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SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Competition – Scholarships to present at the 6th IAASS Space Safety Conference!

29 November, 2012

IAASS and SGAC are teaming up to organise the 2012 Space Safety Competition, that will allow three SGAC members to present their technical work at the 6th IAASS Space Safety Conference.

SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Competition – Scholarships to present at the 6th IAASS Space Safety Conference!

29 November, 2012

About the Contest

IAASS and SGAC are teaming up to organise the 2012/2013 Space Safety Competition. The awardees of the scholarship will be supported to participate into the next IAASS conference “Safety is not an Option” that will be held from 21 - 23rd May, 2013 in Montreal, Canada.

Applicants are asked to submit their abstracts on any of the space safety topics listed below. Authors must submit the abstract following the guidelines described in the website, click here, by December 14th, 2012. In addition, abstracts to enter into the IAASS-SGAC competition are to be sent to IAASS Young Professionals Chair, Dr. M. Trujillo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and NPoC for Mexico / IAASS Conference Awareness Lead, Carmen Felix (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) accompanied by a brief biography of the primary author and a recent photo. Only the primary author will be considered for the scholarship.

For the entries into IAASS-SGAC competition, full papers are to be submitted by 10th February. Then, a review panel will provide the results of the competition outcome by 15th February, winners will be informed soon after this date. Full papers are to follow the instructions captured into the conference website. Those who have not submitted their full papers by the deadline will not be considered for the competition. Notification of abstract acceptance by conference review committee is not in any way, an indication of award result. The authors of accepted abstracts but not presented in the conference will be penalized for future competitions, therefore, if you are not able to present the abstract during the conference, please, inform the conference organizing committee accordingly.

The technical paper should cover one of the following topics of the conference:

  • Designing safety into space vehicle
  • Safety on long duration human spaceflight missions
  • Safety of extravehicular activities
  • Launch range safety (current and future)
  • Space debris and Space debris removal
  • Environmental impacts of space operations
  • Spacecraft re-entry safety
  • Payload safety
  • Nuclear safety for space systems
  • Human factors and performance for safety
  • Safety critical software design and IVV
  • Safety risk management
  • Probabilistic risk assessment
  • Organisational culture and safety
  • Regulations and standards for safety
  • Space-based safety critical systems
  • Space traffic control
  • Operations safety
  • Space materials safety
  • Safe & Rescue
  • Commercial human spaceflight safety
  • Lessons learned from space accidents and close calls

More information about the conference itself is available here.

About the Prize / Scholarship

There will be three (3) scholarships awarded to the best technical submissions to attend the 6th International IAASS Space Safety Conference "Safety is not an Option" that will be held from 21 - 23rd May, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. Each of the scholarships will include free registration at the conference and gala dinner, travel expenses and accommodation (up to $1500 – justified expenses). The paper selection criteria are technical merit, accuracy, quality and relevance to conference topics. Papers have to be the result of authors’ research and shall not have already been presented or published at any other conference/proceedings. The award / scholarship will be given after conference attendance based on justified expenses (i.e.: receipts) and cost economizing travel choices. Further questions related to award can be addressed to the points of contact of the competition (i.e.: Dr. M. Trujillo and C. Felix).

Winners will be selected to present their work in an oral presentation or poster at the conference. After the conference, winners will be requested to write a small article for SGAC and IAASS newsletters about their experience.


The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety is a non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety. IAASS is committed, through the knowledge and dedication of its members, to internationally advance space safety.

IAASS goals are to:

  1. advance the science and application of Space Safety.
  2. improve the communication, dissemination of knowledge and cooperation between interested groups and individuals in this field and related fields.
  3. improve understanding and awareness of the Space Safety discipline
  4. promote and improve the development of Space Safety professionals and standards
  5. advocate the establishment of safety laws, rules, and regulatory bodies at national and international levels for the civil use of space


The IAASS membership is open to anyone having a professional interest in space safety. The organisation strives to include students and young professionals in their technical committees on “Launch Range Safety”, “Space Exploration Safety”, “Re-entry & Space Debris”, “Space Safety Legal Regulatory Committee” and “Human Factors & Performance for Space Safety”. If you are interested in getting involved, please, contact with Dr. Maite Trujillo – IAASS Young Professional Chair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

IAASS student membership fees are reduced, if you can demonstrate full time registration in accredited academic institution.

IAASS is also the proud sponsor of the SGAC PROJECT GROUP on Space Safety and Sustainability.

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