SGAC has been an IAF member since 2004. In 2011, IAF formally invited the Executive Director of SGAC to become an Ex-officio member of both the Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC) and the Workforce Development-Young Professionals Programme Committee (WD-YPP Committee). This involvement in IAF committees has been the primary interface between SGAC and IAF and has ensured more coordinated interaction between SGAC and IAF student and young professional activities. This arrangement is intended to maximise benefits to the next generation population, minimise overlap and strengthen communication between the two organisations.
In 2013, SGAC formally invited SEOC and WD-YPP Committee representatives to become full members in SGAC planning boards (Advisory Board and SGC Organising Committee). It is intended that this ex-officio membership in SGAC activities will ensure robust communication and coordination on all planned activities, especially with regard to SGC and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). In addition to SGC, SGAC members have actively contributed to the technical and administrative committees of the IAF. IAF and SGAC agree that increased coordination through these reciprocal memberships will ensure the best use of resources of both organisations and will lay the groundwork for future opportunities for additional collaboration between IAF and SGAC.
The IAF and SGAC are pleased to have cooperated for many years. In 2018, with the development of SGAC and of the IAF initiatives focusing on generational diversity as one of the key pillars of the IAF Agenda, SGAC and the IAF have determined that entering into an even more formal cooperative arrangement would enhance their collaboration and be mutually beneficial. SGAC and the IAF will work hand-in-hand on more initiatives focusing on generational diversity and other aspects of the 3G initiative put forward by the IAF president.
Foster the Principles of “3-G” Diversity within the Federation and the Space Sector
These are the main pillars of a “3-G” Diversity principle of the Federation. Geographical diversity and global reach have been traditional features of the IAF since its creation. Attracting the young generation has been in the focus of the IAF during the recent years with manifold newly created activities and programmes tuned to this target community. This has resulted in a significant increase of the number of young people engaged and participating in IAF activities. Gender diversity is still an area where strong progress needs to be achieved. Dedicated promotion of opportunities for female space actors within the Federation and the space sector in general, presenting successful role models and encouraging the young generation of the female space community to aim for leadership positions shall help to reach a balanced and inclusive representation within the governance of the IAF, its Technical and Administrative Committees, as well as the IAC speakers’ and authors’ community.
What is Diversity?
Diversity encompassess many things – gender, age, culture, religious and political beliefs, nationality, language, academic background, heritage, and more. In the space industry it takes all kinds of people to make space exploration and the use of space possible.
“Diversity in the space industry refers to individuals of all types of backgrounds working in unity towards the success of space exploration. Diversity extends to more than cultural as it is also the appreciation of different roles within the space industry, particularly occupations that are unique and contribute towards the progress of the space sector.”
What is 3G Diversity?
The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) has developed an initiative called the IAF International Platform for Diversity and Equality in Astronautics (IDEA) fostering the principles of 3G – Geography, Generation, Gender.
SGAC and 3G Diversity
In 2018, the Space Generation Advisory Council is the recipient of the IAF Excellence in 3G Diversity Award because the organization upholds the 3Gs – Geography, Generation and Gender through its members, alumni, activities and leadership positions.
The IAC is the one time of the year when @ll space actors come together. The IAC is organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Global, multidisciplinary and covering all space sectors and topics, it offers everyone the latest space information, developments but above all contacts and potential partnerships. Each year, the IAC changes country, theme and local organiser, enabling all to learn more about, and be a part of the world space scene.
Following the growing escalation of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, the IAF is saddened to inform you that the International Astronautical Congress – IAC in Dubai will not be taking place this year, but will be postponed
For the very first time, the IAC will open its doors to the global space community in the United Arab Emirates, the first Arab country to host the IAC since its establishment in 1950.
With the theme “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind”, the IAC 2020 looks forward to making a contribution to humanity and to science by strengthening and enhancing cooperation between all countries in the space sector.
The Space Generation Congress (SGC) is the annual meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council always held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) at the same hosting Country. The Delegates are ~150 top university students and young professionals with a passion for space. They are selected with a highly competitive application process open to our Space Generation international network. With SGC, SGAC aims to promote the voice of the next generation of space sector leaders on the topic of international space development. The Space Generation Congress is an associated event to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).
Following the growing escalation of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, the IAF is saddened to inform you that the Global Space Exploration Conference – GLEX 2020 in St. Petersburg will be postponed by a year to 2021. New dates will be communicated in the coming months.
The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to invite you to the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) 2020 to take place in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation from 9 – 11 June 2020.
The Conference, co-organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and ROSCOSMOS, will bring together leaders and decision-makers within the science and human exploration community – engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, agency representatives and policy makers. The leaders in the field will converge in St. Petersburg to discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions and it will contain several opportunities to learn about how space exploration investments provide benefits as well as discuss how those benefits can be increased through thoughtful planning and cooperation.
SGAC partnered with the IAF to co-organise the Next Generation Seminar on Monday 8th of June 2020.
IAF Spring Meetings
The IAF Spring Meetings gather every year in March the IAF community in Paris. For three days IAF Administrative and Technical Committees meet and the International Programme Committee selects the abstracts to be presented during the year’s IAC.
As each year, the IAF is pleased to invite you to its IAF Spring Meetings taking place in Paris, France where the IAF community will get together for three days, from 24 – 26 March 2020 in New CAP Conference Centre.
The IAF Administrative Committees provide specialized advice and recommendations to the IAF, supporting the Federation’s work. They play a key role in the Federation’s internal affairs, including the provision of guidance, recommendations and related support to the IAF Bureau and the IAF General Assembly.
The IAF Technical Committees are powerful sources of knowledge. They are composed of experts and global leaders in difference fields of space activities, who discuss and anticipate the evolution of space activities.
During the IAF Spring Meetings, the committees are in charge of selecting papers presented at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and thereby contribute to the definition of the IAC technical programme.
The SGAC will nominate members to the different committees for their consideration.
To be nominated by SGAC, please fill out this form.
IAF Education & Young Professionals’s Activities
In accordance with its mission to prepare the workforce of tomorrow, the IAF actively supports and has a growing number of activities targeted at students and young professionals.
The nearly one quarter of attendees at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) under 35 years testify to the success of these efforts.
The primary education activities of the IAF are:
– The Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme;
– The Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme;
– The Young Professionals Programme;
– The IAF Student Competition;
– The Malina Astronautics Medal and Napolitano Award.
In addition, three dedicated IAF committees guide and supervise activities dedicated to students and young professionals involved in education, including the: