Paris welcomes the 72nd edition of the International Astronautical Congress

In 2021, more than 6,500 representatives of the international space community will gather at the Paris Convention Centre. | Publié le 08 November 2018


On 5 October 2018  at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, it was officially announced: in 2021, the Paris Convention Centre will host the IAC's scientists, academics, engineers and international space leaders. The new Centre's comprehensive 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 a new key organiser in the scientific sector.

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

Lionel Suchet, Chief Operating Officer of the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), observed: "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. On behalf of the CNES, I would like to thank all those who helped prepare the city's candidature. IAC 2021 will be an excellent opportunity for the CNES – as well as the French space community – to bolster its international influence."

As Pablo Nakhlé Cerruti, CEO of Viparis, notes: "The Paris Convention Centre was specifically designed to host the very largest gatherings – international events that bring together several thousand participants. 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 through 2023. These excellent results represent a collective win for the CNES, Paris and Viparis, and encourages us to continue our efforts to provide world-class hospitality in an increasingly competitive environment."

About Viparis

Viparis, a subsidiary of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, is the European leader in conferences and trade events.

Viparis manages the ten main event venues in the Greater Paris region. Each year, it welcomes ten million visitors (the general public, business visitors and spectators), and hosts 800 events in a wide range of sectors at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris Le Bourget, Paris Nord Villepinte, Espace Champerret, the Palais des Congrès de Paris, the Palais des Congrès de Versailles, the Palais des Congrès d'Issy, the Salles du Carrousel, the Espace Grande Arche and the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.

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About the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau

Every day, the Conference Unit of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau strives to boost Paris's appeal, providing assistance and advice to associations organising large-scale events in the French capital. Bringing together Paris's leading stakeholders in the business tourism sector, the Unit encourages and supports trade associations that want to put forward Paris as a host city. To help them make the most of their event, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau also provides access  to, a dedicated website, as well as a platform for exchanges with Paris professionals.



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