Program Overview

The theme of the 2021 Assembly is Connecting Space Research for Global Impact and Australia stands to use the Assembly to help deliver such impact at a time when Australia’s space sector, assisted by the new Australian Space Agency, is rapidly gathering momentum.

The Mission of COSPAR is first and foremost Service to the International Space Science Community, in their pursuit of a vibrant international space research effort, conducted without impediment from geopolitical tensions or differences. The space science community, in turn, is dependent upon the space programs of their nation or region and thus the Mission of COSPAR includes Service to Developed Space Programs and Service to Developing Space Programs.

This is particularly relevant to Australia - the Assembly represents the next significant aiming point for Australia to showcase our space sector growth, with particular emphasis on research and innovation to support industry and worldclass space science, in the context of what by then will be a young but rapidly maturing Australian Space Agency. Australian space activities will be showcased to the world of space research. This will lead to strengthening existing and growing new ties between Australia and international partners, resulting in collaborations and partnerships that will assist both the innovation and industry parts of the sector.

Summertime in Australia is sensational. The annual Christmas holiday period is fully embraced. It is the annual school holiday period and Sydney will be alive with families and friends out and about in the sunshine. The perfect setting for COSPAR-K, a Space Park initiative that will run alongside COSPAR 2021. We anticipate a plethora of opportunities for both teachers and students to explore activities while developing their individual passions, creativity, interest and purpose. With the world of space research coming to Australia at that moment, the opportunity to stimulate the public and inspire the next generation of science and technology talent through exposure to space is enormous.

Key Dates

Existing abstracts are available for updating
16 September 2020
New abstracts can be submitted
16 September 2020
New abstract submission period closes
5 October 2020
New authors notified of selection outcome
19 October 2020
Presenter deadline to upload pre-recorded talk and access "presenter early bird rate"
30 November 2020
Deadline to register @ standard early bird rate
31 December 2020
Facilitated training with the on-line system for chairs, speakers, and participants
Early January 2021
COSPAR-2021-Hybrid
28 January to 4 February 2021
Access to pre-recorded content opens
27 January 2021
Access to pre-recorded content closes
31 December 2021

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