The inaugural EMER-GEN Program was held for young professionals and students under 35 years, enthusiastic about careers in space. The program offered mentoring with renowned space specialists from the public sector (military and civil), private sector, and nongovernmental organizations; networking with other young professionals; technical Short courses and professional development sessions. EMER-GEN is a joint initiative between AMOS and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).

Another new feature introduced in 2018 were the Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards. In collaboration with the Space Surveillance Technical Committee of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), the AMOS Conference recognizes outstanding efforts in the field of Space Situational Awareness. Laura Pirovano, University of Surrey, swept both awards with her paper Probabilistic data association based on intersection of Orbit Sets