After the success of the 2017 IAC in South Australia, the Andy Thomas Space Foundation is working to win it back to further enhance Australia’s space capabilities.
The team that won the 2017 IAC for Adelaide, and subsequently helped launch Australia’s return to space, is pitching to again host the major congress in Adelaide, South Australia.
Space Lawyer Michael Davis AO and Adj. Professor Nicola Sasanelli AM, who both drove the 2017 bid and successful congress, are the chair and CEO respectively of the Andy Thomas Space Foundation which they formed last year to further the space industry in Australia.
Davis said they were using the foundation—named after Australia’s first astronaut—as a platform to bid for the congress because a goal of the foundation is to “promote national education and outreach programs and to conduct major space-related forums.”
The 2017 IAC was lauded as a success and was credited for being the impetus for the establishment of the Australian Space Agency.
The congress, attended by 4470 delegates, also featured Elon Musk outlining his BFR plans for supersonic travel and a launch for Mars.
“The 2017 Congress inspired impressive growth in the Australian space sector, including the establishment of the and the Andy Thomas Space Foundation, all headquartered in Adelaide,” Sasanelli (pictured left) says. “A congress in 2024 will be a great boost to the goal of the Australian Space Agency to grow the number of jobs in the national space industry to 30,000 by 2030.”
Davis says the opportunity to host the five-day 2024 IAC was also due to Australia’s thriving space sector, international regard for Adelaide’s COVID-19 response, and Adelaide’s low-density lifestyle.
The pair is being supported by the Adelaide Convention Bureau, which successfully bid for the 2017 event, and its CEO, Damien Kitto (pictured right). “We showed the world and some fierce competitors—including Washington, Bremen and Istanbul—just what an amazing destination Adelaide was when we hosted the highly successful 2017 Congress; now we intend to do so again—only better,” Kitto says.
Adelaide will go up against Milan and Budapest in the six-stage bidding process before the host city is announced at the 2021 IAC in Dubai in late October.
Australia’s first convention center, the Adelaide Convention Centre, received a two-stage, $397 million upgrade in 2017, 30 years after it first opened. The venue has played host to more than 1,800 conferences, welcomed more than 6 million delegates and guests, and delivered in excess of $1.4 billion in economic benefit to the state of South Australia in its first three decades. For more info, visit www.adelaidecc.com.au