Pioneering New Frontiers

July 23-26, 2018 • San Francisco

Make Space Your Next Frontier

The International Space Station is a one-of-a-kind platform for microgravity research and is uniting space, science, and industry in new discoveries, technology advancements, and commercialization.

Discover untapped opportunities for advancing life on earth at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference.

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Keynote Speakers

Bengt Anderson

Bengt Anderson

Executive Producer, National Geographic Channel

Bengt Anderson joined the National Geographic Channel as an executive producer in production in April 2017. Previously, he spent nearly four years designing and executing several series at National Geographic Studios as executive producer-production and development, including “Explorer,” “I Am Rebel,” “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson,” “Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner,” “The Big Picture with Kal Penn,” “Dirty Rotten Survival,” and “The Great Human Race.”

Grady Booch

Grady Booch

Chief Scientist for Software Engineering, IBM

Grady Booch is chief scientist for software engineering at IBM Research and leads research and development for embodied cognition. He is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software engineering and software architecture.

Randy Komrade Bresnik

Randy Bresnik

NASA Astronaut

Randy “Komrade” Bresnik has amassed more than 149 days in space. Most recently, he returned in December 2017 from a long duration mission aboard the International Space Station. He served as Flight Engineer on Expedition 52 and was Commander of Expedition 53. Selected as an astronaut in 2004, Bresnik’s first spaceflight was on space shuttle mission STS-129. Working in extreme environments included research as a Cave-a-naut with the European Space Agency to test living and working deep beneath the Earth’s surface, and he also served as an Aquanaut on Aquarius for NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) 19. Aquarius is an underwater research laboratory where aquanauts live and work for up to three weeks at a time in preparation for future space exploration.

Emily Calandrelli

Emily Calandrelli

Host and producer of Xploration Outer Space

Emily Calandrelli is an executive producer and an Emmy-nominated host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space, a chief correspondent on Netflix’s show, “Bill Nye Saves The World,” and writer and host of “Spotlight Space” a YouTube series from Lockheed Martin detailing their latest space projects in development. Calandrelli, who was named to Adweek’s “11 Celebrities and Influencers Raising the Bar for Creativity in 2017,” is an accomplished writer and speaker on the topics of space exploration, scientific literacy, and equality.

Mark Vande Hei

Todd M. Moore

Vice President of Open Technology, IBM

Todd M. Moore, IBM vice president of open technology, leads the IBM global team working to develop open communities that fuel both innovation and new business models. Being engaged in a range of communities and technologies, he has the pulse of where open innovation is happening.

Adam Savage

Adam Savage

Star and Editor-in-Chief of, Former Co-host of MythBusters

Adam Savage, star and editor-in-chief of and former co-host of MythBusters, will lead a group of special guests in exploring the many fascinating components of the space station and its benefit to Earth, not only retrospectively from a science, technology, and innovation perspective, but also its unparalleled impact on inspiring the next generation. From 2002 to 2016, Adam joined Jamie Hyneman in co-hosting MythBusters, which premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2003. Fourteen years, 1,015 myths, 2,950 experiments, eight Emmy nominations, and 83 miles of duct tape later, the series ended in March 2016. Today, Savage’s work for includes behind-the-scenes dives into multiple blockbuster films (including Ghost in the Shell, Alien Covenant, and Blade Runner).

Mark Vande Hei

Mark Vande Hei

NASA Astronaut

Col. Vande Hei recently returned to Earth after logging 168 days as a flight engineer onboard the International Space Station. During the mission (Expedition 53/54), the crew marked the beginning of the first long-term increase in crew size on the U.S. segment of the space station. This increase enabled NASA to double the time dedicated to research and achieve a record-setting week of research that surpassed 100 hours. The crew members worked on investigations focused on manufacturing fiber optic filaments in microgravity, improving the accuracy of an implantable glucose biosensor, and measuring the sun’s energy output to Earth.

Additional Featured Speakers

  • Richard Aked, General Manager, Space Application Services
  • Nick Allain, Director of Branding, Spire Global, Inc.
  • Jose Benavides, Research Engineer, SGT, Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Noemie Bernede, Commercial Services Manager, Airbus
  • Blair Bigelow, Co-founder, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Bigelow Space Operations
  • Cynthia Bouthot, Director of Commercial Innovation and Sponsored Programs, CASIS
  • Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems, NASA
  • Alessandro Donati, Kayser Italia
  • Brandon Farwell, Partner, Xfund
  • Dr. Jennifer Fogarty, Chief Scientist, Human Research Program, NASA
  • Mark Gittleman, P.E., President and CEO, Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance
  • Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, Assistant Member and Co-Chairman, Department of Nanomedicine, Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  • Loren Grush, Science Reporter, The Verge
  • Akos Hegyi, Head of EDRS Services, Airbus Defense and Space
  • Dr. Elaine Horn-Ranney, Co-Founder and CEO, Tympanogen
  • Bernhard Hufenbach, Strategy and Innovation Team leader for the European Space Agency, ESA
  • Jack Ickes, Senior Vice President, Geospatial Solutions and International Manufacturing, Teledyne Brown Engineering
  • Ann Kim, Director – Frontier Technology, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Kris Kimel, Chairman/Co-Founder, Space Tango
  • Dr. Lucie Low, Scientific Program Manager/NASA Liaison Coordinator, NIH-NCATS
  • Alex Macdonald, Senior Economic Advisor, NASA
  • Christian Maender, Director of In-Space Manufacturing and Research, Axiom Space, Inc.
  • Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications, Catapult
  • Paul Patton, Senior Manager, Front End Innovation and Regulatory, Delta Faucet Company
  • Dr. Julie Robinson, Associate Director, Human Research Program, NASA
  • Andrew Rush, President and CEO, Made In Space
  • Philipp Schulien, KIWI Manager, Airbus
  • Sam Scimemi, Director for International Space Station, NASA
  • Kenneth Shields, Director of Operations, CASIS
  • Kirk Shireman, Program Manager, International Space Station, NASA
  • Dr. Chia Soo, Professor, Vice Chair for Research, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, School of Medicine, UCLA
  • Christian Steimle, Bartolomeo Project Leader, Airbus
  • Justin Stevens, Senior Partner, Apollo Global Management
  • John Vellinger, President and CEO, Techshot Inc.
  • Bobby Watkins, Director of the Human Exploration Development and Operations Office, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA
  • Jackie Wattles, Breaking News Reporter, CNN Money
  • Deborah Wells, Deputy Program Manager, AECOM Inc.
  • Dr. Brian York, Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

91% of attendees last year
rated the conference as either excellent or very good.

See For Yourself

Collaborate with Impact
"This is the only meeting where people from different disciplines come together. It creates a dynamic energy as people figure out the next greatest thing." Julie Robinson, ISS Chief Scientist, NASA
Fascinating Keynotes
Past conferences have attracted recognized speakers with thought-leading perspectives from space, science, finance, innovation, policy, and media. We’re working on an equally rich agenda for 2018 that is sure to fuel ideas and conversations.
Find Solutions for Every Stage
"As a biomedical researcher, knowing what opportunities and implementation partners are available to make my science happen on ISS is very important." Arun Sharma, Harvard
Unmatched Networking
"It’s impossible to walk away from this meeting without new future collaborators or ideas." National Space Agency Attendee
Meet Decision Makers
"The conference is one of the best in the industry for networking. It certainly was successful for my company this year in terms of driving business." Commercial business attendee
Actionable Best Practices
Multiple learning tracks make it easy to find interesting and practical sessions relevant to your work.
  • 5 Keynotes
  • 16 Plenary Talks
  • 80+ technical and poster sessions
Enrich Your Work
Informative case studies delivered by experts in their field expose you to new ways of thinking and opportunities to exchange experiences with peers.
Join the Movement
"There was a very real sense of active collaboration and brainstorming about maximizing utilization of the ISS, developing cutting-edge technologies and strengthening commercial companies." Lisa Thomas

Who Attends

1,000+ scientists and engineers, corporate and academic leaders,
entrepreneurs, policy makers, business development professionals, students

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Sign Up for Complimentary Workshops

Can’t Attend the Entire Conference? Register for these complimentary information-packed workshops being held on July 23.

Generating Value to Society from Research in Space - Users Workshop

Generating Value to Society from Research in Space - Users Workshop
This workshop discusses business opportunities coming from research on the ISS, helping new users navigate service providers to maximize expectations. In addition, the panel will emphasize the importance of networking and making international connections to accelerate implementation of new commercial endeavors.

ISS Opportunity Workshop for Future Users

ISS Opportunity Workshop for Future Users
Join this workshop to learn about the remarkable science and technology projects occurring on the ISS and the unique benefits of doing research and technology development in space. You will hear about the resources and accessibility of using the world’s only orbiting laboratory.

Water Sustainability Workshop

Water Sustainability Workshop: An Open Discussion to Address Earth's Issues from Space
Water use on Earth has been, and will continue to be, a significant stress on the environment. This workshop will focus on water sustainability and how the ISS can help raise awareness of related issues while providing a unique platform to develop new solutions.

JAXA / NASA Joint Workshop

JAXA / NASA Joint Workshop
Hear how researchers and entities from both The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASA will co-host this session to present achievements and expectations of future collaboration through at least 2024. You’ll hear how researchers and entities from both countries can mutually utilize experiment hardware between the U.S. National Laboratory and the Japanese Experiment Module (also known as JEM or Kibo).

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