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    Attend the International Space Station Research and Development Conference to connect with key players in the space community who are advancing space-based R&D and guiding the future of the low Earth orbit economy. View the agenda below for more information on sessions and speakers each day of the conference.

    Day 1: Tuesday, July 26th


  • 8:30
    AM

    Welcome

    • Ray Lugo, CEO, ISS National Laboratory

    • Joel Montalbano, ISS Program Manager, NASA

    • John Mulholland, Vice President, Boeing

      Speakers
    • Speaker

      Ray Lugo
      CEO
      ISS National Laboratory

    • Speaker

      Joel Montalbano
      ISS Program Manager
      NASA

    • Speaker

      John Mulholland
      Vice President
      Boeing

  • 9:00
    AM

    Keynote Speaker

    • Jessica Watkins, Ph.D. NASA Astronaut

    • Kjell Lindgren, MD, NASA Astronaut

    • Chris Own, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Voxa, Inc.

    • Oren Milstein, Ph.D., CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, Stemrad

    • David Kerley, Discovery Channel

      Speakers
    • Speaker

      Jessica Watkins
      Ph.D. NASA Astronaut
      NASA

    • Speaker

      Kjell Lindgren
      MD, NASA Astronaut
      NASA

    • Speaker

      Chris Own, Ph.D.
      Founder and CEO
      Voxa, Inc.

    • Speaker

      Oren Milstein, Ph.D.
      CEO and Chief Scientific Officer
      Stemrad

    • Moderator

      David Kerley
      Discovery Channel

    9:25
    AM

    Next Decade of Results: A Conversation with NASA and ISS National Lab Leadership

      Speakers
    • Speaker

      Ray Lugo
      CEO
      ISS National Laboratory

    • Speaker

      Joel Montalbano
      ISS Program Manager
      NASA

    • Speaker

      Robyn Gatens
      Director of the International Space Station (ISS) in the Space Operations Mission Directorate
      NASA

  • 10:05
    AM

    Space Policy Outlook

    For more than 20 years, the nation’s space policies have enabled humans to live and work continuously onboard the ISS. Research leveraging this powerful platform is advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies that facilitate long-duration exploration into deep space and benefit life here on our planet. Building on this experience, the next decade provides the opportunity to further accelerate U.S. leadership in space. This panel will discuss how current U.S. space policy will influence the next decade of space-based research, the role of public and private partnerships, and the development of a thriving economy in low Earth orbit.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Paul Stimers
      Partner
      K&L Gates

    • Panelist

      Pam Whitney
      Staff Director
      House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology

    • Panelist

      Joel Graham
      Professional Staff Member
      Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

    • Panelist

      Mary Guenther
      Director of Space Policy
      Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF)

    • Panelist

      Michael Gold
      Executive Vice President for Civil Space and External Affairs
      Redwire Space

  • 11:20
    AM

    The Next Decade of Results—A Conversation with the Chief Scientists of the ISS National Lab and NASA’s ISS Program

    Today, with U.S. commercial crew and cargo transportation systems online, the ISS is busier than ever. The ISS National Laboratory, responsible for utilizing 50 percent of NASA’s resources onboard the space station, hosts hundreds of experiments from U.S. government agencies, academia, and commercial users to return benefits to people and industry on the ground. Meanwhile, NASA’s research and development activities on the ISS are advancing the technologies and procedures that will be necessary to send the first woman and first person of color to the Moon and the first humans to Mars. Join us for a chat with the chief scientist of NASA’s ISS Program and the chief scientist of the ISS National Lab as they discuss the next decade of critical research onboard the ISS.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Katherine Calvin, Ph.D.
      Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor
      NASA

    • Panelist

      Kirt Costello, Ph.D.
      ISS Chief Scientist
      NASA

    • Panelist

      Mike Roberts, Ph.D.
      Chief Scientist
      ISS National Lab

  • 12:30
    PM

    Luncheon Keynote: Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten

      Speakers
    • Speaker

      Cindy Marten
      Deputy Secretary of Education
      United States

  • 2:30
    PM

    Technical Sessions

    View schedule here
  • 4:40
    PM

    Advancing Fundamental Science in Space in Collaboration with the U.S. National Science Foundation

    The microgravity environment of the ISS provides a unique window to explore fundamental phenomena in the absence of gravity-dependent physics and introduces new biological stressors to cells and tissues. The ISS National Lab has partnered with the NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Division on two long-standing solicitations to explore these phenomena: The solicitation on transport phenomena is going on its seventh year, and the solicitation on tissue engineering and mechanobiology is going on its fifth year. Research funded through these solicitations enables scientific discoveries not possible on Earth. Join us to hear more about this exciting research and the impact that fundamental science in space can have on life on Earth.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Stephanie George
      Tissue Engineering Program Director
      NSF

    • Panelist

      Tammy Chang, MD, Ph.D.,
      Associate Professor
      University of California, San Francisco

    • Panelist

      Ngan Huang, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor, Stanford University and Principal Investigator
      Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

    • Panelist

      Ya-Ting T. Liao, Ph.D.
      Assistant Professor
      Case Western Reserve University

    • Panelist

      Eric M. Furst, Ph.D.
      Professor and Department Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
      University of Delaware

  • 6:00
    PM

    Networking Reception

  • Day 2: Wednesday, July 27th


    8:30
    AM

    Welcome

  • 8:50
    AM

    NASA Leadership Keynote

      Speakers
    • Speaker

      Vanessa Wyche
      Director, Johnson Space Center
      NASA

    • Speaker

      Robert Cabana
      Associate Administrator
      NASA

    • Speaker

      Kathy Lueders
      Associate Administrator for the Space Operations Mission Directorate
      NASA

  • 9:30
    AM

    Commercial LEO Destinations: Exploring the Future of Research in Space

    The future of low Earth orbit (LEO) is commercial. This panel will discuss topics such as the strategy for phase 1 of formulating and designing LEO destinations, the role that research and technology development is envisioned to play within each provider’s concept, how companies can begin to strategically partner with commercial LEO destinations to develop commercial offerings for ongoing R&D, and how the scientific community might influence sustained commercial destinations.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Ryan Prouty
      Manager ISS Research Integration Office
      NASA

    • Panelist

      Christian Maender
      Executive Vice President, In-Space Solutions
      Axiom Space

    • Panelist

      Amela Wilson, Ph.D.
      CEO
      Nanoracks

    • Panelist

      Janet Kavandi, Ph.D.
      President
      Sierra Space

    • Panelist

      Rick Mastracchio
      Director of Strategy and Business Development
      Northrop Grumman

    • Panelist

      Angela Hart
      Program Manager, Commercial LEO Development Program Office
      NASA

  • 11:00
    AM

    Investing in Space: Navigating Volatile Markets

    Following a record-setting 2021 for capital access, characterized by SPAC deals that provided unprecedented entry to public markets for many still-young space companies, the year of 2022 has started on a different note. By now, financial markets have taken a more conservative view on opportunities of the future versus the profitability of today and have reassessed valuation metrics in the environment of higher inflation and commodity prices, rising interest rates, and geopolitical uncertainties. While many of the significant secular technology and innovation tailwinds for the space industry remain intact, the funding picture for space entrepreneurs looks to have changed. With representation from leading capital market participants from across the funding spectrum, this panel discussion will deliver valuable insights on the current state of play in space investment, funding access, and how the investment landscape is expected to evolve over the coming year.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Carissa Christensen
      CEO and Founder
      BryceTech

    • Panelist

      Thomas Gillespie
      Managing Partner
      In-Q-Tel

    • Panelist

      Maureen Haverty, Ph.D.
      Vice President
      Seraphim Space Fund

    • Panelist

      Liz Stein
      Partner
      Prime Movers Lab

    • Panelist

      Phillip Ingle
      Managing Director
      Morgan Stanley

  • 12:45
    PM

    Luncheon Keynote: Congressman Robert Aderholt, U.S. House of Representatives

      Speakers
    • Speaker

      Congressman Robert Aderholt
      U.S. House of Representatives
      (AL-4)

  • 2:30
    PM

    Technical Sessions

    View schedule here
  • 4:40 PM

    Leveraging the LEO Environment for In-Space Production Applications

    Innovative companies and researchers are using the unique space environment to manufacture products that have a direct impact to life on Earth. Such space-based manufacturing and production activities enable new business growth and capital investment, represent scalable and sustainable market opportunities, and produce reoccurring value with the potential to generate demand for, and revenue from, access to space. In this session, learn more about the companies that are on the forefront of the development of a robust and sustainable market in low Earth orbit.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Ken Shields
      Senior Director of Business Development
      Sierra Space

    • Panelist

      John Vellinger
      Executive Vice President of In-Space Manufacturing & Operations
      Redwire

    • Panelist

      Alain Berinstain, Ph.D.
      Chief Strategy Officer
      Space Tango

    • Panelist

      Paula Grisanti, DMD
      CEO
      National Stem Cell Foundation

    • Panelist

      Amrit De, Ph.D.
      Chief Scientist
      Apsidal, LLC

  • 6:00
    PM

    Networking Reception

  • Day 3: Thursday, July 28th


    7:15
    AM

    Women’s Networking Breakfast

      Speakers
    • Speaker

      Debra Facktor
      Head of U.S. Space Systems for Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc.

  • 8:30
    AM

    Welcome

  • 8:45 AM

    Climate Research Onboard the ISS

    The ISS has a suite of external instruments that enable combined observations of Earth’s evolving ecosystems. These instruments include ECOSTRESS, OCO-3, GEDI, and HISUI. While each instrument was designed independently, the nature of the observations offers an unprecedented opportunity to resolve regional- and global-scale understanding of ecosystem process and function. Join us for a discussion with researchers who are using the ISS in novel ways to help address climate change on Earth.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Karen St. Germain, Ph.D.
      Earth Science Division Director
      NASA

    • Panelist

      Ralph O. Dubayah, Ph.D.
      Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI)

    • Panelist

      Abhishek Chatterjee, Ph.D.
      Principal Investigator
      Orbital Carbom Observatory 3 (OCO3)

    • Panelist

      Simon Hook, Ph.D.
      Principal Investigator
      ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS)

  • 9:30 AM

    Sustainability and Corporate Engagement With the ISS

    Several corporations have sponsored sustainability-related research onboard the ISS, leveraging the unique space environment to address corporate responsibility goals and move the science forward. The focus is not on obtaining intellectual property for their own companies, but rather finding ways to advance the research to improve opportunities globally. Additionally, climate change is a topic of priority for all organizations involved in manufacturing. The question is: How will manufacturing technologies evolve to address sustainability concerns, and how can the ISS support this evolution? This fireside chat will discuss space-based sustainability-related research that has been funded by corporations, touching on why the companies choose to fund ISS research and their continued interest.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Christine Kretz
      VP Programs and Partnerships
      ISS National Lab

    • Panelist

      Todd Cline
      Senior Director, Head of Sustainability
      Procter & Gamble, North America Fabric Care

    • Panelist

      Carl Haney
      Executive Vice President
      Estee Lauder

  • 10:30 AM

    International Partners Panel

    As the ISS is now in the decade of results, space station utilization is at an all-time high, and research and development on station continues to expand in both quantity and variety. This increased utilization includes not only NASA research and technology development activities and increasing commercial activity but also increased International Partner activity. International Partners play a vital role in the utilization of the ISS and the transition to commercial LEO destinations. In this session, panelists will discuss their involvement in the future of the ISS and beyond.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Luca Parmitano
      Astronaut
      European Space Agency (ESA)

    • Speaker

      Isabelle Tremblay
      Director, Astronauts, Life Sciences and Space Medicine
      Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

    • Speaker

      Hoshide Akihiko
      Astronaut
      Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

    • Speaker

      Izumi Yoshizaki, Ph.D.
      Manager for ISS Utilization Planning & International Relations
      Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

  • 11:35 AM

    Inspiration Drives Results through STEM Education and Outreach

    Who or what inspires us to take a giant leap toward discovering the unknown? Whether that inspiration comes from a childhood hero or a unique science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunity, the source of inspiration often reaches beyond the individual to provide a lasting impact on others. When you combine inspiration with drive and determination, dreams turn into action that leads to innovative results. Join our STEM education panel as we hear from those who have been inspired and continue to inspire others.

      Speakers
    • Moderator

      Maynard Okereke
      Founder
      Hip Hop Science

    • Panelist

      Quincy Brown, Ph.D.
      Senior Policy Advisory
      White House OSTP

    • Panelist

      Victor Glover
      NASA Astronaut

    • Panelist

      Dr. Alex Dainis
      Owner
      Helicase Media LLC and Genes in Space partner

    • Panelist

      Ted Tagami
      CEO
      Magnitude.io, Inc.

  • 12:50
    PM

    Luncheon Keynote:

      Speakers
    • Speaker

      Michael López-Alegría
      Chief Astronaut
      Axiom Space

  • 2:00
    PM

    International Space Station Research Awards

  • 2:20
    PM

    Conference Closing Remarks

  • 2:30
    PM

    Technical Sessions

    View schedule here

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