Call for Hosting the IAC in 2021


Call for Hosting the 72nd International Astronautical Congress in 2021 – CLOSED


Each year the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) – in collaboration with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) – organises the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The IAC is held in different countries of the world with an IAF member organisation serving as its host. In recent years, the event attracted more than 3.500 participants including up to 2.000 full paying participants, retired participants and press representatives as well as more than 1.000 students and young professionals.

The IAF received the following 2 proposals from IAF member organisations interested in serving as the host of the 72nd IAC which will be held in 2021:




The schedule for the selection of the site of the 72nd IAC is as follows:


  • Announcement of Call for Proposals
20 October 2017
  • Deadline for notices of intent to submit proposals
23 February 2018
  • Deadline for submission of proposals
27 April 2018
  • Selection of finalist candidates (if applicable)
29 June 2018
  • Site Inspections
July – August 2018
  • Deadline for submission of updated proposals from the candidates
7 September 2018
  • Finalist presentations: during the 69th IAC in Bremen, Germany
1 – 5 Oct. 2018
  • Selection of the Host by the IAF General Assembly
5 October 2018


Note: The IAF may – at its discretion – modify the above schedule and notify the concerned organisations of the schedule changes.



The proposing organisation must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the IAF that it is:

  1. An IAF member organisation or a group of IAF member organisations. The member or members submitting a proposal must be member(s) in good standing.
  2. Legally capable of signing a contract with the IAF for the execution of an IAC.
  3. Organisationally and financially able to undertake and successfully manage an IAC.
  4. Capable of fulfilling all of the requirements placed on the host organisation as described in the Call.


Note: the IAF member organisation proposing to host an IAC must demonstrate that it meets the above requirements through the creation of a consortium or other entity with sufficient organisation skills, financial backing, human resources and legal structure to meet this requirement.


In this case, the proposed organisation must include in its proposal:


  1. A description of the proposed organisational arrangement. The consortium or organisation shall also provide documentation to validate its legal existence as well as its address, telephone and e-mail address for follow up communications.
  2. Written commitments from the consortium members specifying the organisational and/or financial support they propose to provide.
  3. Additional, publicly verifiable information describing the capabilities as well as the financial and organisational resources of the consortium members.


The IAF may request additional information to ensure that it has sufficient understanding of the consortium arrangement as well as the legal and financial commitments of the consortium members to the collective effort.