2018 Public Events

Saturday 20 January 2018

Astronaut and Human Spaceflight Panel

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.

Watch the panel here.


Monday 22 January 2018

Role of Ethics in Space - Dr Jacques Arnould

Guest speaker:  Dr Jacques Arnould

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.

Watch the video here.


Wednesday 24 January 2018

Government, industry and universities partnering in space economy development

The global space sector is undergoing a significant evolution in technological development, knowledge dissemination and overall size.  Within Australia, the State holds an important position in the aerospace industry, particularly with respect to R&D, and as a key location for supply companies in high-tech industries.  As home to one of the largest defence clusters in Australia, globally focused firms and entrepreneurial start-ups, the City of Salisbury is well positioned to support the growth of South Australia’s space and space related industry.

Our panel of industry, government and university experts will discuss their roles in developing a sustainable space sector in South Australia including recent initiatives, what future opportunities there are and how we can build upon the wide range of space-related capability (including the Mawson Lakes campus of UniSA, the Defence Science and Technology Group, and the Edinburgh Defence Base, as well as globally focussed companies including SAAB, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Boeing, Speedcast) that currently exists. 

The invited panellists are:


  • Mr Mike Kenneally – Speedcast/Fleet
  • Mr Wayne Agutter - SAAB
  • Mr Jack Mahoney – Lockheed Martin
  • Prof Tanya Monro – UniSA
  • Mr Brett Newell – Boeing
  • Mr Richard Price – South Australia Space Industry Centre
  • Councillor Graham Reynolds – Salisbury Council
  • Moderator – Michael Davis, Space Industry Association of Australia.


Sponsored by the City of Salisbury.

Watch the video here.


Thursday 1 February 2018

Are We Alone? 

Guest speaker:  Dr Charley Lineweaver

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.

Watch the video here.



Space: Eyes on the Sky display

The University of South Australia showcases a display of images from the Hubble Space Telescope paired with artworks by a group of tertiary art students that are inspired by the images. 

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP) acknowledges that the images in this exhibition are displayed with the permission of the European Space Agency and the student artists. This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the assistance and support of the South Australian Museum and the Museum of Discovery (MOD.) at the University of South Australia.

We also acknowledge and thank the City of Salisbury for its generous sponsorship of this exhibition.

The images will be on display Monday 8th January until Friday 16th February 2018 in the Mawson Centre, Mawson Lakes Campus and can be viewed between 9am and 8pm.


From Outback to Outer Space: Woomera 1955-1980

Thanks to the generous support of the State Library of South Australia, National Archives of Australia, Defence Science and Technology Group, South Australian Aviation Museum and the Woomera Historical Museum, the University of South Australia is pleased to showcase an exhibition on the history of Woomera. 

The Woomera Rocket Range launched Australia into the space age in the 1950s. The Woomera story has many facets: it is one of secrecy and controversy, innovation and achievement, set against the background of the Cold War and the Space Race. Discover the stories of the early days of Australia's space activity and how, in 1967, Australia joined the elite 'Space Club' of nations that had launched their own satellites. Find out what life was like for the men, women and children who lived in the 'top secret' outback town of Woomera.

The exhibition draws on the collections of the State Library of South Australia, National Archives of Australia, Defence Science and Technology Group, South Australian Aviation Museum and the Woomera Historical Museum. See large scale rocket models together with space artefacts, photographs and archival footage, and listen to oral histories of former Woomera residents.

We invite you to explore a fascinating part of Australia's technological and scientific history and discover how the Woomera Rocket Range took Australia from the outback to outer space.

The exhibition will be displayed on Level 2 of the Sir Eric Neal Library, Mawson Lakes Campus Monday 8th January until Friday 16th February 2018 and can be viewed between 8am and 6pm.

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