Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is the world’s leading space advocacy body with 397 members in 69 countries, including all leading space agencies, industries, research institutions, universities, societies, associations, institutes and museums worldwide.
Following its motto “Connecting @ll Space People” and its vision of “A space-faring world cooperating for the benefit of humanity”, the Federation advances knowledge about space, supporting the development and application of space assets by promoting global cooperation.
As organizer of the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) – world’s premier global space event – and other thematic events, the IAF actively encourages the development of space activities for peaceful purposes and supports the dissemination of scientific and technical information related to space.
Since its first edition in 1950, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) has been THE place for all space people to come together and discuss about the latest developments in space. In these challenging times, when physical meetings are near-impossible, the Federation, more than ever, is determined to play its unifying role for the space community. And this is why we have decided to organize the 71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020, as a Cyberspace Edition and to offer it without registration fee, free of charge. New communities and stakeholders that would normally not have the means to physically travel to an IAC will be offered the unique opportunity to be part of this world’s premier space gathering.
In this spirit, the theme of the IAC 2020 – The CyberSpace Edition is “IAF Connecting @ll Space People": virtually and for free, we will embrace resilience by being connected together.
The IAC 2020 – The CyberSpace Edition encompasses most of the traditional IAC features compatible with a virtual format, including Plenaries, Highlight Lectures, the IAF Global Networking Forum Programme, Technical Programme including Special Sessions, Press Conferences and Networking Sessions.