International Astronautical Congress Abstracts Due 29th February

International Astronautical Congress Abstracts Due 29th February

The International Astronautical Congress (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. The 63rd IAC will be held in Naples, Italy, 1st - 5th October, 2012.

Educators using innovative techniques to teach space science or looking to expand their competency in space education should consider participating in the Education and Outreach Symposium and submitting a paper for one of the following technical sessions:

Ignition: Primary Space Education
Lift Off: Secondary Space Education
On Track: Tertiary Space Education
In Orbit: Post Graduate Space Education
Enabling the Future: Developing the Space Workforce
Calling Planet Earth: Space Outreach to the General Public
New Worlds: Innovative Space Education and Outreach
Space Culture: Innovative Approaches for Public Engagement in Space

Abstracts due 29th February, 2012

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). Australian students should contact Naomi Mathers naomi.mathers@vssec.vic.edu.au

"I thought the ISEB program provided fantastic opportunities to get to know students from other countries that were sponsored by their various national space agencies. These students were some of the most animated, motivated, interesting and high-achieving students at the conference and I think the networking done with these people will be of utmost importance in the future when pursuing international partnerships between Australia and other space-active countries. Meeting them in an informal way, where there were no aims except to make friendships, was I believe invaluable.

There were two other main aspects that made the ISEB exceed my expectations. The first was the openness and friendliness of the ISEB member heads. You could see that they had a genuine rapport with the students they supported, and were there to engage with all the students, which I thought really made the whole program welcoming. The second aspect was that of interacting with the local South African community at the outreach activity on the final day of the conference. This whole morning really exceeding my expectations. I thought the activities were well structured, yet allowed the ISEB students an opportunity to share their own experiences with the school students, and that the general introduction by the ISEB heads in the morning was a really nice way to view some of the most influential people in these respective agencies as human. It was very inspiring for everyone involved!" Eloise Matheson, Australian participant

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). Australian teachers interested in participating in this program should contact Naomi Mathers naomi.mathers@vssec.vic.edu.au

Student Paper Competition: The Student Paper Competition is co-ordinated by the Space Education and Outreach Committee. Individual and team competitions are available. Undergraduate and graduate level students (no more than 28 years of age) present technical papers on any project in space sciences, industry or technology. For the individual competition (E2.1 and E2.2) the papers will represent the specific work of the author(s) (no more than two students). French, German, US, British and Canadian students submitting abstracts for the sessions E2.1 and E2.2 shall apply via the national coordinators. Australian students should submit their abstract via the normal abstract submission process and contact Naomi Mathers at VSSEC naomi.mathers@vssec.vic.edu.au. For the team competition (E2.3) the papers will represent the work of the authors (three or more students). Students presenting in this session will compete for the Hans von Muldau Team Award. The guidelines for the student competition will be distributed from the session chairs to the authors after abstract acceptance. 

Luigi G. Napolitano Award: The Luigi G. Napolitano Award is presented annually by the Space Education and Outreach Committee to a young scientist, below 30 years of age, who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the aerospace science and has given a paper at the International Astronautical Congress on the contribution. The Luigi G. Napolitano Award was donated by the Napolitano family and consists of the Napolitano commemorative medal and a certificate of citation.

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 2012 the theme is "Space Technologies Applied to the Needs of Humanity: Lessons Learnt from Cases in the Mediterranean Areas". The Workshop is open to the participants of the IAC. Funding is provided to support the participation of representatives from developing nations. To register your interest in attending this workshop, and to apply for sponsorship, please contact UNOOSA.

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.

Manfred Lachs Space Moot Court: The Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition is organised annually by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). The competition is based on a hypothetical space law dispute before the International Court of Justice. The problem is written by a Member of IISL upon invitation by the Organizing Committee of the Competition, alternating between the three regions (Asia Pacific, Europe and North America). Preliminary Regional Rounds are held each spring in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The winning teams from each Regional Round meet in the international final rounds, which are held in conjunction with the annual IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress. The Final Round is traditionally judged by three judges of the International Court of Justice. This unique feature makes the Manfred Lachs Moot Court one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the world. Visit the IISL website for more information.

$pace is Business Paper Competition: The Space Generation Advisory Council has announce its partnership with the IAF’s Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee (EIC) to organise and run the 2012 IAF-EIC/SGAC Emerging Commercial Space Paper Competition for Students and Young Professionals – $pace is Business! The winning entrant will be granted the opportunity to present their paper at the 2012 Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Naples, Italy. The prize will include up to $2000 USD to support travel fees to attend SGC and IAC (e.g., round-trip airfare, accommodation and registration fees for the SGC and IAC). Visit the competition website for more details and competition guidelines. Deadline for all submissions is July 15, 2012

Looking to the future, Australia has submitted a bid to host the 65th IAC in Adelaide in 2014. This will give Australia an opportunity to showcase its developing space policy, highlight the achievements of the Australian Space Research Program and form new international partnerships. The bid is supported by the entire Australian space community, including all five Australian IAF members. A summary of Adelaide’s bid to host the 65th IAC, including details of the city of Adelaide and introductory videos, are available at the bid website.