KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (June 27, 2016) — The International Space Station Research and Development (ISS R&D) Conference today announced that Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, will provide a keynote address at its 5th annual meeting to be held at the San Diego Town and Country Resort & Convention Center from July 12-14, 2016. The ISS R&D Conference was created to connect commercial and academic communities involved in new innovations, breakthroughs, and discoveries onboard humankind’s unique orbiting laboratory. This event is held in coordination with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and NASA.
Dr. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions, and commercial space. In 2014, he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine. In addition to his duties at the XPRIZE Foundation, which creates competitions and ultimately awards innovative thought leaders who can disrupt various industries, Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Human Longevity, Inc., a genomics and cell-therapy-based company, and the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, an aerospace company designing spacecraft to enable asteroid detection. Diamandis is the New York Times Bestselling author of “Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think.”
“Today’s announcement of Peter Diamandis is an incredible addition to this year’s conference,” said CASIS Director of Marketing and Communications Brian Talbot. “This conference will boast some of the greatest scientific minds in the world, a variety of astronauts, and now a leader in the investment community. This year is truly shaping up to be the best lineup of speakers we have seen yet, and it represents a growing interest in the capabilities of the International Space Station.”
CASIS and NASA leadership will also present new opportunities that the ISS can bring to researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines and backgrounds. Current ISS users from across a wide spectrum of commercial and academic entities will have the opportunity to present their findings at the conference.
Registration for the 2016 conference is now open. To learn more about ISS R&D 2016, including how to register, please visit: http://www.issconference.org.
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About CASIS: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. For more information, visit http://www.issconference.org.
About the ISS National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the International Space Station as the nation’s newest national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low Earth orbit, and varied environments of space.
About AAS: The American Astronautical Society is America’s premier network of space professionals, technical and non-technical, dedicated to advancing all space activities. The Society, founded in 1954, is committed to strengthening the nation’s space programs, inspiring the next generation of space professionals and expanding cooperation with international space organizations.
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