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Conference Program

The conference in 2015 had 9 plenary talks and 3 parallel streams with the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) workshop running as a separate stream on day 2.

Poster sessions were held on days 1 and 3 of the conference and will overlap with the lunch break.

The plenary speakers for the conference were:
  • Professor Russell Boyce (UNSW Canberra) : “Near-Earth Space Physics : the science to underpin Space Situational Awareness”
  • Professor Iver Cairns (University of Sydney) : “Solving the ‘Type II Solar Radio Burst Problem’ and Predicting Space Weather”
  • Dr Grant Hausler (Geoscience Australia) : "GNSS Activities in Australia - Strengthening Capability and Resilience"
  • Dr Gail Higginbottom (Australian National University, University of Adelaide) : “Origins of Standing Stone Astronomy in Britain”
  • Dr Ed Kruzins (CSIRO, Canberra DSCC) : “Options for Australian Payloads and Cubesats with NASA”
  • Dr Naomi Mathers (Australian National University, AITC) : "The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC): A National Facility Supporting Astronomy and Space Activities in Australia”.
  • Professor Fred Menk (University of Newcastle): “Magnetoseismology: Ground-based remote sensing of Earth's magnetosphere"
  • Professor Ross Taylor (Australian National University) : “Why can’t a planet be more like a star”
  • Professor Martin van Kranendonk (UNSW, ACA) : "Early Earth and the making of Mankind: Astrobiology in our own backyard”

The 2015 mini conference program is available for each day of the conference (26/9/15). You can download a PDF version here.

The full program with abstract descriptions (210 pages) is available to download (post conference)

Professor Harry Messel Memorial lecture

Professor Harry Messel (former University of Sydney, Head of the School of physics 1952-1987) was a giant of the Australian academic world and champion of science where he ran the International Science School for gifted secondary school students for many years (
refer to link). Professor Brian O’Brien (University of Western Australia) will be presenting a lecture in his honour on day 2 of the conference.

Posters Presentation

The posters were presented during the lunch of days 1 and 3 of the conference. (we expect the posters to be kept up for the duration of there conference.

The maximum poster dimension were limited to A0 portrait size . Landscape or portrait format was possible in A1.

Materials for hanging the posters the (Blutac or velcro) will be made available to delegates

Conference Sessions

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Mars Society Australia David Cooper Memorial Lecture

The lecture in 2015 will be held on the night of thursday October 1 at the Australian National University at 7:00pm Venue at the Innovation Theatres, Anthony Low Building (Eccleston st).

The speaker will be Professor Malcom Walter.
Visit here to book for the event.

Read the abstract of the lecture here.