Earlier this month, Australia submitted its bid to host the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, 2014. The bid documents were hand-delivered to Paris by Michael Brett (until recently Chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council, and currently working for Aerospace Concepts in Canberra).
As a resident of Adelaide, I'm naturally very excited by this prospect. Here are more details from the Space Policy Unit:
Each year since 1950, an International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is hosted by an International Astronautial Federation (IAF) member nation. Facilitated by the IAF, the International Academy of Astronautics, and the International Institute of Space Law, each IAC brings together space industry professionals, policy makers, students and researchers from around the world. This provides opportunities to discuss space-related issues, learn from each other, celebrate success and form links for international collaboration.
Adelaide’s bid to host the 65th IAC gives Australia an opportunity to showcase its developing space policy, highlight the achievements of the Australian Space Research Program and form new international partnerships. The Space Policy Unit is a key part of the CSIRO-led bid.
Adelaide is an Australian hub for large engineering and defence projects. The University of South Australia is also home to numerous Australian Space Research Program projects, including the Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program, the space-based national wireless sensor network project, and it is working with the University of Queensland and other consortium members to research new hypersonic scramjet technology.
A summary of Adelaide’s bid to host the 65th IAC, including details of the city of Adelaide and introductory videos, are available at the bid website.
If you're a member of the IAF, and haven't yet seen the newsletter about Adelaide's bid, please contact the chair of the IAC for Australia Bid Committee, Brett Biddington, at firstname.lastname@example.org.