2020 Public Events

The Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund Space in the Community Lecture Series

Astronaut & Human Spaceflight Panel

Saturday 18 January 2020 6pm

Guest Speaker: Mr Paolo Nespoli

Astronaut and Human Spaceflight Panel Speakers

Astronaut and Human Spaceflight Panel Speakers, Associate Professor Ady James, Professor Walter Peeters, Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Alexandra Ryan and Göktuğ Karacalıoğlu

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 autograph. We are delighted to announce that Mr Paolo Nespoli will deliver a presentation on spaceflight and will provide an 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.

Paolo visited the International Space Station in 2007 as a member of the STS-120 crew and returned for six months from December 2010 to May 2011 with Expedition 26/27.  Paolo’s third flight to the Space Station was from July to December 2017 as part of a barter agreement between NASA and Italy’s ASI space agency.

SHSSP Astronaut and Human Spaceflight Panel Video: To view the video please click here.


Monday 20 January 2020 7:30pm

Presenter: Mr Paul Curnow

Paul Curnow and Associate Professor Ady James speakers on the Stargazing event

Stragazing speakers, Paul Curnow and Associate Professor Ady James

Join UniSA and the City of Salisbury for a night among the stars!

Have you ever looked up at the stars and wondered how to identify different constellations or how their story came to exist? Perhaps a thought you haven’t had is does everybody see their history in the same way?

Australia has been occupied by humans for at least 50,000 years and over this time Aboriginal Australians have accumulated a detailed knowledge of the heavens above.
In this event, Paul Curnow will give an introductory talk into Australian Aboriginal cultures and how their view of the night sky differs from the contemporary western view.

Following the presentation, we invite you to join us and staff from the University of South Australia’s Planetarium team on Oval 2 at Mawson Lakes Campus for an evening of stargazing. With multiple high-powered telescopes, free take home telescopes for all the junior future astronomers, and plenty of experts to answer questions and provide advice on all things celestial, this is an event the whole family can enjoy.

Please join us from 7pm for a free sausage sizzle with the presentation to begin at 7:30pm and stargazing to follow.

Sponsored by the City of Salisbury.

SHSSP Stargazing Video: To view the video please click here.

Alan Duffy - Darkness Visible Down Under

Wednesday 22 January 2020 6pm

Guest Speaker: Professor Alan Duffy

Darkness Visible Down Under speakers, Professor Alan Duffy and Associate Professor Ady James

Decades of research have led astronomers to a staggering conclusion - that there exists a new, invisible type of mass that outweighs everything we can see five times over. I will explain how we know so much about the properties of a particle we have yet to discover, and how Australia is playing a leading role in uncovering the nature of this mysterious dark matter with SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere in the Stawell gold mine.

SHSSP Darkness Visible Down Under Video: To view the video please click here.

Reaching for the Stars

Please note that this event has unfortunately been cancelled.

Other Events

Opening Ceremony

Celebrating the beginning of the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program for 2020. The Class of 2020 has participants from 13 countries – Australia, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Romania, Thailand, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and United States of America.

SHSSP 2020 participants and guest speakers at the Opening Ceremony

SHSSP Class of 2020, Mr Stephen Patterson MP, Professor Simon Beecham, Associate Professor Ady James, Mr Göktuğ Karacalıoğlu, Mr Anthony Murfett, Auntie Elaine Magias

SHSSP Opening Ceremony Video: To view the video please click here.