Nelly at the International Astronautical federation, Spring meetings

26th march to 28th march 2024, Paris, France

The IAF (International Astronautical Federation) Spring Meetings gather every year in March the IAF community in Paris. For three days IAF Administrative and Technical Committees meet and the International Programme Committee selects the abstracts to be presented during the year’s IAC.

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Nelly is Vice Chair of the IAF (International Astronautical Federation) Technical Committee on the Cultural Utilization of Space (ITACCUS), a member of the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC), and a member of the IAA (International Academy of Astronautics) Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) permanent committee amongst others since 2013, and a founding member of the IAF Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Administrative (IDEA) committee in 2023.  She leads and founded the Experiences department at the SETI (search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute and NASA Ames Research Center, which extends outreach and education activities in terms of scope, scale, public and methods of engagement towards architecture, installations, immersive environments, social systems, performances, experiences, and narratives as events. Ben Hayoun- Stépanian founded the session E1.9 on space culture at the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in 2014 to bring critical thinking and outreach together in the formulation of space culture; she has since chaired it. In 2023, Ben Hayoun- Stépanian founded a new technical called E1. 2 Decolonial Practices in space, opening this 2024, this session focuses on the examination, identification and impact of oppressive narratives and behaviors rooted in colonial practices in the space sector while taking into account the systemic character and historical repetition of such narratives in present day disparities.

In 2022, Nelly was granted a Karman Fellowship and took part into a one-year programme designed to support 15 carefully selected global leaders to strengthen personal relations, meet with thought-leaders in technology, science, business, politics and the arts, and take personal commitments to further advance space-related  agendas for the betterment of humanity.