IAC 2022 Call for Plenary Events, Special Sessions and Abstracts


The 73rd edition of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2022), organised by the International Astronautical Federation, will be held in Paris from 18 to 22 September 2022 under the theme “Space for All”. The hosting organisation is the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), a member of IAF since 1981. In addition, Paris hosted the first IAC ever in 1950, then in 1963, in 1982 and will now be holding the record of the city that has hosted the highest number of IAC events.

With the theme Space for All, the IAF would like to make the IAC 2022 an outstanding occasion to bring together all space communities, alongside the burgeoning global ecosystem and start-ups, entrepreneurs, laboratories, research scientists and manufacturers that could get involved in space activities or benefit from them. Furthermore, special attention will be paid to students and young professionals, who will be closely associated with dedicated events. Also, the general public will not be forgotten, as space-themed conferences and exhibitions will accompany IAC.

Call for Plenaries and Highlight Lectures

Do you want to present a topic of general, scientific or technological interest? Are you a scientific or a technical expert with a solid knowledge of the latest space-related topics? Then, submit your proposal for a Plenary or Highlight Lecture; you can be selected to present in front of a large audience during the five days of the IAC. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, 11 February 2022, at 23:59 CET.

The IPC Steering Group selects the Plenary and Highlight Lecture events in a well-defined competitive selection process. You can find all necessary information on the selection criteria and the submission form on the IAF website. Furthermore, Plenaries and Highlight Lectures proposals must be submitted to the IAF Secretariat at iacplenary@iafastro.org.

IAF Global Networking Forum

The IAF Global Networking Forum (GNF) offers a unique opportunity to all IAF Members and future Members to participate actively and showcase their latest developments in front of a widely engaged audience. The IAF GNF aims to provide Congress participants with a varied programme throughout the week, touching upon the most recent and hot topics in space and providing a one-of-a-kind visibility experience for the organisers.

For the IAC 2022, the IAF Global Networking Forum (IAF GNF) call will open on Friday 11 March 2022 and will close on Friday 27 May 2022.

IAF GNF sessions will be selected and placed thematically within the overall programme and will be divided into three-time slots: 30 minutes, 45 minutes and 60 minutes. Additionally, do not forget that you can actively support the GNF by sponsoring your session.

Should you have any questions concerning the IAF GNF Programme, please contact the IAF Secretariat at gnf@iafastro.org

Call for Special Session Proposals

These special sessions aim to provide a forum for focused discussions on new technical and multidisciplinary topics and provide opportunities for audience engagement.

Special Session will be mainly evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Special Sessions must be participatory and shall propose an interactive format such as fishbowls, campfires, design sprints, workshops etc. Opportunities for audience participation in the discussion must be demonstrated. Standard formats such as panels will not be considered.
  • Special Sessions must be multidisciplinary and demonstrate transversal aspects, as well as cutting-edge. 
Call for Abstracts  

The Call for Abstracts is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 73rd IAC. in addition, authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. Lastly, papers can be submitted for either formal oral presentation or interactive presentation. The list of the Technical Sessions can be found here.

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