The 2010 congress of the IAF (International Astronautical Federation) will be held September 27 - October 1, 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic with the theme "Space for Human Benefit and Exploration."
There will be several opportunities for an entire new group of students to learn about the future of space at the IAF Congress. Again for this year's student program, students who have already participated in previous IAF congresses are invited. Canada's Student Participation Program at the International Astronautical Congress is an annual initiative that began in 2004.
Reflecting the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) commitment to encouraging the development of the next generation of space professionals, students of all university levels are invited to propose a paper. Abstracts will be judged by a committee of Agency experts, prior to being forwarded for consideration by the IAF technical Committee. Abstracts selected for either oral or poster presentation at IAC 2010, will be considered for subsidy funding from the Canadian Space Agency on a priority basis.
The Congress is an excellent meeting point for all space experts, providing students the opportunity to create many valuable contacts with professionals and like-minded students, both from within Canada and from the entire world. Throughout the Congress, students have the chance to interact with professionals, learn from their expertise and listen to their views on the future of space. Students are incorporated into the congress, bringing an appreciated element of youthful insight and energy into workshop and plenary sessions.
The Congress primarily attracts students majoring in space-related studies. However, past years have involved a large segment of students who are not studying core space topics but subjects in related fields (e.g. engineering, law, medicine, etc.). For many students this is an opportunity that produces a strong motivation towards their studies and future career path. The program is open for all University students who are Canadian citizens. The registration and terms of participation are explained in the accompanying CSA Web pages.
The deadline to submit your application is February 5, 2010 and CSA subsidies are limited to 20 students. So send your completed application in as soon as possible!
Please visit the Official IAC2010 website for more information and IAC Technical Sessions.
We hope to see many of you in Prague in September!