Adelaide in Australia just held the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). With attendance rising to 4470 delegates from 71 nations plus visits by 700 school children and several thousand members of the public (who attended the public exhibition day), this was the largest ever event for the city.
The congress was organized in the newly expanded 20,000 sqm Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC), using the centre’s flexible floor. The IAC comprised a detailed program including eight plenary sessions, three highlight lectures, two breaking news, 200 technical sessions and a custom exhibition. Beyond the official program at the Convention Centre, IAC associated exhibitions at the State Library and Museum as well as the closing gala dinner at the Adelaide Oval’s Magarey Room.
The congress left lasting legacies behind, including investment opportunities between space companies as well as the establishment of a space industry centre.
Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of International Astronautical Federation (IAF) said: “The city of Adelaide itself is a perfect location for congresses with easily reachable locations, beautiful sceneries, friendly people and fantastic food. This year’s IAC has been a tremendous success having reached 5,000 attendees and the ACC has proven perfectly capable of facing all sorts of requests from the IAF Community.”