We have learned of some very troubling news that we thought important to share with you. Two of our distinguished Trustees, Dr. Wang Jinnian and Dr. Wu Meirong, were assaulted, sustained injuries, and are currently in the hospital recovering from their injuries. Several media reports indicate that our colleagues were assaulted because they told their assailant that they would not support his becoming a member of our Academy. We have conveyed to Dr. Wang and Dr. Wu the Academy’s great sadness regarding their injuries, our best wishes for their speedy and full recovery, and our profound respect for their personal efforts to safeguard the integrity and stature of the International Academy of Astronautics. We are reminded that the International Academy of Astronautics is an independent, nongovernmental organization that is based in Paris, France and brings together the world’s foremost, eminent experts in Astronautics for the good of humanity. The Academy has members from 90 nations. It is an organization that fosters international cooperation and understanding. We deeply respect and value each of our Members. We find appalling and totally contradictory to the fundamental principles of the Academy any act of violence or intimidation directed toward any member of the Academy, in particular when it is related to their service as a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. 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 all full members of the Academy using a confidential peer review and voting process. Membership brings with it the commitment to work with fellow members for the betterment of humankind through the application of the art and science of astronautics.
IAA October meetings schedule (Updated 15 July 2021). Monday 11 October 2021 14h-16h (Paris time zone) Commission 5 (online meeting) 17h-19h (Paris time zone) Commission 1 (online meeting) Tuesday 12 October 2021 14h-16h (Paris time zone) Commission 4 (online meeting) 17h-19h (Paris time zone) Commission 3 (online meeting) Wednesday 13 October 2021 14h-16h (Paris time zone) Commission 2 (online meeting) 17h-19h (Paris time zone) Commission 6 (online meeting) Thursday 14 October 2021 14h00-15h00 (Paris time zone) IAA Publication & Communication Committee meeting (online meeting by invitation only) 16h00-17h00 (Paris time zone) Acta Astronautica IAA Journal Editorial Board (online meeting by invitation only) Monday 18 October 2021 17h00-19h00 (Paris time zone) IAA Scientific Activities Committee (SAC) meeting (online meeting by invitation only) Tuesday 19 October 2021 14h00-15h00 (Paris time zone) 31st Session Regular General Meeting (online meeting, Academicians only) Sunday 24 October 2021, Dubai, UAE 09h00-16h00 (Dubai time zone) IAA Academy Day (On line and face-to-face meeting)
The new Board of Trustees of the IAA on October 20, 2019 in Washington DC, USA.
Photo: from left to the right: Jean-Michel Contant, France, Daniel Neuenschwander, Switzerland, John Schumacher USA, James Chilton, USA, Antonio Viviani, Italy, Jeffrey Davis, USA, Ralph McNutt, Jr. USA, Jose R. Braga Coelho, Brazil, Wu Meirong, China, Marius-Ioan Piso, Romania, Shigeki Kinai, Japan, Peter Jankowitsch, Austria, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, Romania, Joseph Landon, USA, Elena Fomina, Russia and Francisco Mendieta-Jimenez, Mexico.
Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman ISRO, with a large delegation during the ceremony of inauguration of the IAA subsidiary office in Bangalore, India in August 2019. This branch is devoted to support the Paris headquarters office for the management of the yearly 30 IAA standalone conferences.
IAA spring meetings were held on March 25-28, 2019 in Paris, France. For more detailed information on IAA spring meetings, please see the IAA past list of events. New members were inducted on Tuesday 26 March 2019 during the IAA Award Dinner.
Photo: Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso, IAA Trustee Section 4 Chair, Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary-General, Mr. Federico Casal, new IAA Honorary Member, Dr. Peter Jankowitsch, IAA President, Prof. Anatoly Perminov, IAA Vice-President Scientific Activities, and Dr. Hiroki Matsuo, IAA Vice-President Finance, during the IAA Award Ceremony Dinner, March 26, 2019, Paris, France.
IAA Academy Day took place on July 14, 2018 in Pasadena, California, USA at the occasion of the COSPAR Congress. Scientific program of the Academy Day is available. Speakers were Ralph L. McNutt. Jr., Rainer Sandau, Karl-Heinz Glassmeier, Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Guenther Reitz, Robert T. Pappalardo, Claire Vallat, Claudio Maccone, Bernard Foing and Arthur M. Dula. The Pasadena Academy Day was followed by an IAA Awards Dinner & Induction Ceremony for newly elected members.
IAA Spring meetings were held on March 26-27, 2018 in Paris, France at IAA Office building. Academicians were invited to attend Study Group meetings and Commission meetings. Detailed program with the list of all meetings (Standing Committees and Permanent Committees) is available. An IAA Awards Dinner with an Induction Ceremony for newly elected members was scheduled on March 26, 2018.
An IAA Regional Meeting was held on December 5, 2017 in Roma, Italy. Secretary General Dr. Jean-Michel Contant gave the opening speech followed by an introduction by Regional Secretary Prof. Antonio Viviani and a lecture “This star as a tail, which makes it very beautiful... The Rosetta mission” by Academician Prof. Amalia Ercoli Finzi. Meeting participants gathered in a gala dinner with an induction of newly elected members: Prof. Mohamed Argoun, full Member for Section 1 on Basic Sciences, Prof. Paolo Gaudenzi, corresponding member for Section 2 on Engineering Sciences, Prof. Giampiero Naletto, corresponding member for Section 1 on Basic Sciences, and Dr. Chantal Cappelletti, full Member for Section 2 on Engineering Sciences.
Photo: Prof. Mohamed Argoun, Prof. Paolo Gaudenzi, Prof. Giampiero Naletto, Prof. Amalia Ercoli Finzi, Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, Dr. Chantal Cappelletti, and Prof. Antonio Viviani.