Activities

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

  • April 1, 2022
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Online Monday 21 March 2022 Registration Deadline 17 March 14h00-16h00 Commission 5 Chair Gabriella Arrigo (Italy) 17h00-19h00 Commission 1 Chair Rosaly Lopes (USA) Tuesday 22 March 2022 Registration Deadline 17 March 14h00-16h00 Commission 4 Chair Rene Laufer (Germany) 17h00-19h00 Commission 3 Chair Giancarlo Genta (Italy) Wednesday 23 March 2022 Registration Deadline 17 March 14h00-16h00 Commission 2 Chair Deng Yulin (China) 17h00-19h00 Commission 6 Chair Otfrid Liepack (USA) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hybrid (Online & Face-to-Face) Monday 28 March 2022 Registration Deadline 21 March 09h30-11h00 IAA Space Debris Committee Chair Christophe Bonnal (by invitation only) New CAP Conference center IAA Office, 6 rue Galilee, 75116 Paris, France Monday 28 March 2022 Registration Deadline 17 March 14h00-16h00 IAA Scientific Activities Committee (SAC) meeting Chair Marius-Ioan Piso (by invitation only) 16h00-17h00 IAA Publication & Communication Committee Chair K. Sivan (by invitation only) 19h00-23h00 IAA Gala Dinner (in advance registration required) Tuesday 29 March 2022 Registration Deadline 17 March 9h00-12h00 Awards & Membership Committee meeting Chair Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli (by invitation only) 14h00-17h00 Board of Trustees meeting Chair John Schumacher (by invitation only) 17h30-18h30 IAA Study Group 6.17 Multicultural foundations & influences of human space exploration Chair Jacques Arnould Wednesday 30 March 2022 14h00-16h00 IAA Moon Farside meeting Chair Claudio Maccone Thursday 31 March 2022 11h00-12h00 IAA Space Solar Power Committee meeting Chair John Mankins 13h00-15h00 IAA History Committee Chair Otfried Liepack

  • March 10, 2022
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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.

  • July 15, 2021
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Monday 11 October 2021 14h-16h (Paris) Commission 5 (online meeting) 17h-19h (Paris) Commission 1 (online meeting) Tuesday 12 October 2021 14h-16h (Paris) Commission 4 (online meeting) 17h-19h (Paris) Commission 6 (online meeting) Wednesday 13 October 2021 14h-16h (Paris) Commission 2 (online meeting) Thursday 14 October 2021 16h00-17h00 (Paris) Acta Astronautica IAA Journal Editorial Board (online meeting by invitation only) Monday 18 October 2021 14h00-16h00 (Paris) Commission 3 (online meeting) Sunday 24 October 2021, Dubai, UAE 09h00-10h30 Space Debris Cttee  Room AL Ain K 13h00-16h00 IAA Academy Day Dubai 18h30-22h00 IAA Dinner (in advance registration only) Tuesday 26 October 2021, Dubai, UAE 13h00-14h00 Small Satellite Cttee   Room AL Ain C 17h00-19h00 SG 6.17 Multicultural foundations and influences of human space exploration   Room Ajman A 17h30-19h00 SG 4.21 Distributed, Networked, Smart, Cooperating Small Satellite Formations   Room Al Ain C Wednesday 27 October 2021, Dubai, UAE 13h00-16h00 SETI Cttee    Room Fujairah A + virtual Thursday 28 October 2021 12h00-14h00 History Cttee meeting    Room Hatta H + virtual

  • February 25, 2021
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A Focus Group Discussion Meeting on the Future of STEAM for Space took place at MIT, Cambridge on October 28, 2019. The focus group meeting was organized and chaired under the auspices of the International Academy of Astronautics by Prof. Dr. Liya Regel (Chair, IAA Study Group “STEAM for Space”) with the essential help of the office of Prof. Dr. Wesley Harris (NAE, IAA), AeroAstro Department at MIT. The Focus Group meeting brought together the fresh eyes of representatives from different organizations and countries. It showed the way to create novel approaches to advance STEAM for Space, and to make important steps in recognizing the importance of STEAM for education in general. Participants and guests received a special invitation for the one-day meeting, including a campus and lab tour, impressive poster presentations on research by MIT AeroAstro Department graduate students, and more.
  • October 28, 2019
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Newly elected members received their certificate during the IAA Academy Day on October 20, 2019 in Washington DC, USA.

  • October 20, 2019
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IAA Board of Trustees 2019-2021 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.

  • October 20, 2019
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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.

  • August 11, 2019
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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.

  • March 25, 2019
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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.

  • July 14, 2018
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