There are a large number of international conferences that might be of interest to CubeSat developers. The Spring and Summer CubeSat Workshops held at CalPoly and the University of Utah are the main gathering places for the CubeSat community, but there are many other space conferences (mainly small satellite related) that have CubeSat sessions or CubeSat papers and posters present.

The directory below is a guide to the main recurring ones. Conferences do come and go, so if you find any out of date information or know of a new conference that should be listed here, please let us know as described at the bottom of this page.

CubeSat specific


Winter CubeSat Workshop
This annual workshop held in January/February alternates between the University of Rome and the von Karman Institute in Brussels.

2nd IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop
3-9 February 2013
Rome; Italy
Registration: 19 November 2012 – 9 February 2013
Registration fee: EUR 450 (full), EUR 150 (student), EUR 200 (guest)
Early registration discount available: Yes (EUR 50-100)
Abstracts due: 17 December 2012
Notification of acceptance: 22 December 2012
Papers due: 25th January 2013


European CubeSat Symposium
30 January – 1 February 2012
Brussels, Belgium
Registration: 1 September 2011 – 15 January 2012
Abstracts due: 15 October 2011
Notification of acceptance: 15 November 2012
Attendance: Low hundreds

1st IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop
24-29 January 2011
Rome; Italy
Website : presentations
Registration: 31 August 2010 – 29 January 2011
Registration fee: EUR 450 (full), EUR 200 (student), EUR 250 (guest)
Early registration discount available: Yes
Attendance: Low hundreds


Spring CubeSat Workshop
This is the original and main CubeSat workshop held in April at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, the home of the CubeSat standard. If you can only go to one workshop a year, this is probably the one you want to go to.

20th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop
24-26 April 2013
Abstracts due: 1st December 2012
Registration opens: 1st November 2012

Previous conference:

9th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop
18-20 April 2012
Abstracts due: 9th January 2012
Attendance: Low hundreds

8th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop
20-24 April 2011
CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, USA
Website : presentations : videos
Attendance: Low hundreds


Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop

A workshop aimed at CubeSat missions going beyond low earth orbit. Its location changes every year.

2nd Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop
28-29 May 2013
Abstracts due: 1st April 2013
Ithaca, New York, USA

Previous conference:

1st Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop
29-30 May 2012
Abstracts due: 1st April 2012
MIT, Boston, USA
Website : Presentations : Videos
Attendance: Low hundreds


ESA CubeSat Workshop
The ESA CubeSat Workshop is held irregularly as part of the small satellite symposium.

ESA CubeSat Workshop
5/6/2012 – 7/6/2012
Portoroz, Slovenia
Abstracts due: 7/1/2012
Notification of acceptance: 29/2/2012
Registration fee: EUR 750 (full) EUR 375 (student)


6U CubeSat Low Cost Space Missions Workshop
This is a new workshop dedicated to the 6U CubeSat format.

6U CubeSat Low Cost Space Missions Workshop
17 – 18 July 2012
Canberra, Australia
Abstracts due: 26 June 2012
Notification of acceptance: Unknown
Registration fee: Free


Summer CubeSat Workshop
This workshop is usually held the weekend before SmallSat in August and is similar in scope and attendance to the Spring Workshop.

2012 Summer CubeSat Developers’ Workshop
11-12 August 2012
Utah State University Campus, Logan, USA
Registration fee: $25

2011 Summer CubeSat Developers’ Workshop
6-7 August 2011
Utah State University Campus, Logan, USA
Abstracts due: 1 July 2011
Registration fee: Free


Pico- and Nano-Satellite Workshop
This workshop is a German language workshop that has been held since 2007.

5th Pico- and Nano-Satellite Workshop on ‘technologies for Small Satellite Research’
22-23 September 2011
Universität Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
Abstracts due: 15 August 2011

General small satellite or with small satellite sessions

First time/one off conferences


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