You are invited to attend the 7th European Lunar Symposium at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK. This will be a 3-day workshop (21-23 May, 2019) with pre-registration reception on the evening of the 20th May 2019. This meeting will build upon the successes of previous European Lunar Symposiums (ELS) held in Berlin (2012), London (2014), Frascati (2015), Amsterdam (2016), Munster (2017), and Toulouse (2018). The seventh ELS will be held under the umbrella of the European nodes of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).

A global surge in lunar exploration has thrust lunar science and exploration back into the limelight once again. Current interests in the exploration of the Moon range from astronomical, astrophysical, geological, commercial, resource utilization, and strategic considerations, to its use as an outpost for future human exploration of the Solar System. One of the main aims of this meeting is to bring together the European scientific community interested in various aspects of lunar exploration. In addition, lunar experts from countries engaged in launching lunar missions are also invited to attend this meeting.

The meeting format will consist of both oral and poster presentations divided into five broad themes of: “Science of the Moon”, “Science on the Moon”, “Science from the Moon”, "Science enabling lunar in-situ resource utilisation (ISRU)" and "Future Missions".

Deadlines & Milestones

  • Notice of Intent Deadline
  • 5 December 2018
  • Abstract Submission Opens
  • 3 December 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 27 February 2019
  • Registration Opens
    7 January 2019
  • Early-bird Registration Deadline
  • 7 April 2019
  • Extended Registration Deadline
  • 6 May 2019

ELS will be immediately followed by a workshop entitled ‘The Moon as a ‘contact zone’ to other worlds: an interdisciplinary workshop’ organised at The University of Manchester. For more details please visit mooncontactzone.wordpress.com.

ELS Statement on Harassment

The European Lunar Symposium (ELS) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, or other protected status. ELS is a working conference intended for professional networking and collaboration in the lunar science and exploration community. While at ELS related side meetings or social events, any participants, including speakers, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, and anyone else, should not engage in harassment in any form. All event participants are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employer's policies on appropriate workplace behaviour. Further advice from the Royal Astronomical Society's meeting code of conduct is provided at https://ras.ac.uk/about-the-ras/codes-conduct

For issues or concerns during the conference, please contact the local organiser team, Katherine Joy and Romain Tartese.


Your hosts are part of the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Group, which belongs to the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences of The University of Manchester. Research activities of group members are largely sample-based, and cover a wide spectrum of topics from understanding the early Solar System to the applied use of isotopic tracers to understand fluid migration in hydrocarbon bearing and mineralising systems. We have an active lunar science group working on Apollo and Luna samples, lunar meteorites, photo-geology, modelling and mission data analysis.

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester in May 2019.

Katherine Joy, Romain Tartèse and Mahesh Anand
(on behalf of the ELS organizers)