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Lunar and Planetary Research Community Converge at Annual Conference

They say everything is bigger in Texas. Even the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in Houston, Texas, organized by USRA's Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), is the largest and most prestigious planetary science meeting in the world. International specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astonomy converge at the LPSC to present the latest results of research in planetary science.

The meeting continues to grow, with the 2015 meeting hosting 1767 participants and setting a new record for number of abstracts submitted (2024). The meeting included scientists from 35 countries and had a very high percentage of student participants at 29 percent. Through our Career Development Award program, the LPI provided travel support to 13 students from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada. The recipients were selected from 52 applications from 7 countries.

LPI Career Development Awardees

Image: The LPI Career Development Awardees at the 46th LPSC Conference with Nick White, USRA Senior Vice President, Science.

The LPSC meeting provides an invaluable opportunity for students, not only to present their own research, but also to hear and see firsthand the latest-breaking results from other researchers in their field. Opportunities are also provided for students to meet and network with an international group of distinguished researchers.


Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Sciences at NASA Headquarters addresses the attendees at the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.