British Interplanetary Society to launch IAC Student Paper Competition at NSSC2014


Organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is the world’s largest astronautics/space engineering conference. This year the IAC will be in Toronto, Canada from 29 September to 3 October.

At each IAC, there is a student paper competition with prizes for best papers/presentations. Papers may be on any subject related to space sciences, industry or technology and must be the work of the author(s) (no more than two students). There are two categories, undergraduate and postgraduate. For both of these you must not have been older than 28 on the 1st of January this year.

The national selection for the two UK entrants is carried out by the British Interplanetary Society  (BIS) Space Education and Outreach Committee (BIS-SEOC). The selection will be launched at the UKSEDS National Student Space Conference 2014 (NSSC2014) on Saturday 1 March and will run until Friday 18 April.

After this, shortlisted finalists will be invited to the London on Saturday 14 June to present at a joint BIS/UKSEDS event. Each category winner will represent the UK in Toronto and receive a GBP 600 cheque after presenting at the IAC.

If you would like to know more, either come to the UKSEDS conference or check out the BIS webpages ( on/after 1 March. Also visit:

Alistair Scott, President of the British Interplanetary Society with Abhinav Bajpai from the University of Surrey who won the postgraduate selection last year and then won the silver medal at the IAC in Beijing

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