2013 International Astronautical Congress Student Paper Competition – UK Selection

1. Introduction

Organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is the world’s largest astronautics/space engineering conference.  As part of each IAC, there is a student paper competition (the E2.1 Student Conference) with prizes for best papers/presentation. Papers may be on any subject related to space sciences, industry or technology and must be the work of the author(s) (no more than two students).

There are two categories: a) Undergraduate b) Postgraduate. For both categories, there is an age limit – entrants must have been no more that 28 on 1 January 2013. For the IAC2013 in Beijing, the selection of the two UK entrants will be carried out by the British Interplanetary Society Space Education and Outreach Committee (BIS-SEOC). This process will extend until after the main IAC abstract submission activity (deadline 21 February 2013) to allow undergraduate students to make as much progress as possible on their project work before the selection takes place.

Please note that abstracts already submitted/accepted for other IAC2013 sessions may not be submitted for this competition.

2. Process

To enter, all that is required is for students to email a one-page abstract to Prof Chris Welch, BIS-SEOC IAC Competition Co-ordinator by the deadline given below. Once the abstract has been received, the student supervisor will be emailed to confirm their support for the entry. The format of the abstract should be:

Student Name

Student Age on 1 January 2013:


Student Email

Category (UG or PG)

Paper Title

Supervisor Name

Supervisor Email


  1. The information above and the abstract text itself should be submitted in the body of the email NOT as an attachment of any sort. Any abstracts submitted as attachments will be rejected.
  2. Since the abstracts will be rendered anonymous before shortlisting, do not include any identifying information in the abstract text.

Once all the abstracts have been submitted, a shortlist will be drawn up and the finalists will invited to the BIS in London to present their work and a winner and runner-up selected in each category (please note that the BIS is unable to pay travelling expenses for attending the final selection). The winner in each category will represent the UK in the student paper competition at IAC2013.

3. Timetable
Saturday 23 February 2013 Call for Abstracts
Friday 5 April 2013 Deadline for submission of abstracts
Friday 3 May 2013
Notification of shortlisted finalists
Wednesday 22 May 2013 Finalist presentations at BIS HQ – Winners and runners-up selected
4. Attendance at IAC2013

Entry into the UK selection will be taken to indicate agreement to represent the UK at IAC2013, if selected. Winners are responsible for making their own arrangements to attend IAC2013. Each of the two prize winners will be presented with a cheque for GBP 600 at IAC2013 in Beijing after the student competition has taken place.

5. Queries

Please email any queries to Prof Chris Welch (chris.welch@isunet.edu).

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