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Bridging the Gap III Meeting in Freiburg, Germany - A short review


BTGIII group photo

The “Bridging the Gap III” meeting has taken place at the University of Freiburg, Germany from September 21st to 26th. We invited researchers working in the field of impact cratering to this unique conference, which continued the tradition of the Bridging the Gap I meeting held in 2003 in Houston and the Bridging the Gap II meeting held in 2007 in Montréal.

The organizing committee (under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Thomas Kenkmann) would like to take this opportunity to thank the keynote speakers and all the researches involved for the lively participation, the interesting presentations that were held, and the fruitful interdisciplinary discussions. The conference lead through an extensive 3-day scientific program of over 120 papers with 125 participants from 5 continents and more than 20 countries (1/4 non-EU). The meeting ended up with an extended field trip to the Ries and Steinheim craters.

We would also thank the modelers who were involved in the well-organized “virtual field trip of numerical models”. This unconventional and very successful session gave “non-modelers” a more detailed understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of numerical models and their scientific interpretation. We hope that this session is a good model for future conferences.

We received an absolutely positive feedback from the researcher for the insights into the light-gas-accelerator facilities of the Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institute. We thank the EMI members who guided through this outstanding tour. The conferences definitely bridged the gap between all aspects of impact cratering and we are looking forward to the next meeting of this very important format.

This conference was co-funded by the DFG, NASA, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Nature Geoscience, Barringer Crater Company, as well as EMI-Freiburg and the University of Freiburg.

The organizing committee

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