Published on March 14, 2024

IAC 2024 Milan Launching into a New Era

IAC 2024 Already Breaking All Records!

The unprecedented and mind-blowing results received in response to the Calls for Proposals for the 75th International Astronautical Congress to be held on 14-18 October 2024 in Milan set the stage for what will be the most successful and spectacular IAC ever. You do not want to miss that.

A record-breaking number of nearly 7000 abstracts for oral and interactive presentations were submitted for the IAC 2024 Call for Abstracts, which surpasses the number of submissions of all previous congresses. This impressive figure reflects an extraordinary 30% growth since the last record from IAC 2022, underscoring the palpable excitement and enthusiasm for the world’s premier global space event.

Most striking is the increased number of countries and new space actors from emerging ecosystems joining the IAC community. Submissions for IAC 2024 came from a phenomenal number of 106 countries and 2295 organizations across the globe, showing our dedication to pushing boundaries for more diversity and embracing inclusion!

Top five countries with the highest submission rate are the Host country – Italy with 985 abstracts followed by USA with 782 abstracts, China with 539 abstracts, India with 476 abstracts, and last year’s IAC Host country, Azerbaijan, which joined the top ranks with 345 abstracts.

An impressive influx of abstracts is instrumental in shaping a memorable congress that is not only academically and professionally enriching but also culturally diverse. We do want to motivate authors to embark with us and present, so we are introducing for the first time the DOI for all papers which will be presented at the congress, and we have doubled the number of Interactive Presentation sessions!

The Call for Special Sessions has skyrocketed over 50% since the previous record from IAC 2022, reaching an all-time high with 150 proposals. The Special Sessions will provide attendees with a broader perspective through multidisciplinary and innovative formats. The contributions will make the congress a rich and dynamic experience for all participants with increased knowledge exchange and worldwide collaboration opportunities.

The Call for Plenaries and Highlight Lectures has soared to its highest levels with 60 proposals, performing above a 10% boost since the IAC 2022 record. With the IAF Global Networking Programme (IAF GNF), the Plenary Programme stands out as a vital component of IAC High-Level Programme, exploring strategic and substantive advancements in space presented by world-class experts.

The IAC 2024 is on the verge of making history, set to be the largest and most engaging global space gathering yet. The congress programme will offer the most comprehensive content to date with a whole range of innovative and inspiring features covering all space disciplines. Stay tuned for more exciting news to come!

We have also had a flurry of bookings for the IAC 2024 Exhibition! We urge companies to secure space fast as we are almost sold out! With more than 150 exhibitors in one space, there will be unique opportunities to get connected and to elevate your business to unprecedented heights.

As the IAC Organizer, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), together with the IAC Host, AIDAA and Co-Hosts, ASI, and Leonardo, and the whole space community, we are partnering to make IAC 2024 one to remember.

Registration is already open, with the opportunity to take advantage of the reduced fee until 30 June!

We are very grateful for your strong commitment and look forward to continuing our preparations for IAC 2024, an event which promises to be an exceptional gathering of minds, and an opportunity to discover the future of space and take an active role in shaping it.

Thanks for your continued trust and see you in Milan!