2014 Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program

Dr Andy Thomas, NASA

Above: Dr Andy Thomas who will be speaking at the International Astronaut Event, a public lecture on 9 January 2014 held in conjunction with the Summer Space Program.

The 2014 Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program opened on 6 January 2014 and will run to 7 February 2014. The opening ceremony was held at the Allan Scott Auditorium & Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, City West Campus featuring a flag ceremony by the 35 participants from all over the world.

The Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program is conducted annually by the University of South Australia in partnership with the International Space University (ISU) at the UniSA campus. The program is a unique, five week live-in experience in the southern hemisphere's summer, focusing on an interdisciplinary and educational philosophy for which the ISU is renowned. 

The program curriculum focuses on space-related topics including applications, policy, services, physical science, systems engineering and technology, life sciences and society. 

This year’s program has 35 students from all over the world including Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, France, Italy, Korea, New Zealand and South Africa.

The opening ceremony was hosted by Professor Scott Madry, Program Director, International Space University and featured addresses by Associate Professor Brenton Dansie, Dean: Teaching and Learning, UniSA Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, Dr Angie Bukley, Dean and Vice President for Academics and Research, International Space University, and Dr Michael Simpson, Executive Director, Secure World Foundation.

Mr Paolo Nespoli, European Space AgencyLeft: Mr Paolo Nespoli from the European Space Agency who will speak at the International Astronaut Event on 9 January 2014.






The program will also feature a series of space-related public lectures held in conjunction with the program held every Thursday from 9 – 30 January 2014:

  • International Astronaut Event, a long-standing highlight of the summer space program, featuring a panel of astronauts from different organisations providing their insights and opinions on space travel. The panel will be moderated by Dr Michael Simpson, Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation, and will feature NASA Astronaut Dr Andy Thomas of the Australia and European Space Agency Astronaut Mr Paolo Nespoli of Italy.
  • Space for Distaster Management, where a panel of experts will explain the latest technological developments and how information from earth monitoring satellites can be used for international disaster monitoring and mitigation,  
  • Astrobiology: Where do we come from and what is our fate?, featuring world renowned astronomer and expert on astrobiology, Dr Charley Lineweaver of the Mt Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University. 
  • Space and Mining, where a panel will examine the increasing international interest in mining and in space and the use of space for mining on earth. 

Watch the opening ceremony

Visit the 2014 Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program website for more details.

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