Committee on Space Research

Committee on Space Research
Formation1958; 62 years ago (1958)
Region served
Official language
English, French
Prof. Lennard A. Fisk
Executive Director
Dr. J.-L. Fellous
Parent organization
International Council for Science
WebsiteCOSPAR Official website

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) was established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1958.

Among COSPAR's objectives are the promotion of scientific research in space on an international level, with emphasis on the free exchange of results, information, and opinions, and providing a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of symposia, publication, and other means. COSPAR has created a number of research programmes on different topics, a few in cooperation with other scientific Unions. The long-term project COSPAR international reference atmosphere started in 1960; since then it has produced several ions of the high-atmosphere code CIRA. The code "IRI" of the URSI-COSPAR working group on the International Reference Ionosphere was first ed in 1978 and is yearly updated.

General Assembly[]

Every second year, COSPAR calls for a General Assembly (also called Scientific Assembly). These are conferences currently gathering more than a thousand participating space researchers. The most recent assemblies are listed in the table below.[1] The 41st General Assembly in Istanbul was cancelled due to the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt.[2]

Year Place Country
44th 2022 Athens  Greece
43rd 2020 Sydney  Australia
42nd 2018 Pasadena  United States
41st 2016 Istanbul (cancelled)  Turkey
40th 2014 Moscow  Russia
39th 2012 Mysore  India
38th 2010 Bremen  Germany
37th 2008 Montreal  Canada
36th 2006 Beijing ChinaChina
35th 2004 Paris  France
34th 2002 Houston  United States
33rd 2000 Warsaw  Poland
32nd 1998 Nagoya  Japan
31st 1996 Birmingham  Great Britain
30th 1994 Hamburg  Germany
29th 1992 Washington, DC  United States
28th 1990 The Hague  Netherlands
27th 1988 Espoo  Finland
26th 1986 Toulouse  France
25th 1984 Graz  Austria
24th 1982 Ottawa  Canada
23rd 1980 Budapest  Hungary
22nd 1979 Bangalore  India
21st 1978 Innsbruck  Austria
20th 1977 Tel-Aviv  Israel
19th 1976 Philadelphia, PA  United States
18th 1975 Varna  Bulgaria
17th 1974 Sao Paulo  Brazil
16th 1973 Konstanz  Germany
15th 1972 Madrid  Spain
14th 1971 Seattle, WA  United States
13th 1970 Leningrad  Soviet Union
12th 1969 Prague  Czechoslovakia
11th 1968 Tokyo  Japan
10th 1967 London  Great Britain
9th 1966 Vienna  Austria
8th 1965 Mar del Plata  Argentina
7th 1964 Florence  Italy
6th 1963 Warsaw  Poland
5th 1962 Washington, DC  United States
4th 1961 Florence  Italy
3rd 1960 Nice  France
2nd 1959 The Hague  Netherlands
1st 1958 London  Great Britain

See also[]


  1. ^ "COSPAR Scientific Assemblies". Archived from the original on 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  2. ^ COSPAR 2016 Archived 2016-07-19 at the Wayback Machine

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