The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) was founded in 1960 by Theodore von Karman. The Academy is an independent international community of leading experts committed to expanding the frontiers of space, the newest realm of human activity. To foster the development of astronautics, the Academy undertakes a number of activities, including the recognition of outstanding contributors through elections and awards. It also facilitates professional communication, develops and promotes new ideas and initiatives, engages the public, and fosters a sense of community among the members.
The IAA is a unique non-governmental organisation established in 1960 and recognized by the United Nations in 1996. It is an honorary society with an action agenda. With 1200 elected members and corresponding members from 87 nations, it works closely with space agencies, industry, the academic community, and the national science and engineering academies to determine the needs and objectives and to help shape policy and forge cooperation by means of studies, position papers, conferences, and publications.
6 Rue Galilée
75016 Paris, France
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1268-16 75766 Paris Cedex 16, France
Telephone: +33 147 238215
Fax: +33 147 238216
IAA shop: shop.iaaweb.org