European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA)
September 1st - 4th, 2009

2009 Biennial Symposium and General Assembly
"In the Footsteps of Columbus"


European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA)

Venue of the Symposium in 2009 is the University of Bonn in the "Universitatsclub".

The ELGRA Symposium is intended as a forum for scientific and technical research in microgravity. 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. Besides these general subjects the Symposium focuses also on the next topics:

  • Living under extreme conditions
  • Life support systems in space
  • Countermeasures/artificial gravity
  • Compensation of the gravity force (magnetic levitation, clinorotation)
  • Columbus/ISS
  • Exploration issues
  • Soft matter mechanics of living cells
  • Plasma and dust
  • European - Chinese relations and projects

Uni Bonn
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität
Social Program
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.

Call for Abstracts
The Elgra meeting in 2009 offers the possibility to present research on all topics from the fields of science under altered gravity conditions (microgravity, hypergravity and simulations). Oral presentations and poster sessions will be performed. Sufficient time will be reserved for discussions on present research activities and future science perspectives.

Important dates and deadlines
Submission of abstracts: March 31, 2009
Notification of acceptance: May 29, 2009
Early Registration: June 15, 2009

Uni Club
Scientific/Organizing Committee
(ELGRA Management Committee)
Dr. Ing. Jack van Loon, President
Dr. Thodoris Karapantsios, Vice-President
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Kuhlmann, Gen. Secretary
Dr. Kurt Kemmerle, Treasurer
Prof. Dr. Daniel Beysens, Member
Dr. F. Javier Medina, Member
Dr. Monica Monici, Member
Prof. Dr. Floris L. Wuyts, Member

Local Organizing Committee
Prof. Dr. Rainer Willnecker, Chair
PD Dr. Ruth Hemmersbach, Chair

Organizing Secretariat
Ms Astrid Herrmann, Assistant
Ms Gertrud Lütz, Assistant

Under the auspices of:
DLR German Aerospace Center
- Institute of Aerospace Medicine
- Institute of Materials Physics in Space
- Microgravity User Support Center
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität
- Faculty of Zoology

PD Dr. rer. nat. Ruth Hemmersbach
German Aerospace Center

Institute of Aerospace Medicine
, Gravitational Biology
Tel: +49 2203 601-3094

Fax: +49 2203 695211

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