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Newly elected ceremony in Roma, Italy
The 3rd International Academy of Astronautics Conference on University Satellite Mission, Cubesat Workshop & International Workshop on Lean Satellite  Standardization (IWLS2) gathered more than 130 participants at the Palazzo Rospigliosi in Roma, Italy on November 30- December 05, 2015. The opening ceremony was chaired by Amalia Ercoli Finzi (M2, PolyMi, Italy), Antonio Esposito (ASI), Jean-Michel Contant (Secretary General IAA, France), Filippo Graziani (M2 and Trustee, President GAUSS, Italy), Vladimir Andreev (M2, ISC Kosmotras, Russia), Vladimir Solovey (CM2, Russia). During the conference a ceremony recognized newly elected members, from left to right: Filippo Graziani (IAA Trustee), Francesco Torchia (Italy), member life science section, Officer of the Italian Air Force Medical Corps and new member of the Commission 2,  Abdussalam Saleh (Libya), member engineering  sciences section, Head of Aerospace Engineering Department, University of  Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya and Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General. 
CSA-IAA Shanghai 2015 Conference
The Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) and the International Academy of Aeronautics (IAA) have successfully co-organized International Conference on Space Technology Innovation for five times. The 6th conference was held from November 10-12, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The conference focussed on the theme of how advanced space technology benefits human society, discuss related topics of space development, and further promote the international cooperation. Plenary, technical sessions and technical visits were arranged. The conference covered the following topics: satellite technology, satellite applications, commercialization of satellite applications, and international cooperation and policies. 
Academy Day Beijing 2015
International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Academy Day was held on Friday November 6th, 2015 in Beijing, China. Welcome Address was given by Prof. Liu Jiyuan, IAA Vice President. The Academy Day program is available.

Heads of Space Agencies Summit, Mexico
On Friday 18 September 2015, the IAA Heads of Space Agencies SUMMIT on Climate Change and Disaster Management attended by 25 agency leaders was held by the IAA to engage active dialogue on topics of global concern and participants welcomed a Mexico Declaration. The Summit, hosted by the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), and sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corp., China RS Geoinformatics, ESA, CNES AEM, ROSA and SpaceNews addressed all aspects of the contribution of space activities to the understanding and solving of the challenges of climate change and disaster management. The opening ceremony was chaired by Mtra Monica Aspe, Vice-Minister for Telecommunications of the Mexican Government, Ignacio Pichardo Lechuga, Federal Deputy of Mexico, Contralmirant Froylan Jimenez Colorado, Joint General Director of Communications of SEMAR and General of Division Carlos Rodriguez Munguia, Head of the Mexican Air Forces. The IAA summit was very successful and attended by over 300 participants. The IAA appreciated the presence of Luis Ramirez Quintanilla of Chile who maintained his participation while his country experienced a very severe earthquake a few days ago. A meeting of the Heads of space agencies with Mexican students chaired by Marius Ioan Piso, ROSA and Johann-Dietrich Woerner, ESA, followed the summit. A press conference also followed the event with Dr. Francisco Mendieta, AEM, Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES, Sandile Malinga, SANSA, South Africa, Alice Bunn, UK Space Agency and Ger Niewpoort, space agency of the Netherlands.
Climate Change & Disaster Management Conference in Mexico
As an introduction to the Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Management, the International Academy of Astronautics organized on Thursday 17 September 2015, an IAA International CONFERENCE on Climate Change and Disaster Management entitled "Space Systems for the Benefit of Earth and Humankind" in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General, kicked-off the conference with opening remarks, then three keynotes were addressed by Dr. Carlos Nobre, Brazil, Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA, United States and Dr. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director UNOOSA. The six technical sessions focused respectively on: Carbon Monitoring System, Earthquakes and Disaster Management and Big Data and Land Remote Sensing, Water and Weather, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Space in Support of People. The IAA conference was very successful and attended by over 300 participants. Keynote Speakers - IAA Climate Change & Disaster Management Conference, From left to right: Dr JM Contant, Secretary General IAA, Ellen Stofan, NASA,  Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES, Francisco Mendieta, AEM, Simonetta di Pippo, Director UNOOSA, Dr Carlos Nobre, Brazil, Dr James H Crocker, Lockheed Martin Corp.
Academy Day Jerusalem
The IAA Academy Day was held in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday 11 October 2015. At this occasion IAA Press releases on awards and new members were published. Newly elected members 2015 were inducted during the IAA Award Dinner.
IAA von Karman Award 2015 Dr Hiroki Matsuo
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has attributed the Theodore von Karman Award for 2015 to Dr. Hiroki Matsuo, Japan Manned Systems Corporation's Science Adviser, in recognition for his life-time efforts in advancing space research and applications, his leading role both in launch vehicle development and in interplanetary endeavors such as Halley’s Armada and Hayabusa, his outstanding leadership of Japanese space policy through chairing the Space Activities Commission, his fruitful dedication to education, as well as his remarkable contributions to international cooperation and to the International Academy of Astronautics. IAA Press Release 15-03 is available.
IAA Laurels 2015 to Philae team
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has attributed the Laurels for Team Achievement Award for 2015 to the Philae Lander team. The 2015 Laurels for Team Achievement recognizing extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of Astronautics, are given to the team of engineers and managers, whose talent, skills and dedication made possible Philae Lander. The citation reads as follow: the 2015 Laurels for Team Achievements is given to the team of scientists and engineers whose creativity and expertise made possible the development and operation of Philae Lander which conducted the first-ever successful cometary soft landing, the first cometary surface operations, and the first cometary in-situ science collection. International cooperation and partnership were essential for the success of this remarkable mission. IAA Press Release 15-05 is available.
Space Systems, Mamaia 2015
The 4th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure took place on 06-07 August, 2015 in Mamaia, Romania. The conference was organised by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) jointly with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). The focus of the conference was to identify new trends and threats of space critical infrastructure (SCI) and the interdependencies of these SCI to other critical infrastructures (CI). The conference report aims at reviewing the activities undertaken in Mamaia as well as to offer a background for better understanding the rationalities behind this series of conferences. It is important to note as well further milestones and directions of action in the field of space critical infrastructures and their interdependencies on other vital systems, technologies and services. Consequently, the report is divided into three parts, as follows: introduction to the conference, organisation of the conference, and results, conclusions and further actions.
Future of Space Exploration, Turin, Italy
The 9th IAA Symposium on The Future of Space Exploration - Towards New Global Programmes took place on 07-09 July, 2015 in Torino, Italy.
IAA Spring meetings
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), has elected new members 2015, many of whom were inducted on 11 October 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel during an Academy Day Honor Night Dinner. 
Humans in Space 2015
The 20th IAA Humans in Space Symposium took place on 29 June - 03rd July, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. In the Prague Diplomat Hotel there were more than 200 world experts on human spaceflights discussing the future challenges. During the week, there were a total of 17 regular sessions with 141 reports. Throughout the week there was also accessible the poster session in the foyer with 33 posters that were made predominantly by students and young scientists. Among the participants of the Symposium there have been 12 scientists from the Czech Republic who ended up on the fifth place in the statistics of amount of the participants from each country. First places went to the Russian Federation, Germany, the United States and China, that are world leaders in space research. Significant role in the smooth running of the Symposium played high school and university students who had worked as volunteers and thanks to that had the opportunity to meet leading experts and also the astronauts Dumitru Prunariu, Reinhold Ewald and Leroy Chiao. Conference report is available.
SFS Symposium 2015
The 2nd IAA Space Flight Safety Symposium took place on 29 June - 03rd July, 2015 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

HOA meeting in Paris at CNES
On Monday 15 June 2015, 27 Heads of Space Agencies or delegations gathered in CNES Headquarters, Paris, France. The dinner hosted by Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, was an occasion to discuss and prepare the Summit declaration. Among the participants were Francisco Javier Mendietta, Head of Mexican Space Agency, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, DLR / ESA, Talgat Musabayev, Space Agency of Kazakhstan, Bo Andersen, Norwegian Space Center, Marek Banaszkiewicz, Polish Space Agency, David Parker, UK Space Agency, Olle Norberg, Swedish National Space Board, Daniel Neuenschwander, Switzerland Space Agency, Etienne Massard Makaga, Space Agency of Gabon, as well as Alain Ratier, Director General of EUMETSAT and delegations from Australia, Azerbajian, Belgium, China, UAE, Spain, Hungary, Italy and Ukraine . The Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Management will be held in Mexico on 18 September 2015. (© CNES/O. PASCAUD, 2015)
IAA LCPM 2015 in Berlin

The 11th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference took place on 09-11 June, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. More than 150 international participants gathered on this occasion. The IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference is a forum for planetary scientists, technologists, engineers, project managers and agency officials to gather for the exchange of information and ideas for making robotic missions (such as NASA's Discovery program, ESA's Cosmic Vision Small Class and Medium program, JAXA's Hayabusa missions, ISRO's Chandrayaan-1 mission) richer scientifically while remaining affordably low-cost.
Space conference in Ukraine
The 5th International Conference ‘Space Technologies: Present and Future’ was held on 19-21 May 2015 in Dnepropetrovsk under the aegis of the International Academy of Astronautics. Yuzhnoye State Design Office and IAA Ukrainian branch were the main organizers.
More than 260 scientists and specialists from twenty countries of the world took part in the conference activity. Among those were Oleg Uruskyi, Head of State Space Agency of Ukraine; members of IAA Board of Trustees: Prof. Marius-Ioan Piso, Head of Space Agency of Romania and Filippo Graziani, Professor of La Sapienza University of Rome; Claude Nicollier, Swiss Astrophysicist, Astronaut of European Space Agency, Participant of four space flights; Yaroslav Yatskiv, Member of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Deputy Head of the Space Board.
More than 125 papers were presented during the five sessions of the conference and 8 papers were delivered during the plenary session. Two round-table discussions were held on the urgent issues of space technologies: ‘Interorbital Space Service’ and ‘Problems of Space Debris Removal from Near-Earth Space’.

IAA 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 Symposium in Berlin
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 2015
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. The following topics were discussed: Planetary Defense - Recent Progress & Plans, NEO Discovery and Characterization, Mitigation Techniques & Missions, Impact Effects that Inform Warning, Mitigation & Costs and Consequence Management & Education. 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:

SETI Conference 2015
The 6th IAA Symposium on Search for Life Signatures organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and co-sponsored by ASTRON took place on March 26-27, 2015 in Paris, France. SETI (the “Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence”) refers to the experiments intended to find either radio or optical signals from extraterrestrial societies situated on planets around other stars. The largest radio telescopes world-wide have occasionally pursued SETI searches since 1960, in most cases hunting for signals near in frequency to 1420 MHz (the emission line of neutral hydrogen). Optical SETI searches have been pursued since the 1990s. These attempts to detect extraterrestrial signals are called “Passive SETI”. Several experts discussed different topics on radio astronomy, SETI, related aspects about planets orbiting the Sun and other stars, habitability and life signatures, as well as on the technological and societal aspects of finding extra-terrestrial life and establishing “contact”. Conference report is now available.
Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management
The 1st IAA/IISL 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.  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.
IAA Newly Elected Member in Kovalam, India
On February 26-28, 2015 at Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, India, 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).
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