IAA Structure

IAA Structure Overview
Independent non-governmental organization recognized by the United Nations in 1996

IAA membership consists of individuals who have distinguished themselves in one of the fields of astronautics or one of the branches of science of fundamental importance for the exploration of space. Election to the Academy is a recognition of an individual’s record of service and achievement, and members are leaders in space and aeronautical activities in their own countries. New members are elected by their peers in the Academy; full members are elected for life, while corresponding members are eligible for full membership after two years, but retire after five year. Membership brings with it the commitment to work with fellow members for the betterment of mankind through the application of the art and science of astronautics.

People in almost every profession contribute to the development of astronautics. Therefore, the IAA is arranged in four sections that are in charge of the membership. These four sections reflect the IAA major disciplines :

  • Basic Sciences,
  • Engineering Sciences,
  • Life Sciences and
  • Social Sciences.

The governing body of the Academy is the Board of Trustees, which includes the President, four Vice-Presidents, four section Chairs, four Trustees from each section, the Legal Counsel and the Secretary General.

The Board of Trustees meets two or three times yearly. A regular meeting of the full IAA is held every two years. Academicians are also invited to meet during IAA Regional Meetings.

Four Standing Committees are responsible for policy recommendations and guidance of operations in particular areas of IAA affairs. The Vice-Presidents are chairpersons of the IAA Standing Committees, i.e. :

  • the Scientific Activities Committee,
  • the Awards and Membership Committee,
  • the Publications & Communication Committee and
  • the Finance Committee.

The IAA Scientific Activities are managed as follows:

  • The Scientific Activities Committee (SAC) is in charge of the Scientific Activities. The SAC report to the Board of Trustees and coordinates and decides of the programs.
  • The Commissions report to the Scientific Activities Committee (SAC) and are in charge of coordinating all scientific activity including studies, symposia and conferences.
  • The Study Groups report to the Commissions and are groups of experts in charge of producing an Academy report within a timeframe of 3 years or less.
  • The Program Committees report to the Commissions and are groups of experts in charge of the symposia and conferences, either stand alone (8 to 10 symposia each year) or at IAC (15 symposia each year).
Board of Trustees
For the period: 2019-2021

President
Peter Jankowitsch, Austria
Vice-President Scientific Activities
Anatoly Perminov, Russia
Vice-President Awards & Membership
Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli, Greece
Vice-President Publications & Communication
Marius-Ioan Piso, Romania
Vice-President Finance
John Schumacher, USA

TRUSTEES SECTION 1, BASIC SCIENCES
Ralph L. McNutt, Jr. USA, Chairman
Athena Coustenis, France
Filippo Graziani, Italy
Rumi Nakamura, Japan
Antonio Viviani, Italy
Wang Jinnian, China
Lev Zelenyi, Russia

TRUSTEES SECTION 2, ENGINEERING SCIENCES
Bao Weimin, China, Chairman
James Chilton, USA
Junichiro Kawaguchi, Japan
Joseph Landon, USA
Nikolay Sevastianov, Russia
Kailasavadivoo Sivan, India

TRUSTEES SECTION 3, LIFE SCIENCES
Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, Romania, Chairman
Jeffrey Davis, USA
Du Jichen, China
Elena Fomina, Russia
Gerd Gruppe, Germany
Chiaki Mukai, Japan
Thais Russomano, Brazil

TRUSTEES SECTION 4, SOCIAL SCIENCES
Shigeki Kinai, Japan, Chairman
Jose R. Braga Coelho, Brazil
Daniel Neuenschwander, Switzerland
Efim Malitikov, Russia
Seidu Oneilo Mohammed, Nigeria
Yuriy Urlichich, Russia
Wu Meirong, China

Past President
Madhavan Nair, India
Ex-Officio
Jean-Michel Contant, France, Secretary General
Leslie Tennen, USA, Legal Counsel

Annual Report 2019

The IAA Annual Report for 2019 is available by clicking on the button below.

Regional Secretaries

The International Academy of Astronautics has currently more than 30 Regional Secretaries covering America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East and Australia. The list of Regional Secretaries is as follows:

America

Argentina             Fernandez-Brital Oscar
Brazil                    Russomano Thais
Colombia             Arevalo Yepes Ciro
Chile                     Gonzalez Raimundo
Mexico                 Camacho Sergio
USA                      Liepack Otfrid

Europe
Belarus                    Zolotoy Sergey
Czech Rep&Slov    Lala Petr
Finland                    Andem Maurice
France                     Contant Jean-Michel
Germany                 Kreuzberg Karlheinz
Greece                     Cassapoglou Vassilis
Italy                         Viviani Antonio
Poland                     Wolanski Piotr
Romania                 Piso Marius-Ioan
Russia                     Kuznetsov Vladimir
Slovenia                  Krmelj Milos
Switzerland            Balsiger Hans
Turkey                     Ince Nejat
Ukraine                   Degtyarev Alexander

Africa
Cameroon               Tomukum Chia
Nigeria                    Ajayi Baba Jide
South Africa           Mostert Sias
Tunisia                    Ben Ali Bouraoui

Asia
China                     (*)
India                      Prasad Malakapa YS
Japan                     Onoda Junjiro
Malaysia                Djojodihardjo Harijono
Thailand                Vibulsresth Suvit
Vietnam                 Pham Anh Tuan

Middle East
Syria                       Ibrahim Hussein

Australia
Australia                Dougherty Kerrie

(*) The IAA Studies Center located in Beijing, China, is performing the Regional Secretary tasks.

Scientific Activities Committee (SAC)

The Scientific Activities standing committee advises the President and the Board on policy matters pertaining to the scientific purposes of the Academy. The Vice President Scientific Activities, Chair of the committee, prepare a plan of scientific activities, in accordance with the recommendations of the Academy Commissions and approval of the Board. This Vice President is charged with the direction of scientific activities, including Academy Commissions, Program Committees, and Study Groups, scientific meetings, and conferences.

The composition of the Scientific Activities Committee is as follows:

Membership term October 2019 – October 2021

Chairman
Perminov Anatoly, Russia, M 4
Vice-Chair Studies

Viviani Antonio, Italy, M 1
Vice-Chair Conferences and Symposia
Graziani Filippo, Italy, M 2
Secretary
Contant Jean-Michel, France, M 4

Ex Officio Trustees
Bao Weimin, China, M2
Jankowitsch Peter, Austria, M4
Kourtidou-Papadeli Chrysoula, Greece, M3
McNutt Ralph, USA, M1
Piso Marius-Ioan, Romania, M4
Prunariu Dumitru-Dorin, Romania, M3
Schumacher John D., USA, M2

Ex-Officio Commission Chairs

Lopes Rosaly, USA, M1
Deng Yulin, China, M3
Genta Giancarlo, Italy, M2
Laufer Rene, USA, M2
Duvaux-Bechon Isabelle, France, M4
Liepack Otfried, USA, M2

Trustees Members
Braga-Coelho Jose, Brazil, M4
Coustenis Athena, France, M1
Davis Jeffrey, USA, M3
Fomina Elena, USA, M3
Kawaguchi Junichiro, Japan, M2
Nair Madhavan, India, M2
Russomano Thais, Brazil, M3
Sevastianov Nikolay, Russia, M2
Tennen Leslie, USA, M4
Wu Meirong, China, M4
Zelenyi Lev, Russia, M1

IAA Awards & Membership Committee

The Awards and Membership Standing Committee advises the President and the Board on policy matters pertaining to awards and honors and to membership issues of the Academy. The Vice President Awards and Membership, chair of the committee, is charged with the development of policies and procedures for conferring honors and awards on Members, and is responsible to the Board for the preparation of lists for election of candidates as Members and Corresponding Members, in accordance with the policies set forth in the Statutes and Bylaws and elaborated by the Board from time to time.

 

The composition of the Awards & Membership Standing Committee is as follows:

Membership term October 2019 – October 2021

Chair
Kourtidou-Papadeli Chrysoula, Greece, M 3
Vice-Chair
Prunariu Dorin, Romania, M 3
Secretary
Contant Jean-Michel, France, M 4

Ex Officio Trustees
Jankowitsch Peter, Austria, M 4
Perminov Anatoly, Russia, M 4
Piso Marius-Ioan, Romania, M 4
Schumacher John, USA, M 2

Trustees
Bao Weimin, China, M 2
Chilton James, USA, M 2
Davis Jeffrey, USA, M 3
Di Pippo Simonetta, Italy, M 2
Fomina Elena, Russia, M 3
Graziani Filippo, Italy, M 2
Gruppe Gerd, Germany, M 3
Kawaguchi Junichiro, Japan, M 2
Kinai Shigeki, Japan, M 4
Landon Joseph, USA, M 2
Malitikov Efim, Russia, M 4
McNutt Jr Ralph, USA, M 1
Mohammed Seidu Oneilo, Nigeria, M 4
Mukai Chiaki, Japan, M 3
Nair Madhavan, India, M 2
Nakamura Rumi, Japan, M 1
Neuenschwander Danie,l Switzerland, M 4
Russomano Thais, Brazil, M 3
Tennen Leslie, USA, M 4
Urlichich Yuriy, Russia, M 4
Viviani Antonio, Italy, M 2
Wu Meirong, China, M 4
Zelenyi Lev, Russia, M 1

Members
Balsiger Hans, Switzerland, M 1
Kuznetsov Vladimir, Russia, M 1
Liepack Otfrid, USA, M 4
Matsuo Hiroki, Japan, M 2
Sandau Rainer, Germany, M 2

IAA Publications & Communication Committee

The Publications and Communication standing committee advises the President and the Board on policy matters pertaining to scientific publications and communications of the Academy. The Vice President Publications and Communications, Chair of the committee, is charged with the direction of the publications of the Academy including: Acta Astronautica and other journals, books, magazines, proceedings, and other scientific or technological papers. This Vice President cooperate with the other Vice Presidents in order to coordinate the publications related to Academy scientific meetings, encourage contributions from the membership to the Academy’s publications, and assure that high professional standards are maintained.

The composition of the Publications and Communication Committee is as follows:

Membership term October 2019 – October 2021

Chairman
Piso Marius-Ioan, Romania, M 4
Vice-Chair
McNutt Ralph, USA, M 1
Secretary
Contant Jean-Michel, France, M 4

Ex Officio Trustees
Jankowitsch Peter, Austria, M 4
Kourtidou-Papadeli Chrysoula, Greece, M 3
Perminov Anatoly, Russia, M 4
Schumacher John D., USA, M 2

Trustees
Bao Weimin, China, M 2
Braga Coelho Jose, Brazil, M 4
Fomina Elena, Russia, M 3
Graziani Filippo, Italy, M 1
Kawaguchi Junichiro, Japan, M 2
Kinai Shigeki, Japan, M 4
Nair Madhavan G, India, M 2
Prunariu Dumitru-Dorin, Romania, M 3
Russomano Thais, Brazil, M 3
Tennen Leslie, USA, M 4
Viviani Antonio, Italy, M 1

Members
Chern Jeng-Shing, Canada, M 2
Marec Jean-Pierre, France, M 2
Matsuo Hiroki, Japan, M 2

IAA Finance Committee

The Finance standing committee advises the President and the Board on policy matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the Academy. The Vice President Finance, Chair of the committee, is charged with the direction of the financial activities of the Academy as authorized by the President and shall be responsible to the President. This Vice President assure that all monies received for the use or support of the Academy and its functions, whether from operations, publications, donations or any source whatsoever, be deposited in a special account or accounts for the use of the Academy only, and by such persons as the President may designate.

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