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16 August 1960, Stockholm, Sweden, by Theodore Von Karman. Independent non-governmental 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 endeavours; Cooperation in the advancement of aerospace science.


Regular Meeting (every two years). Board of Trustees (meets twice a year), consisting of: President; four Vice-Presidents and twenty-eight Trustees, seven from each Section: Basic Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences. Current President: Dr Madhavan G. Nair, Past-President: Prof Edward C. Stone, USA, Vice-Presidents: Mr Yannick d'Escatha, France; Prof Liu Jiyuan, China ; Dr Hiroki Matsuo, Japan; General Anatoly Perminov, Russia; Secretary General Dr Jean-Michel Contant, France. Activities: Encourage international scientific cooperation through scientific symposia and meetings and the work of six specialized commissions: - Space Physical Sciences, - Space Life Sciences, - Space Technology and System Development, - Space Systems Operations and Utilization, - Space Policy Law and Economy, - Space and Society Culture and Education. A major initiative of the Academy is the development of a series of "Cosmic Studies" and "Position Papers" dealing with the many aspects of international cooperation endeavours in: - The exploration and habitation of the solar sytems and beyonds; - The space debris, - The small satellites, - Declaration of Principles Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, - EVA Safety and Space Suit Interoperability, - Inexpensive Scientific Satellite Missions, - Lunar and Martian Exploration, - Next Steps in Exploring Deep Space, - Space to promote Peace, - Space Traffic Management, - Knowledge Management in Space Activities, - Cost Effective Earth Observation Missions.


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), 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 (2012). Heads of Space Agencies Summit on the occasion of the IAA 50th anniversary (2010). IAA Regional Meeting Hanoi, Vietnam (2011).


  • Acta Astronautica (monthly) published in English;
  • IAA e-newsletter;
  • Proceedings of Symposia, Yearbook, Dictionaries and CD-ROM in 16 languages, Weekly News, Position Papers and Cosmic Studies, Scientific Papers Data Base on the IAA Web site.


Full and Corresponding Members (active: 1244) in four Trustee Sections;

Honorary members (5);

members in 78 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.

International Academy of Astronautics