Tuesday, January 14, 2014

International Astronautical Congress 2014 - Call For Abstracts

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.”  The IAC – which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) – is the largest space-related conference world-wide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held September 29-October 3, 2014 in Toronto Canada.  NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 63nd IAC.  Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum.  A NASA technical review panel of scientist and/or officials will select abstracts.  Many students and professors are involved in NASA related research.  Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their research advisors, professors who are conducting NASA research, and/or from NASA scientists and engineers. 

Abstract Preparation:
•    Abstracts must be 400 words or less
•    Abstracts must be written in English
•    Abstracts can not include formulas, tables or drawings
•    Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.com/index.php/events/iac/iac-2014  and select “IAC 2014 call for papers” for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:

•    Science and Exploration – Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
•    Applications and Operations  - On-going and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
•    Technology – Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
•    Infrastructures – Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
•    Space and Society – Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format to the IAC website at www.iafastro.org no later than February 24, 2014 and to NASA at http://iac.nasaprs.com by February 21, 2014

If you have a question or concern about the programmatic or the electronic submission of your abstract, please email
abstract@nasaprs.com and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.
NOTE: Abstracts are due to the IAF by February 24, 2014.  Applicants must be selected by the IAF to be eligible for sponsorship by NASA.  However, all IAF accepted applicants may not be sponsored by NASA.


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