The 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.
In 2015, the International Astronautical Federation established a Vice Presidency for Science and Academic Relations, convinced that the scientific and academic expertise represents an essential element for a long-term sustainable development of the future space activities.
As Vice President for Science and Academic Relations for 2015-2017, Roberto Battiston, President of the Italian Space Agency, felt the need to create an international Forum to encourage a global discussion on the necessity of promoting a greater involvement of Universities and national Academies into space activities.
Whereas Space Centres and Agencies are not present in all countries, Universities and Academies are distributed all over the world; their attitude to cooperation gives the opportunity to establish a worldwide network of knowledge supporting the conception, preparation and exploitation of space activities regardless the geographical location. A coherent, inclusive and balanced action among different countries could create a worldwide network of space knowledge and human capital through the sharing of intellectual resources and opportunity to actively contribute to the development and exploitation of the scientific space programmes, including education and training areas.
The yearly ISF sees the participation of Ministers of University and Research and Space, as well as delegation from Space Agencies and International Organisations. Prominent Keynote Speakers are invited to deliver presentations on topics chosen specifically for each edition of the Forum.
The International Space Forum is an annual ministerial gathering which will, in some years, focus on specific regions of the world, such as Africa (2017) and Latin & South America (2018)
4th International Space Forum at Ministerial Level – The Mediterranean Chapter
ISF Reggio Calabria, 5 September 2019 – Italy
ISF Buenos Aires, 1 November 2018 – Argentina
ISF Nairobi, 13 February 2018 – Kenya
ISF Trento, 24 October 2016 – Italy