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Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space

This is a joint activity with ASEB


The overarching purpose of the committee is to support scientific progress in space research in the biological, medical, and physical sciences and assist the federal government in integrating and planning programs in these fields. The scope for CBPSS spans plant and microbial biology, animal and human physiology, and basic and applied physical sciences, in the context of understanding the role of gravity in living and physical systems in order to develop capabilities required for space exploration, and using the space environment as a tool of science to advance knowledge. The CBPSS provides an independent, authoritative forum for identifying and discussing issues in space life and physical sciences between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public. The CBPSS will also monitor the progress in implementation of the recommendations of the Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration: Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era (RFSE) decadal survey--building on the survey that was tasked with establishing priorities for an integrated portfolio of biological and physical sciences research in the decade of 2010-2020. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the committee may formulate and oversee ad-hoc studies related to the implementation of the RFSE survey and on issues in biological and physical sciences more broadly, including:

  • The scientific quality and the potential for discovery in the field;
  • The impact of scientific advances on the implementation of the decadal survey recommended activities and the translation of scientific knowledge to human exploration missions;
  • The impact of changing budget priorities, especially those that challenge the fundamental assumptions of RFSE, on the implementation of decadal survey priorities and on the balance between exploration-focused and basic scientific research more broadly; and
  • The potential impact on a recommended course of action at a decision point described in the decadal survey. 


March 26-28,2019
Washington, DC
View Agenda and Presentations I Archive of Space Science Week 2019

October 23-25, 2018
Irvine, CA

View Agenda

March 27-29, 2018
Washington, DC
View AgendaArchive of Space Science Week 2018
View Presentations 

October 31-November 2, 2017
Irvine, CA
View Agenda I View Presentations

March 28-30, 2017
Washington, DC
View Agenda I View Presentations

December 13-14, 2016
Irvine, CA
View Agenda I View Presentations

March 29-31, 2016
Washington, DC
View Agenda I View Presentations

October 27-29, 2015
Irvine, CA
View Agenda

March 31-April 2, 2015
Washington, DC
View Agenda | View Presentations
View the NRC Space Science Week Outline Agenda

October 7-8, 2014
Washington, DC
View Agenda

Current Membership 

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Robert J. Ferl, University of Florida, Co-Chair 
Dava J. Newman Co-Chair 
Mary L. Bouxsein 
Marianne Bronner 
Steven Collicott, Purdue University  
Vijay K. Dhir, University of California, Los Angeles
Alain Karma
Mohammad Kassemi, Case Western Reserve University
Douglas M. Matson  
Wayne Nicholson, University of Florida
James A. Pawelczyk, The Pennsylvania State University
Marylyn D. Ritchie, Geisinger Health System
Pol D. Spanos, Rice University
James T'ien 
Krystyn J. Van Vliet, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hai Wang, Stanford University 
David Weitz, Harvard University


Sandra J. Graham, Senior Program Officer
Marchel Holle, Research Associate
Dionna Wise, Program Associate

Past Meeting Presentations
We have posted only presentations which have been made available to us by the presenter.

March 27-29, 2018

Craig Kundrot
Anna-Lisa Paul
Thomas Zurbuchen-Pending Permission
Fabio Favata-Slides Not available
David Parker
Maurice Borgeaud
Ji Wu
Hitoshi Kuninaka
Masaki Fujimoto
Jessica M. Scott
Shlomit Radom-Aizik
Vincent Caiozzo
Scott Trappe
Ronald J. Litchford
Patrick Ray McClure
Gerald Sanders
Robert Mueller

October 24-25, 2017

Tom Crabb
Barry Finger
Steve Green
Mark Mozena
David Tomko
Bill Paloski
Craig Kundrot
Sam Scimemi
Gale Allen
Mark Lee
Francis Chiaramonte
March 28-30, 2017

Cindy Bouthot and Warren Bates
Craig Kundrot
James Pawelczyk
Mark Weislogel-Permission Pending
James T'ien
Michael Meyer
Andrew Rush
Robyn Gatens
Dave Reed
Fred Turek
Jonathon Clark
Anna-Lisa Paul

December 13-14, 2016

Craig Kundrot
Francis Chiaramonte
David Tomko
Steve Davison
Brad Carpenter
Angel Otero - no slides

March 29-31, 2016

Marshall Porterfield
Sam Scimemi
Michael Roberts
Cynthia Bouthot
Mike Gold
John Olson
Frank Culbertson - no slides
Chris Cummins
Kenneth Savin - no slides
Paul Reichert
Rich Glover - no slides
Brian Hess
Steven Collicott
Ioana Cozmuta

March 31-April 2, 2015
In order of Agenda

Gregory Johnson
Mike Roberts

Marshall Porterfield (1)
Dan Berrios
Francis Chiaramonte
Rick White
Todd Harris
Benjamin Hitz
Jennifer Lee
Anup Mahurkar
Ronald Przygodzki
Aaron Black
Paramvir Dehal
Ravi Madduri
Aleksandar Milosavljevic
Todd Smith
View Plenary Session Slides

October 7, 2014

Marshall Porterfield
Francis Chiaramonte
David Tomko
Mark Lee
Rod Jones
Gale Allen

Relevant Links

Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration: Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era (2011)

A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences