The 45th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) will head to Busan in 2024, an event that is expected to bring 3,500 people from across the world onto South Korean soil.
The win has been years in the making, with Busan Tourism Organization and Busan Exhibition and Convention Center working together on the bid since 2019.
The Korean Committee of COSPAR, led by chairperson Jong Uk Park, who is with the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, has also been courting the Scientific Assembly to South Korea since the successful execution of the 3rd COSPAR Symposium in 2017. The event in Jeju was attended by about 350 people from 38 countries.
The nine-day Scientific Assembly will bear the theme, Team Spirit in Space Research.
Lee Chang-Yoon, head officer of Space, Nuclear and Big Science Policy
Bureau of the Ministry of Science and ICT, said: “The COSPAR Scientific Assembly is the world’s largest space science event with more than 4,000 academic presentations in various space research fields, including space science and exploration. We will support it as an opportunity to promote industrial cooperation between global and Korean space industries in a new space era.”
Held once every two years on a rotational basis, the Scientific Assembly is recognised as the largest academic event in the field of space research. The 2021 Scientific Assembly was held in Sydney, from January 28 to February 4.