Some 2,000 participants from 60 countries, among them the heads of every space agency around the globe, are expected to attend the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) that begins Monday at the International Convention Center in Yerushalayim.
Despite the current tensions and wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks across the country, particularly in Jerusalem, no participant has cancelled their attendance. Israeli Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis said this was “a vote of confidence and certificate of recognition for Israeli science.” The conference is being hosted by the Israel Space Agency.
“The State of Israel is perhaps ‘only’ 68 years old, but it stands in the front row of global entrepreneurship and innovation,” Akunis said, Israel Hayom reported.
International Astronautical Federation President Kiyoshi Higuchi said, “The IAC is returning to Israel 21 years after Jerusalem hosted the 45th Congress. Despite being a small country, Israel is regarded internationally as a global leader in space science and technology. With its diverse space industrial facilities and technical expertise, Israel has much to offer to the international space community.”