Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Joint AGU and Lunar Science Conference



For the past 3 years there has been increasing concern about the duplication of papers on lunar and planetary sciences between the meetings of various societies and the annual meeting at the Johnson Space Center, Clear Lake, Texas. In addition to the costs for travel and accommodation (approximately $400–$800 per conference for most attendees from the United States) there is the time spent on airplanes and sitting in sessions. I argue that a potential saving of at least $300,000 per year justifies a reduction of meetings on lunar and planetary sciences. We must find money for young scientists and new ideas.