IAA Academy Days

IAA Academy Day - Overview

In conjunction with large conference or not, the International Academy of Astronautics  is organizing regularly a single day program named Academy Day. These events may be in cooperation with National Academies and may include lunch and dinner. When the program is established, registration is available on the IAA online shop.

IAA Academy Day - COSPAR

International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)

Academy Day Draft Program

Athens, Greece

Saturday 16 July 2022 09:30 – 18:00

on the occasion of the 44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly

Program Organizers: Ralph L. McNutt, Jr., Chair, Trustee Section 1, Basic Sciences, Athena Coustenis, Trustee Section 1, Basic Sciences, Rosaly M. C. Lopes, Chair Commission 1, Space Physical Sciences

09.00 (45 minutes) Welcome Addresses from organizers, IAA and COSPAR

09.45 (30 minutes) Parker Solar Probe (Laurels for Team Achievements Award 2021), Nour Raouafi, Project Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USA

10.15 (30 minutes) Solar Orbiter, Daniel Müller, Project Scientist, European Space Agency, ESTEC, The Netherlands

10.45 (15 minutes) Coffee Break

11.00 (30 minutes) Mars recent space activities I: NASA/Opportunity & Perseverance & MSR, Michael Meyer, NASA Lead Scientist, Mars Exploration Program

11:30 (30 minutes) Mars recent space activities II: ESA Exploration activities, D. Parker , ESA Director, Human and Robotic Exploration (TBC)

12:00 (30 minutes) Mars recent space activities III: China, Chi Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences (TBC)

12:30 (30 minutes) Greek space agency activities, I. Daglis, President, Hellenic Space Center

12.50 (1hr10) Lunch

14.00 (30 minutes) Mission to the Jupiter System : Juno, S. Bolton, SWRI, USA

14:30 (30 minutes) Interstellar Probe as an International Initiative, Stas Barabash, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden

15.00 (30 minutes) Planetary Protection: Athena Coustenis & Niklas Hedman, Cospar Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)

15:30 (20 minutes) Coffee Break

15.50 (30 minutes) Space Debris: Issues and Concerns, Carmen Pardini, COSPAR Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS) Co-Chair

16:20 (20 mns) Space Law : D. Avgerinopoulou, Chair, Special Permanent Committee of Environmental Protection of the Parliament

16.40 (20 minutes) Moon Farside Protection, Claudio Maccone, Chair, IAA Permanent Committee on Moon Farside Protection

16:55 (15 mns) International Venus coordination activities, Adriana Ocampo, NASA HQ

17:10 (30 minutes) Measuring with Shadows and Water Traces from Antiquity to the Present, Christos S. Zerefos, Secretary General, Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece; Climate Envoy for Greece

17:40 (25 minutes) Wrap up and End of Session, Rosaly M. C. Lopes, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA

18:00 Adjourn

19:30 IAA Awards Gala Dinner


IAA Scientific lectures venue: Academy of Athens,’Eastern Hall’ [Anatoliki Aithousa], 28 Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue, Athens 10679.

IAA Awards Gala Dinner venue: The Athens Capital Hotel – MGallery, 4 Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue and 2 Kriezotou Street, Syntagma Square, 105 64 Athens.


IAA Academy Day - IAC

Academy Day
International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)

Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC)
Dubai, UAE
Sheikh Maktoum A Room

Sunday 24 October 2021

Tentative Program

13h00 Opening of the Academy Day, John Schumacher, IAA President,

13h15 31st IAA Regular Meeting (restricted access) and Induction of the 2021-2023 Board of Trustees

14h15 End of Restricted Meeting

14h20 Indian Space Programs and future plans, Kailasavadivoo Sivan, Chairman ISRO, and IAA Vice-President, India

15h20 Antares Program, Laurels for Team Achievements 2021, Dan Van Hulle, Program Product Manager, Northrop Grumman, USA, and Oleg Ventskovsky, Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Ukraine

16h00 Romanian Space Programs and Overview of the Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure study and conferences, Marius-Ioan Piso, President & CEO, Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) and IAA Vice President, Romania

17h00 End of Session

18h30 Cocktails (in advance registration) Dubai, UAE

19h00 Induction Ceremonies for Newly Elected IAA Academicians (in advance registration) Dubai, UAE

20h00 Awards Gala Dinner (in advance registration) Dubai, UAE

22h30 End

IAA Academy Day - USA

An Academy Day in USA is planned in 2022. Detailed information will be announced later.

IAA Academy Day - China

The 2021 IAA Academy Day was Held in Beijing on November 30, 2021.

On November 30, 2021, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Academy Day was successfully held in Beijing in hybrid form. More than one hundred academicians and experts from government ministries, academies, science associations, universities, space organizations, institutions, commercial companies such as Ministry of Emergency Management, National Satellite Ocean Application Service, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China Aerospace Science And Technology Corporation (CASC), China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA), Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), HIWING Technology Academy, Peking University, Beihang University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology have attended the event. Former IAA Vice President Liu Jiyuan, Chair of IAA Engineering Sciences Section Bao Weimin, Director of China Center for Aerospace Science and Technology International Communication Yu Miao and six newly-elected Academicians attended the event onsite.

The Academy Day was hosted by Wang Yiran, the head of the IAA Studies Center and the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA). Mr. Wang firstly introduced the work of the IAA Studies Center in promoting academician exchanges and serving IAA academicians in 2021.

Former IAA President Dr. Peter Jankowitsch, Prof. Liu Jiyuan and Prof. Bao Weimin delivered welcome speeches for the event. Dr. Jankowitsch congratulated the convening of this Academy Day and called for more academicians to propose and participate in the scientific activities of IAA to jointly promote the progress of space technology. He hoped that new ceremonies would be held in the near future. Prof. Liu Jiyuan pointed out that the IAA study groups are based on the frontier subjects which opens up a channel for international cooperation in the field of astronautics. Prof. Bao Weimin hopes that more Chinese academicians can participate in IAA activities, strengthen the development of IAA, promote the application of space technology, and foster international cooperation in space and related fields.

Academician Rong Yi, Chief Engineer of China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), delivered a report on the transportation system of human Mars exploration missions. Academician Lin Mingsen, Director of National Satellite Ocean Application Service, delivered a report on the development and application of Chinese ocean satellites. Academician Cui Pingyuan, Professor of Beijing Institute of Technology, delivered a report on strategy of collision protection from asteroid and comet. Professor Zhang Jingfa, Researcher of National Institute of Natural Hazards, delivered a virtual report on space information application in earthquake emergency response.

Prof. Liu Jiyuan and Prof. Bao Weimin jointly awarded certificates to the newly-elected IAA Academicians of 2020 and 2021:
Chen Xiaoqian, M2, 2020, Wang Qiao, M4, 2020,Cui Pingyuan, CM2, 2020, Rong Yi, CM2, 2020, Lin Mingsen, CM4, 2021, Shi Xinxing, CM4, 2021

The IAA Studies Center is one of the three major branches of IAA. Since its establishment in 2010, the Studies Center has been supporting the scientific and publication work of IAA and serving the Chinese members to fulfill their obligations. The IAA Academy Day held by the Studies Center has become the most important communication platform for all IAA Chinese academicians every year.

IAA Academy Day - Europe

An Academy Day in Europe is planned in 2022. Detailed information will be announced later.