Plenary Application - THE NEXT GENERATION PLENARY: Next Destinations for Human Space Exploration

Application to be a panelist at the INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS in Beijing, China. Calling students and young professionals! If you could choose humanity's next destination in space, where would you choose? We want to hear what you think should be the next destination for humans to explore and why your destination is the best. As today's 21- to 35-year-olds, you will be the senior engineers and mission managers who will be carrying out and leading the next human missions to explore space, and we want your input. Why wait 10 years to be heard?! We invite you to share your ideas with space leaders in government, industry and academia at the International Astronautical Congress in Beijing, China, 23-27 September 2013! This is a wonderful opportunity for you to address and possibly influence the international space community. We are proposing a plenary event to hear concrete ideas from 21-35 year olds on what the next destinations for human space exploration should be. If approved, this event will take place the week of 23-27 September 2013 in Beijing, China at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) ( The Plenary participants will engage in a panel discussion and interact with the audience while sharing their ideas on the possible future destinations for human space exploration including discussing the benefits, risks, and challenges of each location. The plenary will be moderated in a talk show fashion 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! Applicants will be notified on 22 January 2013 of their status from round 1.
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Round 2 instructions will be forwarded to applicants who successfully complete Round 1. Plenary participants will be responsible for finding a sponsor or sponsors for their travel to and accommodations at the IAC. In addition to the obvious sources of sponsorship – your employer or school, and industry contacts - we want to share some great programs with you that occur in conjunction with the 2013 Beijing, China IAC for students and young professionals. The following are all distinct programs related to the IAC but are not directly related to this plenary opportunity: • IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme ( • Candidates are encouraged to contact the Space Generation Advisory Committee concerning their plans for their event prior to the IAC in Beijing and associated sponsorship opportunities. • Students in Europe, Japan and the United States are encouraged to contact ESA, JAXA and NASA respectively to apply to the space agencies’ student programs at the IAC in Beijing.

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