Call for Hosting the International Astronautical Congress 2022

The call for submission of proposals is now closed.

Each year the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) organizes the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), one of the world’s most exciting, diverse and rewarding professional meetings, gathering the global space community.

The IAC is held in different countries of the world with an IAF member organization serving as its host. In recent years, the event attracted more than 4500 participants including up to 3000 full paying participants, retired participants and press representatives as well as more than 1500 students and young professionals.

Some elements of the IAC programme are prepared in collaboration with IAF Partners – the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) who contribute to the IAC through their particular events and symposia.

The IAF is seeking proposals from IAF member organizations interested in serving as the host of the 73rd IAC which will be held in 2022.


By the deadline of 26 April, the IAF received four bids to host of the 73rd IAC which will be held in 2022:


The schedule for the selection of the site of the 73rd IAC is as follows:

  • Announcement of Call for Proposals
9 November 2018
  • Deadline for notices of intent to submit proposals
22 February 2019
  • Deadline for submission of proposals
26 April 2019
  • Selection of finalist candidates (if applicable)
28 June 2019
  • Site Inspections
July – August 2019
  • Deadline for submission of updated proposals from the candidates
20 September 2019
  • Finalist presentations: during the 70th IAC in Washington D.C., USA
21 – 25 October 2019
  • Selection of the Host by the IAF General Assembly
25 October 2019

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


    1. The proposing organization must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the IAF that it is:
      An IAF member organization or a group of IAF member organizations. 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. Organizationally and financially able to undertake and successfully manage an IAC.
    4. Capable of fulfilling all of the requirements placed on the host organization as described in the Call.

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

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

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