• IAC 2024 Budapest

    Why organize the International Astronautical Congress in Hungary

  • Overview

     

    The Hungarian Astronautical Society (MANT) in collaboration with HUNGEXPO Budapest Congress and Exhibition Centre and CongressLine Ltd. proposes to host the 75th International Astronautical Congress in Budapest, in October 2024. Our proposal is supported by the Department of Space Research and Activities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Municipality of Budapest and a number of Hungarian stakeholders.

     

    The proposed date for IAC 2024 is September 30 - October 4, 2024, and the proposed venue is the exhibition site of HUNGEXPO in Budapest. There are several hotels nearby, including Expo Congress Hotel on the site itself. For those having accommodation outside of the Congress Site we offer regular, free shuttle buses from the nearest metro station as well as a free public transportation pass for the whole city during the conference week.

     

    We are proud that MANT was the host of the 34th IAF Congress in Budapest in 1983. It would be a great honor to host the 75th IAC in 2024, just a bit more than 40 years after the former one. Our Advisory Board benefits from the support of numerous Hungarian stakeholders, while the President of our Advisory Board – Prof. Iván Almár – has a long and distinguished history with the IAF, as he was the main organizer of the 34th IAF Congress in 1983. Our Local Organizing Committee is full of enthusiastic professionals, and led by Dr. László Bacsárdi, IAF YSL 2017.

     

    Executive summary is available as a document and as a presentation at:

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    A City with

    History

    Our city is established since thousand of years

     

     

  • Why is Budapest the best location for the IAC 2024?

    Our proposal has support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    "Our actions and results clearly show our commitment for Hungary to play
    its part more than ever before in the peaceful use of outer space. This
    is not only in our foreign policy, but also in our economic interest.”

     

    Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • The proposal has support from the government

    “I strongly believe that the prestigious International Astronautical Congress will find a superb host country in Hungary. Therefore, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, responsible for space research and space activities, I wholeheartedly endorse the proposal.”​

    Dr. Orsolya Ferencz, Ministerial Commissioner for Space Activities

     

     

    “The Municipality of Budapest attaches great importance to having the capital city of Hungary become a well-known and recognized location of
    the scientific world. It will be a particularly great honor for us to welcome this Congress in our capital.”

    Gergely Karácsony, Mayor of Budapest

  • Long tradition with IAF...

    "My first activity was to prepare the 1983 Congress in Budapest, Hungary. Fortunately, Dr. Ivan Almar, Vice-President of IAF and President of the Hungarian Astronautical Society made a marvellous job and the organisation during the Congress in Budapest was perfect.”

     

     

    Roger Chevalier, President of IAF (1983-1984)

    From: IAF: The First 50 Years (International Astronautical Federation 2001, page 121)

  • The Consortium

    The proposal for hosting the International Astronautical Congress is led by the consortium of

    • Hungarian Astronautical Society (MANT)

    • HUNGEXPO Budapest Congress and Exhibition Centre

    • CongressLine Ltd. (our Professional Congress organizer or PCO). 

     

    Our bid is supported by

    • Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (the ministry responsible for the space activities), 

    • Municipality of Budapest

    • HUNSPACE Hungarian Space Cluster

    • Hungarian Aerospace Technology Platform

    • Several Hungarian space companies

    • Several Hungarian universities.

  • An IAC for Central / Eastern Europe

    The location is in the heart of the Central and Eastern European region…

    IAC 2024 in Budapest will not be an event for Hungary only but THE space conference for our region. Therefore our proposal is supported by IAF members in Austria, Croatia, Ukraine and Slovakia. Consequently, and in coordination with them, we will offer technical pre/post conference activities in neighboring countries.

     

    IAF has few members from the Central/Eastern European region. An IAC in Budapest could offer a great opportunity to initiate new connections with research institutes, space societies, small- and medium-sized enterprises, not only from the host country, but also from the neighboring countries, including Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The IAF could leverage the Budapest event to connect the broader space community with this region, while attracting several potential new local members.