IAC Student Competition Entry 2017

2017 International Astronautical Congress
Student Paper Competition
UK Selection

****Deadline extended to 2 May!****

The annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the world’s largest astronautics/space engineering conference, will be held this year in Adelaide, Australia from 25-29 September.

Every year there is a student paper competition with prizes for best papers/presentations in two categories, undergraduate and postgraduate, for both teams and individuals. This was launched on 5 March at the National Student Space Conference #NSSC17 at Exeter University. Thanks to previous winners Ciara McGrath (UKSEDS Treasurer) and Rob Garner (UKSEDS Vice Chair) for sending an encouraging video from MIT to persuade students to enter!

The UK selection for the ‘individual’ competition is being run by the British Interplanetary Society’s Education and Outreach Committee and the winners of the undergraduate and post-graduate papers will bypass the heats at the IAC and go straight into the final round. To assist in covering some of their travel expenses, prizes of £500 will be presented to the winners on their arrival in Adelaide.

The competition was launched at the UKSEDS conference in Exeter on 4/5 March and will be open for entries until Monday 24 April. Now Tuesday 2 May!

The final selection will take place in London on Saturday 20 May at a joint BIS/UKSEDS event at the BIS HQ in London.

To enter, all that is required is for students to email a one-page abstract (400 words maximum) to the BIS at, [email protected], by the 24 April 2017 deadline.

Once the abstract has been received, the student supervisor will be emailed to confirm their support for the entry.

Please see Abstract Guide prepared by UKSEDS http://ukseds.org/get-involved/abstractguide/

The format of the abstract should be:-

Student Name

Student Age on 1 January 2017


Student E-mail

Category (UG or PG)

Paper Title

Supervisor Name

Supervisor Email


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