ELGRA Biennial Symposium
and General Assembly
"In the Footsteps of Columbus"
Bonn, Germany: 1st - 4th September, 2009.
ELGRA 2009 Symposium
Group Picture (download
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More photos can be found at: Flickr.
Every other year ELGRA organizes
its symposium as a forum for discussions and exchange of results and ideas among
scientists using (micro-) gravity in the fields of materials and fluid sciences,
life sciences and technology. Abstracts in the fields of life and physical sciences,
material sciences, fluid physics, cell, animal, plant and human physiology as
well as biotechnology are welcome.
Beside the general subjects mentioned above we want to elaborate more on the next topics:
- Columbus and other modules on ISS
- Life support systems in space
- Living under extreme conditions
- Counter-measures/artificial gravity
- Magnetic levitation (compensation of the gravity force)
- Exploration issues
- Soft matter mechanics of living cells
- Plasma and dust
- European - Chinese relations and projects
- Workshop on animal research and related technology (organizer Dr. Daniela Santucci)
Full program and abstracts : ELGRA News # 26 Sept. 2009 (4.2 MB)
Call for Full Papers
presented at the meeting can be submitted for publication in an ELGRA-Symposium
special issue of Microgravity
Science and Technology.
Manuscript format can be found on the Springer-MST site. The papers are entered in the regular MST review process.
We encourage you to have the manuscript handed over during the symposium in Bonn. Deadline for submission is no later than 2 months after the ELGRA Symposium, 1 November 2009.
When uploading your manuscript to the editorial manager, please choose article type = ELGRA Symposium Bonn 2009. This is the first question after clicking on "Submit new
|Deadline for Submission of Abstracts:||extended to 17 April, 2009|
|Deadline for Student Competition:||extended to 17 April, 2009|
|Notification of acceptance:||29 May, 2009|
|Early Registration:||15 June, 2009|
|Scientific/Organising Committee (ELGRA Management Committee)||Local Organising Committee|
|Dr. Jack J.W.A. van Loon : President||Dr. habil. Ruth Hemmersbach|
|Prof.Dr. Thodoris Karapantsios : Vice-President||Prof.Dr. Rainer Willnecker|
|Prof.Dr. Hendrik Kuhlmann : Gen. Secretary|
|Dr. Kurt Kemmerle : Treasurer|
|Dr. F. Javier Medina (student competition)|
|Prof.Dr. Daniel Beysens|
|Dr. Monica Monici|
|Prof.Dr. Floris Wuyts|
Full contact for local organizer:
Dr. habil. Ruth Hemmersbach
DLR - German Aerospace Center
Institute of Aerospace Medicine
Biomedical Science Support Center
Linder Hoehe, 51147 Cologne, Germany
Office Phone: +49 2203 601 3094
E-mail: Ruth Hemmersbach (meeting mail address)
The symposium is under the
- DLR German Aerospace Center
- Institute of Materials Physics in Space
- Institute of Aerospace Medicine
- Microgravity User Support Center
- Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University of Bonn
- Faculty of Zoology
Call for Abstracts : Info Authors
One-page abstracts (A4) for oral or poster presentations are invited from now on. The participation of students is particularly encouraged.
Posters dimensions should be DinA0
- width from 70 to 90 cm; height from 100 to 120 cm.
ESA Education together with ELGRA is offering financial support to European students attending the Symposium, including funding towards transportation and registration fees. If you are interested please visit www.esa.int/education (under Opportunities - Conferences) for details on how to apply. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates must have submitted a scientific communication for actively participating in the Conference. When submitting sponsorship applications students must clearly state the name of their abstract and/or project in the "extra" field under "My Profile".
The Local Organisers have secured
a variety of different types of hotel accommodation for the Congress at competitive
rates. All hotels are within walking distance from the Congress venue.
The official congress partner ‚'Bonnregion’ offers an efficient and convenient hotel reservation service for the ELGRA 2009 Biennial Symposium. To obtain the special Congress hotel rates, please make your hotel reservation using the bonnregion online booking system.
The special congress rates, including a ticket for free local public transport during the Congress week, are available until July, 17th. Reservations are on a first come first served basis. After this deadline you can book hotels at standard rates using the same link.
The deadline for early registration is 15 June 2009. You need to download and fill out the Payment Form (MS-Word or PDF) and upload it via the 'Registration Page'.
We encourage you to provide your abstract as part of the 'Registration page Form' or only after registration send in an abstract as attached e-mail to: Dr. habil. Ruth Hemmersbach. Download the abstract form in MS-Word here.
|Registration fees in Euro's (€)||
|Emeritus / retired members||
You may download the Payment Form in either MS-Word or PDF format.
The registration fee includes access to scientific sessions, coffee breaks and lunch every day, reception in the Bonn town hall and the symposium dinner.
The University Club of Bonn, a beautiful and suitable accommodation located a few steps from the river Rhine in the centre of Bonn. It is a pleasant conference site hosted by the University of Bonn and conceived as a meeting point between scientists. Next to the conference site there are a lot of hotels of all categories in walking distance.
Bonn is the former capital of West Germany and today known as the German United Nations City hosting 12 UN organisations settled at the banks of the Rhine. A history of more than 2000 years has given the city most varied facets. Historical sights, highlights of art can be admired at the different houses of the Bonn Museum Mile, picturesque impressions along the romantic Rhine, the international life or the political life of Bonn and much more. Take the time for a visit, it is worth your while. More information at: www.bonn.de.
How to travel to the venue by train, plain and car. Download your symposium travel directions.
The social program of the symposium will include a reception at the town hall of Bonn, the possibility to visit a concert of the Beethovenfest, and an evening cruise on the river Rhine. A trip to the German Aerospace Center in Cologne will also be offered, including a visit of the research facilities of DLR and the European Astronaut Center..
Read some more on this beautiful city of Bonn on the wikipedia web site.
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