Notifications for the IAC 2021 abstract submissions have been sent out. Congratulations to the 2320 authors of accepted papers, and a big thank you to all the reviewers who have worked really hard!
The International Programme Committee together with the IPC Steering Group has compiled an exciting and up-to-date Technical Programme of the highest quality, meeting the interests of our space community.
The full list with accepted abstracts by technical sessions can be found here: IAC 2021 Technical Programme
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This year, the IAC 2021 Call for Abstracts has attracted an overwhelming number with over 3,370 submissions to 182 regular Technical Sessions. Interestingly, the abstracts were submitted by 86 countries, manifesting the growing international reputation of the flagship space congress IAC. The International Programme Committee has introduced several innovative and exciting changes to this year’s IAC:
First, the number of Technical Sessions has welcomed new symposia in order to bring "hot" research topics within the IAC scope. The new IAF symposium on Space Security, appears explicitly in the Technical Programme. We envisage that such tracks will flourish in the forthcoming IACs.
Second, a new mentoring initiative for less-experienced authors or submitters from resource-limited countries – “the IAF Abstract Mentor Programme” was launched for the third time and saw phenomenal interest, mainly from the young generation. This resulted in more than 100 applications which were reviewed by a pool of passionate volunteer mentors.
Third, the IAC Technical Programme is supplemented with the very successful Special Sessions (SpS). The Call for SpS resulted in a record number of 87 proposals with multidisciplinary topics and interactive formats reflecting the Congress theme “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind”. We take this again as an exciting signal of the demand to contribute to the IAC Technical Programme.
IAC 2021 will also feature a new dynamic and engaging Interactive Presentations Session called “Lightning Talks”. This new session format is an excellent way to rapidly and compellingly share the latest information about diverse topics from presenters in an engaging and snappy style.
Stay tuned for more updates and we look forward to seeing you all in Dubai next October!