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3rd Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference

Date: 17-19 June 2014

Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL, US, 60616

The annual International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference will be held June 17-19, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.  Abstracts and poster proposals are solicited under the categories of Discoveries in Microgravity Science; Discoveries in Space Science, Earth Science, Engineering and Education; Applications Benefiting Earth; Applications Enabling Exploration; Applications in Technology; Commercial Applications; and Opportunities.  Topics should relate to science, exploration and technology activities (past, present, planned or under development) on the International Space Station.

One of NASA’s top strategic goals is to sustain the operation and full use of the International Space Station and expand efforts to utilize the ISS as a National Laboratory for scientific, technological, diplomatic and educational purposes and for supporting future objectives in human space exploration (2011 NASA Strategic Plan).

NASA’s International Space Station website

Biology and Biotechnology:  In microgravity, controls on the directionality and geometry of cell and tissue growth can be dramatically different to those on Earth.  Various experiments have used the culture of cells, tissues and small organisms on orbit as a tool to increase our understanding of biological processes in microgravity. 

Earth and Space Science:  The presence of the space station in low-Earth orbit provides a unique vantage point for collecting Earth and space science data.  From an average altitude of about 400 km, details in such features as glaciers, agricultural fields, cities, and coral reefs taken from the ISS can be layered with other sources of data, such as orbiting satellites, to compile the most comprehensive information available. 

Educational Activities:  The space station provides a unique platform for inspiring students to excel in mathematics and science.  Station educational activities have had a positive impact on thousands of students by involving them in station research, and by using the station to teach them the science and engineering that are behind space exploration.

Human Research:  The space station is being used to study the risks to human health that are inherent in space exploration.  Focal research questions address the mechanisms of the risks and develop test countermeasures to reduce these risks.  Research on space station addresses the major risks to human health from residence in a long-duration microgravity environment.  Results from this research are key enablers for future long-duration missions beyond low Earth orbit. 

Physical Sciences:  The space station provides the only place to study long-term physical effects in the absence of gravity.  This unique microgravity environment allows different physical properties to dominate systems, and these have been harnessed for a wide variety of physical sciences.

Technology and Exploration: The space station is an important testbed to develop and demonstrate emerging new technologies for Earth and space application.  NASA’s 2011 Strategic Plan calls for innovative new space technologies for our exploration, science and economic future.  For example, the MEDIPHAN is a new technology demonstrated on ISS that was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2013 and has now been developed into a commercial product improving telemedicine on Earth.  The NASA 2013 Authorization Act states that the ISS is the ideal short-term testbed for future exploration systems development, including long-duration space travel. 

Presentations and posters will be accepted based on the quality of the abstract, the originality of the work and/or ideas, and the anticipated interest in the proposed subject.  Submissions based on experimental results or current data, or report on ongoing missions, are especially encouraged.  Accepted presentations will be selected for plenary sessions, parallel technical sessions or poster displays.  Authors may indicate preferences for posters in the submittal process.  The working language for the conference is English.

Discoveries in Microgravity Science include key results that contribute to fundamental scientific advancements in the following fields:

 o   Life Science

o   Physical Science

o   Human Research

Discoveries in Space Science, Earth Science, Engineering and Education include key results that contribute to advancements in knowledge and state-of-the-art in the following fields:

o   Astrophysics, Heliophysics, or Earth Science

o   Enabling Exploration/Engineering/Technology Development

o   Educational Activities

Applications Benefiting Earth are those results of ISS utilization that have improved the lives of those on Earth, including (but not limited to) the development of new technologies, processes, and procedures, as well as new knowledge that will advance the state of the art of existing products or processes or commercial economic development on Earth.

Applications Enabling Exploration include new technologies and procedures resulting from ISS demonstration and testing to advance the state of the art in technology, processes, or procedures that will advance NASA’s exploration goals.

Opportunities include future ISS research and technology opportunities that have potential for collaboration across the ISS disciplines and projects for advancing knowledge and state of the art in basic Discovery, Earth, and Space Benefits.


 Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive

Chicago, Illinois  60616

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