An Invitation to Australia

We extend an open invitation to you to attend COSPAR 2021, to be hosted in Sydney Australia.

COSPAR 2020 Scientific Assembly postponed to January 2021

Message from the Local Organising Chair, Program Committee Chair & President

The leadership of COSPAR and the Local Organizing Committee for COSPAR 2020 in Sydney, Australia have concluded that with the worldwide pandemic and accompanying social and economic disruption, COSPAR 2020 must be postponed.

The new dates for the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will be 28 January – 4 February 2021 and hereafter will be referred to as COSPAR 2021.

The extensive planning and preparations for COSPAR 2020 are completely transferable to the new dates, by which time we anticipate that the thirst for knowledge and personal collaboration throughout the global space research community can and will be met with an extremely successful COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Australia.

We sincerely hope that the entire COSPAR community is able to remain healthy and that the extraordinary efforts underway to contain the coronavirus and preserve economic security are successful.

In the meantime, let’s continue to work together virtually so that we ensure a Sydney summer in January 2021 will both brighten our outlook and continue our cause of promoting and facilitating international cooperation and advances in space research.

Professor
Russell Boyce

Chair, Local Organising Committee

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Professor
Iver Cairns

Chair, International Program Committee and COSPAR 2021 Scientific Program Chair

Len A. Fisk

President of COSPAR Committee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The evolving situation caused by COVID-19 around the world resulted in concerns regarding the safety of the Assembly participants. The leadership of COSPAR and the Local Organising Committee for COSPAR 2020 in Sydney, Australia have concluded that with the worldwide pandemic and accompanying social and economic disruption, COSPAR 2020 must be postponed.
COSPAR 2020 will now become COSPAR 2021 with the new dates being Thursday 28 January to Thursday 4 February 2021. The Assembly will remain at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.
All current registrations for the 2020 Assembly will be rolled over automatically to apply to 2021. Those already registered do not need to do anything to secure their attendance for 2021. All components of current registrations including registration, the Welcome Reception ticket and the Lunar Park Congress Dinner ticket will also roll over.
Yes, for those that have not registered, the early bird registration rate will be extended until 31 October 2020 via the online registration form. All registrations made through the form will now be for attendance in January 2021.
The Program Committee for COSPAR 2020 have now finalized the COSPAR Assembly Program, with more than 3000 abstracts assigned to sessions. This program will be the baseline Program for COSPAR 2021, with the same sessions, organized in the same chronological order, taking place in the same assigned rooms at the International Convention Centre in Sydney during the week of Thursday 28 January to Thursday 4 February 2021.
Yes, COSPAR 2021 will be in a position to evolve, as we gain insight into who will be able to attend COSPAR 2021 in January and with the opportunity for additional abstracts to be submitted for those who may have been unable to attend in August this year. Please continue to check for any email correspondence from the Assembly Secretariat.
If you booked accommodation through the COSPAR 2021 Accommodation Secretariat your current accommodation booking and any deposit monies paid will be held as a credit on your account. You will receive an email from the COSPAR 2021 Accommodation Secretariat with the opportunity to select your new check-in and check-out dates. Your deposit payment will then be applied to your new booking. COSPAR 2021 National Accommodation Manager is working closely with all hotels to ensure that the nightly rates for the 2021 period are the same or similar to the current booked rates. If there is a change in the nightly rate, delegates will be contacted directly to discuss. If you booked accommodation independently, you will need to contact the providers directly to make alternative arrangements.
Registrations for the COSPAR Assembly are transferrable. We encourage those who are currently registered but unable to attend in 2021 to transfer their registration to a colleague or friend. Alternatively, full refunds less $150 administration cost will be provided.
Yes. Selection of recipients for Financial Travel support for the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly is now complete. For more information or to follow up on your application, please contact COSPAR Secretariat (e-mail: cosparcom@cosparhq.cnes.fr)

Key Dates for COSPAR 2021

Abstract acceptance and program notifications letters sent out 31 March 2020
Early Bird Registration Deadline 31 October 2020
Speaker Registration Deadline 31 October 2020
Accommodation Booking Deadline 15 December 2020
43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly 2021 28 January – 4 February 2021

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