ISSRDC to present session on the next decade of space station research moderated by Jeff Foust of Space News



ISSRDC to present session on the next decade of space station research moderated by Jeff Foust of Space News

Press release from: Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Posted: Thursday July 8 2021

The 10th Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) will feature a session dedicated to the future of the orbiting laboratory. The session, “The Next Decade of ISS Research,” will include representatives from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), the US National Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS) and NASA, as well as international collaborators, all of whom contribute to the assessment of research priorities in space. The session will be moderated by Jeff Foust, Senior Science Writer at Space News, which led a discussion at last year’s ISSRDC, focusing on research priorities and opportunities available through the ISS National Laboratory. The ISSRDC, which is hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, NASA and the American Astronautical Society, will be held virtually August 3-5.

NASEM has already started to look at the future of ISS research with the recent launch of its next 10-year survey of biological and physical science research in space for the years 2023-2032. The resulting report, which draws on contributions from scientists around the world, will summarize the state of the industry, identify research priorities, and help guide research in the biological and physical sciences in space during of the next decade.

During the ISSRDC session, the following panelists will discuss the impact of research and development conducted on the space station, future research efforts and the value that space science brings to humanity, both on and off our planet.

  • Krystyn J. Van Vliet, Ph.D., Michael and Sonja Koerner Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT; Co-chair of the Decennial Survey of Biological and Physical Sciences in Space Research
  • Doug Matson, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, Tufts; Chairman of the National ISS Laboratory Users Advisory Committee
  • Tara Ruttley, Ph.D., Associate Chief Scientist for Microgravity Research, NASA
  • Thomas Driebe, Ph.D., Head of Physical Sciences, German Aerospace Center
  • Richard Hughson, Ph.D., Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health, Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute in Aging; Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

To date, the space station has supported more than 2,500 research experiments in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. NASA’s Biological and Physical Sciences Division is responsible for enabling research that will allow humans to live and work beyond low earth orbit while supporting technologies that safely allow the transport of astronauts to the Moon and possibly Mars. The ISS National Laboratory is responsible for supporting research and technological development that brings value to our country and enables a robust and sustainable market in low earth orbit.

Registration for ISSRDC 2021 is now open. The virtual conference is free, but registration is required. Additional information on ISSRDC 2021 will be available in the coming weeks. To register for free, please visit

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About the International Space Station (ISS) US National Laboratory: The International Space Station (ISS) is a unique laboratory that enables research and technological development not possible on Earth. As a public service company, the ISS National Lab enables researchers to take advantage of this multi-user facility to improve life on Earth, evolve space business models, advance scientific knowledge of the future workforce. work and develop a sustainable and scalable market in low earth orbit. Through this national orbiting laboratory, ISS research resources are available to support non-NASA science, technology, and education initiatives by U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) manages the national laboratory of the ISS, as part of a cooperation agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent research environment in microgravity, a powerful point of view in low earth orbit and the extreme and varied conditions of space. To learn more about the ISS National Lab, visit

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