Space Societies Committee (SSC) (2018-2021)


Objective/Scope of the Committee

The Space Societies Committee is a permanent administrative committee of the IAF. It was established in 2007 as a platform for all IAF member societies.

The Space Societies Committee aims are to:

  • enhance bi-directional communication on space matters through the channels of the space societies
  • promote and help new space societies, in particular in emerging space nations, to be created and to become member of IAF
  • exchange practices, tools, communication and educational material amongst space societies
  • be a backbone for the IAF for communication with a large fraction of its members.

These aims underline the importance of the space societies, who, in terms of numbers, constitute one of the largest categories of IAF members.

As a recent initiative, the Space Societies Committee successfully promoted space museums to be eligible for IAF membership.

Committee rules for membership applications and renewal

As per the constitution of the IAF, membership of the Space Societies Committee is open to any member of the Federation. However, in view of its scope and objective, predominantly members represent professional societies. In addition, several experts are invited as member based on their expertise or knowledge of IAF activities that are relevant for societies.

Applications of membership should be submitted to the Chair of the Space Societies Committee who in general will nominate the candidate for appointment at the next meeting of the Committee. There are no specific criteria for membership over and above those mentioned in the constitution of the IAF and the General Terms of Reference for administrative committees of the IAF. However, active participation in the activities of the Committee is expected.

As per the General Terms of Reference for administrative committees, membership of the Space Societies Committees is nominally for a three year term, once renewable.

Symposiums/Sessions and events at the IAC

The Space Societies Committee organised a session on Space Societies and Museums (E5.6) for the first time at the IAC in Beijing, 2013. The Committee also organised a Global Networking Forum event on the Power of Social Media to promote space.

Other Committee activities

At several IACs the Space Societies Committee has organised events dedicated to gathering attention to the benefits of IAF membership for emerging Space Societies, and the role of the Space Societies to further the objectives of the Federation.

 

Committee Members

Chair

Scott Hatton

VICE-CHAIR

Peter Buist
Jean-Baptiste Desbois

Members

Laszlo Bacsardi
Werner R. Balogh
Peter Batenburg
Vincent Boles
Clementine Decoopman
Simonetta di Pippo
Irina Dyachuk
Christina Giannopapa
Luiselle Giulicchi
Jinyu Gong
Rolf Janovsky
Gill Norman
Andrew Pauly
Lykke Pedersen
Ines Prieto
Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu
Gennaro Russo
Carla Sharpe
Damya Souami
Kevin Stube
Mikko Suominen
Peter Swan
Beza Tesfaye
Gerry Webb
Lyn Wigbels

Friends

Sergio Camacho
Fiorella Coliolo
Pierre-François Mouriaux
Bill Nye
Minoo Rathnasabapathy
Pedro Russo
Jim Volp
Chris Welch

Ex-Officio

Evelina Hedman
Baohua YANG

 

 

 

Committee Members