Created in 1951 to foster dialogue between scientists around the world, and to support international cooperation in all space related activities, the International Astronautical Federation to this day continues to connect @ll space people. The Federation is the world’s leading space advocacy body with over 366 members, including all key space agencies, companies, societies, associations and institutes across 6 continents and 68 countries. Over 40 administrative and technical committees support the Federation in its mission to advance knowledge about space and to foster the development of space assets by facilitating global cooperation. At its annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and other thematic conferences, the IAF brings its multidisciplinary and international network to life.

Nelly will chair two sessions at the International Astronautical Congresses in Washington DC!

Both panels will circulate themes of ‘Orbital, Arts and Culture’. Firstly, E1.6 “Calling Planet Earth – Space Outreach to the General Public“- This session will focus on activities, programs and strategies for engaging the general pubic. This session does not include programs that are conducted within the formal education system. And secondly, E1.9 “Space Culture – Public Engagement in Space through Culture“. This Session is co-sponsored by the IAF Technical Committee on the Cultural Utilization of Space (ITACCUS) and the IAA Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) permanent committee and will focus the activities of institutions such as museums, space agencies and non-profit organizations involving space that engage the cultural sector. This session focuses on the process, critical thinking and methodologies underlying space education and outreach events. It does not include programs that are conducted within the formal education system.

E1.6 Calling Planet Earth 24th October 2019, 09:45 in room 144C

E1.9 Space Culture panel will be held on 25th October 2019, at 13:30 in room 144C

The Committee for the Cultural Utilisations of Space (ITACCUS) will present a panel with a selection of its current members to challenge the traditional view that space activities are owned by national space agencies and the private sector. This panel will include a series of performative presentations to show how artists and cultural practitioners have always shaped the way we envision our future on Earth and beyond.

You can find some more information out about IAF and the panel discussion here!