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Regional Meeting of the International Academy of Astronautics in Bonn, Germany was held on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. Speakers were Juan Carlos Villagran de Leon, Gerd Gruppe, Heinz Stoewer, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Volker Schmid, Martin Dameris, Andrea Boese and Rainer Sandau.

First Regional Meeting of the International Academy of Astronautics in Taipei was held on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012. This event held by NSPO was Chaired by Madhavan Nair, IAA President. A newly elected members ceremony has been organized during the Regional Meeting.

Academy Day, Beijing, China was held on Saturday November 3rd, 2012, at the China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA). This event held by the IAA Studies Center was Chaired by the Vice-President Liu Jyuan. Prof. Wu Meirong, IAA Trustee, delivered a report on Application of Special Information for Dealing with Natural Disasters. Induction of newly elected members was held on this occasion.

IAA Academy Day in Naples , Italy was held on Sunday September 30, 2012.  More than 300 guests attended the Academy Day Dinner ceremony.

4th IAA Symposium on Searching for Life Signatures, Republic of San Marino (Italy), Kursaal Congress Centre, September 25th-28th, 2012. Dr Vito Testaj, Turism Vice-Minister, Prof Giorgio Petroni, Rector of the San marino University, Dr Riccarco Vannucci, President of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dr Claudio Maccone, IAA Technical Director Space Exploration, and Prof Mustapha Masmoudi, IAA Regional Secretary, participated to this event.

The Summit Follow-On Announcement was presented during the IAA plenary event at the International Astronautical Congress on October 6th 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa (see the video at http://iaaweb.org/content/view/465/626/ ).

The 4th IAA Symposium on Searching for Life Signatures took place in Republic of San Marino (Italy), Kursaal Congress Centre, from September 25th to September 28th, 2012.

The resolution of the 4th Specialized International Symposium on Space & Global Security of Humanity, held in Yevpatoria, Ukraine, September 03-07, 2012, is now available.

More than 200 participants attended the IAA Academy Day in Mysore, India that took place on July 14th, 2012 on the occasion of the 39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly. Lectures on the Meghatropiques Satellite, the role of clouds in Earth's climate (Cloudsat mission), the NASA's GRAIL mission and Heoliophysics in the US were presented. The Academy concluded on a Heads of space Agencies Summit Follow-on Round Table on Robotic Space Exploration with NASA, ISRO, CNES and CSO. ISRO Chairman has reiterated his support to the Academy for its unprecedented effort to promote international cooperation. Space Agencies have discussed how to involve space emerging countries into new space programs.
The IAA spring meetings gathered more than two hundred members. Newly elected members were inducted during the IAA honor night dinner by President Madhavan Nair, Vice-President Anatoly Perminov, Vice-President Liu Jiyuan, Vice-President Yannick d'Escatha, Vice-President Hiroki Matsuo and Secretary General Jean-Michel Contant: Michael Gruntman, corresponding member for basic sciences section, Chantal Cappelletti, Klaus Dannenberg, David Dunham, Christian Heipke and Turki Saud Al-Saud, corresponding members for engineering sciences section, Lawrence Pinsky, corresponding member for life sciences section, Jacques Arnould and Ger Nieuwpoort, corresponding members for social sciences section, and Zvi Kaplan, Member for engineering sciences section.

 Bonn Regional Meeting of the International Academy of Astronautics was held in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. Speakers were Juan Carlos Villagran de Leon, Gerd Gruppe, Heinz Stoewer, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Volker Schmid, Martin Dameris, Andrea Boese and Rainer Sandau.

 Taipei First Regional Meeting of the International Academy of Astronautics  was held in Tapei on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012. This event held by NSPO was Chaired by Madhavan Nair, IAA President. A newly elected members ceremony has been organized during this Regional Meeting.

 Beijing Academy Day , China was held on Saturday 3 November 2012 at the China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA). This event held by the IAA Studies Center was Chaired by the Vice-President Liu Jyuan. Prof. Wu Meirong, IAA Trustee, delivered a report on Application of Special Information for Dealing with Natural Disasters. Induction of newly elected members was held on this occasion.

The Academy Day in Mysore, India on 14th July 2012 on the occasion of the 39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly presented lectures on the Meghatropiques Satellite, the role of clouds in Earth's climate (Cloudsat mission), the NASA's GRAIL mission and Heoliophysics in the US. The Academy concluded on a Heads of space Agencies Summit Follow-on Round Table on Robotic Space Exploration. ISRO Chairman has reiterated his support to the Academy for its unprecedented effort to promote international cooperation.

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), has elected new members , many of whom will be inducted on 30 September 2012 in Naples, Italy during an Academy Day Honor Night Dinner.

The second IISL/IAA Space Law and Policy Symposium took place in Toulouse, France on 26 June 2012. The main theme of the symposium was Space Sustainability, and the day has been divided into 4 main sessions: Towards effective sustainability for outer space activities: institutional parameters; observers’ perspectives Sustainable use of the radio spectrum; Responding to Space Situational Awareness and space debris; Transposing sustainability into effective legal solutions.

The first IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems – DyCoSS’2012 was held in Porto, Portugal, March 19-21, 2012 with the aim to join specialists in Astrodynamics, Space Flight Mechanics, and Space Structures. More than 100 papers were presented. Conference report is now available. Speakers of the Opening Ceremony were Prof. Kathleen Howell, Purdue University, Dr. António Neto da Silva, President of Proespaço, the Portuguese Association of Space Industries and Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General, International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Constantinos Stavrinidis, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, ESA-ESTEC, gave a keynote speach on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems.

Final Program of the IAA Regional Meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, held on 30 May 2012, is available.

New Study ReleaseThe study on "The First International Assessment of Space Solar Power: Opportunities, Issues And Potential Pathways Forward" was handed out by the International Academy of Astronautics to delegations of the forty-ninth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on February 9th, 2012.  The UN delegations also received the IAA 50th anniversary book entitled: "Celebrating 50 years of Excellence".

Final report of the Space Solar Power is now available. The First International Assessment of Space Solar Power : Opportunities, Issues And Potential Pathways Forward.

21-22 November 2011: Report on IAA Workshop on Drake Equation, held at CNES, Paris, France is available

31 October - 04 November 2011: 1st IAA-CRPSM International Workshop on "Remote Sensing of the Environment for the Sub Saharian regions" - ReSESS 2011, held in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants were from Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Senegal Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, waziland, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States and Zambia.

24-26 January 2011: the 1st IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions in Europe, Roma, Italy was attended by 170 participants from 25 countries. Dr. Enrico Saggese, President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) welcomed the participants and congratulated Prof. Filippo Grazziani and his student' team GAUSS coordinated by Chantal Cappeletti from La Sapienza University for the successful gathering. A Luigi Broglio memorial session was conducted by Ugo Ponzi, Nazzareno Cardinali and Giorgio Di Bernardo Nicolai. Fourteen technical sessions were conducted for the conference and the workshop.   

17 November 2010: leaders of 30 space agencies from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. for the International Academy of Astronautics’ (IAA) Heads of Space Agencies Summit. In preparation for the Summit, the IAA received inputs from Academicians, other experts and space agency representatives on the subject of enhancing global collaboration in the following four areas: human spaceflight, planetary robotic exploration, climate change and disaster management.  IAA Summit Declaration is now available.

01 November 2010: The IAA book "Celebrating 50 years of Excellence" International Academy of Astronautics, is now published.

30-31 August 2010:  50th Anniversary Memorial Symposium What can we do for our mother Earth, Nagoya, Japan

20 July 2010: Claudio Maccone presented an article on "A Protected Antipode Circle (PAC)" at the center of the Moon Farside, during the 3rd NASA Lunar Science Forum at NASA Ames Research Center. Academician Claudio Maccone, Italy, has been named IAA Technical Director, Scientific Space Exploration. He will oversee projects and programs of the International Academy of Astronautics.

19 July 2010:  Lev Zelenyi, Director IKI, Moscow, received the Basic Sciences Award of the Academy from Dr. Madhavan Nair and S. Krimigis, during the opening ceremony of the COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Bremen, Germany.

17 July 2010: Academy Day, Bremen, Germany, on the occasion of the 50th year anniversary celebration, Park Hotel, Bremen. Gregg Vane, Dan Baker, Dave Kendall cochaired the meeting that was attended by 80 Academicians including Dr Madhavan Nair, President IAA, Prof. Roger Bonnet, President of COSPAR, Prof. Ed Stone, past President IAA and Dr. Jean Michel Contant, Secretary General IAA. Pu Zuyin, Hannu Koskinnen and Karl-Heinz Glassmeier reveived newly elected diploma.

08 July 2010:  IAA Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, the city where the Academy was established 50 years ago. Valery Menshikov, Efim M. Malitikov and Jean-Michel Contant co-chaired a roundtable discussion on the innovative solutions in joint programs and projects. This event was preceeded by a seminar on the potential of micro and nanotechnologies in joint international projects.

05-08 July 2010:  First IAA/RACT Workshop on Monitoring Global Phenomena and Man-Made Disasters, Riga, Latvia. 250 participants from 22 countries are discussing  involvement of scientists and professionals for topical issues of space exploration and use space technology for global security, political, legal, organizational and technical aspects of IGMASS project implementation. Jean Michel Contant, IAA, Secretary General, France, Valery A. Menshikov, RAC, Vice President, Russia, Efim M. Malitikov, IAZ, President, Russia and Igor Kabashkin, TTI, President, Latvia chaired the workshop.

02 July 2010:  1st IAA Regional Meeting, Minsk, Belarus. Dr. Sergey Zolotoy, IAA Regional Secretary and Director & Design Manager of the Belarusian Space System of Earth Remote Sensing chaired the meeting. Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General of the IAA, Dr.Phys.-Math.Sc. Alexander Tusikov, General Director of the State United Institute pf Informatics Problems and Academician Sergey Oblameyko, Rector of the Belarusian State University were among keynote speakers. Prof. Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus received the Academy delegation and signed MOU for IGMASS project. Belarus is welcomed among the new countries represented in the Academy. 

18 June 2010: the first ceremony of the 50th IAA anniversary celebration was held in Kiev, Ukraine at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine with participants from a dozen of countries. The Vice-President Stanislav Konyukhov chaired the one-day regional meeting and the Secretary General Jean-Michel Contant presented the review of 50 years of excellence.  Mr. Yurii Aleksieiev Director General of the National Space Agency of Ukraine was present. Leonid Kuchma, former President of Ukraine and former Director General of YUZHMASH, received his pin of new member of the Academy during a brief ceremony followed by a reception. Alexander Degtyarev, First Deputy General Designer at Yuzhnoye SDO, Ukrainian Regional Office Secretary gave a presentation of the Ukrainian space activities. On this occasion a booklet about the IAA entitled "50 years at the service of peace " was issued as well as other anniversary gifts. On 19 June 2010, participants were invited to visit not far from Kiev the small Ukrainian town of Zhytomyr where Korolev was born in 1907. On this occasion, on behalf  of the Academy, the Secretary General Jean-Michel Contant deposed flowers at Korolev monument in the center of the city.

10 June 2010: Academician Claudio Maccone presented to the United Nations COPUOS in Vienna, Austria, a proposal for establishing a new radio-quiet zone on the farside of the Moon. Recommendations: Use the Earth-Sun L2 only (and not the Earth-Moon L2) as a servicing station and as a Low-gravity launching platform for large spacecrafts to Mars, the Asteroids, and all the outer solar system bodies.

Academician Rainer Sandau, Germany, has been named IAA Technical Director, Satellite and Space Applications. He will oversee the Sustainable Development Program of the International Academy of Astronautics.

30 May 2010: Opening Ceremony of the IAA Studies Center in Beijing China: IAA Vice President Academician Liu Jiyuan, Minister Chen Qiufa Information and Technology, Academician and Trustee Xu Guanhua, former Minister and Dr. Jean-Michel Contant presided over the meeting attended by more than 200 participants.

29-30 May 2010: First Workshop on Coordination and Cooperation for Global Environment Impact, Institute of Remote Sensing Application, 5th floor, Beijing, China. This workshop Chaired by Academician Gu Xinfa, is part of the new IAA Study Group 4.11 (Earthquake forecasting and emergency response for natural disaster, public sanitation and human health, global climate change). Academician Ma Xingrui, President of CAST, Wu Zhijian, Director General SASTIND, and Academician Xu Guanhua attended the meeting. Africa was represented at the workshop. Experts are welcomed to participate to the study group work.

06-08 May 2010: During an official visit in Tunis 6-8 May 2010, Dr Contant Secretary General and Academician Trustee Mustapha Masmoudi, received from Mr. Mohammed Naceur Ammar, Minister of Communication Technology, confirmation acceptance about the creation of an IAA  regional office in Tunis. Mrs Lamia Chafaii, Secretary of State proposed to the Academy to participate to the ICT4all conference in November 2010 in Tunisia as a main partner. Mr Refat Chaabouni, Secretary of State for Scientific Research discussed future activity in North Africa. The IAA will organize in conjunction with the UN year of youth a conference for Youth and Space in Tunisia in 2011.     

04 March 2010: The Syrian national television and several newspapers reported on the first IAA Regional Conference in Middle East held on 4th March 2010 in Damascus, Syria. Dr Eng. Hussein Ibrahim, IAA Regional Secretary for Middle East, chaired the meeting. Dr JM Contant made a first presentation on "50th Years of IAA and Middle East Strategy". Dr R. Sandau, DLR Berlin,  presented a paper on "Small Satellites - Status and Prospects" and a second paper on "Small Satellites Missions: a Powerful Tool for Capacity Building". Among participants Deputy Ministers of Education, High Education, Culture and Environment were present. In addition, General Mohammad Fares, first Syrian Cosmonaut who flew in 1987 was attending. Participants discussed preparation of the first conference in Syria to be held on 18-21 October 2010 in Damascus.

01 March 2010: The International Academy of Astronautics celebrating 50 years will have a blooming activity and development. After the opening of the Bangalore Branch of the Academy secretariat we are pleased to announce the creation of a second Branch in China end of May 2010 and of two new Nodes in Africa and one in Middle East: Tunis, Yaounde and Damscus. This infrastructure will be at the service of the members, searchers and students. As of today there are currently 33 regional secretaries (see http://iaaweb.org/content/view/139/238/).

06 February 2010: In Bangalore, India, the new IAA President, Dr. Madhavan Nair, chaired the inaugural function of the International Academy of Astronautics permanent presence in India with the opening of an office to host the new Branch devoted to the secretariat of the IAA standalone conferences worldwide. Dr. Jean-Michel Contant was the Chief Guest. The IAA has sigificantly grown during the last few years with 21 regional meetings, stand alone symposia and conferences and symposia in 2009 totaling gathering of over 4000 participants. In 2009 the Academy had two meetings in Darmstadt, Germany, two conferences in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, then Granada, Spain, Paris, France, Yaounde, Cameroon, Vienna, Austria, Berlin, Germany, Moscow, Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, Tsukuba, Japan, Aosta, Italy, Goa, India, Toronto, Canada, Graz, Austria, Bucharest, Romania, Daejon, South Korea, Limassol, Cyprus, Abuja, Nigeria and Baikonour, Kazakhstan.  No need to say that time is arrived to have a specialized department of the Academy devoted to the management of this activity which was anticipated in the strategic plan of the organisation. The Academy is grateful to the Astronautical Society of India and to ISRO for the support of this activity.

25-26 January 2010: the Academy was invited by the Royal Society, London, UK, to participate to the first discussion meeting on the Detection of extra-terrestrial life and the consequences for science and society.  On January 26th, Lord Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society (RAS) and Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General IAA announced in London the Second IAA-RAS Symposium on Searching for Life Signatures, to be held at The Royal Society Kavli Centre, Milton Keynes, UK, October 4th-7th 2010. Dr John Zarnecki and Dr. Claudio Maccone are going to chair the scientific program committee. With this events, 2010 appears to be a major milestone in the recognition of the search for extraterrestrial scientific community. The IAA which was since 1971 the first international organisation to recognize and host this community is particularly pleased.

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