Activities

The IAA Board of Trustees held its 125th meeting in Paris, France on March 28, 2023 at the IAA Headquarters. Photo: Athena Coustenis (France), Elena Fomina (Russia), John Schumacher (USA), Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli (Greece), Ralph McNutt (USA), Jean-Michel Contant (France), Marius-Ioan Piso (Romania), Shigeki Kinai (Japan), Olivier Contant (France), Miguel Bello-Mora (Spain), Lev Zelenyi (Russia) and Junichiro Kawaguchi (Japan).

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IAA Newly Elected Corresponding Members and Full Members together with IAA Section 1 Book Award recipient received their certificates on Monday 27 March 2023 in Paris, France during the IAA Award Dinner ceremony. Photo: IAA Vice-President Finance Shigeki Kinai (Japan), IAA President John Schumacher (USA), IAA Member Section 2 Paolo Gaudenzi (italy), IAA Vice-President Awards & Membership Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli (Greece), IAA Vice-President Scientific Activities Marius-Ioan Piso (Romania), IAA Member Section 4 Takashi Maemura (Japan), IAA Section 1 Chair Ralph McNutt (USA), IAA Book Award Section 1 Claudio Maccone (Italy), IAA Corresponding Member Section 2 Tiago Rebelo (Portugal), IAA Member Section 2 Vesselin Vassilev (Bulgaria), IAA Corresponding Member Section 2 Elcio Jeronimo de Oliveira (Brazil), IAA Corresponding Member Section 2 Valery Aksamentov (USA), IAA Corresponding Member Section 2 Jean-Marie Betermier (France) and IAA Secretary General Jean-Michel Contant (France).

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IAA meetings schedule is available:  please visit Events / IAA meetings / Spring meetings Online and hybrid meetings to be held at IAA Headquarters

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Upon invitation of the European Space Agency, the International Academy of Astronautics celebrated the 2022 Laurels for Team Achievement to the Ariane 5 Team Europe for James Webb Space Telescope Launch on 27 January 2023. The IAA Vice-President Scientific Activities Marius-Ioan Piso was present with the Trustee Engineering Sciences Daniel Neuenschwander, Director of Space Transportation at ESA. Photo: Ariane 5 Team Europe team members, group picture.

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Upon invitation of the Johns Hopkins University, APL, the International Academy of Astronautics celebrated the 2021 Laurels for Team Achievement to the Parker Solar Probe Team on Wednesday 25 January 2023. The IAA President John Schumacher and the Secretary General Jean-Michel Contant were present with the Trustee Chairman of the Basic Sciences Section, Ralph L. McNutt, Jr, to recognize and congratulate the Principal Science Team members, the Core Spacecraft Team and the NASA Team. Photo: Parker Solar Probe science team members, group picture.

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6 rue Galilee, IAA Office, Aeroclub de France building, Paris, France 09h30  Opening of the Academy Day, John Schumacher, IAA President, M2 09h40  Space Policy between Science and International Affairs, Flaminio Cianci, CM4 10h05  IAA Study 6.17 Multicultural foundations and influences of human space exploration, Jacques Arnould, M4, Louis Laidet, M2, Scott Madry, CM4 10h30  Moon Farside Protection, Claudio Maccone, M1, Nicolo Antonietti, CM1 11h00  Presentation of the speaker, Serge Flamenbaum, M2 11h05  The European Science Foundation (ESSC) organisation and mission, Emmanouil Detsis, Executive Scientific Secretary 11h15 Questions and discussions 11h35 UNISEC presentation, Rei Kawashima, M4 11h45 MOU signature IAA-UNISEC 12h00 Lunch (upon registration) 13H30 "60 Years of France in Space: Impact of French Space Policy" Presentation of the speakers, Oti Liepack, M4, and Louis Laidet, M2 13h35  Introduction, Lionel Suchet, M3 13h40  Access to space, Jean-Marc Astorg, M2 14h05  Space applications and Sciences, Gérard Brachet, M4 14h35  France in the European space program, Jean-Jacques Dordain, M2 15h05  Summary and short outlook, Philippe Baptiste, President of CNES 15h15  "Should humans go to Mars?”, Bo Andersen, M1, Researcher at Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, former Director General Norwegian Space Agency 15h45  Presentation of the Team, Daniel Neuenschwander, M2, Director of Space Transportation, ESA Laurels for Team Achievements 2022: Ariane 5 Team Europe for JWST Launch (Telescope to the Lagrange Point), ESA: Daniel deChambure; CNES: Marie-Anne Clair, M4; Arianespace: Beatriz Romero; ArianeGroup: Olivier Ricouart 16h15  Questions and discussion 16h30 End of Session 18h30  Cocktails (in advance registration) 19h00 Induction Ceremonies for Newly Elected IAA Academicians (in advance registration) 20h00  Awards Gala Dinner (in advance registration) 22h30  End

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On the occasion of the Academy Day Athens held on July 16, 2022, the IAA 2021 Laurels for Team Achievement was presented to the team of scientists from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, first mission into the solar corona “to touch the Sun.” Photo: (From left) Marius-Ioan Piso, IAA vice president for scientific activities; Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli, IAA vice president for awards and membership; Nour Raouafi, Parker Solar Probe project scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL); Ralph McNutt, Parker Solar Probe science team member, APL; Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate; Adam Szabo, Parker Solar Probe mission scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and John Schumacher, IAA president.

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The Academy Day Athens took place on July 16, 2022 on the occasion of the COSPAR Scientific Assembly. Many participants from all over the world gathered during this event with scientific lectures, lunch and gala dinner. Scientific program was organized by Ralph L. McNutt, Jr., Chair, Trustee Section 1, Basic Sciences, Athena Coustenis, Trustee Section 1, Basic Sciences and Rosaly M. C. Lopes, Chair Commission 1, Space Physical Science. IAA President John Schumacher, Vice-President Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli and Vice-President Marius-Ioan Piso attended the event and gave IAA certificates to newly elected members during the award honor gala dinner. IAA Laurels for team achievement award were also given on this occasion. Photo: Group picture of the participants in front of the Athens Academy of Sciences.

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The International Academy of Astronautics is an independent, nongovernmental organization that brings together the world’s foremost, eminent experts in space-related disciplines for the good of humanity. It is an organization that fosters international cooperation and understanding. The Academy is deeply concerned on the evolution of the conflict involving Russia against Ukraine. Both nations have strong presence in the Academy by their distinguished scientists, engineers and space leaders.  IAA is an organization that deeply respects and values each of our Members. As always we stand in support of any of our colleagues in difficulty and we have a special thought for our Ukrainian colleagues, their families and their communities. Given the continuation of the conflict we have suspended IAA meetings, symposia and conferences in Russia and, due to obvious security reasons, in Ukraine. Our Academy will continue to work collaboratively on its important activities with participation and collaboration among Academicians from across the globe, and as always, we will ensure all of our activities are conducted with the highest ethical standards. The work of our Academy is more important today than ever. We continue our work for the betterment of humanity as we look forward to the immediate restoration of peace. John Schumacher President, International Academy of Astronautics

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