16th Space Generation Congress

Practical Information


To assist with your planning and participation, this page contains useful information about the 2017 Space Generation Congress (SGC). Here you'll find out what you need to know about SGC 2017, how to connect with other delegates, and important information about the cultural city of Adelaide. More information will be posted here as we get closer to the Congress and a delegate book outlining the information below in more depth will be sent to the registered participants.

Your Arrival in Adelaide

You should aim to arrive in Adelaide on Wednesday, 20 September (unless advised otherwise by the organizers), as we will be having an optional informal dinner and networking opportunity (not included in the the delegate ticket) to welcome all our delegates and staff to the Congress, prior to the official opening of the 16th SGC on Thursday, 21 September. Please confirm with our delegates team if you are planning to attend the optional dinner by registering here.


Travel Logistics


Anyone travelling to Australia needs a visa, regardless of whether you’re travelling for tourism, for a year out or for a new life as a permanent migrant. Fortunately, the Australian visa system is one of the world’s most advanced, and they have a number of well-established visa application pathways. You can find more information here.

Transport to and from the Airport

Adelaide Airport is located within very short driving distance to the University of Adelaide. Once you’ve landed, there are several possible ways of getting to the SGC 2017 Venue. The airport website has useful information on options for transportation by bus.

Uber operates throughout the metropolitan area of Adelaide. An Uber Black will cost approximately A$35-40 for a 15-minute drive.

Taxis are also available at the airport.

To coordinate ride shares with fellow delegates, please use this spreadsheet.


What to Bring

Here are some items that you should consider bringing with you to SGC 2017:

  • A valid passport and visa are required for entrance into Australia. For more information, we recommend that you visit the website of your national office of tourism or travel, as requirements may differ by country. Please allow yourself sufficient lead time to obtain these documents.
  • A laptop or tablet computer, as you will be working on a presentation with your Working Groups.

  • Weather appropriate clothing, as afternoons in Adelaide are often temperate, but nights can be cold. The local historical average high is 20°C and average low is 9°C.

  • Business cards to exchange with fellow delegates, young professionals and industry leaders.

  • Provisions necessary to use your mobile device, which can include a local sim-card for unlocked devices or activation of a travel plan with your current carrier.

  • Electrical adapter to operate your electronic devices on Australia’s Type I outlets. A guide to common outlet types can be found here.

  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude are vital to your enjoyment and benefit at SGC 2017. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with like-minded people and contribute meaningfully to international space policy.


Dress Code

Working Group sessions and informal events:  Business Casual

International Night: It’s a night dedicated for each delegate to present to the others delegates a brief presentation of your country and share representative music, typical food, or whatever you prefer. If you want to bring your traditional clothes, you are welcome to do so. Ideally, you should organise this with the other delegates from your same country. If weather permits, International Night will be held outdoors and warmer clothing is recommended.

Closing Dinner: Formal attire or your local/national costume. The annual Closing Dinner will be attended by high-level speakers and heads of space agencies. Jeans, sandals, and t-shirts are not permitted.

IAC 2017: Formal business attire is expected at IAC day and evening events.


Connecting with Fellow Delegates

Each Space Generation Congress has a dedicated Facebook page and we will be regularly posting news and congress updates, as well as scholarship information on the SGC 2017 Facebook page, the SGAC Facebook page and the SGAC website. The SGC 2017 Facebook page is also an excellent forum to introduce yourself to the other delegates, discuss industry trends and coordinate plans before and during SGC.


Tourism in Adelaide

Once considered a sleepy city, Adelaide is undergoing a rapid transformation with a burgeoning small-bar scene, world-class art and music, and a festival calendar to rival that of any other Australian city. Discover its laneway secrets, take in the stunning flora at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, and find delicious treats around every bend.

Some of the most highly recommended activities are visiting Adelaide’s hidden laneway and side street bars and eateries, sampling fresh produce and cheeses at Adelaide Central Market, strolling along the North Terrace to appreciate the historic art, culture and architecture, shopping in East End, relaxing on Adelaide’s many popular beaches and touring Adelaide Hills’ wineries.

There is so much to see and experience in this city, so we've listed below a few of the top sites you should check out if you have the opportunity.


IAC Official Tours

The IAC Organisers have put together several discounted pre- and post-IAC touring options for delegates to take advantage of during their stay in Adelaide.

Via the official IAC 2017 site, you can book and attend several organized tours to discover the city and surrounding area, including vineyard tours and Kangaroo Island.


Australia’s official currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD), the exchange rates are (may vary):

1 EUR = 1.46 AUD

1 USD = 1.33 AUD

There are a number of currency exchanges at the airport, as well as the central business district of Adelaide, though locations outside of the airport will generally offer better rates.



Adelaide has a Mediterranean climate with mild to cool winters with moderate rainfall and warm to hot, dry summers. The local historical average high for September is 20°C and average low is 9°C, so anticipate mild to warm days and cool nights and please dress accordingly.

Clothing should be modest and appropriate for the weather and participation in the conference. Business casual wear will be required for the SGC, formal business attire if you are planning to stay for the IAC, and formal wear for the SGC Closing Gala Dinner. When visiting tourist sites around the city, it is appropriate to wear modest clothing as you prefer.



While in Adelaide, we advise exercising a normal degree of caution. It is always a good idea to remain vigilant and never travel anywhere alone, particularly always keep your belongings with you, only take with you the money you will need and be modest with accessories worn to walk down the street as: jewelry and watches. Adelaide is a generally safe area, but the information given here is general and we advise checking your country's travel warnings regarding the region.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY Dial 000 for Police, Ambulance and Fire.


Contact Details

While in Australia please feel free to contact the following people for urgent matters.


Minoo Rathnasabapathy

SGAC Executive Director

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+43 1 718 11 18 30 or +972 53 7206544


Arnau Pons

SGC 2017 Congress Manager

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+972 50 8447 176


Florian Ruhhammer

SGC 2017 Deputy Congress Manager

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+49 176 6365 7936



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