24-28 Sep 2017 Saint Malo (France)


Welcome to the 9th High Pressure Mineral Physics Seminar (HPMPS-9)! The meeting will be held in Saint Malo, France, and will run from September 24 to 28, 2017.

Mineral physics studies provide basic information on physical, chemical, thermodynamic and transport properties of constituents of the Earth’s and planetary interiors. This information, combined with other observations, helps constrain the structure and dynamics of the Earth and other planets.

High Pressure Mineral Physics Seminars are intended to gather an international group of scientists working in the field of mineral physics and deep planetary interiors.

About HPMPS meetings

HPMPS meetings started 41 years ago in 1976 as a U.S.-Japan joint conference series and continued at 5-year intervals (1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, and 1996). As a result of growing international interest, the seminar series was re-envisioned with a broader focus.

The first of the new meetings entitled “High Pressure Mineral Physics Seminars” [HPMP-6] took place in Verbania, Italy, in August 2002 with more than 90 attendees. HPMPS-7 took place in Matsushima, Japan, in May 2007 and was attended by 134 scientists. HPMPS-8 took place in Lake Tahoe, USA, in July 2012 as a joint meeting with the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES), with a total of 184 attendees.

HPMPS-9 will continue this tradition and will be held in Saint Malo, France, in September 2017.

You will find many more details and anecdotes on the history of these meetings in the paper History of Japan–U.S./High Pressure Mineral Physics Seminars: 1976 to 2012 written by Robert Cooper Liebermann and published in 2014 as an introduction to the Special Issue of Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors for HPMPS-8. It is available as PDF for download by following this link.

The proceedings of previous meetings can be found at the following addresses:

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