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 Climate Change & Disaster Management Conference and Summit in Mexico

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) is announcing the Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Management to be held in Mexico City, Mexico, on 17-18 September 2015. Thursday 17 September 2015 will be devoted to a one-day IAA international conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management and the evening will be the occasion of a Gala dinner. Friday 18 September 2015 will be the Summit day. The Summit, hosted by the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), will address all aspects of the contribution of space activities to the understanding and solving of the challenges of climate change and disaster management.


 Conferences to come

09-11 June, 2015 11th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference, Berlin, Germany
29 June-03 July, 2015 20th IAA Human in Space Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic
29 June-03 July, 2015 2nd IAA Space Flight Safety Symposium, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
07-09 July, 2015 9th IAA Symposium on The Future of Space Exploration - Towards New Global Programmes, Torino, Italy


Regional Meeting in USA

A US Regional Meeting took place on May 8th in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, USA.  It consisted of a SpaceX visit, in which the 20 participants had the chance to see the fabrication area of launch systems and the dragon capsule.  The tour included also a conversation with Hans Koenigsmann, VP for Mission Assurance, at SpaceX.  Past, current and future activities were discussed.  Topics were related to Mission Operations, complexity of launch systems and SpaceX plans to go to Mars.  At the end of the visit the group had the chance to meet with Elon Musk, who was inducted as a full member into the IAA. Other new members included Susan Smrekar, Olivier Contant, Matthew Schaefer and John Baker. The day ended with a dinner at a restaurant in El Segundo.

IAA Regional Meeting in El Segundo

Olivier Contant, Jean-Michel Contant, Susan Smrekar, Elon Musk and Matthew Schaefer


 Small Satellites Conference in Germany

The 10th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation took place on 20-24 April, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. More than 120 papers and posters were presented. The areas of interest of this year’s biannual symposium are all components of small satellite missions, like spacecraft concepts  and subsystems, instruments and sensors,  ground stations and communication, launch systems, distributes space systems, and lessons learned. The symposium includes again a student prize paper competition. The keynote and the panel discussion are focused on entrepreneurship on space.


 Planetary Defense Conference in Italy

 The 4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference took place from 13 to 17 April, 2015 in Frascati, Italy. This excellent IAA Planetary Defence Conference - PDC 2015 - concluded on Friday 17 April after 5 hectic days of exemplary presentations: nearly 250 participants and 170 Papers and Posters. A detailed asteroid impact exercise completed the week at the ESA ESRIN site in Frascati Italy. Thank you to all who contributed and supported this very successful event. Live video coverage of the conference was available and you may check the video replay at:
http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Sets/PDC2015

IAA PDC 2015 in Frascati, Italy

4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference participants, Frascati, Italy, 16 April 2015



 Climate Change & Disaster Management Conference in India

The International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management - Space Based Systems and their Applications: Technological and Legal Perspectives (i3CDM) took place on February 26-28, 2015 at Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, India (see pictures of the Conference). The i3CDM Conference co-organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), the Ministry  of Earth Sciences, Government of India, the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), and the Indian Space Organisation (ISRO) was addressing all aspects of the contribution of space activities to understanding and solving the problems of climate change and disaster management. The i3CDM Conference was attended by 280 participants and nearly 90 papers were presented together with a roundtable of Heads of Space Agencies of India, France, Romania and Mexico. The International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management (i3CDM) has recommended 11 points to reduce uncertainties in climate assessment and prediction. Several media reported on this event.

Opening Ceremony of Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference

Opening Ceremony of Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference, 26 February 2015, Thiruvananthapuram, India. Dr Madhavan Nair President IAA, India, during welcome address, Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES, France, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary MoES, India, Sri. Justice P. Sathasivam, Honourable Governor of Kerala, India, Dr Tanja Masson Swaan, President IISL, Netherlands, Dr K.R. Sridhara Murthy, Vice-President IISL, India and Dr Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General IAA, France.


On this occasion several newly elected members were introduced in the Academy: Shailesh Nayak, Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Earth Sciences (Member Social Science section), Kiran Kumar, new Chairman ISRO (Member of the Engineering Science section), K.N. Ninan, Director PCM of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (Member of the Engineering Science section), Anil Bhardwaj, Director Space Physics Laboratory (Corresponding Member Basic Science section), and John Zachariah, Deputy Director Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (Corresponding Member Social Science section).
 


Round Table during Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference

Round Table during Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference, 26 February 2015, Thiruvananthapuram, India. Dr. Mendietta, Head of the Mexican Space Agency, Dr. Madhavan Nair, President IAA, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES - French Space Agency, Dr. Tanja Masson Swaan, President IISL, Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General IAA and Dr. Marius Piso, Head of the Romanian Space Agency.




 

 


 



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