Hypergravity Workshop that will take place at ESA, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands at 25 - 26 January 2018

Since its commissioning in 2007, the ESA Large Diameter Centrifuge, LDC, has been used for a broad range of science & technology studies as well as mechanical testing. The LDC counts more than 12 million revolutions carrying all kinds of payloads.
Centrifuges have been proven to be complimentary and needed instruments with respect to hardware used in microgravity, to understand the impact of gravity on living organisms and cells, and on physical sciences phenomena. The obvious link between gravity and space would be microgravity. One can greatly benefit from the opportunities of experiments on the International Space Station, various free flyers, sounding rockets, parabolic flights or drop towers. This near weightless environment allows the investigation of specific physical phenomena which cannot be studied on ground. For life sciences we want to understand if and how living systems, like humans, animals, plants or cells cope in an environment without gravity. However, to understand the response of systems to an environmental parameter, like gravity, we need to be able to modulate that parameter. For many studies it is hence valuable to explore a broad range of gravity conditions, from microgravity, partial gravity (as on Moon or Mars) and hypergravity. Studies using hypergravity can also be instrumental to understand and predict the response of systems in micro- or partial gravity using centrifuges.

We are organizing a workshop to celebrate this 1st decade of the LDC facility. We aim at identifying what we have learned in these years, but more importantly, we want to explore and focus on future activities. To facilitate the dialogue on future user and customer needs and requirements, we organize a two day workshop at ESA-ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands on 25-26 January 2018. The workshop will inform on the activities performed in the field of physical and life sciences research & technology and mechanical testing achieved in these first 10 year. We call for abstracts from past studies but also papers focusing on novel applications in mechanics, technology, life and physical sciences that can benefit or require an increased gravity environment to answer questions or improve models not possible otherwise. We specifically encourage newcomers to this field as well as students to attend and actively contribute to the meeting.

During the workshop we not only want to discuss past experiences from the LDC but also new ideas for experiments and new usage of the LDC in the near future.
In order to inspire new ideas, we will select one proposal for which we will offer a free run of the experiment on the LDC for the proof of principle phase as a prize.

Deadline for abstract submission is 15th of October. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their presentation by mid-November.

The workshop will include a visit of the LDC as well as other test facilities and labs at ESA-ESTEC. Papers presented at the workshop can be submitted for a special issue of the CEAS Aeronautical Journal. An official peer reviewed journal of the Council of European Aerospace Societies.
The LDC is part of the ESA TEC-MMG, Life, Physical Sciences and Life Support Laboratory.

For more information, and to register, please click here: https://atpi.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/hypergravityworkshop/info/ExtraContent/ContentPage?page=2 

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