Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

“Exploration, Science, and Technology: Partnerships for the Next Decade”

March 13-15, 2018
Greenbelt Marriott
Greenbelt, Maryland



The Goddard Symposium except the two luncheons will be livestreamed on the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Science and Exploration Ustream Channel:


Online registration is now closed.

The Symposium is still open to additional attendees. Simply arrive and register on site. Registration opens 7:00 AM Wednesday, March 14.

Rates are as follows:

  • AAS Member – $700.00

  • AAS New or Renewing Member – $800.00

  • AAS Non-member – $850.00

  • Government and Academia – $550.00
    (Goddard Space Flight Center civil servants: click here.)

  • AAS Member: One-day Only (Wednesday or Thursday) – $350.00
  • AAS Non-member: One-day Only (Wednesday or Thursday) – $425.00
  • Students (full-time), Teachers (K-12), Retired (not working) – $75.00
  • Wednesday Lunch Only – $65.00
  • Thursday Lunch Only – $50.00
  • Both Lunches Only – $115.00

The 56th Annual AAS Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium will feature leaders in science, engineering, technology and policy to discuss common and unique challenges and opportunities that lie ahead with the space program. Featured speakers include:

Bill Barry, Chief Historian, NASA Headquarters

Carissa Christensen, CEO, Bryce Space and Technology

Lori Glaze, Deputy Director, Solar System Exploration Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Robert Lightfoot, NASA Administrator (Acting)

Chris Van Hollen, United States Senator (D-MD)

Stephen Volz, Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction; Assistant Administrator for Satellite & Information Services, NOAA

Bill Wrobel, Director, NASA Wallops Flight Facility

Our theme this year – “Exploration, Science, and Technology: Partnerships for the Next Decade” – will focus the symposium on short-term initiatives and long-term projects and visions. What’s planned and in progress? What’s coming next? How can we make them all happen? The 2018 event promises a lively and timely discussion. Join us!

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