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Important Dates

February 28, 2022: ICF-CIRIR 2022 open for early registration and abstract submission

April 25, 2022: Deadline for abstract submission

April 25, 2022: Deadline for Career Development Award applications

May 10, 2022: Program and abstracts available on this website

May 31, 2022: Deadline for early registration

June 20, 2022: Deadline for late registration

June 28, 2022 (after noon) : Congress starts

June 29, 2022 (17h): Public Gran Opening Ceremony in the medieval city of Rochechouart (see Festival)

July 2, 2022 (19h): Public Closing Ceremony and Ceres feast in the gallo-roman archeological park of Chassenon (see Festival)

July 3, 2022: (11 am) – Congress ends

July 4-5, 2022: Field trip (or sample screening party)

July 6-till ??? (up to you): Core sample screening party


CIRIR (Center for International Research and Restitution on Impact and on Rochechouart) is the first structure in France dedicated to the study and to the international valorization of terrestrial impact geoheritages for the public at large. CIRIR is composed of over 70 scientists and teams from over 15 countries spread over 4 continents. Although CIRIR does not originates from the French academia but from the territories, it is a public initiative that indeed deals with academic research and the French academia is widely represented in the CIRIR Research team.

The success of the 1st CIRIR Symposium is expected to open the route for its future repetition, as a recurrent event for the terrestrial impact science community. The affordable fee for participating and the large part of the budget dedicated to grants are expected to help attracting young scientists in our field to participate.

The CIRIR Symposium will contribute to boost the interest in terrestrial impact studies in the scientific community. Yet, thanks to the sessions where the benefits of “Restitution initiatives” dedicated to the public are emphasized, also thanks to the combined public events and public support the symposium receives, and eventaually thanks to the expected media coverage of the initiative, the CIRIR Symposium is expected to reach a broad audience. Direct benefits are expected for the populations and for the territories related to the Rochechouart impact geoheritage, locally but also at the national and even at the international levels, as the CIRIR initiative is also expected to serve as model for the development of other terrestrial impact geoheritage in the world.

About ICF

The proposed event is without equivalent in the world of congresses, as in thats of festivals. It is distinguished on the merits by its object. It is centered and carried, both by its geographical location and by its object, on the ASTEROIDS, and more precisely n their impact(s), both scientifically, biologically and geologically, and culturally, socially, artistic and economic.

It is therefore not surprising that the date chosen for this event, of which it will be the first, is centered on June 30. Why June 30 you may ask ! Well, because it is “ASTEROID DAY“. It is the commemoration of a natural event, that of an asteroid which fell in Siberia at the beginning of the 20th century.

And which structure in France is better than CIRIR to talk about it, to publicize the phenomenon and the repercussions it may have had as well as to take advantage of the repercussions it has and those it could have had… (Without wishing that one of these objects fall on our heads, argument of an American dramatic comedy written and directed by Adam McKay, released in 2021).

ICF-CIRIR 2022 mixes “science”, popular celebration and natural/cultural/historical heritage. It brings together experts from around the world and the general public at the same time as it draws attention to the diversity and richness of the heritage of this once remote territory which is now under the spotlight thanks to this “asteroid impact” and the international mobilization that make it known and shine.


ICF-CIRIR is organized and coordinated by P. Lambert, Director of the CIRIR, with the help and the support of

Community of communities Porte Océane du Limousin

Community of communities Charente-Limousine

City of Rochechouart

City of Saint-Junien

City of Confolens

City of Chassenon

Cassinomagus Archeological Park (ALFRAN)

Museum Departemental of Contemporary Art of Rochechouart

The members of the CIRIR Resaarch branch

The members of the CIRIR Restitution team, including the Rochechouart-Chassenon National Reserve, the association “Pierre de lune”, the Perigord Limousin Regional Parc, Ureka Museum, Chalard Museum, Amabazac Museum, the graduate and post graduate student who benefited from the CIRIR Carreer development award, and numerous local associations and volunteers….

Code of conduct

The CIRIR is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, or other protected status. While attending the meeting or any related ancillary or social events, participants should not engage in harassment in any form. All participants are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employers’ policies on appropriate workplace behavior.

Covid-19 Protocol

The CIRIR congress-festival organizers are actively monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as guidance for large gatherings and travel. All participants are encouraged to remain informed about safety precautions for gatherings and travel. All in-person attendees must provide proof of full vaccination to attend ICF-CIRIR 2022. For more information about the precautions and protocols implemented by the French Government, visit their website.

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

We will require all in-person attendees and volunteers to be fully vaccinated.

Hygiene and Etiquette

All conference participants are encouraged to practice good hygiene, including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and self-isolating if they feel unwell. To help prevent the spread of disease, hand sanitizer will be available throughout the ICF-CIRIR 2022 convention space.


With the moral and financial support of “The Barringer Crater Company” and “The Meteoritical Society”