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IAF Spring Meetings: The Way Forward for IAF’s Global Events

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Ibadan, 4 March 2023. – The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) has successfully concluded its spring meetings from March 28-30, 2023, in Paris. During the IAF Spring Meetings, the International Program Committees (IPC) of the 74th International Astronautical Congress – IAC 2023 and the IAF Global Space Conference on Climate Change 2023 – GLOC 2023 met and agreed upon the Plenary and Technical Programs.

Both events will offer a rich and diverse program featuring timely agendas, representing all expertise and experiences from knowledgeable speakers, once again confirming the IAF as a leader in space gatherings. Both GLOC 2023 and IAC 2023 are now open for registrations.

During the IAC 2023 IPC General Meeting, Dunay Badirkhanov, IPC Co-Chair and Azercosmos Vice-chairman/CTO, announced that the IAC 2023 call for abstracts received an impressive number of 3532 abstracts from 95 countries. Accordingly, this marked a record for the highest number of countries, setting the basis for IAC 2023 to become one of the most diverse IACs ever. The final selection results will be available by mid-April 2023, with the target of 2800 papers for oral and interactive presentation formats.

The IPC Steering Group also selected 18 Special Sessions out of 51 proposals. Plenaries and Highlight Lectures have been chosen and will focus on several interesting topics, including Earth-Moon Ecosystems, Space Sustainability, and Environment. In addition, the meetings saw the inauguration of two new committees: the IAF Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Administrative Committee (IDEA), and the IAF Administrative Committee for Connecting Emerging Space ecoSystems (ACCESS).

Likewise, the Federation’s Bureau also met during two sessions to review the status of its activities and take essential decisions regarding GLOC 2023 and many more.

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