This July, the space research community will gather in Washington, D.C., at the 2017 International Space Station Research and Development Conference to discuss the latest results in space science, new hardware and capabilities available on the International Space Station (ISS), and exciting developments that could significantly affect the industry’s future. As the summer’s premier space event, the ISSR&D Conference provides a wealth of information for new users, veteran researchers, industry insiders, space enthusiasts, and the public. With a host of engaging keynote presentations, in-depth technical sessions, and an interactive Marketplace Expo featuring a variety of innovative companies, there is so much to experience at this conference. As you make your plans to attend the conference, preview the highlighted event features below to ensure you maximize your conference experience.
Attend the New User Workshop
Whether you’re a prospective space researcher or a veteran in the field, the New & Future Users Workshop is an ideal orientation class for the conference experience. Experts from NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (the ISS National Lab) will highlight how the U.S. National Laboratory on the ISS functions as a modern research platform that can advance scientific discovery and provide solutions for real-world problems. The workshop will provide an overview of how the ISS National Lab and NASA work together to facilitate new research from a variety of new users, such as commercial entities, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, and students.
Visit the “Ask an ISS Expert” Exhibit
ISSR&D Conference is a catalyst for innovation. Many attendees are interested in conducting research in microgravity but aren’t familiar with the process or how to connect with key decision makers. During the conference, a special helpdesk will be available to answer a wide range of attendee questions about conducting research in space or even what’s possible to study in microgravity. The “Ask an ISS Expert” exhibit will be supported by a variety of NASA and the ISS National Lab personnel who work every day to support ISS research operations and logistics. This one-of-a-kind exhibit will avail the expertise and experience of many ISS research experts to all ISSR&D Conference attendees.
Check out the Marketplace Expo
If you’re looking to connect with industry and subject matter experts supporting a wide-range of space research then the Marketplace Expo is the place to be. Representatives from more than 20 companies like Boeing, Bigelow Aerospace, Orbital ATK, and more will be on hand to talk about services, capabilities, and research opportunities available in low Earth orbit.
Don’t Skip the Networking Receptions
The networking opportunities at the conference are abundant and the sponsored evening receptions in the Marketplace Expo are great professional mixers for anyone looking to make meaningful connections within the space research community. Conference sponsors Boeing, Bigelow Aerospace, and Orbital ATK have each sponsored separate receptions during the conference so be sure to plan accordingly and bring plenty of business cards.
Look out for STEM Day
ISSR&D Conference features an exciting STEM track for aspiring scientists, engineers, and space explorers. This year, Thursday, July 20 has been designated as STEM Day at the conference. STEM Day will feature a plenary comprised of student researchers, a live radio chat with the International Space Station, a meet and greet with children’s author Andrea Beatty, plus a number of educational partners will be exhibiting in the Space Station Explorers Pavilion at the Marketplace Expo discussing educational opportunities on the space station.
The 2017 conference is fast approaching. Stay tuned to the #ISSRDC Insider blog for more great content. And if you haven’t, register today so you don’t miss out on this incredible experience.