The 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention

University of California, Irvine
A311 Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697

September 7 – 10, 2017

The four-day International Mars Society Convention brings together leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government policymakers and journalists to talk about the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could help pave the way for a human mission to the planet Mars.

List of Speakers

Convention Itinerary | Word Document Version

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Nearby Hotels | Nearby Restaurants

Airports: The closest airport is John Wayne (SNA), which is 4 miles from the University. The larger LAX airport is also an option, and is around 42 miles away.

Parking: There is adequate parking at the Student Center, which is $10 per day.

Tour of JPL (SUBMISSIONS CLOSED) – We have received enough submissions for both the Science Tour and Recruitment Tour. We will be notifying folks of their selection for the tours by Sept 1st.  The tours will take place on Monday, September 11. We will offer transportation from Irvine to JPL and back. There is no charge. Attendance of the tours is limited to US Citizens & Green Card holders and will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.  We are presently attempting to expand the size of the tours to accommodate as many attendees as possible.


Additional Events Prior to Convention:

Early Registration – Wednesday September 6th, 2017

UC Irvine
A311 Student Center

Steering Committee Meeting – Wednesday September 6th, 2017
7pm-10pm – 1st hour is open to the public.

Room Change!
A311 Student Center
Aliso Beach A
Third Floor


Alternative address to Student Center (for Google/Apple Maps apps):

4113 Pereira Drive
Irvine, CA 92697

Past Conventions

Poster Winner - The 22nd Annual International Mars Society Convention
October 17-20, 2019
University of Southern California
Poster Winner - The 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention
August 23-26, 2018
Pasadena Convention Center
Poster Winner - The 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention
September 7 - 10, 2017
University of California, Irvine