Press Passes Available for 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum Written 21 December 2020


December 21, 2020 – Reston, Va. – Registration is open for journalists around the world to gain access to the 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum, the world’s largest event for aerospace research, development and technology. Every year, THIS is the place industry gathers; the event sets the industry tone for the year. Request press credentials here.

WHEN: 11–15 and 19–21 January 2021, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST each day. Event programming has been expanded to eight days.

WHAT: 2021 overall theme: “Accelerating Innovation through Diversity.” Event highlights:

  • Daily themes: People and teams (11 January); industry sectors (13 January); science/ technology (15 January); design cycle (19 January); perspectives (21 January).
  • Featuring 2,500 technical papers – five similar papers grouped at once for a 75-minute presentation; 25 concurrent technical sessions each day.
  • Key events/speakers:
    • Opening plenary remarks Monday, 11 January, from Eileen Drake, CEO and President of Aerojet Rocketdyne.
    • Pamela Melroy (Colonel, USAF, Ret.), former NASA astronaut/Space Shuttle Commander, and Steven Walker, vice president and chief technology officer for Lockheed Martin, addressing emerging technologies Friday, 15 January.
    • 2021 AIAA Durand Lecture for Public Service Award will be presented to David W. Thompson, retired, President and CEO of Orbital ATK, Inc. Thompson will deliver his lecture, “The History and Prospects of Commercial Space Activity,” Tuesday, 12 January.
    • “How do you design faster?” Challenge – Five teams of young professionals (each from a large company) work together to develop an idea or a service to address the challenge. Each team will give a 10-minute pitch and the audience votes. Participating companies each submitting five of their best young professionals: The Boeing Company, Ball Aerospace, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin and NASA.
    • “Public Policy-Aerospace 2020: Where Have We Been and What to Expect” – featuring aerospace veteran journalists, Graham Warwick and Guy Norris, Thursday, 21 January.
    • Big announcement from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate

    Media contact: Rebecca B. Gray,, 804.397.5270

    About AIAA
    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 91 countries, and 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow AIAA on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn.