Australian Embassy Berlin | Anna Moore, Hansjörg Dittus, Alan Duffy, Kumi Taguchi, Philip Green
Join us as experts from Australia and Germany discuss the latest developments in global space research, exploration and technology, and our efforts to build the next generation of the space workforce.
Both Australia and Germany have long histories of space exploration and research. Australia was the third country in the world to build and launch a satellite from its own territory, and radio telescopes in Parkes and Canberra were instrumental in supporting the Apollo 11 moon landing. Our cooperation with Germany stretches back to the 1970s, when the German space agency launched rockets from South Australia. Australia now has one of the fastest growing space sectors in the world, with plans to triple the size of the industry by 2030, creating 20,000 jobs and turning it into a $12 billion sector. To achieve this, we need to rapidly scale up international partnerships, increase our national capability and inspire a future workforce.
Join Australian and German space experts for a discussion about our histories and expertise in space research and technology; our efforts to build a skilled and diverse space workforce, including our approaches to supporting women and girls in STEM; and existing and future avenues of Australia-Germany cooperation. We would welcome your questions in the Q&A section of the event. This event is supported by the Australia-Germany Research Network.
The organisers are running a competition during the webinar – participants can confirm entry at registration. Moderator Kumi Taguchi will select one engaged participant’s question to win one full Virtual Delegate participant registration to the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 27 January – 4 February 2021. Please view the full terms and conditions of entry here.
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Director of the ANU Institute for Space (InSpace), the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre and the National Space Test Facility at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory
Professor Anna Moore is at the forefront of the expansion of Australia’s space industry. She is director of the ANU Institute for Space (InSpace), the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre and the National Space Test Facility at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory. Professor Moore was part of the expert reference group that created the Australian Space Agency. She is a world-leading expert in astronomical instrumentation and a global leader in the emerging field of transient infrared astronomy. Her expertise is critical to the space industry in Australia, NASA, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, and other global space industry partners.
Executive Board Member for space research and technology
Professor Dr Hansjörg Dittus is a renowned expert in the fields of gravitation and fundamental physics. As the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Executive Board Member for space research and technology, Professor Dittus plays a central role in planning and overseeing the implementation of the DLR space research program at the national, European and international level. He extensively promotes cooperative activities with Australian universities and institutions and was – before joining the DLR Executive Board – the director of the DLR Institute of Space Systems in Bremen, which analyses and evaluates complex space systems from a technical, economic and socio-political standpoint. Prior to joining DLR, Professor Dittus was appointed professor in the faculty of manufacturing and mechanical engineering at the University of Bremen, and served as head of space technology and fundamental physics at the Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity in Bremen.
Research Fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing
Professor Alan R Duffy is a research fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing at Swinburne University, where he creates simulated universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and to probe the nature of dark matter. As project lead of SpaceTech Applications at Swinburne, he also works to find novel applications of the university’s astrophysical knowledge to business and society. Professor Duffy has a long-standing interest in science communication, regularly presenting astrophysics discoveries to academic and public audiences through television and radio appearances, talks and classroom visits, a role he undertakes nationally as the Lead Scientist for the Royal Institution of Australia.
The discussion will be moderated by Kumi Taguchi, an eminent Australian TV and radio host, writer, and speaker. Ms Taguchi is host of the ABC TV show Compass, and anchors major live events including Stargazing Live with Professor Brian Cox at Australia’s Siding Spring Observatory, and the Australian of the Year Awards. In 2018, she was the MC at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Sydney, broadcasting to a global audience of 60 million. Ms Taguchi has worked in media for over 20 years, holding a number of roles at the ABC and SBS in Australia, and Star TV and Asia Television in Hong Kong. She has anchored nightly news, ABC News Breakfast and the 7:30 Report.
Philip Green arrived in Berlin in October, and looks forward to presenting credentials to President Steinmeier soon. He has previously served as High Commissioner in Singapore, South Africa and Kenya. Most recently in Canberra, he was responsible for leading Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy as well as relations with the United States, Canada and ASEAN. Earlier, Mr Green served as international adviser in the Prime Minister’s office. Mr Green was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2003 for his role in the response to the Bali terrorist tragedy.
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