The IAF Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme is targeted at exceptional students and young professionals (age 21-35) who demonstrate leadership in their academic or early careers. The winners are presented with their award during the Closing Ceremony of the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC). Awardees also attend the IAC Gala Dinner as guests of the IAF President and enjoy free IAC registration.
Michael has had a long involvement in the international space community, having previously been Chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). He is also a long-term active member of the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). He has participated in many IACs and played a central role in the bid to hold the 2017 IAC in Adelaide. Michael has provided an excellent example of leadership in his professional domain.