Paris to host 72nd International Astronautical Congress in 2021

More than 6,500 representatives of the international space community will gather at the Paris Convention Centre.

The Paris Convention Centre will host scientists, academics, engineers and international space leaders in 2021 for the International Astronautical Congress.

It is understood that the new centre's facilities – including exhibition halls, meeting rooms, conference rooms, a corporate events space and green terrace with a panoramic view of Paris – drew the attention of one of the event's organisers.

National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) chief executive Lionel Suchet, said: "The CNES supported Paris' bid for the IAC with great determination and tenacity, and I am particularly proud that Paris has been selected to host the 2021 edition. The decision pays homage to France's major role in the international space industry."

Since its opening less than a year ago, the centre has already hosted eight world conferences, and 28 more are already in the planning stages up to 2023.

President of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau Pierre Schapira said: "Last year, Paris hosted 1,110 conferences. The city remains a multipurpose destination that has lasting appeal for event organisers.

"The technology sector has the second-largest share of conference activity, and scientific centres are regularly sought after for holding conferences. Hosting the IAC bolsters Paris's natural connection to the world of science – synonymous with the future and with progress.

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