Press Release

2020 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition to be Held 6-10 January in Orlando, Fla.

By SpaceRef Editor
December 4, 2019
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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its 2020 Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum) 6-10 January in Orlando, Florida. The forum’s theme is “Driving Aerospace Solutions for Global Challenges.” 


The 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum will bring together experts from across the globe to share ideas on a variety of technical disciplines and explore the aerospace industry’s contributions to a sustainable future.


“Each year AIAA SciTech builds upon itself to become more inclusive and innovative as we stand upon the shoulders of giants to work on today’s challenges,” said Daniel Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “The AIAA SciTech Forum brings together students, mid-career and seasoned professionals across aerospace to unite them in finding solutions. This vital work supports society’s needs, bringing people and ideas together across great distances, building the space economy, and furthering space exploration to new horizons. These challenges require new perspectives, new thinking, and diversity of thought and experience. AIAA SciTech is a catalyst to build the future.”


More than 2,500 technical presentations spanning 50 aerospace research topics are expected at the 2020 forum, which we anticipate will have larger attendance than the 2019 AIAA SciTech Forum. Despite being held during the government shutdown, the 2019 forum was a record-breaker with 4,500 aerospace professionals and 1,400 students from 40 countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 


The seventh annual AIAA SciTech Forum will examine “Driving Aerospace Solutions for Global Challenges.” This year’s theme was inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. A different topic will be addressed each day, although the main theme will run throughout the forum. For example, Monday is focused on “sustainable aerospace”; Tuesday will look at “the next big thing”; Wednesday on “bringing the world closer”; Thursday on “engineers build the world”; and Friday on “multi-use aerospace technologies”.


Featured speakers include Danielle Wood, director of the Space Enabled Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab; Robert Lightfoot, Jr., vice president of Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Space; and Ellen Stofan, the John and Adrienne Mars Director at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.


AIAA SciTech’s signature sponsor is Lockheed Martin Corporation. Other sponsors include The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, DARcorporation, Bastion Technologies, Millennium Engineering and Integration Company, Bell, and media sponsor Aerospace America. 


The AIAA SciTech Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Please visit for more information about the schedule. Plenaries and Forum 360s will be streamed live at A schedule will be posted before the forum begins on 6 January 2020. 


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About AIAA 
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 85 countries, and 95 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information,, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.

SpaceRef staff editor.