International Astronautical Congress Abstracts Due 2nd March

International Astronautical Congress Abstracts Due 2nd March

For the first since it's long history the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will be held in Africa. The congress will be held in Cape Town 3rd - 7th October to co-incide with World Space Week.

With the launch of Sunsat in 1999, the establishment of SunSpace and Information Systems (Pty) Ltd  in 2000, the adoption of a space policy in 2009 and the establishment of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in 2010, the country is now well on its way towards having a domestic civil space programme. The IAC 2011 is an important opportunity for South Africa to showcase its institutional and industrial space capabilities to the world.

The IAC is hosted by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). It brings together experts from all the discipline of space including science, engineering, law, business, history and education. As well as researchers, the congress is attended by the agency heads and senior executives of the world's space agencies. The congress consists of technical sessions; plenary sessions; meetings; student paper competitions; workshops; space exhibition; and technical tours. For more information about the congress, a list of technical sessions, and the call for papers, please visit the IAC2011 website

Abstracts due 2nd March (20:00 GMT)

A range of events and programs are conducted in associating with the IAC. These include:

Young Professionals Program: The IAF Young Professionals Program offers a series of events for young professionals attending the IAC, including a Young Professionals Plenary Session, a virtual forum, and several networking receptions. This program is available to anyone registered at the IAC as a Young Professional.

Student Program: The IAF Student Program is coordinated by the International Space Education Board (ISEB). It supports undergraduate and post graduate students as they make the transition from student to a young professional in the space industry. The program includes networking events; access to the Heads of Agencies and the Heads of Education; and access to the International Student Zone. Many aspects of this program are available to anyone who is registered at the congress as a student, however, some activities are reserved for ISEB sponsored students. Students interested in participating in the ISEB program should contact their local ISEB member (NASA, ESA, JAXA, CSA, CNES, VSSEC).   

Space Educator Professional Development sessions: The Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC) of the IAF, in collaboration with the ISEB, offer two days of educator professional development workshops on the Friday and Saturday prior to the IAC. Delivered during a full day of hands-on and minds-on learning about rocketry, robotics, planetary exploration and the science of building spacecraft, educators will learn about the space context while further developing their knowledge, tools and confidence in the areas of science and technology to facilitate bringing space into their respective classrooms and thereby inspiring science learning among the next space generation. These sessions will prepare participating educators so that they can also take full advantage of the multitude of plenary and technical sessions offered during the IAC. Places are limited. Teachers interested in participating in the program should contact their local ISEB member (NASA, ESA, JAXA, CSA, CNES, VSSEC).

UN/IAF Workshop: The Workshop is jointly organised by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) and International Astronautical Federation (IAF), and is co-sponsored by European Space Agency (ESA). It aims to promote the use of space technologies for the benefit of society, in particular in developing nations. In 2011 the theme is "Space for Human and Environmental Security". The Workshop is open to the participants of the IAC. Funding is provided to supoport the participation of representatives from developing nations. To register your interest in attending this workshop, and to apply for sponsorship, please complete the on-line submission form (deadline 15th May 2011).

Space Generation Congress: The Space Generation Congress (SGC) is the annual meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). Participants are top university students and young professionals with a passion for space who are selected from among applicants from the Space Generation international network. The SGC is held prior to the IAC. Visit the SGAC website for more information.