The International Programme Committee is pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for consideration for the 71st International Astronautical Congress to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 12 to 16 October 2020.

Join the global space community at this exciting international gathering – and play an active role in the Technical Programme by presenting your recent work. Submitted abstracts can be considered for oral presentations (as ‘Short Talks’ in the Symposia) and for interactive presentations.

The theme of the Congress – “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind” – has been formulated broadly to enable the programme to cover a wide variety of established fields and current trends across space. This is reflected in the abstract topics, which can be viewed in this first announcement of the Call for Abstracts.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 71st IAC. Authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. Abstracts must fit into one of the following IAC categories:

  1. Science and Exploration;
  2. Applications and Operations;
  3. Technology;
  4. Infrastructure;
  5. Space and Society.

Abstracts must be written in English and the length shall not exceed 400 words. Tables or drawings are not allowed in the abstract.

Submit your abstract through the online IAF portal at no later than 11:59 PM CEST on 28 February  6 March 2020.

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the Session Chairs on the basis of technical quality and relevance to the session topics. Selected abstracts may be chosen for oral or interactive presentation. Any such choice is not an indication of quality of the submitted abstract.

Their evaluation will be submitted to the International Programme Committee, which will make the final decision during the IAF Spring Meetings to be held in March 2020 in Paris, France. Please note that any relevance to the Congress main theme will be considered as an advantage. Accepted abstracts will be displayed on the Congress website and published in the IAC Congress Proceedings.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts for IAC 2020 and please check the IAF website regularly to get the latest updates on the Technical Programme!