IAC Student Competition Entry 2017

2017 International Astronautical Congress
Student Paper Competition
UK Selection

****Competition now closed for 2017 but watch this space for 2018 applications ****

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 was open for entries until Tuesday 2 May.

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

To enter, all that was required was for students to email a one-page abstract (400 words maximum) to the BIS at, [email protected], by the deadline.  You can contact us at that address for more information on the 2018 competition if you need to.

Once the abstract was been received, the student supervisor was 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 was:-

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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