The 32nd International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS)
The International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) is the leading space conference in Japan that attracts over 1,000 international participants, hosted in various cities in Japan. The ISTS offers a unique platform to share information on the latest research and developments in areas including space technology, space science, space medicine, and space policy and law, and to promote cooperation among specialists in space activities.
The first ISTS was held in 1959 in Tokyo. Recent Symposia have been held biennially all over Japan, the last five being held in Tsukuba (27th and 50-year anniversary of ISTS, 2009), Okinawa (28th ISTS, 2011), Nagoya (29th ISTS, 2013) , Kobe (30th ISTS, 2015) and Matsuyama (31st ISTS, 2017). The last 31st ISTS was successfully held on June 3-9, 2017 under the main theme of "Open up a New Age of Space Discovery -Space Cuckoo Flies to New Space Frontier From Matsuyama-” with 1,091 participants from 31 countries and 877 presentations.