Breckenridge

D. Janches

D. Janches

W. Cooke

 110

  8.

2013

Aug. 26–30

Poland, Poznan

T. Jopek

 

T. Jopek

I.P. Williams

J. Watanabe

 103

  9.

2016

Jun 6–10

Netherland, Noordwijk

D. Koschny

J. Borovička

140

10.

2019

Jun 21–27

Slovakia,  Bratislava

J. Tóth

D. Janches

J. Borovička

 


 

Information of the Proceedings publications.

 

Year of the Conference

Proceedings/Publication

         No of

         papers

1992

Meteoroids and their Parent Bodies, editors J. Štohl and I.P. Williams, Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, 410pp (1993)

 76

1994

Meteoroids, editors V. Porubčan, I.P. Williams, and V. Vanýsek, Earth, Moon, and Planets, Volume 68, Nos. 1-3, 668pp (1995)

65

1998

Meteoroids 1998, editors W.J. Baggaley and V. Porubčan, Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, 410pp (1999)

 79

2001

Proceedings of the Meteoroids 2001 Conference, editor B. Warmabein, ESA Publication Division, Noordwijk, the Netherland, ESA-SP 495 (2001)

 105

2004

Modern Meteor Science, an Interdisciplinary View, editors R. Hawkes, I. Mann and P. Brown. Earth, Moon, and Planets, Volume 95, Nos. 1-4, 732pp (2005)

 70

2007

Advances in Meteoroid and Meteor Science, editors J.M. Trigo-Rodriguez, F. Rietmeijer, J. Llorca and D. Janches. Earth, Moon, and Planets, Volume 102, Nos. 1-4, 561pp (2008)

71

2010

Meteoroids: The Smallest Solar System Bodies, Proceedings of the Meteroids Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA, May 24-28, 2010. Edited by W.J. Cooke, D.E. Moser, B.F. Hardin, and D. Janches. NASA/CP-2011-216469., 378pp (2011)

 41

2013

The Meteoroids 2013, Proceedings of the Astronomical Conference held at A.M. University, Poznan, Poland, Aug. 26-30, 2013, Eds.: T.J. Jopek, F.J.M. Rietmeijer, J. Watanabe, I.P. Williams, A.M. University Press, 371pp (2014)

 43

2016

Planetary and Space Science, Volume 143 (2017)

 

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Sources:

Štohl, J. and Williams, I.P., Meteoroids and their parent bodies, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Symposium held at Smolenice, Slovakia, July 6-12, 1992, Bratislava: Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, edited by J. Stohl and I.P. Williams, 1993

Porubčan, V.; Williams, I. P.; Vanýsek, V., Meteoroids. Proceedings. First International Conference, Bratislava (Slovakia), 28 - 31 Aug 1994, Earth, Moon, Planets, Vol. 68, No. 1 - 3, XI + 663 p, 1995

Baggaley, W. J.; Porubcan, V., Meteoroids 1998, Meteoroids 1998, editors: W. J. Baggaley and V. Porubcan. Proceedings of the International Conference held at Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia, August 17-21, 1998. Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, 1999

Williams, I.P. and Steel, D., Commission 22: Meteors and Interplanetary Dust, Reports on Astronomy, IAU Transactions Vol. XXII A, edited by J. Bergeron, IAU, Printed in the Netherlands, 1994, pp. 211-224

Williams, I.P. and Hawkes, R., Commission 22: Meteors and Interplanetary Dust, Reports on Astronomy, IAU Transactions Vol. XXIII A, edited by I. Appenzeller, IAU, Printed in the Netherlands, 1997, pp. 237-249

Baggaley, J., Commission 22: Meteors and Interplanetary Dust, Reports on Astronomy, IAU Transactions Vol. XXIVA, edited by J. Andersen, IAU, Printed in the United States of America, 2000, pp. 156-169

Porubčan, V., Commission 22: Meteors, Meteorites and Interplanetary Dust, Reports on Astronomy, IAU Transactions Vol. XXV A, edited by H. Rickman, IAU, Printed in the United States of America, 2003, pp. 200-213  

Mann, I. and Spurný, P., Commission 22: Meteors, Meteorites and Interplanetary Dust, Reports on Astronomy 2003-2005, IAU Transactions XXVI A, edited by O. Engvold, IAU, 2007, pp. 167-170