American Society for Gravitational and Space Research

New: NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNJ14ZSA001N-NSCOR, entitled "NASA Specialized Centers of Research (NSCORs) for Ground-Based Studies Assessing Cancer Risks from Space Radiation and the Impact of Individual Susceptibility."The full text of the solicitation appendix is available on the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at Step-1 proposals are due June 15, 2015. Invited Step-2 proposals are due September 10, 2015.

NASA has announced the release of the first version of an open-access, online searchable data repository for Space Biology experiments.  The data system is publicly available at See ASGSR Newsroom  Latest News for information on Genelab.

Join fellow colleagues at the upcoming International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) to be held July 7-9, 2015 in Boston, MA. Click here for more information on how to register.

31st Annual Meeting of ASGSR Call for Abstracts is now open. Click here for guidelines and to submit an abstract. The meeting will be held 11-14 November 2015 at the Westin-Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. Abstracts will be accepted until July 1, 2015.

The European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA), provides a networking platform for all scientists interested in life and physical sciences and technology in space or on ground. The 22nd biannual Symposium and General Assembly will provide a great opportunity to researchers, young specialists and students to meet and share their experiences and knowledge.  Click here for the Announcement PDF.  The abstract submission for ELGRA2015 is open on the website.

A half-­time research assistantship including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver is available for a Master’s graduate student to do ground-­‐based, thesis research to establish lighting and fertilization protocols for leafy green and dwarf tomato cultivars in controlled environments.  Read the full article here.

NASA has announced the roll-out of the Physical Science Informatics (PSI) data repository for physical science experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS). The PSI system is now accessible and open to the public. This will be a resource for researchers to data mine the PSI system and expand upon the valuable research performed on the ISS. Click on latest news for more information.

The application period for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship Program is now open until June 5 2015. One-year fellowships are available to pursue research in any U.S. laboratory conducting space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. See latest news for more information on how to apply.

Sixteen proposals were selected as part of two NASA coordinated research announcements, the Human Research Program’s (HRP) "Human Exploration Research Opportunities--International Life Sciences Research Announcement" and Space Biology’s "Research Opportunities for Flight Experiments in Space Biology (ILSRA). Click here for full text and award list.

Plant Gravitational and Space Biology has a presence in the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists – mini-symposium and poster focus – learn more here: or contact mini-symposium chair (Anna-Lisa Paul) at  Read more in Latest News.

Bring 'Chics in Space' to the ISS. Three teenage sisters in the DreamUp program powered by Nanoracks are raising funds via crowd sourcing to send their Garden of Eton, a hydroponic garden' to the International Space Station. Click here for more information.

How research in space could help treat old age on Earth - See Washington Post article about Millie Hughes-Fulfords's research on the International Space Station.

Congratulations to Dr. John Kiss, dean of the Graduate School at University of Mississippi on receiving a NASA Medal for Outstanding Public Leadership for his exceptional contributions in spaceflight research in the fundamental biology of plants in support of NASA’s exploration mission.

The Joint Conference of 6th International Symposium on Physical Sciences in Space (ISPS-6) and 10th International Conference on Two-Phase Systems for Space and Ground Applications (ITTW2015) organized by JASMA (The Japan Society of Microgravity Application) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) will be held on 14-18 September, 2015, at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. More information can be found at: 

The 30th annual meeting of ASGSR was a huge success this year at the Westin-Pasadena, CA. We had record attendance this year with 550 participants, including many high school students who energized us! Thanks to all who came, and look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. November 11-14, 2015 at the Westin-Alexandria.

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, Senators Cruz and Nelson have included ISS 2024 extension language in their draft Commercial Space Launch Act. ASGSR commends the senators for their bipartisan bill.The Obama administration announced on January 8th, 2014 its support to extend the life of the ISS from 2020 to 2024, but needs ratification by Congress.

See ASGSR latest news to see what gravitational research is currently on board the International Space Station. ASGSR members, Dr. John Kiss and Dr. Simon Gilroy talk about their research. 


asgsb_image2Welcome to the home page of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR). ASGSR was formerly known as the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB). As of June 2012, the ASGSB began its transformation to ASGSR as a result of historical membership vote to expand the charter to include basic and applied physical sciences. The heritage of the society was founded in 1984 to foster research, education and professional development in the multidisciplinary fields of gravitational research.  ASGSR brings together a diverse group of scientists and engineers to encourage an exchange of ideas bridging basic and applied biological and physical science research and technology in space and gravitational sciences. The members represent academia, government, and industry interests bonded by a common issue - how living organisms and physical systems respond to gravity.


What is Gravitational Research?

The effects of gravity on biology and physical systems have been acknowledged since Galileo’s time, but it has only been since the 1960s that gravitational biologists and physical scientists could also explore an environment where the force of gravity can be removed. It was quickly realized that the near-absence of gravity has a fundamentally unique effect on many biological and physical systems that cannot be investigated for any duration of time on Earth.  With the birth of the space age, the opportunity for experimentation over the full spectrum of gravity levels became a reality, and a new environment and research tool became available. Our goal is to explore the response of biology and physical systems to novel environments, and to understand biological and physical phenomena associated with changes in gravitational signals - especially those associated with spaceflight and analogs for extraterrestrial environments.

We seek to expand the knowledge of the impact of these environments on biology and physical systems, and to mentor the next generation of scientists and engineers. We are scientists in academic, commercial and federal laboratories seeking to understand how gravity shapes our world. Gravity is a fundamental force in which the effects on biological and physical systems are not well understood. Understanding how gravity acts upon fundamental life and physical world mechanisms parlays into thousands of applications. For space exploration to succeed, this requires a better grasp of gravity.

This includes key insights into osteoporosis, calcium signal transduction, muscle metabolism, combustion, fluid physics, and quantum gases obtained through research in microgravity environments. This research has given us a new way to look at the world and our place in it - using gravity (or lack of) as a research tool Join us today to further this valuable endeavour.
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