The IAF is a non-governmental organisation that gathers all actors of the space sector, both institutional and private, on a global scale. The Federation’s main objective is to disseminate knowledge about space technology and to foster international cooperation.

In order to pursue this objective, the IAF organizes an annual Meeting for Members of Parliaments to provide a forum for informal discussions with the international space community (governmental representatives, space agencies, industry, universities, engineers and scientists). The event offers an opportunity for parliamentarians from governing and non-governing parties to discuss the potential of current and future space technologies to deal with key topics of major and global interest.

The one-day programme offers keynote speech and all parliamentarians are given the opportunity to make a statement on the developments and plans in their home country and to engage in a discussion with the other participants.

Themes of the IAF International Meetings for Members of Parliaments:

  • 2012: Satellite Applications – Tools for Policy Implementation and Verification
  • 2013: Benefits Of Space Technology for Economic Growth and Competitiveness of Industry
  • 2015: Water Management supported by Space Tools – Policy development, Implementation and Verification
  • 2016: Space and the Information Society (Connecting the World via Space – Policies, Technologies and Applications)
  • 2017: Space Entrepreneurship and Socioeconomic Benefits
  • 2018: The Seamless Chain of Innovation – From Space Science to Business

List of all UN/IAF Workshops:

1) UN/IAF/Canada Workshop on Space Technologies for Development, 2- 5 October 1991, Montreal, Canada

2) UN/IAF/COSPAR/AIAA Symposium on Space Technology in the Developing Countries – Making it Happen, 28 – 30 August 1992, Washington D.C., USA

3) UN/IAF Workshop on Organizing Space Advices in Developing Countries: Resources and Mechanisms, 15 – 17 October 1993, Graz, Austria

4) UN/IAF Symposium on Benefits of Space Technology for Developing World: From Economic Growth to Environmental Protection, 6 – 9 October 1994, Jerusalem, Israel

5) UN/IAF Workshop on Space Technology for Health Care and Environmental Monitoring in Developing Countries, 28 September – 1 October 1995, Oslo, Norway

6) UN/IAF Workshop on Education and Awareness: Space Technology and Applications in the Developing World, 3 – 6 October 1996, Beijing, China

7) UN/IAF Workshop on Space Technology as a Cost-Effective Tool to Improve Infrastructures in Developing Countries, 2 – 5 October 1997, Turin, Italy

8) UN/IAF Workshop on Expanding the User Community of Space Technology Applications in Developing Countries, 24 – 27 September 1998, Melbourne, Australia

9) UN/IAF Workshop on Space: an Integral Part of Sustainable Development, 30 September – 3 October 1999, Enschede, the Netherlands

10) UN/IAF Workshop on an Operational Strategy for Sustainable Development Using Space, 28 – 30 September 2000, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil

11) UN/IAF Workshop on Making Space Applications Operational: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Development, 27 – 29 September 2001, Albi, France

12) UN/IAF Workshop on Space Solutions for Global Problems: Building Partnerships with All Stakeholders in Human Security and Development, 10 – 12 October 2002, Houston, TX, USA

13) UN/IAF Workshop on Education and Capacity-Building in Space Technology for the Benefit of Developing Countries, with an Emphasis on Remote Sensing, 25 – 27 September 2003, Bremen, Germany

14) UN/IAF Workshop on Capacity-Building in Space Technology for the Benefit of Developing Countries, with Emphasis on Natural Disaster Management, 2 – 3 October 2004, Vancouver, Canada

15) UN/IAF Workshop on Space Education and Capacity-Building for Sustainable Development, 14 – 15 October 2005, Kitakyushu, Japan

16) UN/IAF Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Water Resources Management,29 – 30 September 2006, Valencia, Spain

17) UN/IAF Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Sustainable Development towards Food Security, 21 – 23 September 2007, Hyderabad, India

18) UN/IAF Workshop on Integrated Space Technology Applications – Support to Managing Potentially Hazardous Events, 26 – 27 September 2008, Glasgow, UK

19) UN/IAF Workshop on Integrated Space Technologies and Space-based Information for Analysis and Prediction of Climate Change, 9 – 11 October 2009, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

20) UN/IAF Workshop on GNSS Applications for Human Benefit and Development, 24 – 25 September 2010, Prague, Czech Republic

21) UN/IAF Workshop on Space for Human and Environmental Security, 30 September – 2 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

22) UN/IAF Workshop on Space Technologies Applied to the Needs of Humanity: Experience from Cases in the Mediterranean Areas, 28 – 30 September 2012, Naples, Italy

23) UN/IAF Workshop on Space Technology for Economic Development, 20 – 22 September 2013, Beijing, China

24) UN/IAF Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits, with a particular focus on global health and maritime applications, 26 – 28 September 2014, Toronto, Canada

25) UN/IAF Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: Integrated Space Technologies and Applications for a Better Society, 23 – 25 September 2016, Guadalajara, México

26) 26th Workshop “Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure for Development (3Is4D)”, organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and supported by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, 28 – 30 September 2018, Bremen, Germany