American Society for Gravitational and Space Research

ASGSR has issued a call for nominations to fill upcoming planned vacancies on the Governing Board and President-Elect position. ASGSR is governed by a 12-member Governing Board elected for three-year terms. The terms of four members will expire in November 2015. In addition, ASGSR will need to choose a President-Elect for 2017. See ASGSR latest news for more information. Nominations should be sent to by September 14, 2014.

The ASGSR Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for the annual awards to be presented at the upcoming 2015 meeting. For more information about the awards, including a list of past recipients, please see: Submit nominations by e-mail to Dr. John Z. Kiss, Chair, Awards Committee ( The deadline for receiving nominations is September 18, 2015.

The July 2015 issue of Gravitational and Space Research (Vol. 3, No. 1) has been published, and can be accessed at

NSBRI is soliciting for ground-based and analog definition research proposals to develop safe and effective countermeasures and technologies that will reduce the significant biomedical risks associated with human space travel.  This solicitation was released jointly with NASA’s Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) Research Announcement (NRA) NNJ15ZSA001N.  The response area for the NSBRI solicitation can be found at Step-1 proposals are due September 4, 2015.


NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) has released solicited research response area NRA NNJ15ZSA001N-AG - Artificial Gravity Opportunity. The information can be found in Appendix D of the Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) NRA (NNJ15ZSA001N). The HERO NRA including all open appendices is available through the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at: Full Proposals are due September 16, 2015.

12th grade students from the agricultural program at the Edith Stein School in Ravensburg, Germany have set up a research project to examine how crops can be cultivated in the microgravity of space. This is Germany's first crowd funded school experiment to be flown on the ISS. But the students need your help - visit V3PO for more information and how to donate.

NASA announces the availability of preserved biospecimens from past Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) missions and related ground studies. Examples of past missions with available biospecimens include, but are not limited to, STS-131, STS-133, and SpaceX-4 RR-1. Detailed information describing the available biospecimens can be found on the NASA Life Science Data Archive (LSDA) website. 


The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and its NASA and NSBRI partners are seeking to fly standard research models for specific disease conditions in experiments aboard the International Space Station National Laboratory.Data from these experiments would be made available via an open science platform under development by NASA called GeneLab. Click here to take a survey to help determine the most appropriate models to fly aboard the ISS.

Dr. Jim Pawelczyk, Penn State University, provided 10 July 2015 testimony to the U.S. House Science Space Subcommittee on the status of life and physical science research on the International Space Station, and importance of developing and implementing a research program that will take humans to Mars. Click here to see archived webcast of the hearing and written testimony.

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has released a Request For Information (RFI) to gather information on tissue engineering or microphysiological systems related to tissues-on-a-chip, organs-on-chips, or 3D organotypic tissue constructs that recapitulate the microarchitecture and functions of living organs using human cells. Click here for the RFI, or go to ASGSR news for more information. Inputs are due September 8 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.

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 to be held in Corfu, Greece September 29- October 1, 2015 will provide a great opportunity to network. Click here for 22nd ELGRA and abstract submittal information. 

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.

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: 

Both sides of the U.S. congress have passed versions of Commercial Spaceflight bills. The U.S. Senate includes ISS 2024 extension language in the Commercial Space Launch Act. After recess, ASGSR hopes to see conference on the bills and extension language included in final 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.



31st Annual Meeting of the American Society
for Gravitational and Space Research


11-14th November 2015
Alexandria, VA U.S.A.
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Dear Colleagues,


On behalf of ASGSR President Rob Ferl and the Organizing Committee, we welcome you to the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) November 11-14th at the Westin in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. The Westin Alexandria Hotel is located in the Carlyle area of Alexandria, just five miles from Reagan National Airport, and eight miles from Washington, D.C. and within walking distance from the Amtrak/Metro King Street station and all of the boutiques and restaurants of King Street in Old Town Alexandria. A combination of early American heritage and cosmopolitan sophistication, Alexandria boasts a wide array of activities, ranging from boat cruises to fine dining, art galleries to boutique shopping. You'll find an extraordinary city tucked just beneath the America’s capital. Plan to book at The Westin-Alexandria, and receive complimentary Internet in your room and avoid the ASGSR facility usage fee.

A special block of rooms has been reserved for this meeting at a rate of $172/night (less than government per diem). Also, there are a limited number of reduced student rooms at $135.00 per night. If you are a student and wish to reserve a room, contact Meeting rates are available through October 20, 2015. Click here to make a reservation today.

We hope you find the meeting program rich and varied, combining scientific, technological, and educational activities.  Our program comprises a broad range of symposia and workshops covering new research results and opportunities in space and gravitational life and physical sciences. 

Click here to see 2015 Meeting program

Our Plenary Sessions on November 11th, begin with visionary discussions for microgravity research, featuring U.S. congressional and NASA leadership. The day will then continue with sessions emphasizing a major theme for this year's meeting: exploring the interface between the physical and life sciences. Thus, the morning will conclude with a symposium discussing approaches to life support ranging from physico-chemical systems to bio-regenerative life support. The afternoon will include this year’s President’s Symposium that will focus on exploring the role of physics in understanding space biology and the scientific program for the day will conclude with a major symposium on radiation science.

In addition to the opening Plenary Symposia, there will be a major symposium devoted to microgravity platforms that complement the ISS, and on informatics science. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) will host a special workshop devoted to angel investors and understanding the relationships between research and opportunities for commercialization on the ISS.  Further workshops are focused on Microscopes on the ISS and also Space Research Careers.

 Following on from the outstanding success of bringing in high school students at last year's meeting, there will also be a series of special interactive educational events targeting this group of space scientists 'in the making' involving special workshops, Meet-the-Mentors events, and Poster-sessions.

 In addition, the program includes the elements that lie at the heart of every ASGSR meeting: topical platform paper sessions, poster sessions, and the annual student poster judging competition. The ASGSR will also conduct their annual business meetings, committee meetings, editorial get-togethers, and strategic planning sessions. 

We have also ensured there is ample time for informal interactions and discussions with old and new friends and of course to eat, drink and network together. We will close the meeting with the ASGSR Banquet on Saturday night, featuring awards and a special guest speaker to be announced shortly.

 We hope you enjoy the 2015 program, and look forward to seeing you in Virginia.

Best wishes,
Simon Gilroy, Ph.D., 2015 Annual Meeting Chair



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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