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Welcome to the European Lunar Symposium 2023

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The 11th European Lunar Symposium will take place in June 27-29, 2023 at the Polo Multifunzionale di Psicologia in Padua, Italy.

Following three years of remote attendance, this conference aims at bringing together again the European scientific community involved in lunar science and exploration and the international experts engaged in lunar missions.

New scientific data returned from a series of orbiting satellites and rover missions on the Moon have aroused renewed interest in future lunar exploration, heightened as a result of the success of NASA’s Artemis mission as a first step towards humanity’s return to the Moon by 2026.

During the conference, particular emphasis will be given to the science and technology of future explorative missions, the in-situ resource utilization and the presentation of the results from mission studies preparatory to future human exploration on the lunar surface.

The conference will consist of both oral presentations and posters for the five major themes: “Science of the Moon”, “Science on the Moon”, “Science from the Moon”, “Future lunar missions” and “Lunar In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU)”.

The eleventh ELS will be held under the umbrella of the European nodes of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).

We look forward to seeing you in Padua in June 2023!

Save the dates:

  • Abstract submission opening: January 20, 2023
  • Abstract submission deadline: March 8, 2023 (6PM Pacific Standard Time)
  • Registration opening: 1 February 2023
  • Program is expected by: 17 April 2023
  • Registration deadlines:
    7 May 2023 (in-person)
    7 May 2023 (virtual attendance)
    Note: No extension of registration deadline is possible and onsite registration will not be available
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Welcome to Padua

A panoramic view of Padua

Padua is located in a privileged position in the northeast of Italy, a few kilometers from the famous city on the water, Venice, and the city of Romeo and Juliet, Verona. Just outside the city, there is the large green area of the Euganean Hills, of volcanic origin, and the largest thermal springs in Europe.

It is a picturesque city with arched streets, historical buildings and wide squares enlivened by lively markets and the many young students attending the University of Padua, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world.

At the same time, Padua is proud of its culture and traditions. In the city, there are two sites included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO: the botanical garden, the oldest in the world, and the cycles of frescoes of the fourteenth century, preserved in a "widespread museum" among eight building complexes under the protection of Padua Urbs Picta.

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