1 April 2008. The Secretary General of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Jean Michel Contant, visited ESPI today to discuss joint activities during 2008 and further in the future.
The prestigious International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) brings together the world's foremost experts in the disciplines of astronautics on a regular basis to recognize the accomplishments of their peers, to explore and discuss cutting-edge issues in space research and technology, and to provide direction and guidance in the non-military uses of space and the ongoing exploration of the solar system. The elected members are from all over the world, i.e., approximately 65 countries. The Academy prepares studies and organizes symposia at the annual International Astronautical Congresses as well as stand-alone events.
During his visit at ESPI, the Academy’s Secretary General, Jean Michel Contant, discussed joint activities of IAA and ESPI. On 9 May 2008, ESPI will be host to this year’s regional meeting of the Academy assembling members from Germany, Austria and neighbouring countries. On 20/21 November 2008, ESPI will host a conference on “The fair and responsible use of space” jointly with IAA and the Secure World Foundation (SWF). It is also foreseen that ESPI will host in 2010 the 4th IAA Conference on “Space and Society”. Jean Michel Contant was extremely pleased about the close cooperation between the two institutions, which has recently been launched, and stressed the Academy’s interest in working closely with ESPI as a leader in the field of space policy research. ESPI itself is proud to be recognized as a partner by the Academy, which is the international institution with the highest standard of excellence in the space area.
From left to right: Michel A. Jakob (ESPI Treasurer), Jean Michel Contant (Secretary General of the International Academy of Astronautics, IAA), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI Director), Wolfgang Rathgeber (ESPI Research Fellow and project leader for the joint conference in November 2008)