MESC - 2024

Australia to host 76th International Astronautical Congress 

IAC 2025 will take place in Sydney, Australia. Credit IAC
IAC 2025 will take place in Sydney, Australia. Credit IAC

London, 15 December 2023.- Sydney will host the 76th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) between the 29 September to 3 October in 2025. The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), backed by the Australian Space Agency and the NSW Government, signed the agreement.

The International Astronautical Congress has taken place twice before in Australia. In Adelaide in 2017, 4,500 delegates hailing from 84 countries attended. During this event the Australian Space Agency launch was announced. IAC Sydney 2025 expects to deliver a minimum fifty per cent increase in attendance with around 7,000 delegates from over 100 countries, with over half of the attendees under 35 years of age. 

The theme of IAC Sydney 2025 is “Sustainable Space: Resilient Earth” which will set the stage for important discussions including: space-based application for Earth, sustainable space activities and sustaining life off Earth. Jeremy Hallett, SIAA’s Executive Chairman has said that over the next two years more Australian space companies will launch into orbit than in the country’s entire history. 

“NSW is home to over 30 per cent of the nation’s space businesses, so we’re well placed to host this crucial international meeting,” said Anoulack Chanthivong, NSW Minister for Industry and Trade. “We look forward to welcoming the international space community to Sydney in 2025 and showcasing the huge opportunities available in our region. IAC Sydney 2025 isn’t just an event, it’s a unique chance to highlight our leadership and the big benefits a growing and vibrant space industry can deliver to NSW and the nation.” 

Key focus areas of the congress will include showcasing the Asia Pacific region, inspiring and engaging the next generation’s space workforce, engaging a broad range of industries, and educating the community about ‘why space matters’ through the IAC’s open day.

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