Welcome To Los Angeles!

You are cordially invited to attend the 86th annual meeting of The Meteoritical Society, which will take place from August 13 through August 18, 2023, at the Luskin Conference Center on the campus of the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA).

The meeting is hosted by UCLA’s Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. All METSOC23 events will be held on the UCLA campus in Westwood, California.

Scientific Sessions

Oral and poster sessions will take place at the Luskin Center. An option for on-line presentations will be available. There will be a special session on asteroid exploration and meteorite connections; other special sessions could be proposed. Further details regarding the scientific program will be provided at a future date.

The Barringer Invitational Lecture will be held at the Fowler Museum on campus. On site conference registration will begin at 3pm on Sunday, August 13th, followed by a welcome reception beginning at 5pm. The annual banquet will be held outdoors on campus on Wednesday evening; we have arranged for it to not rain.

Health & Safety

Currently, there are no public health restrictions on gatherings in Los Angeles. UCLA covid protocol is summarized here. We are planning for a mostly in-person meeting, with the possibility of remote participation via live on-line and in-schedule talks. Poster presentations will be in-person only.

Important Dates

  • April 14: registration and abstract submission open

  • April 14: award applications open

  • May 31: abstract deadline

  • June 30: program posted

  • June 30: award winners notified

  • July 10: end early Registration

Code of Conduct

All meeting attendees must agree to abide by a Code of Conduct that is in alignment with the Position Statement of the Meteoritical Society regarding Inclusiveness:

The Meteoritical Society is a professional Society that prides itself on its inclusive nature. It welcomes all who are interested in understanding planetary and stellar formation and evolution through collection and study of extraterrestrial materials, no matter what their background.

Meetings of the Society are open to academics, students, and meteorite collectors, plus their guests, on payment of the required registration fee. As a condition of participation in Society meetings (including associated workshops and social events), attendees are expected to maintain appropriate standards of behavior. No form of intimidation or harassment of individuals is acceptable, irrespective of their gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or nationality.

The Code of Conduct also applies to issues of Scientific Integrity. Policy regarding the Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities is laid out in a U.S. Dept of Interior website.


All venues for the 2023 meeting are on the UCLA campus and, as such, are compliant with the American Disabilities Act. Specific accommodations implemented by the Luskin Conference Center are summarized here.

Welcome to UCLA!

Our meeting will be held entirely on the UCLA campus, a 419 acre (~1.7 km²) urban park in west LA, bounded on the north by Sunset Boulevard and the Santa Monica Mountains, and by Westwood Village to the South. The Luskin Conference venue is centrally located, a short downhill stroll from the dormitories and an easy 10-minute walk from restaurants in the Village.

Founded in 1919, UCLA is among the world’s premier research universities and is currently ranked as the #1 public university in the United States (a designation that it frequently shares with UC Berkeley). It hosts a large, diverse student body with 31,600 undergraduates and 14,300 graduate students of whom > 5,000 are international. Approximately 1/3 of UCLA undergraduates represent the first generation in their family to attend college. Follow these links to learn more about UCLA, its history, and current campus events.

The Meteoritical Society and UCLA

MetSoc2023 will be the 5th time the Society has met at UCLA, the most recent being in 2002. The 4th and 20th meetings were hosted by Frederick C. Leonard, the first President of the Society and the founding faculty member of UCLA’s Astronomy Department. In 1933, Leonard, together with Harvey Nininger, founded the Society for Research on Meteorites, renamed The Meteoritical Society at the 1946 meeting. The 37th annual meeting (1974) was organized by John Wasson who became President of the Society in 1980 and later served five years as editor of its journal Meteoritics. Wasson also engineered a great expansion of the UCLA meteorite collection from the modest holdings of Frederick Leonard to what is now the largest collection and meteorite museum on the west coast. If conference delegates have time, we hope you will come and visit the UCLA Meteorite Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Geology Building.

MetSoc2023 is being organized by meteoriticists and cosmochemists at UCLA and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with help from a local organizing committee with representatives from Caltech, JPL, and Cal State San Marcos. Meeting hosts and sponsors include:

UCLA Division of Physical Sciences

UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (EPSS)


Barringer Crater Company

The Barringer Lecture will be held Monday evening at the Fowler Museum. The lecture will be open to the public.