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International Astronautical Federation (IAF), together with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), holds the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) which is hosted by a different member society of the IAF each year.

Apart from the general sessions at the main conference, student delegates at the event are also able to attend the Space Generation Congress (September 21 to 22) which is aimed at representing university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.

The 2017 conference will be held in Adelaide in late September 2017. Full program details are to be found at: The 2017 conference provides unique opportunities for people from Australia to network with others interested in space applications and research from around the world.

The National Space Society of Australia (NSSA) is a not-for-profit
organisation that helps to educate the public about utilising space for the benefit of society and Australia's potential to contribute to space exploration and development. It was formed in the late 1980’s and has members in most states of Australia.

The NSSA would like to invite some of its student members to attend on behalf of the Society and is therefore willing to pay their IAC registration costs (and in the case of interstate students some accommodation and airfare costs).
Conditions for entry into competition
  • Must be a member of the National Space Society of Australia; if not already a member, a student membership with the Society should be obtained via our membership website on before submitting an application for sponsorship to the IAC.
  • Must be a tertiary student – one who is currently enrolled in either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at an Australian tertiary institution.
  • Must be prepared to attend on the majority of conference days and assist NSSA staff while doing so.
  • Applications must be received by the NSSA via email at by May 1, 2017
  • Successful applicants will be notified by June 16, 2017.

Availability of Sponsorship
  • Seven (7) positions are available to students who are resident in South Australia
  • Three (3) positions are available to students who are resident in the other states and territories of Australia


The deadline for submission has now closed. Successful applicants will be notified in June.
IAC students 2017