Special Sessions

Reflecting and emphasizing the theme of the IAC 2021 “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind”, this year’s congress will see again the exciting and fresh format: Special Sessions.

The Special Sessions are held as part of the Technical Programme and are designed to be innovative, interactive, instructive and inclusive with the main objective to enhance knowledge transfer between experts and participants, as well as to maximize group interaction and promote collaborative learning.

IAC 2021 will feature an extensive range of inspiring and interactive Special Sessions, and will offer new session formats such as Campfires, Design Sprints, Interactive Games and many more. 19 proposals have been accepted among a record number of 87 proposals.

The Grand Planetary Defense DART/HERA missions Interactive Q&A

Time: 16:45-18:15 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Interactive Q & A

Nanosatellite T-101 Launch Mission Design Workshop - From a customer's need to space operations

Time: 09:45-11:15 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Workshop

Impact of Satellite Constellations on Astronomy and Society: a Multi-disciplinary Approach

Time: 11:30-13:00 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Campfire

Rethinking the sustainability and inclusiveness of space exploration through the design of space habitats

Time: 14:45-16:15 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Workshop

Gaming Out Conflict and Cooperation Scenarios in Lunar Surface Development

Time: 16:30-18:00 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Workshop

Space Traffic Management: the IAF initiative

Time: 09:45-11:15 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Workshop

Viewing the Health of Earth’s Oceans from Space – Agency leaders confer with each other on the difficult challenges, emerging success, and plans for the future

Time: 11:30-13:00 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Fishbowl

Designing a Geostationary Space Station for 22nd Century

Time: 14:45-16:15 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Design Sprint

In-Space Servicing, Manufacturing, Assembly, Robotics, and Transportation (SMART)

Time: 16:30-18:00 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Workshop

Colliding Laws in Outer Space: Mapping Potential Clashes Between Space Law, Commerce, Antitrust and Ethics and their Solutions through Design Sprint

Time: 09:45-11:15 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Design Sprint

Emirates Mars Mission Science Data Workshop

Time: 11:30-13:00 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Workshop

Interstellar Probe: Humanity's First Deliberate Step into the Galaxy by 2030

Time: 16:30-18:00 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Campfire

Space Infrastructure Games

Time: 09:45-11:15 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Interactive Games & Reflection

Live demonstration of data processing using artificial intelligence and satellite data for ocean farming applications

Time: 11:30-12:30 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Workshop

Making Space for All: Advancing Disability Inclusion in Space for the Benefit of Science and All Humankind

Time: 12:45-13:45 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Campfire

Use Cases for Intelligent Virtual Assistants in the Space Field

Time: 14:00-15:00 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Campfire

Regional Cooperation and National Space Legislation

Time: 15:15-16:15 • Room: Sheikh Rashid B • Format: Workshop

Important Dates:

  • Notification of acceptance - 2 April
  • Confirmation of intent - 14 May