GLEX 2021 to celebrate 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s spaceflight

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and ROSCOSMOS will co-organise the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) 2021 in St. Petersburg, Russia, from June 14-18, 2021.

GLEX 2021 celebrates the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s spaceflight – marking the start of humankind’s spaceflight era.

GLEX 2021 will see leaders and decision-makers within the science and human space exploration community discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions.

The Conference will also offer opportunities to learn about how space exploration investments provide benefits as well as discuss how those benefits can be increased through thoughtful planning and cooperation.

Global participation

Space engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, space agency representatives and policy makers from around the world, including the Middle East, will participate in GLEX 2021.

The key highlights of GLEX 2021 include panel discussions, keynote lectures, networking forums, a space exhibition, gala dinner, social events and post-conference cultural visits to landmarks sites of St. Petersburg.

Select sessions will be live streamed.

GLEX 2021 will be held in the historic Tavricheskiy palace in St. Petersburg.

This venue is one of the largest and most impressive palaces in St. Petersburg.

The GLEX 2021 International Programme Committee (IPC) has opened its call for papers which will address a wide diversity of topics defined by 12 thematic tracks.

The paper submission portal is open until January 29, 2021, to allow authors to submit new papers for consideration.

Update papers

Authors whose content may have evolved in the period from 2020 to 2021 also have the opportunity to update their papers, subject to maintaining the essential theme of the presentation and relevance to the topic which they had initially scheduled for GLEX 2020.

Papers should be written in English and submitted at to one of the following 12 tracks:

  • International Cooperation for Space Exploration
  • Lunar Exploration
  • Mars Exploration
  • Exploration of Near-Earth Asteroids
  • Exploration of Other Destinations
  • Space Transportation
  • Key Technologies
  • Challenges of Life Support/Medical Support for Human Missions
  • Space Stations
  • Space Resources
  • Ground-Based Preparatory Activities
  • Transcending Societal Issues for Space Exploration
GLEX 2021 will be held in the historic Tavricheskiy palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Credit: Center for the History of Parliamentarism
GLEX 2021 will be held in the historic Tavricheskiy palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Credit: Center for the History of Parliamentarism


Founded in 1951, the IAF is the world’s leading space advocacy body with 397 members in 69 c countries, including all leading space agencies, companies, research institutions, universities, societies, associations and institutes.

The IAF advances knowledge about space, fostering the development and application of space assets by promoting global cooperation.


In addition to organising the annual International Astronautical Congress and other thematic meetings, the IAF encourages the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes and supports the dissemination of scientific and technical information related to space.

The 72nd International Astronautical Congress will be held in Dubai, UAE, from October 25-29, 2021.

The IAF started organising its global conferences in 2010 in various cities around the globe to promote specific topics about space and to have different professional communities embrace the space community.

GLEX 2021 agenda at a glance: Credit: IAF
GLEX 2021 agenda at a glance: Credit: IAF


ROSCOSMOS (State Space Corporation) was established to oversee and implement a comprehensive reform of the Russian space industry following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

ROSCOSMOS ensures the implementation of the Russian government’s space programme and its legal regulation.

It also places orders for the development, manufacture and supply of space equipment and space infrastructure objects in Russia.

The state corporation is also responsible for international space cooperation and tasked with setting the stage for the future use of results of space activities in the social and economic development of Russia.

ROSCOSMOS is an IAF Member since 1993.

The GLEX 2020 edition was originally scheduled to be held from June 9-11, 2020, in St. Petersburg, but was postponed to September 1-3, 2020, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the September 2020 edition too was scuppered, due to the Covid-19 situation; ending up as GLEX 2021.