2017 Public Events

Thank you for your interest in our  2017 series of Southern Hemisphere Study Space program events which have now concluded. 

Find out more about the events below or visit our Facebook page for more info >> https://www.facebook.com/isu.shssp/


Thursday 12 January 2017

International Astronaut Event

Guest speaker:  Dr Soyeon Yi, South Korea’s first astronaut

The International Astronaut Event is a long-standing highlight in ISU sessions. Members of the general public will have an opportunity to ask a broad range of questions of our invited astronaut and obtain their autographs.

This international astronaut event, featuring Dr Soyeon Yi, South Korea's first astronaut, will provide insight and opinion, with a particular emphasis on the human factors involved in spaceflight as humans gain more experience in long-duration missions in order to prepare for inter-planetary travel.

Venue: Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA City West Campus

Time: 6.00 pm


Thursday 19 January 2017

Space Policy for the Earth’s Benefit

Space exploration drives the imagination of people young and old, but it is also an important tool for promoting international cooperation, economic development and world peace. Our panel of international experts will provide a unique insight into recent efforts to harness the benefits of space technology to deliver tangible benefits to people on earth. The audience will learn more about governmental space policy initiatives and directions that are aimed at advancing these goals, often  in cooperation with the private sector, in Australia and internationally.

The panel will be moderated by Mr Michael Davis, Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia. Panelists: Ms Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO of LaunchBox and Fleet Space Technologies; Prof Ray Williamson, international space policy expert and former USA Congress advisor on space; Dr Michael Simpson, Executive Director of Secure World Foundation; Mr Nicola Sasanelli, Director for R&D - International Collaborations for Defence SA. 

Venue: MC1-02 Lecture Theatre, Mawson Centre, Mawson Lakes

Time: 6.00 pm


Monday 23 January 2017

The ethical dimension of space exploration

Guest Speaker: Dr Jacques Arnould CNES (French National Center for Space Studies)

Space activities are supported by sound economic arguments, with global business revenues from space activities in the order of hundreds of billion dollars every year. Why did humans however, decide to go to space in the first place? What moves humans to try and literally reach for the stars? When Earth itself is affected by complex global problems, and nations fight for diminishing resources, why do some nations and visionaries expend resources to put humans and human-made objects in space? Is it ethical to strive to expand the reach of human civilisation beyond the gravitational pull of our planet? These and other questions will be explored by Dr Jacques Arnould, resident ethicist with the French Space Agency (CNES), and Adjunct Professor with the International Space University.  

With advanced degrees in engineering, the history of science, and theology, Dr Jacques Arnould is uniquely positioned to look at these long standing issues from many perspectives.  The author of several books on the topic of space ethics, he is the recipient of the prestigious 2004 Labruyère Prize from the Académie Française, and of the 2011 Audiffred Prize awarded by the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques

Venue: MC1-02 Lecture theatre, Mawson Centre, Mawson Lakes

Time: 6.00pm


Friday 27 January 2017

Life in the universe: are we alone?

Guest Speaker: Dr Charley Lineweaver (Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ANU)

When we look at the starry sky we cannot help wonder whether we are alone in the universe or whether other sentient beings exist, and if so how far away they are. Maybe the light reflected off our planet and old radio transmissions have travelled through the enormous distances of space and reached intelligent beings, who may also be wondering whether there is life here. Presently we do not have the technology to travel far outside of the solar system and check this out for ourselves, but since time immemorial philosophers have been debating whether we are the only intelligent species in the universe, while scientists have devised experiments to detect signs of life outside of Earth. In this keynote address, we’ll hear from one of the topmost Australian researchers in the field of astrobiology what we have learned so far, and will be treated to a thought-provoking travel through time and space to answer the ultimate question: are we alone?

Dr Charles (Charley) Lineweaver is the convener of the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) of the Australian National University (ANU), where he holds a joint Associate Professorship in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Research School of Earth Sciences. He obtained his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of the COBE satellite team that discovered temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background.  His current research ranges from cosmology, to exoplanetology, astrobiology and evolutionary biology. 

Venue: UniSA City East Campus, Basil Hetzel Building, Mutual Community Theatre (H2-02)

Time: 6:00 pm


For any inquiries regarding these events please email ITEE.Events@unisa.edu.au

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