International space congress heading to Sydney

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Winning bid team for IAC 2025 in Sydney Caption: Paul Webster, Trade and Investment Commissioner, UK and Europe, Investment NSW, James Brown Industry Association of Australia, Enrico Palermo, Head, Australian Space Agency, Jessica Saladine, Senior Associate, Investment NSW, David Swagell, Director of Client Engagement, BESydney at IAC22 in Paris. Photo Credit: BESydney

Thousands of space experts will be touching down in Sydney in 2025.

Around 4,500 delegates are expected to attend the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will spotlight the latest developments in science, academia, and industry.

Adelaide was the last Australian city to host the event, in 2017, and the one of the event’s legacies was the formation of the Australian Space Agency in the South Australian city. 

The meeting is organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), founded in 1951, which has become the world’s leading space advocacy body with around 460 members in 72 countries.

The federations’ members include the world’s leading space agencies, companies, research institutions, universities, societies, associations, institutes, and museums.

Sydney’s bid was a collaboration between the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), the Australian Space Agency, the New South Wales Government, and convention bureau BESydney.

Interim CEO of Investment NSW Katie Knight said: “NSW generates up to 75 per cent of Australia’s space-related revenue and 41 per cent of the country’s space businesses are based here. The five-day event will attract 4500 delegates and generate an estimated $21 million in direct expenditure delivering a big economic boost to local businesses.”

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith added: “Business events are an incredible soft power diplomacy asset, with the ability to create impact for an industry, our country and our region before, during and long after the delegates arrive. Whether it be solving global problems, advancing the frontiers of science, or attracting the talent to build new industries, the gathering together of global ecosystems is a powerful lever for economic and social development.”

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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