To the Initiative for Interstellar Studies

Scientia ad Sidera

Knowledge to the Stars

We conduct

Credible research into the science and technology of Starships

We seek

To make new artificial and natural habitats whilst finding ways

to improve the Earth and help the Life that it has nurtured

We Work

Towards a capable and confident

human species in interplanetary space

We Inspire

and motivate the public about the achievements of
space exploration and give optimism for the future


We Aspire

to foster and create a star colonising civilisation

We Search

the Universe and seek out intelligent life elsewhere

Latest News

Sunday, 23rd November 2014

Go Beyond the Boundary Now!

Our book “Beyond the Boundary: Seeking Interstellar Destinations” has been released! The first ever book that brings the technology, science, and culture of interstellar travel all into one place! Read more
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014

Exclusive i4is offers...

We are trialling a new merchandise scheme whilst we wait for our online shop! If you didn’t get a chance to come to Loncon3 and see our stand ‘The Interstellar Space’, then we are delighted to announce that we have a few remaining limited edition ‘Con T-shirts’ for sale at £15! Navy blue, round neck, front and back illustrations and... Read more
Monday, 25th August 2014

I4IS at the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon3

I4IS made its first outreach into Science Fiction at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon3, August 2014. We ran a blog thoughout the preparation at i4is.loncon3.co.uk. Here it is. We hope to see you in 2015 at the UK Eastercon at Heathrow and the next Worldcon in Spokane. Read more
Friday, 15th August 2014

Project Dragonfly: Sail to the Stars!

Project Dragonfly: Sail to the Stars! The Initiative for Interstellar Studies (I4IS) is aiming to launch humanity’s first – unmanned – starship by 2050. We think this is possible. For this purpose, I4IS has launched a competition to design the first real mission to the stars and we are inviting teams from universities to... Read more
Friday, 01st August 2014

Interstellar Wormholes: Physics & Practical Realisation

The Initiative for Interstellar Studies (I4IS) are pleased to announce a one day symposium in collaboration with the British Interplanetary Society, dedicated to the physics of wormholes, as a means for achieving interstellar transport. Read more
Wednesday, 09th July 2014

Press Release:

The Initiative for Interstellar Studies (I4IS; i4is.org) and the International Space University (ISU; isunet.edu) have teamed up to offer students graduate projects related to all aspects of interstellar travel.    .   Read more
Wednesday, 09th July 2014

Press Release: I4IS to attend World Science Fiction Convention

The Initiative for Interstellar Studies (I4IS) is coming to the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention at ExCeL in London to give attendees a taste of the science and the vision behind interstellar flight.     Read more
Thursday, 08th May 2014

I4IS Goes Corporate

Work on I4IS started in August 2012 and we first went live on the web in September 2012. It is our ambition to become an global ‘institute’ for interstellar education, research and enterprise.  Read more
Thursday, 08th May 2014

Worldcon 2014

Members of I4IS will be participating in the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), to be held at the London ExCeL Centre, Thursday 14 to Monday 18 August 2014. It will be a special event as it is the 75th anniversary of the very first Worldcon, held in New York in 1939.  Read more
Thursday, 08th May 2014

Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop 2014

Members of I4IS will be participating in the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW) to be held 9-12 November, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States.  Read more


The mission of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies is to foster and promote education, knowledge and technical capabilities which lead to designs, technologies or enterprise that will enable the construction and launch of interstellar spacecraft. The vision of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies is to aspire towards an optimistic future for humans on Earth and in space. Our bold vision is to be an organisation that is central to catalysing the conditions in society over the next century to enable robotic and human exploration of the frontier beyond our Solar System and to other stars, as part of a long-term enduring strategy and towards a sustainable space-based economy. 

Who We Are

We started work on the organisation in August 2012, sixty years after the first serious academic research paper to address the interstellar problem, published by Dr Les Shepherd in 1952. Since then we have been steadily developing our business model, various activities and constitutional structures. Our ambition is to create a global network of Institutes under the banner “Institute for Interstellar Studies”, although due to restrictions on UK law, the use of that name has to be demonstrated first. Hence, we are an ‘initiative’ that is seeking to become an ‘institute’. The name “…for Interstellar Studies” is in honour of the special red cover issues of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) published between 1974 and 1991.

These issues, dedicated to interstellar flight, interstellar communications and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have done more than any other activity to promote, advocate and support the interstellar vision. Indeed, the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) has been the ‘torch holders’ of the interstellar vision for much of the last half century. It can be said therefore, that I4IS is a direct spin-off from the BIS and its work to promote and advocate advancements in astronautics. 

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