Second Circular

Conference Venue and Social Events

The Tenth Symposium of Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, EMPG X, will be held at the University of Frankfurt organized by the Institute of Mineralogy. The meeting location will be on the Bockenheim Campus of this, by european and german standards, fairly young university, which was founded in 1914. The university was established on the initiative and through the sponsorship of the citizens of Frankfurt. The Institute of Mineralogy was one of the founding institutes of the university. The first institute’s director was Prof. Dr. H. E. Boeke, who left his hallmark with a book titled “Grundlagen der physikalisch-chemischen Petrographie”, the first comprehensive treatment of thermodynamics in petrography.

The Bockenheim Campus houses the beautiful red sandstone buildings of the Hauptgebäude and the famous Senckenberg Museum. A modern Hörsaalzentrum with several lecture theatres was added to the historic Hauptgebäude in the 1970’s. This is where registration and the scientific sessions will take place. Registration will begin at 15.00 hrs. on 4 April. The ice breaker party will be held in the neighbouring Senckenberg museum on 4 April beginninng at 19.00 hrs. Admittance to this world famous natural history museum will be free of charge during the afternoon of April 4th for registered participants of the meeting, courtesy of the Senckenberg museum. The conference dinner will be held on 6 April in the Casino of the I.G. Farben Haus on the new Westend Campus.

Scientific Program

The scientific program will begin on Monday, 5 April, 2004 at 8.00 in the main lecture theatre with introductory remarks followed at 8:10 by a plenary lecture by Bernard Wood, University of Bristol, UK, on the Earth's core and lower mantle.

The schedule of the daily program is outlined below. The registration desk will be open on Sunday from 15.00 - 18.00 and reopen on Monday morning at 7.30.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday
8.00 – 8.10 Welcome    
8.10 – 8.40 Invited 1x Invited 2x Invited 2x
8.45 – 12.00
2 parallel oral sessions with coffee break, followed by lunch break
13.10 – 13.40 Invited (EMU) Invited (EMU) Poster preview 2x
13.45 – 16.15 2 parallel oral sessions with coffee break Poster session, coffee
16.15 – 17.00 Poster preview 2x Poster preview 2x 16.05 EMU-prize
17.00 – 18.30 Poster session Poster session 16.20 invited 1x

There will be two parallel oral sessions with talks of fifteen minutes each, including discussion. Morning and afternoon sessions will be opened by invited speakers and by two recent EMU prize winners, respectively.

In order to emphasize the importance of poster presentations we are planning two parallel poster preview sessions in the afternoon where posters will be advertised by the presenters.

The symposium will end on Wednesday afternoon with an invited talk by Hans Keppler (Tübingen, Germany). He will describe novel experimental results on physical properties of fluids from above the second critical endpoint. Further invited speakers include Jeremy Fein (University of Notre Dame/USA), Guillaume Fiquet (IPG Paris), Uli Faul (ANU/Australia), Ross Angel (Virginia Tech/USA). Conveners will be responsible for the organization of their respective sessions. The list of the symposia, which was announced in the first circular, is provided below.

1 Biomineralisation
2 Deformation processess
3 Element and isotope partitioning
4 Experimental phase equilibria
5 Experiments related to the origin of planets, meteorites and solar system material
6 Experiments under extreme conditions
7 Mineral chemistry
8 Mineral surface properties and solution chemistry
9 Novel experimental techniques
10 Physical properties of minerals, melts, fluids and rocks
11 Reaction mechanisms and kinetics
12 Redox processes

Scientific Contributions

Only one abstract will be accepted from each registering delegate (except for invited speakers who may additionally submit their invited paper without paying a fee). The abstract fee will be 35 Euro payable when the abstract is submitted. The deadline for submission is 12 January, 2004. Please indicate in which symposium you wish to present your contribution. The organizing committee will forward the abstracts to the respective conveners but reserves the right to reject or relocate an abstract. Based on previous EMPG meetings, approximately 60-70 % of submitted contributions will be allocated as posters. Contributors will be notified by the end of January regarding the acceptance, either as a poster or oral contribution. Accepted abstracts will be published in Lithos. A copy of the abstract volume will be included in the registration packet.

Instructions to Authors

Oral Presentations

Poster Presentations

Special Publications

The European Journal of Mineralogy will produce a special EJM issue containing papers presented at the meeting. Alan Woodland and Steve Foley will act as guest editors. All submitted manuscripts will be subject to the normal review process of EJM. Submission procedures will be announced at a later date.


To register please fill in the online registration form. Please register before 15 February, 2004 when the lower registration fees apply.

  Early registration(before 15 February, 2004) Late registration(after 15 February, 2004)
Full registration 270 EURO 380 EURO
Student registration 160 EURO 230 EURO
Accompanying person 75 EURO 75 EURO

Full registration and student registration cover (1) a copy of the abstract volume, (2) a program volume, (3) choice of lunches in the student union cafeteria, or mensa (Monday through Wednesday), (4) daytime refreshments, (5) ice breaker party, (6) the conference dinner, and (7) a 3-day pass for public transportation, valid for unlimited travel within the city limits of Frankfurt (Monday-Wednesday).

Accompanying person´s fee includes a name badge, ice breaker party, daily refreshments during the conference, conference dinner and also a 3-day pass for public transportation within Frankfurt. For a small additional charge (8-9 EURO), the accompanying persons may exchange their pass for a “Frankfurt card” that not onlys covers public transport, but also allows a 50% entrance fee reduction at 17 museums in Frankfurt, including the Palmengarten. We will also supply accompanying persons with information on sightseeing or shopping tours in Frankfurt and on boat excursions on the river Main and to the Rhine valley.

The lower fees are available until February 15, after that the late fees will become payable to all registrants.

Cancellation deadline for both abstracts and registration is 15 February with no refunds possible after that date. Cancellation before February 15 allows us to refund only 50%, the remainder being needed to offset administrative costs.


The publications and registration arrangements are being managed by Cambridge Publications (as was done in 2000 and 2002). The abstract and registration fees should be paid to Cambridge Publications. All details required are given on the abstract submission and registration forms available from the website. The most economical way to make a payment for the conference is by cheque or bank transfer. We have also arranged for payment using credit card, but delegates wishing to do this will be charged an additional 5 Euros to cover the bank charges on such transactions.

Financial Assistance

Financial support will be available for students and scientists from eastern European countries. Applications can be directed to the Organizing Committee either in written form or via e-mail to The application should include personal and professional details, the abstract and for students a certificate of their student status. An application form will be available from this website shortly. The financial assistance will be paid out directly at the registration desk during the conference. No advance payments are possible. The decision regarding financial assistance will be made after the deadline of abstract submission.

Travel to Frankfurt

Frankfurt is located in the center of Europe (European Central Bank) and can be reached directly by air from almost any corner of the world. It is central to the European railway system and lies at an intersection of highways connecting all European countries.


By Air:

There are two possiblities:

1) A taxi from Frankfurt Airport takes about 20 minutes to the conference venue (ask to be dropped off at the Senckenberg museum) and costs about 30 EURO.

2) A cheaper way (3.20 EURO from the travel center (Reisezentrum) ticket counter or from vending machines) is to catch S8 or S9 train from "Gleis" 1 of the "Regionalbahnhof" under Terminal 1 to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station). There change to subway line U4 in the direction Messe/ Bockenheimer Warte (your ticket is also valid for the subway). Bockenheimer Warte is the final stop of U4. Get off and take the exit “Senckenberganlage/ Universtitaet/ Senckenbergmuseum”. You will find yourself between the Senckenbergmuseum and the administrative building of the University. Straight ahead (due west) is the conference venue and registration, about 200 m away.

By Train:

If you arrive by train at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) you can walk it in 25 minutes if you are enterprising or want the exercise (map), otherwise change to subway line U4 in the direction Messe/ Bockenheimer Warte. You may have to buy a ticket from a vending machine for a “Kurzstrecke, Erwachsene” (short trip, adult). Bockenheimer Warte is the final stop of U4. Get off and take the exit “Senckenberganlage/ Universtitaet/ Senckenbergmuseum”. You will find yourself between the Senckenbergmuseum and the administrative building of the University. Straight ahead (due west) is the conference venue and registration, about 200 m away.

By Car:

We strongly advise you not to take a car because parking space is limited in Frankfurt and at the Conference Venue. We have arranged with an underground parking garage next to the Conference Venue (map: P) to be used by conference delegates. There will be a limited number of parking spaces available. You may leave your car there for the duration of the conference and use the 3-day pass for public transportation that you receive in your registration packet .

A) Arriving from the north via Autobahn A5: get off the Autobahn at Nordwestkreuz Frankfurt in direction of Miquelallee and stay on the Miquelallee until you see the dinosaur in front of the Senckenberg Museum. Turn right at the stop light and right again at the next street. The entrance to the underground parking (see detailed map) is ~80 m on the right.

B) Arriving from the west, east and south via Autobahn A3 or A5: follow the A5 north of Frankfurter Kreuz (the intersection of the A3 and A5 at Frankfurt airport) in the direction of Kassel or Westkreuz Frankfurt (Frankfurt-West). Get off at Westkreuz Frankfurt exit in direction F-Stadmitte/ Universitaet/ Congress C. Use the left lanes on this road. (Do not drive too fast!) Stay on this until you see the Messeturm (Messe Tower on the map) with the hammering geologist statue in front of it. At the roundabout, go nearly the entire way around and turn right into the Hamburger Allee , where a tram line goes. Take the first street on the right-hand side (Sulzbachstrasse) and go three blocks. The entrance to the parking garage is on the right at the end of the third block (see detailed map).

Travel within Frankfurt

We will provide every participant with a 3-day pass for public transportation valid within the city limits of Frankfurt for the duration of the conference from Monday through Wednesday. A number of hotels lie within walking distance of the conference venue, but also those situated close to subway lines (esp. U4 or U6, U7) are suitable and the conference venue can be easily and quickly reached.


Hotel reservations can be made with the reservation form provided by the Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main. Please note that we have arranged special prices with several hotels. However, the number of rooms is limited and early reservation is strongly advised. Outside of these special arrangements, reservations can also be made online at