Young Space Leaders (YSL) Recognition Programme – Announcement

2016 Call for Nominations

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce its 2016 Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme that will provide opportunities to recognise students and young professionals who are demonstrating exceptional leadership in their academics or early careers. The IAF is soliciting nominations for the 2016 Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme from IAF Members, Regional groups and Technical and Administrative Committees on students and young professionals between the ages of 21 to 35 years on 1 January 2016 who are:

  • Contributing  to astronautics through their academic and/or professional activities,
  • Reaching out to other young people and to their community to share knowledge and experience,
  • Engaging colleagues in the international space community,
  • Contributing to the work of IAF committees and/or volunteering in support of other Federation activities (Note:  Attendance at International Astronautical Congreess does not in itself qualify.).

Nominations should contain:

  • A nomination letter from an IAF member organisation, an IAF Technical Committee or an IAF Administrative Committee summarising the nominee’s qualifications and specify how the nominee meets the criteria (2016_Nomination_Letter_Template)
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the contributions and engagement of the nominee.

IAF Young Space Leaders will be inducted at the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 26 – 30 September 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico at the Closing Ceremony. They will attend the IAC Gala Dinner as guests of the IAF President. Although travel expenses to attend the IAC will not be provided by the IAF, the IAC registration fee will be waived. Nominators are encouraged to help identify sources of funding for their nominee if he/she is selected.

Up to five IAF Young Space Leaders will be selected in 2016. IAF Young Space Leaders will help increase knowledge among and broaden the involvement of students and young professionals worldwide in astronautics activities and the IAF.

In the year following their induction, IAF Young Space Leaders will:

  • Be featured in an IAF newsletter and on the IAF web site, contributing a short summary of their experience and achievements and their perspectives on space and international cooperation, including the role of the IAF.
  • Participate in a virtual event to communicate with other young people about these topics and the benefits they have received from their involvement in the IAF and attendance at IACs, and highlight the opportunities available to students and young professionals at the upcoming IAC.
  • Mentor the Emerging Space Leaders who receive IAF grants to attend the IAC in Guadalajara.

Please send the nomination material before 12 February 201615:00 CET (Paris time) to the IAF Secretariat, preferably by email at (Subject line: NOMINEE’S LAST NAME Nominee’s First Name-2016 YSL).

If email is not available, the reference can be sent by postal mail to:

IAF Secretariat

Attention: 2016 Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme

3 rue Mario Nikis

75015 Paris


Or by Fax to + 33 1 4273 2120

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