The exploration of space has resulted in the advancement of scientific knowledge and benefits for all of humanity. As we expand further into the universe, as we learn new things, identify new problems, and come up with novel solutions, it is important to pay tribute to those at the forefront of international collaboration who help us work together and bridge our differences. 


As a global federation, the IAF strives to promote a worldwide dialogue to support international cooperation as the foundation of a stable and developing space community.  


To this end, the IAF is excited to introduce the new IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award as a valuable addition to the existing IAF awards.  


This award is intended to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual in advancing international cooperation including in, but not limited to, the fields of space science, space technology, space medicine, space law and space policy.  


Call for Nominations 2021 is now OPEN!  


The call for nominations for the IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award is addressed to IAF member organizations in good standing, Chairpersons of IAF administrative and technical committees, and elective and appointive IAF officers. 


The IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award recipient will be inducted at the next International Astronautical Congress (IAC) at the VIP Luncheon on Monday (Excellence in International Cooperation Award Luncheon”). 


Nomination documents must be received by the IAF Secretariat by 20 April 2021 15:00 CET (Paris time), preferably by email at 

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