Canada Hosts International Astronautical Congress for First Time in Decade

This week Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre will host more than 3,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, and astronauts at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

This year’s event, which is in Canada for the first time in a decade, has a theme of “Our World Needs Space.” Montreal and Vancouver have previously hosted IACs, which Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacque described to CTV News as “a big space party.”

Chris Hadfield, Canada’s most famous astronaut and now an author and professor in Waterloo, notes that IAC is the world’s biggest space conference. The event, he told CTV, allows the world’s brightest minds in the field discuss “everything that has to do with exploring the rest of the universe.”

Topics slated for discussion include space debris, Earth observation, and space law.