The first press conference of the 72nd International Astronautical Congress confirmed that the IAC 2021 will take place as an in-person congress in the beautiful and dynamic city of Dubai from the 25th to the 29th October 2021. With the theme “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Mankind”, the IAC 2021 will make a contribution to humanity and to science by strengthening and enhancing cooperation between all countries in the space sector.
IAF President, Prof. Pascale EHRENFREUND, presented the exciting programme: a rich plenary programme with the usual Heads of Agencies roundtable, and various sessions focusing on Future Mars Sample Return Missions, the role of Emerging Space Agencies, Small Satellites, and the views of the Next Generation. The comprehensive technical programme also promises to be exciting and will offer a large number of presentations thoroughly selected by the IAC International Programme Committee. The Global Networking Forum will bring together stakeholders, policy-makers, experts and young professionals in the global conversation about present and future of space activities.
H.E. Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General, MBRSC, said: "On the back of the UAE's achievements in the space field and a futuristic vision for the sector, we look forward to hosting this year’s International Astronautical Congress. The event will act as a catalyst for more nations from the region to engage with international partners and empower a new generation of space experts that will work for humanity."
Salem AlMarri, Deputy Director General, MBRSC and IAC 2021 LOC Chair, said: "The UAE hosting this year’s edition reaffirms our commitment to support the growth and development of the global space sector. We have been working closely with all relevant government authorities in Dubai to ensure the safety of everyone, setting up all required protocols that will help us pursue a successful event in October."
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