Committee on Space Research

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

Committee on Space Research
Formation1958 (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

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 editions of the high-atmosphere code CIRA. The code "IRI" of the URSI-COSPAR working group on the International Reference Ionosphere was first edited 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
42nd2018Pasadena United States
41st2016Istanbul (cancelled) Turkey
40th2014Moscow Russia
39th2012Mysore India
38th2010Bremen Germany
37th2008Montreal Canada
35th2004Paris France
34th2002Houston United States
33rd2000Warsaw Poland
32nd1998Nagoya Japan
31st1996Birmingham Great Britain
30th1994Hamburg Germany
29th1992Washington, DC United States
28th1990The Hague Netherlands
27th1988Espoo Finland
26th1986Toulouse France
25th1984Graz Austria
24th1982Ottawa Canada
23rd1980Budapest Hungary
22nd1979Bangalore India
21st1978Innsbruck Austria
20th1977Tel-Aviv Israel
19th1976Philadelphia, PA United States
18th1975Varna Bulgaria
17th1974Sao Paulo Brazil
16th1973Konstanz Germany
15th1972Madrid Spain
14th1971Seattle, WA United States
13th1970Leningrad Soviet Union
12th1969Prague Czechoslovakia
11th1968Tokyo Japan
10th1967London Great Britain
9th1966Vienna Austria
8th1965Mar del Plata Argentina
7th1964Florence Italy
6th1963Warsaw Poland
5th1962Washington, DC United States
4th1961Florence Italy
3rd1960Nice France
2nd1959The Hague Netherlands
1st1958London 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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