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 09:00 – 18:00

on the occasion of the 44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly

Registration open to all participants available at:

Location: Academy of Athens (Main Hall), 28 Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue, Athens 10679

Program Chairs:
Ralph L. McNutt, Jr., Chair, Trustee Section 1, Basic Sciences
Athena Coustenis, Trustee Section 1, Basic Sciences

Program Organizer:
Rosaly M. C. Lopes, Chair Commission 1, Space Physical Sciences

Chair: Ralph McNutt
09.00 (30 minutes) Welcome Addresses from organisers, IAA and COSPAR
09.30 (30 minutes) Parker Solar Probe (Laurels for Team Achievements Award 2021), Nour Raouafi, Project Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USA
10.00 (30 minutes) Solar Orbiter, Daniel Müller, Project Scientist, European Space Agency, ESTEC, The Netherlands (remotely)
10.30 (15 minutes) Coffee Break

Chair: Rosaly Lopes
10.45 (25 minutes) Mars recent space activities I: NASA/Opportunity & Perseverance & MSR, Michael Meyer, NASA Lead Scientist, Mars Exploration
11:10 (25 minutes) Mars recent space activities III: China, Chi Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Remotely)
11:35 (25 minutes) Mars recent space activities IV: UAE space agency, Omar Al Shehhi, Hope Mission Lead for integration and testing
12:00 (25 minutes) ESA Science activities, Luigi Colangeli, ESA Programme Advisor, Directorate of Science
12:25 (25 minutes) Greek space agency activities, Ioannis Daglis, President,Hellenic Space Center

12.50 (1hr10) Lunch will be catered on the premices

14.00 (30 minutes) Mission to the Jupiter System : Juno, Scott Bolton, SWRI, USA
14:30 (30 minutes) Interstellar Probe as an International Initiative, Stas Barabash, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden
15.00 (25 minutes) Planetary Protection: Athena Coustenis, Cospar Panel on Planetary Protection Chair

15:25 (15 minutes) Coffee Break

Chair: Athena Coustenis
15:40 (25 mns) Space Debris: Issues and Concerns, Carmen Pardini, COSPAR Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS) Co-Chair
16.05 (25 minutes) Space Law : Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou, Chair, Special Permanent Committee of Environmental Protection of the Parliament
16.30 (20 minutes) Moon Farside Protection, Claudio Maccone, Chair, IAA Permanent Committee on Moon Farside Protection
16:50 (30 minutes) Measuring with Shadows and Water Traces from Antiquity to the Present, Christos S. Zerefos, Secretary General, Academy of Athens, Greece; Climate Envoy for Greece
17:20 (15 minutes) Wrap up and End of Session, Rosaly M. C. Lopes, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA

17:35 Adjourn

19:00 Meet in front of the Academy of Athens for transfer by buses to the IAA Awards Gala Dinner venue: St George Lycabettus – Le Grand Balcon

19:30-22:00 : IAA Awards Gala Dinner and then bus transfer back to the center of Athens


IAA Academy Day - IAC

Academy Day
International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)

Baku, Azerbaijan

Sunday 1st October 2023

Program TBD

IAA Academy Day - USA

An Academy Day in USA is planned in 2023. Detailed information will be announced later.

IAA Academy Day - China

IAA Academy Day in China TBD in 2023.

IAA Academy Day - Europe

An Academy Day in Europe is planned in 2023.

Detailed information will be announced later.