Following the growing escalation of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is saddened to inform all that the International Astronautical Congress – IAC in Dubai - will not be occurring this year and is postponed.
The IAF is in the process of re-assessing the overall schedule of IACs and will inform all within the coming weeks about the new dates for this event. As a consequence, the Call for Applications to Host the IAC in 2023 is suspended and a new Call for Hosting IAC 2024 will be opened in November 2020.
The health and safety of the community is of utmost importance to IAF. This is a very challenging time for everyone and we appreciates the understanding and support for this need.
Also, the Global Space Exploration Conference – GLEX 2020 in St. Petersburg as well as the Global Space Conference on Climate Change – GLOC 2021 in Oslo — both will be postponed by a year to 2021 and 2022, respectively. New dates will be communicated in the coming months.
Having worked so intensively with the International Program Committees, volunteers, speakers, authors, sponsors, exhibitors, and partners preparing these events over the past years, we are genuinely disappointed to be forced to postpone, and we would like to thank all our partners for their contributions, support and strong engagement.
The IAF will continue to serve our community with manifold events and activities in the future and live up to our motto “Connecting @ll Space People”, even if only virtually during these challenging times - great things happen when the community comes together and connects at the IAF.