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GLOBAL SPACE EXPLORATION CONFERENCE 2021 (GLEX 2021), June 14-18, 2021, St. Petersburg, Russia

Update, June 9, 2021:  The conference will take place in-person in St. Petersburg, but some speakers will participate virtually.  The event will be livestreamed, but one must register in advance to get the link.

The complete program in PDF is posted here.  An interactive (and up-to-date) program for the plenary and Global Networking Forum sessions is here.

Note that times on the agenda are in Moscow Time, MSK (which is GMT+3).   Subtract 7 for EDT. 

Two plenary sessions will take place on Tuesday with “high level space leaders” some of whom will be there in person and others virtually. The head of Russia’s space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, will participate in both, and both will be moderated by IAF President Pascale Ehrenfreund (former head of the German space agency).

According to the online program, the first, from 12:05-13:00 Moscow Time (5:05-6:00 am EDT), includes the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs, Poland, India, China, and Japan

The second, from 14:05-15:00 Moscow Time (7:05-8:00 am EDT) includes UAE, Norway, South Africa, Turkey, ESA, Canada, United States, and Italy. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson will represent the United States on this panel, participating virtually.

Update, June 29, 2020:  The new dates are June 14-18, 2021.  It has been renamed “GLEX 2021” instead of GLEX 2020  It still will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to inform you that the time schedule for the IAF Global Conferences for the years 2021 and 2022 has been settled. You are invited to save the following dates:

#GLEX2021 14 – 18 JUNE 2021 St. Petersburg, Russia

The third Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) is to take place from 14 – 18 June 2021 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Conference, co-organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and ROSCOSMOS, will bring together leaders and decision-makers within the science and human exploration community – engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, agency representatives and policy makers. The leaders in the field will converge in St. Petersburg to discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions and it will contain several opportunities to learn about how space exploration investments provide benefits as well as discuss how those benefits can be increased through thoughtful planning and cooperation. The conference will feature an Opening Event; several Plenary Events and Keynote Lectures; a Technical Programme with Sessions in several parallel technical streams; an IAF Global Networking Forum (IAF GNF) Programme and an attractive social and networking programme including a Welcome Reception and a Gala Dinner.”

Update, April 10, 2020:  This meeting has again been postponed.  The new date is TBD.  In addition, the IAF is postponing the International Astronautical Conference (IAC) that was to be held in Dubai in October, as well as a climate change conference, GLOC.  The IAF statement is as follows:


Dear IAF Community,

Following the growing escalation of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, the IAF is saddened to inform you that the International Astronautical Congress – IAC in Dubai will not be taking place this year, but will be postponed. We are in the process of re-assessing the overall schedule of IACs and will inform you within the coming weeks about the new dates. As a consequence, the Call for Applications to Host the IAC in 2023 is suspended and a new Call for Hosting IAC 2024 will be opened in November 2020.

The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance to IAF. This is a very challenging time for everyone and we appreciate your understanding and support.

Also, the Global Space Exploration Conference – GLEX 2020 in St. Petersburg, and the Global Space Conference on Climate Change – GLOC 2021 in Oslo will be postponed by a year to 2021 and 2022 respectively. New dates will be communicated in the coming months.

Having worked so intensively with our International Programme Committees, volunteers, speakers, authors, sponsors, exhibitors, and partners preparing these events over the past years, we are genuinely disappointed to be forced to postpone, and we would like to thank all our partners for their contributions, support and strong engagement. The IAF will continue to serve our community with manifold events and activities in the future and live up to our motto “Connecting @ll Space People”, even if only virtually during these challenging times. As the past IAF Virtual Spring Meetings have been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at the IAF.

Kind regards,
IAF Secretariat

Update, March 30: The conference has been postponed to September 1-3, 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The IAF sent this email today:

First of all, please allow us to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your interest and anticipation for our Global Space Exploration Conference GLEX 2020.

We deeply regret to inform you that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and ROSCOSMOS have agreed that the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2020) will be postponed to the dates of 1-3 September 2020. It is our firm commitment to organize this important conference under circumstances and at dates that will assure safety of all participants and will allow everybody to travel. With this in mind we will continue to monitor the situation closely and – depending on the global developments – by mid June we intend to re-confirm the date of 1 – 3 September 2020 or inform about any eventually necessary further postponement.

We wish to thank each and every participant who have supported us right from the start and greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.


Original entry: The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) will hold the 2020 Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2020) from June 9-11, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The conference is co-organized with Russia’s space state corporation Roscosmos.

More information is on the event’s website.


June 14, 2021 @ 8:00 am
June 18, 2021 @ 11:00 pm