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About IAA

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

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.

Regular Meeting; Board of Trustees consisting of: President; four Vice-Presidents and twenty-eight Trustees, seven from each Section: Basic Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Current President: Dr. Peter Jankowitsch, Austria; Past-President: Dr. Madhavan G. Nair, India; Vice-Presidents: Dr. Francisco Mendieta-Jimenez, Mexico; Prof. Liu Jiyuan, China; Dr. Hiroki Matsuo, Japan; Prof. Anatoly Perminov, Russia, Secretary General Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, France.

Encourage international scientific cooperation through symposia and meetings in the area of: space sciences, space life sciences, space technology & system development, space systems operations & utilization, space policy, law & economy, space & society, culture & education; Publish cosmic studies dealing with a wide variety of topics including space exploration, space debris, small satellites, space traffic management, natural disaster, climate change, etc.

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, 2013), 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).

The journal Acta Astronautica first appeared in 1955, and is published monthly under the auspices of the IAA Publications Committee. The Acta Astronautica Journal covers developments in space science, engineering, life science and social science related to "peaceful scientific exploration of space and its exploitation for human welfare and progress."
IAA is totaling more than 50 cosmic studies, book series and dictionaries, many of them available at

Full Members: 968, Corresponding Members: 229, in four 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.

IAA Office:
Office 6 rue Galilée, Po Box 1268-16, 75766 Paris Cedex 16, France; IAA Office Branches in Bangalore (India) and in Beijing (China) for its Study Center; Regional offices in Abuja (Nigeria), Tunis (Tunisia), Buea (Cameroon) and Nairobi (Kenya).

Mailing Address: IAA, PO Box 1268-16, F-75766 Paris Cedex 16, France
Telephone: 33 1 47 23 82 15, Fax: 33 1 47 23 82 16, email   sgeneral(at)

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