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2011 IAA Humans in Space Symposium

18th Humans in Space Symposium
"Integration and Cooperation in the Next Golden Age of Human Space Flight"
11–15 April, 2011
Houston, Texas, USA

The focus of the 18th Humans in Space Symposium will be on the concept that integration across cultures, nations, agencies, disciplines, and objectives will be absolutely essential to the next chapters of the Humans-in-Space story.

Symposium Description

The IAA Humans in Space is an international scientific symposium dedicated to discussion and research in the human and biological sciences related to long-duration space travel. Even as basic science investigations into the fundamental role(s) of gravity in the evolution and development of terrestrial life forms begin to take advantage of the nearly complete ISS platform; private entrepreneurs are beginning to explore autonomous commercial solutions to launching payloads and tourists into space, and publicly-sponsored exploration missions will again move beyond low Earth orbit to destinations farther away than ever before. The focus of the 18th Humans in Space Symposium will be on the concept that integration across cultures, nations, agencies, disciplines, and objectives will be absolutely essential to the next chapters of the Humans-in-Space story. Highlights will include special sessions devoted to the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic first manned space flight and the 30th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle mission.

Chair: Jeffrey R. Davis, NASA Johnson Space Center

Organizing Committees

Local Organizing Committee

Chair: Dr. John Charles, NASA Johnson Space Center


Dr. Craig Kundrot, NASA Johnson Space Center
Professor Mark Clarke, University of Houston
Dr. Adrian LeBlanc, Universities Space Research Association
Dr. David Watson, National Space Biomedical Research Institute
Ms. Eugenia Bopp, Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group
Professor Richard Jennings, University of Texas Medical Branch
Professor William Paloski, University of Houston
       (Chair, Scientific Organizing Committee)
Dr. Gerda Horneck, International Academy of Astronautics

Implementation Team:

Terri Jones, Universities Space Research Association
Gail Pacetti, Universities Space Research Association
Dr. Jancy McPhee, Universities Space Research Association
Dr. Maneesh Arya, Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group
Kécia Mallette, Universities Space Research Association

Calendar of Events

1st Announcement:     May 7, 2010
2nd Announcement:     September 10, 2010

    * Call for papers
    * Registration Opens

Abstract Submission Deadline:                         December 3, 2010
Youth Art Competition Submission Deadline:     December 3, 2010
Notification of Abstract Selection:                     January 17, 2011
Early Registration Deadline:                            February 11, 2011
Final Program Published On-Line:                    March 11, 2011
Registration and Hotel Deadline:                     March 11, 2011

Program at a Glance
Topic Emphasis Each Day
The Poster Sessions for each day will correlate to the Topic for the day.
Monday:     Pre-Launch Phase Activities
Tuesday:     Launch, Landing, and Egress Activities
Wednesday:     Transit and/or Extraterrestrial Surface Activities
Thursday:     Recovery and Rehabilitation Activities
Friday:     Architectures & Habitats

Abstract Submission

All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the electronic submission form by 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Savings Time (GMT-5) on Friday, 3 December, 2010.

Note: All meeting participants are required to set up a login account profile before accessing USRA's electronic submission forms.

ALL submitted abstracts will be reviewed and considered for poster presentation. A limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentation in the morning themed sessions. To be considered for one of these presentations, please check the appropriate box on the submission form.
Preparation and Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words (not counting title, authors, and affiliations, which must be included in the abstract file), and must fit on one page.

Abstracts can only be submitted in PDF format. Templates and detailed instructions are provided. After preparing your abstract file, you will use the electronic abstract submission form to upload the file containing your abstract (instructions are provided on the form).

Abstracts sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Abstract files must be received by 5:00 p.m. U.S. CDT (GMT-5) on Friday, 3 December, 2010. Authors are encouraged to start early so our staff will have time to provide assistance in the event of technical problems. Because of the number of abstracts received and the time required to process them, exceptions to the deadline cannot be made for anyone, regardless of the reason.

Unable to Produce PDF Files? If you are unable to produce a PDF file, you may send your source file (must be in Word or PostScript format) to USRA no later than November 22, 2010. We will create the PDF file and send it back to you, but it will still be your responsibility to submit that PDF file by the time of the deadline. Source files should be sent to Meeting and Publication Services.

Note: It is in your best interest to submit early to allow for possible technical problems or delays in transmission. Please do not wait until the last minute to access the system; access to the web form will terminate at 5:00 p.m. CDT (GMT-5).

Authors will be notified by January 15 of their abstract selection and presentation assignments.
Panel Discussion Leaders

A limited number of panel sessions will be available. All proposed panels should correlate to morning themed sessions. If you are interested in organizing a panel discussion session you should determine the topic of the panel session and recruit the participation of four or five additional panel members. At the time you submit your abstract, you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to organize a panel. You will then be directed to a downloadable Panel Proposal Template that you must complete and return via e-mail to Linda Tanner.

Please note that you will ALSO be required to submit an abstract; this form is a separate, additional document that must be transmitted via e-mail.


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