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59th IAC Congress To Be Held in Glasgow in 2008

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2006 11:27
Published on Monday, 24 October 2005 00:00
The world’s biggest international space engineering conference will be hosted in Britain, it was announced today. The 59th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will be held in Glasgow between 30 September and 4 October 2008.

More than 2000 scientists, engineers and Government space experts from around the world will take part in the week-long programme of exhibitions and discussions. Previous events have included high-profile delegations from NASA and the European Space Agency.

Rex Hall MBE, President of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS), which will organise the event, celebrated the decision by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) to award the show to Glasgow.

“This is great news for the UK’s scientists and space industries. We now have an opportunity to showcase Britain’s achievements in space and host a truly prestigious event which will bring the world’s space community to our shores for the first time in more than 20 years.

“The date is perfect for the BIS as we celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2008. We promise to make it a great party.”

The IAF is made up of Government space agencies, national societies and space industry. Every year it holds a competition to choose future host nations. This year the BIS was chosen ahead of a bid from Milan, Italy.

Lord Sainsbury, the Science and Innovation Minister at the Department for Trade and Industry, welcomed the news.

“I warmly congratulate the BIS on their successful bid to host the IAC in Glasgow, in 2008. Holding this major event in the UK will be good for science, good for Britain’s space industry and good for Scotland.“

This year’s congress was held in Fukuoka, Japan. Next year it will be hosted in Spain, followed by India in 2007. The theme at this year’s event focused on “space for the inspiration of humankind”.

Glasgow is Europe’s fastest-growing conference destination and the IAC will be held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, which can accommodate up to 10,000 delegates.

NOTES TO EDITORS

The BIS was founded in 1933 and is the world’s longest established organisation devoted solely to astronautics and the exploration of space both nationally and internationally. It was a founder member of the IAF in 1951.

For further information, please contact:

BIS:  +44 (0)20 7735 3160.

Scott Taylor, CEO of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau: +44 (0) 141 566 0800.

This release from the British Interplanetary Society is forwarded for your information by Peter Bond, RAS Communications Officer. Forwarding does not imply endorsement by the RAS.