International Astronautical Federation
The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is a non-governmental association, with members drawn from government organizations, industry, professional associations, and learned societies from around the world which encourages the advancement of knowledge about space and the development and application of space assets for the benefit of humanity. It plays an important role in disseminating information, and in providing a worldwide network of experts in space development and utilization of space. Founded in 1951, the IAF today has 199 members from nearly 50 countries. Together with its associates, the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law, the IAF organizes an International Astronautical Congress, which is held each year in a different country, and other seminars and events.