71st IAC 2020: CyberSpace Edition

Anushka Sharma
Oct 9, 2020 · 4 min read

Naaut is preparing for the 71st IAC 2020 — The CyberSpace Edition.

Since its first edition in 1950, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) has been THE place for all space people to come together and discuss the latest developments in space. In these challenging times, when physical meetings are near-impossible, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), more than ever, is determined to play its unifying role for the space community.

Uniquely, this year, the 71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020, The Cyberspace Edition will be free of charge. New communities and stakeholders that would normally not have the means to physically travel to an IAC will be offered the unique opportunity to be part of this world’s premier space gathering.

Naaut applauds this decision and while there have been online conferences and many Zooms, Google Hangouts, etc the timing of IAC 2020 has the potential to inspire those in career flux, perhaps looking for new career paths as the economic repercussions of Covid-19 play out across all sectors and industries.— Anushka Sharma, Founder Naaut

The IAC 2020 — The CyberSpace Edition encompasses most of the traditional IAC features compatible with a virtual format, including Plenaries, Highlight Lectures, the IAF Global Networking Forum Programme, Technical Programme including Special Sessions, Press Conferences, and Networking Sessions.

Top Tips to get the best from IAC 2020

Having access to IAC provides opportunities to anyone who has not been able to attend in person previously. If you are considering a career in Space or even applying you Artificial Intelligence learnings for a space technology application, this is the best place to start.

As well as the tips listed above, we like many of you have spent the last 6 months + working from home on our computers, phones, devices, and / or laptops. The barrage of conference calls and attending virtual events may have been tiresome. We recommend making the most of the live content by planning your day around your top sessions. Take regular breaks from your screen, perhaps switch to mobile and go for a walk with your headphones to take in the content in some fresh air.

Get Involved

Join the conversation by following us on Twitter @naaut_ / Instagram @naaut_ and check out Anushka Sharma for her insights #iac2020 #CyberSpaceIAC2020

Bremen at the DLR showcase, IAC 2018 — pic credit Anushka Sharma

SWAG

When it comes to IAC and indeed any Space Conference a big part is walking around the Exhibition Halls meeting the companies innovating, servicing, and satellite manufacturers and getting stashes of SWAG (freebies). From space agencies to mining companies to the headline sponsors and future host cities, nothing beats the experience of face to face serendipitous conversations. We look forward to experiencing the ‘digital event bag’ and assessing how it works as we attend virtually.

SWAG from IAC 2019 — Washington DC — Various Mission Patches. Pic Credit Anushka Sharma

Networking and Connections

The most valuable part of any gathering, in person or virtual, is making authentic connections. Connect with Anushka here LinkedIn.com/in/anushkasharma.

Calling Next Generation Space Leaders

If you are considering a career in the Space sector, are a recent graduate or you are a young professional on Saturday 10th October at this year’s IAC, the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), the International Space Education Board (ISEB), and the IAF Space Education and Outreach (SEOC) and Workforce Development / Young Professionals Programme (WD-YPP) Committees have joined forces to bring to you a pre-IAC session dedicated to the Next Generation of space leaders.

Part of the IAC 2020 — The Cyberspace Edition‘s programme, and sponsored by Blue Origin, the NextGen Summit will assemble a mix of fun and engaging online talks, activities and cosmic content, highlighting opportunities and career paths inside the Space sector. Join and hear from industry leaders as Blue Origin’s CEO Bob Smith and Director of Payload Sales Erika Wagner, as well as from young professionals and their tips on how to move your first steps as a Space professional.

Check the full Agenda: https://shorturl.at/jHY78

Next Gen Space Leaders at IAC 2019, Washington DC

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