fisrt_IAC_1950Every year, in late September or early October, the IAF together with its partner organisations, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), holds the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) which is hosted by one of the national societies, a member of the IAF.

Held every year since 1950, the IAC is the most important annual interdisciplinary space meeting worldwide, with over 3000 participants from more than 70 countries. 1800 papers are presented in about 160 sessions in over 30 symposia. High level plenaries, highlight lectures, late breaking news sessions and a large number of accompanying events such as the Global Networking Forum or the International Meetings for Members of Parliaments. The IAC is preceded by the United Nations-IAF Workshop, and features a wealth of young professionals’ and educational events.

Global Series Conferences


The Global Series Conferences address specific space related topics in a global context.

The Global on Space for Emerging Countries – GLEC 2019

The Global Space Applications Conference – GLAC 2018

The Global Space Exploration Conference – GLEX 2017

The Global Conference on Space and the Information Society – GLIS 2016

The Global Space Innovation Conference – GLIC 2015

The Global Space Applications Conference – GLAC 2014

The Global Space Exploration Conference – GLEX 2012



Every year in March, IAF administrative and technical committees and the International Programme Committee (IPC) convene in Paris, France, to meet and to select the abstracts to be presented at the International Astronautical Congress later in the year.

Read more about the IAF Spring Meetings here


With the International Meetings for Members of Parliaments the IAF is offering since 2009 to Members of Parliaments from all over the world a well-defined and organised platform for a dialogue with the traditional space community (governmental representatives, agencies, industry, engineers and scientists) on a global scale.

Read more about MOP here

Past IACs


Find an overview of all our past IACs from 1951 onwards.

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The IAF and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) organise an annual workshop held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress. The workshop addresses each year a topic that is of particular interest to space emerging nations.

Read more about the UN/IAF Workshop 2018

Read more about the UN/IAF Workshop 2016

Read more about the UN/IAF Workshop 2015

Read more about the UN/IAF Workshop 2014

Read more about the UN/IAF Workshop 2013

Read more about the UN/IAF Workshop 2012


10th IAASS Conference – “Making Safety Happen

IAF Symposium 2017 – What is at stake in space in 2017 and 2018 

7th Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying
61st International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine (ICASM 2013)
IAF Symposium 2013 – Overview of studies and concepts for active orbital debris removal
Paris Airshow 2013

International Space Forum at ministerial level (isf)

The International Space Forum is an annual gathering at Ministerial Level created by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) to discuss, debate and mostly meet.

3rd International Space Forum at Ministerial Level, the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter – ISFBuenos Aires

2nd International Space Forum at Ministerial Level – The African Chapter: ISF Nairobi, 13 February 2018 – Kenya

1st International Space Forum at Ministerial Level: ISF Trento, 24 October 2016 – Italy


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