Who should I contact if I have questions? 

For author and manuscript-related questions, please contact conferences@aiaa.org.

If you are a member of the media, please contact briant@aiaa.org.

For questions regarding exposition and sponsorship, please contact pauld@aiaa.org.

For all other questions, please contact conferences@aiaa.org.

Please note that due to the large volume of questions and requests, it may take us a few days to respond to emails. We will respond as soon as possible and appreciate your patience.

The 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum will be held in an online-only format.

AIAA recognizes that the face-to-face meeting is ideal for sharing research, ideas, and convening the community. Given the current challenges posed by COVID-19, we feel that the virtual forum format provides the best opportunity for the AIAA community to meet and share information. By removing some of the barriers to traditional forum attendance, including travel costs and time, the virtual forum format will enable greater participation from the aerospace community—traditional and nontraditional. We are excited to use this new format to accomplish AIAA’s mission of helping aerospace professionals and their organizations succeed.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions below, which will be updated regularly with additional details, and follow @AIAA  on Twitter for real-time updates. Should you have any questions, please contact us at conferences@aiaa.org.



Why was the 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum changed to a virtual event?
The health and safety of all participants and AIAA employees is our highest priority. Due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have shifted the 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum to a 100% virtual event.

Why not move the AIAA SciTech Forum to a different date/location to keep the face-to-face meeting?
The AIAA team considered the option of moving AIAA SciTech to a different date and/or location. However, given the uncertainty of the current environment, we could not guarantee that a future face-to-face forum would take place in the current year. Ultimately, we decided that it was more important for the community to gather and share information now, even if it is virtually, than to delay.

What elements of AIAA SciTech will the virtual forum include?
The virtual forum will feature many elements of the face-to-face AIAA SciTech event, including:

    • Plenary sessions
    • Forum 360 sessions
    • Technical sessions
    • Networking events
    • HUB presentations

The following events will be scheduled at another time:

    • Committee and working group meetings
    • Educational courses

Will technical committee meetings take place during the virtual forum?
Committee meetings will not take place during the virtual forum, but will be scheduled as virtual meetings at other times. For technical committee (TC) and TC discussion group meetings, please contact Angie Lander at angiel@aiaa.org to schedule your meetings via Zoom. The full schedule of TC meetings is available here.


Will the presentations be available post-forum?
Yes, plenary/Forum 360 session videos and technical presentations will be available on demand after the event. We will be communicating to all attendees how to access these. Forum registration is required to access materials.

I have suggestions for content/format for a virtual forum.
Great! We welcome your input; please share any thoughts you have with us at conferences@aiaa.org.


Previous forum policy did not allow attendees to take photos during technical presentations. What is the virtual forum policy? 
All participants will agree to participate by the virtual event policies. Read our full policy statements here: AIAA Anti-Harassment PolicyAIAA Event Photo and Video Policy. For questions or concerns contact conferences@aiaa.org.

 Technical Program
Technical Presentations – General

How will the Technical Program be included in the virtual forum?
We want attendees to have the chance to view technical content when it is convenient as well as have the ability to interact with other attendees, ask questions, and offer an option for open discussion.

All technical presentations will be prerecorded and 10 minutes in length. Technical presentations will not be presented live – they will be uploaded in advance and available for viewing on demand at any time during the forum and also shown during their scheduled Live Screening sessions for collective viewing.

To maximize Q&A time, attendee interaction, and engagement, technical sessions at the 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum will be offered as Live Screenings. These “watch parties” offer attendees, presenters, and session chairs the ability to collectively view prerecorded presentations and chat with everyone in the sessions and have a Q&A with the presenter(s). At the conclusion of the Live Screening, a Zoom session will be posted for those who want to have a face-to-face conversation with session attendees and ask additional questions. Additionally, all submitted prerecorded presentations will be automatically transcribed during the Live Screenings for an extended viewing experience.

How will the Live Screenings work?
Each scheduled technical session will have an individual Live Screening room for watching the prerecorded sessions, asking questions, and chatting with session attendees. At the start of the session, the first prerecorded presentation will automatically play, followed by the remaining presentations in speaker order. During the presentations, each attendee will have the ability to ask questions and chat with session attendees. After the final presentation has finished, the Live Screening will remain open for additional chat or, if preferred, a Zoom meeting room will be posted for attendees to discuss the session.

Why are technical presentations only 10 minutes?
Virtual events present an incredible opportunity to bring together people regardless of location. However, it can be more challenging to disengage from other responsibilities when attending a virtual event. We want all AIAA SciTech attendees to be able to enjoy the content they expect from our forums and engage with other attendees without feeling overwhelmed. Because of this, AIAA SciTech will be held over eight days, with a shortened schedule each day, in order to make the content more approachable.

When will the presentations be available to view?
The tentative date for the site to go live is 6 January 2021. Once the site opens, all prerecorded technical presentations can be viewed anytime on demand or during their scheduled Live Screening sessions.

Author Requirements and Important Deadlines

What are the requirements of authors?
All accepted AIAA SciTech authors are invited to participate in the virtual event. Session times will be available in the Detailed Agenda no later than 7 November. In order to participate, authors will need to complete four tasks:

  • Upload manuscript by 1 December 2020, 2000 hrs Eastern Time.
  • Create and upload presentation slides with audio (10-minute presentation) by 10 December 2020, 2000 hrs Eastern Time.

This deadline is final, and no extensions will be granted. Presentations longer than 10 minutes will be returned to the presenter for editing.
Note: Upload of these materials is required to be considered as published. Authors who do not upload materials by the deadlines will be removed from the program.

  • Register for the event: aiaa.org/SciTech/registration.
  • Participate in your Live Screenings session during the virtual event. These times will be available within ScholarOne and the online Detailed Agenda/Technical Program.

Another option is for accepted authors to elect to present their work as an oral-only presentation. Oral-only presentation authors will still be required to upload their presentation slides with audio by 10 December 2020, 2000 hrs Eastern Time; however, manuscripts will not be published in the proceedings. Please request to change your presentation type from technical paper to an oral-only presentation at AIAA SciTech by emailing Ann Ames by 30 November 2020, 2000 hrs Eastern Time.

Important Deadlines

  • 30 November 2020, 2000 hrs Eastern Time: Deadline for change from technical paper to oral only
  • 1 December 2020, 2000 hrs Eastern Time: Manuscript submission and oral-only presentation confirmation deadlines
  • 3 December 2020: Presentation submission opens for technical paper presenters
  • 10 December 2020, 2000 hrs Eastern Time: Presentation submission deadline
  • 6 January 2021: Technical presentations available in virtual 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum portal
  • 11 January 2021: All presenters must be registered
  • 11 January 2021: Conference proceedings available in ARC
  • 11 January: CrossMark begins for manuscripts only (no updates will be available for oral presentations)
  • 11–15 and 19–21 January 2021: Attend virtual AIAA SciTech; participate in your Live Screening session(s)
Technical Presentations – Uploads, Template, and Format

Where do I upload my Manuscript and Presentation?
Both manuscripts and presentation slide files will be submitted to the ScholarOne Abstracts submission site. The author designated as the presenter will receive instructions and a URL to make those submissions.

How do I record a presentation?
Presentation with audio can be created in several ways, including PowerPoint, PDF, etc. Please see this document  for information, instructions on recording a presentation, and best practices. All presentations must include slides and audio, be saved as a MP4 file, and should be 10 minutes long with a maximum file size of 300mb.

Will presentations be required to concurrently show both slide AND presenter or just be prerecorded audio over presentation?

The presentation is just prerecorded audio with slides; you are not required to show the presenter within the video.

If presentations are in MP4 format that means that it is in essence a video. Viewers cannot scroll through the presentation at their own pace?

That is correct. Because not everyone has access to one particular software used to create the presentation file, we have chosen to use the standard file type of MP4 so that it can be played with a media player inside the virtual forum platform. We realize this somewhat limits a viewer’s ability to scroll through the presentation at their own pace, but it ensures that attendees will have a consistent experience viewing all technical presentations.

Technical Presentations – Availability

How long will the presentations be available on demand?
The virtual forum will be available online for approximately 2 months; registration will be required to access materials before, during, and after the forum. After this time, presentations may be available from AIAA. For questions or concerns, please contact arcsupport@aiaa.org.

Will viewers be able to download the slides we provide?
The ability to download files resides with individual browsers and thus, cannot be controlled by our vendor. In some cases, depending on the browser used by the end user, your presentation (MP4 file) could be downloaded.

Will there be participation metrics available to presenters?

AIAA will receive participation metrics after the event; once we review this information, we will determine the information that can be released to individual presenters.

Session Chairs

Will Session Chairs sign in for Live Screenings at the start of a session and stay on for the entire session? How can the chairs relay the questions to the authors?
Yes, we ask that session chairs participate in the entire Live Screening session, including the Zoom Q&A portion for the concluding 25 minutes. There will be a Q&A section within the virtual room that will be accessible and viewable by all attendees. We recommend having a few questions ready to get the conversation going if needed.

Technical Papers and Presentations – Copyright

With regard to the presentation slides (this is different from the manuscript copyright), AIAA is asking for permission of use only, not copyright ownership. If your organization is a government agency or has additional concerns about the copyright statement, please add copyright language on your slides that is most appropriate for your situation and under the advice of your organization. Check with your supervisor or compliance officer if you have questions or concerns about the copyright assignment for your presentation slide. During the presentation upload process, presenters will agree to the statement below:

  • Copyright License for Presentation Slides only: By uploading my submission materials I hereby grant a non-exclusive license to AIAA to publish this work and use it for all of AIAA’s current and future print and electronic uses. (Note that copyright release or license for technical paper manuscripts is governed by author selections made during manuscript submission).

If appropriate, please insert the following language into your PowerPoint presentation on the first/title slide:

 “Copyright © by ____ [author name/company name]. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., with permission.”

If you are employed by a U.S. Government agency and your presentation is considered to be in the public domain and not subject to copyright, you may use the following statement or similar:

“This material is a work of the U.S. Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States.”

 Courses and Workshops

Will the pre-forum courses be virtualized?
AIAA will be offering many new and popular courses online throughout early 2021, including Design of Experiments, Technical Writing Essentials for Engineers, Launch Vehicle Design, Data and Information Fusion, Classical Astrodynamics, and Electrochemical Energy Systems for Aircraft Electrification, among others.

Stay tuned to AIAA's online learning website for all courses and dates.

Will the pre-forum workshops be virtualized?
Yes! See details and registration links below:

5th AIAA Propulsion Aerodynamics Workshop (PAW05) – 9–10 January 2021

1st AIAA CFD Transition Modeling Prediction Workshop – 21–22 January 2021

1st AIAA Stability and Control Prediction Workshop – 26–27 January 2021


How much is registration for the virtual event?
Please visit the registration page for details.

Do I need to register to present my paper at the virtual AIAA SciTech?
Yes, an author from a submitted manuscript will be expected to participate during the technical presentation Q&A portion of the virtual forum event (in order to participate, the author must register for the forum). The registrant (participating author) does not need to be the same individual that recorded the presentation. To participate in any part of the virtual forum, including the technical presentation Q&A, every individual must register. Should an author be unable to participate during the designated events for technical paper presenters, the manuscript will be withdrawn from the proceedings.

Who will have access to proceedings?
Full forum registrants will have access to proceedings, just as they would in face-to-face AIAA forums. For other registration types (Student, Retiree, and Limited Access), they will not have access to the proceedings (publications), but there is an option to purchase proceedings separately. All registrants will have access to technical presentations.

How will I access the virtual forum?
All registrants will receive login information prior to the forum — check your email for details.

I need a Certificate of Attendance to be reimbursed by my institution, how do I get one?
Every registered attendee will receive a certificate of attendance via email after the conclusion of the event.


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