As stated in the IAA Bylaws paragraph 4.2.1, The President, as the Chief Executive Officer, shall serve as Chairperson of the Board. The President shall direct and supervise the general business, publications, scientific programs, finances and other activities of the Academy pursuant to the Statutes, Bylaws, established policies and decisions of the Academy or the Board. The President appoints members of Standing Committees, all Academy Commissions, Program Committees and Study Groups and their Chairpersons and other officers as appropriate, except for the Nominating Committee, in consultation with the respective Vice President or Section Chairperson and with the approval of the Board as required.
In the paragraph 4.6.1 The Scientific Activities Committee (SAC) shall assist the Vice President for Scientific Activities in the performance of his or her duties relating to the preparation and conduct of the Academy’s scientific research and other endeavors, including the management of the Academy Commissions, Program Committees and Study Groups, meetings and conferences, and international communications within the astronautical sciences. The Scientific Activities Committees reviews the work of Program Committees and the reports of Study Groups, and makes recommendations relating to these to the Board of Trustees. This Committee also recommends appointments of Chairpersons and members of Academy Commissions, Program Committees and Study Groups.
Creation – All IAA Study Groups listed in the official website are recognized as IAA study groups. In order to establish a Study Group the IAA need to receive from the appropriate commission and duly completed the “Proposal for Forming an IAA Study Group”, a list of proposed members with addresses, a scope and a schedule. When this information is received the Secretary General transmit to the SAC for decision at its next meeting. The Secretary General give a Study Group number and post the information on the web. All documents and detailed procedures are available at the Scientific Activity section.
Reporting – All reporting must be posted on the web via the IAA secretariat. If no progress reports provided by the commissions, the secretariat in February and September each year, will prepare a substitute report to update the various status charts in time for the next SAC meeting.
Approval of a Report – Approval of a report must be done according the following sequence:
1- Draft report submitted to the Commission,
2- Study Peer Review handled by the Commission,
3- Peer Reviewed report submitted to the SAC for approval
4- Report presented by SAC to the Board of Trustees for approval (one month needed)
5- The Secretary General give a written response on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
Publication – Publication of studies are the sole responsibility of the Academy and not the study group members. Copyright is given to the Academy. IAA Proprietary information must be incorporated on the back cover page.