The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) elects the world's foremost eminent experts in Astronautics for the good of humanity. The IAA was founded in Stockholm on August 16, 1960. The Academy’s beginning was led by Dr. Theodore von Karman, one of the most important figures in the evolution of rocketry, and the IAA’s first president.
The IAA is an independent non-governmental organization recognized by the United Nations in 1996. IAA members are from all over the world, i.e., approximately from 83 countries. Since 1960, the IAA has brought together the world’s foremost experts in the disciplines of astronautics on a regular basis: to recognize the accomplishments of their peers, to explore and discuss cutting-edge issues in space research and technology, and to provide direction and guidance in the non-military uses of space and the ongoing exploration of the solar system.
The IAA is involved in numerous scientific activities. For example, the Academy: encourages international scientific cooperation through conferences, symposia and meetings in the area of: space sciences, space life sciences, space technology & system development, space systems operations and utilization, space policy, law & economy, space & society, culture & education; conducts 30+ conferences per year; publishes cosmic studies dealing with a wide variety of topics including space exploration, space debris, small satellites, space traffic management, natural disaster, climate change, etc.; publishes the journal of the International Academy of Astronautics ACTA ASTRONAUTICA ranked #1 in the world in Astronautics; publishes dictionaries in 24 languages; and publishes book series on small satellite, conference proceedings, remote sensing, and history.