ISSRDC Features Technical Session and Lightning Talks

Seattle (WA), July 14, 2023 – The 2023 International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) gives innovators the opportunity to learn from others in the scientific community, while also providing a platform to communicate their own research to a larger audience. As part of the conference, ISSRDC offers technical sessions and lightning talks, which allow researchers to share their experiences in leveraging the unique space environment of the space station to advance research and technology development (R&D).

Lightning talks—a new addition to ISSRDC this year—are a quick and engaging way to spark conversations about how space enables discovery and ingenuity. These 15-minute presentations cover a wide range of topics, including the development of commercial space stations, the journey to commercialize low Earth orbit (LEO), how to develop the future space workforce through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives, and more.

Technical sessions will feature around 30 in-depth presentations each day during the conference. This year, ISSRDC received a record number of technical session proposals, demonstrating the wealth of knowledge gained by space-based research and technology development. Individuals, companies, students, and others will present their research to a knowledgeable community, fostering insight and potential collaboration amongst their peers. Technical session topics include human health, materials science, technology development, STEM education, and more. The American Astronautical Society (AAS) works collaboratively with the ISS National Lab to select and host the technical sessions.

Technical sessions and lightning talks will take place throughout the three-day ISSRDC, held July 31-August 3, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Seattle. ISSRDC brings together leaders from the commercial sector, U.S. government agencies, and academic communities to foster innovation and discovery onboard the International Space Station. ISSRDC will showcase how the space station continues to provide a valuable platform for research and technology development that benefits humanity and enables a robust and sustainable market in LEO.

The conference is hosted by the ISS National Laboratory, managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS); NASA; and the American Astronautical Society (AAS). Additional announcements on keynote speakers and various sessions will be forthcoming. To learn more about ISSRDC, including how to register, exhibit, or become a conference sponsor, please visit the conference website.

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About the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory:    The International Space Station (ISS) is a one-of-a-kind laboratory that enables research and technology development not possible on Earth. As a public service enterprise, the ISS National Lab allows researchers to leverage this multiuser facility to improve life on Earth, mature space-based business models, advance science literacy in the future workforce, and expand a sustainable and scalable market in low Earth orbit. Through this orbiting national laboratory, research resources on the ISS are available to support non-NASA science, technology and education initiatives from U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) manages the ISS National Lab, under Cooperative Agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent microgravity research environment, a powerful vantage point in low Earth orbit, and the extreme and varied conditions of space. To learn more about the ISS National Lab, visit our website.   

About the American Astronautical Society:  Since 1954, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) has been the premier network of current and future space professionals dedicated to advancing all space activities. The Society has long been recognized for the excellence of our national symposia, technical conferences, and publications and for our impact on shaping the U.S. space program. AAS members have opportunities to meet and connect with leaders in the space industry to exchange information and ideas, discuss career aspirations, and expand their knowledge and expertise. The American Astronautical Society: Connections. Insight. Credibility. Leadership. 

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