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Call for Abstracts for the 31st annual American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Conference

By SpaceRef Editor
May 11, 2015
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Call for Abstracts for the 31st annual American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Conference

The American Society for Gravitational and Space Research is pleased to issue a Call for Abstracts for the 31st annual American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) conference. Abstracts will be accepted until July 1, 2015. The meeting will take place November 11-14, 2015 at the Westin-Alexandria, VA, USA. The meeting site is close to the Washington, D.C. Metro providing easy access from local airports and to downtown Washington D.C.  Meeting registration will open on/or before May 15, 2015 and will include registration for a NewSpace Researchers Workshop to be held Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

The annual ASGSR meeting provides a forum for the Life and Physical Sciences communities to meet and discuss their latest findings in gravitational and space research. The conference also provides a unique venue at which to explore the opportunities that lie at the interfaces between these two research areas. Symposia will include discussions on topics ranging from space radiation and microgravity platforms that complement the ISS, to the role of physical and biological systems in advanced life support, and the impact of informatics-driven science. There will also be workshops on diverse aspects of space and gravitational research including NASA’s GeneLab, Microscopy on the ISS, student focused research and careers in space science. In addition, the program will feature technical oral and poster sessions based on the breadth of research pursued by ASGSR’s life and physical science research communities. We anticipate a program of unusual variety and integration, with plenty of time for networking. 

You are invited to submit an abstract electronically no later than July 1, 2015 using the abstract submittal form and instructions posted on the ASGSR Web site at A preliminary program can also be found on the web site.

All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the conference organizing committee. Accepted abstracts by authors registered for the conference are published in the meeting program. The program is distributed at the meeting and available on-line. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit a full manuscript to the journal of Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR’s refereed journal). Extended abstracts and manuscripts can be submitted for publication to the peer-reviewed ASGSR journal of Gravitational and Space Research. Abstract notification will be emailed to authors no earlier than July 31, 2015. 

EXAMPLES OF TOPICS FOR ANNUAL MEETING (flight and ground-based research)

Space Radiation

Harsh Environments

Impacts from ISS Research

Combustion Science

Complex Fluids

Fluid Physics

Fundamental Physics

Materials Science

Habitability and Life Support

Development, Growth and Genetics

Translational Space Medicine – Bone, Muscle, and Immune System

Gravity Sensing and Neurophysiology

Regulatory Physiology

Structural Systems/Muscle Physiology


Informatics Science

Omics level analysis


Cell Biology

Education and Outreach


Space Biomedical Research

Spaceflight Countermeasure Research

Acceleration Environment and Effects

Interactions between Environmental Signals – such as Gravity, Light, Temperature


Suborbital Gravitational and Space ResearchComplex Fluids

Microsatellite/Nanosatellite Gravitational and Space Research

Enabling Technologies

Space Synthetic Biology


The Conference Organizing Committee will select from the submitted abstracts those to be presented in the oral or poster sessions.

Students: All accepted abstracts from students will be presented as posters or orally. There will be a student poster competition. Students must present an accepted abstract to be eligible for the poster competition. Society members will judge the poster competition and monetary awards will be given during the banquet scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015. Students must be present at the banquet to receive their award. Students can participate in the competition by presenting their abstract during their scheduled poster session. Student competition winners will be encouraged to submit an extended abstract or a communication article to the ASGSR journal of Gravitational and Space Research. All students are expected to coordinate with their advisors when submitting an abstract for the conference.

Student Travel Assistance: Students requesting consideration for travel assistance should check the box on the abstract submittal form. Student travel assistance can be up to $500. Due to limited funding, not all students will receive travel assistance.

For more information, please contact Ms. Jobi Cook at

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