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“Your return on investment will be high. The multiple opportunities you have to advance your career personally by learning, to advance your career professionally by networking...is worth the price of admission.”Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, USAF (Ret.), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Shaping the future of aerospace is no simple task.
Shaping the future of aerospace takes passion, discussion, innovation, collaboration, and most importantly, it takes YOU! And, AIAA forums and expositions are catalysts for inspired idea exchange, progressive problem solving, and industry innovation.
AIAA forums draw almost 8,000 participants from 88 countries around the world, including more than 2,000 students. Engineers and scientists from industry, government, and academia share more than 5,000 technical papers that present the latest research and development findings that will shape the future of aerospace.
Make plans now to participate as a speaker, presenter, sponsor, exhibitor, or attendee.
24–26 October 2022
ASCEND (“Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery”)
Las Vegas, NV & Online
ASCEND is a new event designed to accelerate space commerce, exploration, and new discovery. ASCEND has limitless opportunity to connect you with the right people including propulsion and energy, launch services, engineering, private enterprise, startups, investors, civil space, national, security, academia, research, space sciences, media, emerging technology, and policy.
FUTURE EVENTS: Las Vegas: 23–25 October 2023, Las Vegas: 28–30 October 2024, Las Vegas: 27–29 October 2025
- AIAA SciTech Forum
23–27 January 2023
AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition
Gaylord National Harbor
National Harbor, MD & Online
The AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum) program covers the science, technologies, and policies that are shaping the future of aerospace. The forum is the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world—bringing together 11 individual technical disciplines. AIAA SciTech Forum delegates include over 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students, and aerospace professionals from nearly 1,000 corporate, academic, and government institutions in 43 countries.
FUTURE EVENTS: Orlando: 8–12 January 2024, Orlando: 6–10 January 2025
- AIAA DEFENSE Forum
11–13 April 2023
AIAA Defense and Security Forum
Kossiakoff Center at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
The AIAA Defense and Security Forum (AIAA DEFENSE Forum) is a classified SECRET/NoFORN meeting for technical, programmatic, and policy issues pertaining to aerospace defense within U.S. national security. The forum is an unbiased, nonpartisan environment for defense officials to interact with industry allies, the aerospace research and development community, and government decision makers and policymakers to address critical topics from a policy, program, and technology perspective.
- AIAA AVIATION Forum
12–16 June 2023
AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition
San Diego, CA & Online
The AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION Forum) is the only event that covers the entire integrated spectrum of aviation business, research, development, and technology. The program features discussions with respected aviation leaders—providing a single, structured gathering to help delegates navigate the key challenges and opportunities affecting the direction of global aviation policy, research and development, technological proliferation, cybersecurity, environmental issues, and emerging markets.
FUTURE EVENTS: Reno: 24–28 June 2024
Future Propulsion and Energy Programming
The rich content of what has become known as the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum has moved into other AIAA forums following the 2021 event. The disciplines of propulsion and energy are crucial across the aerospace and defense industry and AIAA wants to expand their reach. As enabling technologies, propulsion and energy fit well into the subject matter of other AIAA forums.