Founded: 16 August 1960, Stockholm, Sweden, by Theodore Von Kármán. Independent non-governmental international organization recognized by the United Nations in 1996.

Aims: Foster the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes; Recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a related branch of science or technology; Provide a program through which members may contribute to international endeavors; Encourage international cooperation in the advancement of aerospace science.

Structure: Regular Meeting (every two years). Board of Trustees (meets twice a year), consisting of: President; four Vice-Presidents and twenty-eight Trustees, seven from each Section: Basic Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences. Current President: Dr Madhavan G. Nair, Past-President: Prof Edward C. Stone, USA, Vice-Presidents: Mr Yannick d'Escatha, France; Prof Liu Jiyuan, China ; Dr Hiroki Matsuo, Japan; General Anatoly Perminov, Russia; Secretary General Dr Jean-Michel Contant, France.

Activities: The IAA celebrated its 50th Anniversary in November 2010 in a meeting at Washington DC. In this meeting thirty Heads of space agencies, welcomed the IAA Declaration to advocate renewed and enlarged cooperation in the area of human spaceflight, robotic space exploration, disaster management and climate change. Deliberations at this unprecedented Summit led to the need to have advanced research in other areas as well and specifically on cosmic studies.

In view of a proposed second Summit, the IAA is preparing grounds for concrete investigations through a number of studies and regional meetings focusing on programs, policy and plans in niche areas in science and technology pertaining to Astronautics. It is also preparing through a Summit Steering Committee and four Summit Coordinating Groups in the four Summit topics. Particular attention is being made to emerging space countries and former eastern European countries to take cognizance of their contributions and major involvement in the renewed cooperation. All major space agencies such as NASA, CNSA, JAXA and ISRO have recently reaffirmed their support to the initiatives of the International Academy of Astronautics. In this effort the Academy will pay attention not to duplicate efforts with existing organizations but to strengthen their contributions.

The last few years saw the establishment of several new space agencies in Algeria, Mexico, South Africa, etc. The Academy has welcomed among its newly elected members in 2012, eleven Heads of space agencies from Argentina, Canada, Guatemala, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the UK. The IAA Board of Trustees currently includes fourteen Heads or former Heads of space agencies. This unique environment will drive IAA to develop a forum for stimulating new international cooperation in the relevant areas of Space Science and Technology.

Events: Establishment of cooperation with national academies: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1985), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (1986, 1993), the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of France (1988, 2001), The Academy of Finland (1988), Indian Academy of Sciences (1990, 2007), The Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences (1989), German Academy of Sciences (1990), The Kingdom of Netherlands (1990), RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (1991), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1992, 2002), the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (1992, 2002), the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1994), Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (1995), Chinese Academy of Sciences (1996), the Academy of Sciences of Turin (1997), the Australian Academy of Sciences (1998), The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1999), the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2000), the U.S. National Institute of Medicine (2002), Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Royal Society of South Africa (2011), National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2010, 2012), the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (2012).

Publications: Acta Astronautica, the journal of the International Academy of Astronautics (monthly) published in English 24 Numbers in 12 books, 344 papers, and 3292 pages total. Impact factor: 0.578 (2009), 0.609 (2010) and 0.614 (2011). Ranking: 14th among 42 aerospace journals (2009), 9th among 43 aerospace journals (2010) and 8th among 45 aerospace journals (2011);

IAA is totaling 52 IAA Studies and dictionaries, many of them available at https://shop.iaaweb.org. In 2012 IAA is publishing four new book series on small satellite, proceedings, remote sensing and history.

2011 IAA Standalone conferences

24-29 January 2011, 1st IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions and 1st CubeSat Winter Workshop in Europe, Roma, Italy

04-08 April 2011, 8th IAA Symposium on Small Satellite for Earth Observation, Berlin, Germany

11-15 April 2011, 18th Humans in Space Symposium "Integration and Cooperation in the Next Golden Age of Human Space Flight", Houston, Texas

20-22 April 2011, 3rd Intl Conference on Advanced Space Techno. for Humankind Prosperity (Space Technologies: present and future), Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

10-13 May 2011, 2nd IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Bucharest, Romania

30 May - 1st June 2011, 2nd Intl IAA Conference on Private Human Access to Space, Arcachon , France

21-23 June 2011, 9th IAA Intl Conf. Low-Cost Planetary Missions, Laurel, MD, USA

27-29 June 2011, 3rd IAA Symposium on Searching for Life Signatures, Saint Petersburg, Russia

27-30 June 2011, Scientific and Technological Experiments on Automatic Space Vehicles and Small Satellites, Samara, Russia

11-14 July 2011, 7th Symposium on Realistic Advanced Scientific Space Missions - Missions to the Outer Solar System and Beyond, Aosta, Italy

02-03 September 2011, 2nd IAA-SGEI Workshop on Coordination and Cooperation for Global Environmental Impact, Beijing, China

05-08 September 2011, 4th CSA-IAA Conference on Advanced Space Systems & Applications, Shanghai, China

31 October - 4 November 2011, 1st IAA-CRPSM Intl Workshop on "Remote Sensing of the Environment for the Sub Saharian regions" - ReSESS 2011, Nairobi, Kenya

21-22 November 2011, IAA Workshop on Drake Equation, CNES, Paris, France

2011 IAA Symposia at International Astronautical Congress (Cape Town, South Africa, 3-7 October)

IAA/IAF Space Life Sciences Symposium,

IAA Symposium on Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) – The Next Steps (40th Symposium),

IAA Symposium on Human Exploration of the Moon and Mars,

IAA Symposium on Space Debris,

IAA Small Satellite Missions Symposium,

IAA Symposium on Stepping Stones to the Future: Strategies, Architectures, Concepts and Technologies,

IAA Symposium on the Far Future,

44th IAA Symposium on Safety and Quality in Space Activities,

24th IAA Symposium on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics,

45th IAA Symposium History of Astronautics,

22nd Symposium on Space Activity and Society,

IAA Symposium on Space Terminology,

26th IAA/IISL Scientific Legal Round Table: The New Age of Small Satellite Missions.


Members: 899, Corresponding Members: 277 in four Trustee Sections and among 84 countries.

Africa: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia.

Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

Asia: Bahrain, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.

Europe: Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine.

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand.