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Media roundtable discussion with world space leaders on 8 January 2014 In Washington DC.

By SpaceRef Editor
December 19, 2013
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Media roundtable discussion on 8 January 2014 to introduce 9/10 January event with world space leaders in Washington DC.   

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will be holding two major events in Washington DC, USA: the IAA Space Exploration Conference on 9 January 2014 and the Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Exploration (Planetary Robotic and Human Spaceflight Exploration) on 10 January 2014. The two-day gathering will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA. This event will be introduced by a pre-event media roundtable discussion at the Boeing Roslyn in Arlington, VA.

The Heads of 30 Space Agencies will gather with policy-makers, government representatives, scientists, leading academics and industry representatives from all over the world to follow on from the 2010 Summit, engaging in dialogue on topics of international concern, in particular focusing on Planetary Robotic and Human Space Flight Exploration. In addition, this IAA Summit will be taking place in conjunction with the International Space Exploration Forum, a policy dialogue on space exploration at ministerial level, hosted for the first time by the US Department of State with the participation of Ministers and government representatives from around the world.

On January 9, while Ministers will be gathering for the restricted ministerial conference, the IAA will kick off with a one-day Space Exploration Conference. Six parallel sessions will take place on the topics of planetary robotic and human spaceflight exploration. In addition, participants and guests will witness the official release of ground-breaking IAA studies from Study Group leaders on exploration topics.

On 10 January, the Heads of Space Agencies Summit will see Agency leaders discussing on what has been implemented in terms of the 2010 Summit Declaration follow-on actions, focusing on the current outlook and tabling new ideas on international cooperation through a series of four interactive roundtables.

The Heads of Space Agencies Summit will conclude with a Press Conference open to the international media. Media representatives can register for free attendance of the two-day Conference and Summit by sending an email with personal data (first and last name, date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, passport/ID number and information on affiliation) to Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General, at


Wednesday 8 January 2014

Pre-event media roundtable discussion:

Title: Media roundtable discussion with world space leaders

When: Jan. 8, 2014 from 9 – 1030 am (breakfast will be served) media arrival for check-in @ 8:30 a.m.***

Where: Boeing Rosslyn office – ground floor conference room Boeing 1200 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22209

Who: Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General, IAA

Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta Jimenez, Director General, Mexican Space Agency

John Shannon, International Space Station program manager, Boeing, & summit co-chair

RSVP: Media interested in attending the pre-conference roundtable / breakfast should RSVP no later than close-of-business Tuesday, Jan. 7 to

Members of the media are invited to join in a pre-event discussion highlighting the significance of the conference/summit with more than 30 heads of international space agencies attending and get a sneak-peak at topics of discussion at this year’s conference and summit.

Please check for updated information on the program. All requests for interviews should be addressed to IAA Office at


SpaceRef staff editor.