Apply for the International Astronautical Federation Abstract Mentor Program

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The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is continuing the successful Abstract Mentor Programme (AMP), which was introduced in 2018, with the objective of helping young or less experienced researchers improve their abstracts before submitting them, to increase the chance of their work being accepted for presentation at the International Astronautical Congress.

The programme is open to anyone looking to improve their abstract and is completely independent of the abstract review and selection process. The IAF AMP especially targets researchers and new authors from resource-limited settings, who lack access to opportunities for rigorous mentoring in research and writing. The aim is to build capacity for a new generation of researchers and increase the diversity of speakers at the IAC.

Mentors will be paired with early career mentees based on their common field of interests (Science & Exploration, Applications & Operations, Technology, Infrastructure, Space & Society).

Submit Your Draft Abstract for Mentoring

If you do not have a lot of experience in writing abstracts, a mentor can help you. We have a pool of expert mentors who can provide advice and feedback on how to write successful abstracts for each of the Technical Programme categories.

Experienced abstract submitters can offer you feedback on your draft IAC 2021 abstract and answer your questions on practical issues, such as formal requirements on abstract writing and the quality of the data collected. The deadline for submitting your abstract for the IAF AMP is 5 February 2021.

Become a Mentor

Mentors can apply for the programme until 12 January 2021. Mentors must have had at least two abstracts accepted at an IAC and/or should be a member of the International Programme Committee. Becoming a mentor presents an excellent opportunity for the enhancement of leadership and coaching skills.

Learn more about the IAF AMP at http://www.iafastro.org/activities/iaf-abstract-mentor-programme/