International Space Forum at Ministerial Level (ISF)
Launched in 2015, by the IAF Vice President for Science and Academic Relations, the International Space Forum represents an annual gathering at Ministerial Level aiming to encourage a global and local discussion and debate on the necessity of promoting a greater involvement of Universities and national Academies into space activities.
Whereas Space Offices 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 Organizations. Prominent Keynote Speakers are invited to deliver presentations on topics chosen specifically for each edition of the Forum.