The purpose of the symposium is to explore new insights into the composition of solar-system and galactic matter, and fractionation processes affecting samples of this matter, that have been brought about by recent space missions, ground-based studies, and theoretical advances. The estimated number of attendees is about 80.


The symposium will have five sessions, encompassing a broad range of composition studies.

  1. Linking primordial to solar composition
        overview speakers: Johannes Geiss and Nikos Prantzos
  2. Planetary samples
        overview speaker: Toby Owen
  3. Solar sources and fractionation processes
        overview speakers: Nicolas Grevesse and Ed Stone
  4. Interstellar gas
        overview speaker: Rosine Lallement
  5. Cosmic rays
        overview speaker: Mark Wiedenbeck
A special session on Wednesday afternoon will highlight Johannes Geiss' lifetime contributions to studies of the composition of matter, with speakers Hubert Reeves, Friedrich Begemann, and George Gloeckler. The session will be followed by an excursion and dinner, also to the honor of Johannes Geiss, with speeches by several surprise guests.

Click here to view the list of invited speakers

Scientific Organisation Committee
Glenn Mason (chair) JHU/Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD, USA
Peter Bochsler Physikalisches Institut, Univ. of Bern, Switzerland
Jim Connell Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA
George Gloeckler Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Martin Israel Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO, USA
Richard Mewaldt Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA
Rudolf von Steiger ISSI, Bern, Switzerland
Mark Wiedenbeck NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Thomas Zurbuchen Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Local Organisation Committee
Barbara Gerber Gerber Projektmanagement, Bern, Switzerland
Silvia Wenger ISSI, Bern, Switzerland
Rudolf von Steiger ISSI, Bern, Switzerland
Important Dates

June 30, 2006             deadline for early registration
July 31, 2006              deadline for submission of abstracts
August 25, 2006         deadline for registration and hotel reservation

Registration, hotel reservation and abstract submission can all be accessed by the same button below.


The conference will take place in Grindelwald. Grindelwald is beautifully located in the Bernese Oberland and offers many famous attractions: the Jungfraujoch «Top of Europe», the Eiger Northface, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The sessions will be held at the Conference Center (Kongress-Saal) which is located directly beside the Hotel.

Registration Desk

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006                         in the lobby of the Hotel Sunstar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m; at welcoming reception
Monday, Sept. 11, 2006                        at the Conference Center from 8 a.m.
Tuesday - Friday, Sept. 12-15, 2006       at the Conference Center from 8:30 a.m.


International airports in Zurich, Geneva or Basel, regional airport Bern-Belpmoos.
Grindelwald is easily reached by train from all of these airports. Zurich and Geneva
have train stations inside the airport buildings. Basel and Bern are a 20-minute bus ride from the train stations. Travel times are 3:15 hours from Zurich Airport or 3:55 hours from Geneva Airport. All connections go through Bern (possibly changing trains, remaining travel time 1:45 hours) and Interlaken Ost (change trains, remaining travel time 34 minutes). Click here for timetables of all trains.
We do not recommend renting a car. Driving time is about one hour from Bern.

Hotel Accommodation

For the symposium rooms have been booked at special rates at the Hotel «Sunstar Grindelwald» (4-star) in walking distance from the train station and directly besides the Conference Center.

Small single room: CHF 115 (approx. USD 90) -- SOLD OUT
Double room for single occupancy: CHF 164 (approx. USD 125)
Double room: CHF 224 (approx. USD 170)

Room rates include breakfast buffet, minibar, entry to the indoor pool and steam bath. Please be advised to make your reservation early, the different room categories will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.

Booking has to be made with our registration form (button below); the payment will be due directly to the hotel. The rates apply from Saturday, September 9 through Sunday, September 17. For other dates please contact the symposium secretariat.

Facilities for Splinter Meetings

If participants would like to use a small room for splinter meetings during the Symposium, they should contact the Local Organizing Committee (at ) so that the rooms can be obtained.

Registration Fees

The registration fee for full participants includes:
- access to all sessions
- documentation, abstract book
- welcome drink (Sunday evening)
- all lunches
- all coffee breaks
- wine & cheese for 2 poster sessions
- excursion and conference dinner (Wednesday)
- publication volume

The registration fee for Wednesday p.m. only includes:
- access to the special session
- excursion and conference dinner

The registration fee for accompanying perso
ns includes:
- welcome drink (Sunday evening)
- access to the special session Wed PM
- excursion and conference dinner (Wednesday)
but will not include admission to the other scientific sessions etc.

By registering before June 30, 2006 you will benefit of reduced registration fees:

Registration fees  early (until June 30, 2006) after July 1, 2006
Registration for the entire symposium 590.00 CHF (~450$) 680.00 CHF (~520$)
Registration for Wednesday p.m. only 160.00 CHF (~120$) 180.00 CHF (~135$)
Accompanying person 150.00 CHF (~115$) 150.00 CHF (~115$)
Click here for registration and hotel reservation

The button will direct you to the Kongressadministrationssystem KAS of the University of Bern. This interactive form has been tested successfully with Internet Explorer and with Firefox. Problems have been reported, though, when using the Safari browser.
Registration has now expired. You can still use this button to review your registration and reservation details using "my registration" near the top of the page

Payment policy:
All payments must be made in Swiss Francs. We accept Visa and Mastercard/Eurocard. The credit card must be valid for at least two months beyond the transmission date.

Cancellation policy:
If cancellation of a registration is received in writing (by regular mail, fax or e-mail) by August 1, 2006, payments will be refunded minus an administration fee of CHF 90 (approx. USD 70). No refunds are possible for cancellations received after August 1, 2006 or for no-shows.


Participants are strongly advised to make their own insurance arrangements. The organizers cannot accept any liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage to property belonging to participants and accompanying persons, either during or as a result of the conference.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Foreign visitors entering Switzerland must be in possession of a valid ID card or passport. Delegates from countries requiring visa should apply to the Swiss consular offices or diplomatic missions in their home countries.

Abstract submission

The scientific committee invites the submission of abstracts covering work in the topics of the symposium. Please specify your preference for oral or poster presentation  The schedule will allow only a limited number of contributed oral papers. 

Abstracts can be submitted electronically via the registration button above. Please note that you have to be registered first before you can submit an abstract. You will need your login name and password in order to access the submission page (note that the .soc extension is part of your login name). The maximum abstract length is 2000 characters (including blanks).

Abstract submission deadline: July 31, 2006

Excursion to Jungfraujoch

After the Symposium, on Saturday, 16 September, we offer the possibility of a full-day excursion to the Jungfraujoch, including a visit of the High Altitude Research Station. Erwin Flückiger, director of the Station, will be so kind to organise discounted train tickets and a visit of the facilities. For the visit of the Research Station the number of participants will be strictly limited to 20. The cost of the discounted return ticket will be collected in cash on site (<~50 CHF, which is less than half the normal cost). If you are interested in participating please register by sending a message to . Registrations are binding and spaces are allocated on a first come-first served basis.
NEW: Excursion Information (PDF)

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