Plenary Application - THE NEXT GENERATION PLENARY: International Space Station as the Gateway for Humankind’s Future in Space and on Earth
Students and Young Professionals, We Want Your Input!

Do Kibo, Columbus, Destiny, or other modules on the ISS hold one of your experiments? Have you been a key player in an experiment, research project, or other hardware on the International Space Station? How has your work with the International Space Station benefited humankind on Earth or in space? We want to hear what you are actively doing that will change the future for humans in space and on Earth. As today's 21- to 35-year-olds, you will be the senior engineers, principal investigators, and mission managers who will be carrying out and leading the exploration of space in the future. Why wait 10 years to be heard?! We want your input now! We invite you to share your ideas on a plenary panel with an audience of senior space leaders in government, industry and academia at the International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, Israel 12 – 16 October 2015!

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to address and possibly influence the international space community. We are proposing a plenary event with a panel of six 21- to 35-year-olds in a discussion of their innovative utilization of the International Space Station.

“Space – The Gateway for Mankind’s Future” is the theme of the 2015 Congress, and research on the International Space Station is key to our future both in space and on Earth. In the "Next Generation Plenary -- International Space Station as the Gateway for Humankind’s Future in Space and on Earth," selected student and young professional panelists will discuss their past, current, and future research and work on the International Space Station. They will share their experiences of working with the International Space Station, why they need to conduct their work in space, and the resulting benefits to humanity.

Panelists will be selected to highlight their successful efforts in international research and engineering projects on the International Space Station and how they have contributing to the future of humankind.

If approved, this event will take place the week of 12 – 16 October, 2015, in Jerusalem, Israel, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) ( The plenary participants will engage in a panel discussion with other students and young professionals from around the world and interact with the audience while discussing their research, experiments, and engineering contributions to the future of humankind through the International Space Station. The plenary will be moderated in a format similar to a talk show, interweaving clips from the panelists’ audition videos with questions and comments from the moderator, other panelists, and the audience. The video clips will be used to enhance the audience’s understanding of the ideas of the plenary participants. This is an exciting opportunity that you do not want to miss!

This sounds great! What do I need to do to participate?

QUALIFICATION: Work of the applicants must meet the two criteria below
• The work must have already flown to ISS, currently be on ISS, or have a confirmed flight to ISS
• The applicant must be the lead engineer, systems engineer, principal investigator, co-investigator, or project manager

ROUND ONE: 15 Seconds of Fame!
By January 15, 2015 (11:59 pm GMT), create a 15-second video telling us very briefly the subject of the innovative ISS research you are actively conducting or currently working on that you would speak about on the panel and why you should be chosen to address the IAC. The video must be posted on You must be on screen and be speaking for the full 15 seconds. We will only watch/listen for 15 seconds, so be sure to watch the time of your video!

First Name *
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Last Name *
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Gender *
Date of Birth *
Must be younger than 35 years old on 1 October 2015
Country of Citizenship *
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Country of Residence *
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What city do you live in? *
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Are you a student or young professional? *
University or Employer *
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Will you submit an abstract for the IAC in Jerusalem? *
Have you attended the Student Programme at the IAC before? *
Have you attended the Young Professionals Programme at the IAC before? *
How will your trip to the IAC be funded? *
Email address *
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Link to YOUR 15 second You Tube Video *
Make sure this is public so all the judges can see it.
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The IAF has been granted permission to use my video submissions for this contest on IAF websites before, during and after IAC 2015 and to attendees of IAC 2015. I authorize IAF to film my speech, to post on IAF-run websites and make it available for consultation by the Congress participants. *
Checking no will disqualify you from being a candidate for the Plenary
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