First woman IAF president appointed.
(News Source : SpacePolicyOnline)
The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) has finally elected a woman as its incoming president, 67 years later. Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund, chair of the German space agency, DLR will succeed Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of France’s space agency, CNES. It was a great day for Women in Aerospace (WIA).
IAF was created in 1951, even before the Space Age began, to serve as a venue where scientists and engineers from around the world could meet to discuss space research and development despite the polarized Cold War climate of the day. Its annual International Astronautical Congresses (IACs) continue to be the premier international space conferences and include meetings of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) as well. The 2018 IAC just concluded in Bremen, Germany. Next year it will take place in Washington, DC.
Ehrenfreund is well known in U.S. space science and space policy circles. An Austrian, she received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Vienna in astronomy and biology and began her career as an astrobiologist in Europe. In 2005, she became a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at JPL and later was a professor of space policy at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute as well as Lead Investigator at the NASA Astrobiology Institute. She was appointed chair of the DLR Executive Board in 2015.