SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Competition

Scholarships to present at the 9th IAASS Conference

The IAASS Space Safety Competition is announcing three (3) scholarships to attend and present at the 9th IAASS Conference.

Submission Deadline: 08 May 2017  24 May 2017 (extended)


About the Competition

As in recent years, the IAASS and SGAC join efforts to offer to the SGAC members the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Space Safety Competition. The winners will be granted a scholarship to participate in the 9th IAASS conference "Know Safety, No Pain" to be held from 18 – 20th October, 2017 in Toulouse, France. 

Applicants are asked to submit their papers on any of the space safety topics listed below.


How to Enter

Authors must submit the paper following the guidelines described in the Author Instructions section by 24 May 2017. In addition, papers are to be uploaded to the SGAC Scholarships Submission Form(You will need to be logged in as an SGAC member to access this page). The paper should be accompanied by a brief biography of the primary author and a recent photo. Only the primary author will be considered for the scholarship.

A review panel will provide the results of the competition outcome by July 10. Winners will be informed soon after this date. NOTE: The authors of accepted papers but not showing at the conference will be penalized for future competitions, therefore, if you are not able to present the paper at the conference, please, make sure to inform the conference organizing committee accordingly.


Technical Paper Topics

The technical paper should cover one of the following topics of the conference:

  • Designing safety into space vehicles
  • Safety on long duration manned missions
  • Safety of extravehicular activities
  • Launch safety
  • Space debris remediation
  • Re-entry safety
  • Human spaceflight payloads safety
  • Nuclear safety for space systems
  • Human factors and performance for safety
  • Safety critical software design and IVV
  • Safety risk management
  • Probabilistic risk assessment
  • Organisational culture and safety
  • Regulations and standards for safety
  • Space-based safety critical systems
  • SSA & Space traffic control
  • Operations safety
  • Space materials safety
  • Commercial human spaceflight safety
  • Lessons learned
  • Safety Management System
  • Space Weather Hazard
  • Launch and In-Orbit Collision Risk
  • NEO Hazard


About the Scholarship

There will be three (3) scholarships awarded to the best technical submissions to attend the 9th International IAASS Space Safety Conference "Know Safety, No Pain". Each of the scholarships will include free registration at the conference and gala dinner, travel expenses and accommodation (up to Euro 1350– justified expenses). The paper selection criteria are technical merit, accuracy, quality and relevance to conference topics. Papers have to be the result of authors’ research and shall not have already been presented or published at any other conference/proceedings. The award / scholarship will be given after conference attendance based on justified expenses (i.e.: receipts) and cost economizing travel choices. Further questions related to award can be addressed to the point of contact of the competition: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Winners will be selected to present their work in an oral presentation. After the conference, winners will be requested to write a small article for SGAC and IAASS newsletters about their experience. 

More information about the conference itself is available here.



The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety is a non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety. IAASS is committed, through the knowledge and dedication of its members, to internationally advance space safety. 

IAASS goals are to:

1. Advance the science and application of Space Safety

2. Improve the communication, dissemination of knowledge and cooperation between interested groups and individuals in this field and related fields

3. Improve understanding and awareness of the Space Safety discipline

4. Promote and improve the development of Space Safety professionals and standards

5. Advocate the establishment of safety laws, rules, and regulatory bodies at national and international levels for the civil use of space.

The IAASS membership is open to anyone having a professional interest in space safety.

The organisation strives to include students and young professionals in their technical committees on "Launch Range Safety", "Space Exploration Safety", "Re-entry & Space Debris", "Space Safety Legal Regulatory Committee" and "Human Factors & Performance for Space Safety".

If you are interested in getting involved, please, contact with Carmen Felix (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). IAASS student membership fees are reduced, if you can demonstrate full time registration in accredited academic institution. IAASS is also the proud supporter of the SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group.


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