May 16, 2012

The First Annual International Space Station R&D Conference

Do you want to learn more about science and technology accomplishments on the International Space Station? Do you have an idea for a microgravity experiment? Looking for a way to put the amazing platform of the space station within your reach? Then you need to check out the first annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference!

Scientists, students, businesses and enthusiasts are encouraged to attend and be part of this year's theme: Results and Opportunities -- The Decade of Utilization. Organized by the American Astronautical Society and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space Inc., or CASIS, in cooperation with NASA, this event takes place June 26-28, 2012, in Denver. It is the only U.S. conference offering details on the full breadth of research and technology development on the space station–past, present and future.

The conference will showcase the remarkable results obtained so far through space station research in the various disciplines of physical, life, Earth and space sciences, as well as spacecraft technology development. Experts will share first-hand experiences and research findings, and help newcomers understand the pathways for turning their ideas into microgravity research reality.

Planned workshops and speakers will motivate and enable prospective space station users as they develop their ideas and learn about other microgravity investigations. A Small Business Innovation Research Technologies workshop also will provide insight into collaborations for on orbit laboratory use.

Keynote speakers include NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier, NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, and International Space Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini. Astronaut Ron Garan is scheduled to be on hand to inspire and educate, as he shares his personal perspective from his life and work aboard the station in 2011 as a member of the Expedition 27-28 crew.


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