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Australian Space Frontiers

Presented by Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Join us to hear a panel of key players discuss Australia’s strategy and opportunities in the new space race.

Since it was first announced in 2017, the formation of the Australian Space Agency has captured the hopes and ambitions of the Australian public and scientists alike.

As advances in aerospace technology, microelectronics and communication create new possibilities in space science, many are asking what Australia’s competitive edge will be. Hear from expert speakers as they share their ambitions in this field and unpack Australia’s cutting-edge science and research.


Aude Vignelles is Executive Director, Program and Capability of the Australian Space Agency, where Aude has oversight of setting up our technology roadmap and delivering against it. Aude is a space and aeronautics engineer (graduating from ENSICA, Toulouse), starting her career at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, and now contributing to the Australian Space capability. Aude has 25 years of experience in delivering large and complex programs embracing the introduction of new technology in the telecommunication, space and media industries.

Andrea Boyd is Flight Controller for the International Space Station working for the European Space Agency. Andrea is stationed at the European Astronaut Centre, the only Australian International Space Station Flight Controller on Earth. A Mechatronic Engineer who graduated from the University of Adelaide, she worked for many years as an Automation Engineer all over Australia then underground and in the end to end process plant at Olympic Dam as a Mining Control Systems Specialist. Andrea joined the International Space Station Flight Control Team seven years ago, certified as a Flight Operations Engineer for payload control and cross-certified in later years for crew operations and biomedical, serving in the European Space Agency’s Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Directorate. Along the way Andrea has worked, studied or lived like a local in over 95 countries.

Dr Sarah Pearce is the Deputy Director of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science where she leads CSIRO’s involvement with the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and is Australia’s science negotiator for the international treaty that will govern the SKA. Sarah also leads CASS’s new Space Research Programme. This includes the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation, which co-ordinates activity in EO across CSIRO and manages CSIRO’s share of the new NovaSAR satellite. Prior to joining CSIRO in 2011, Dr Pearce was Project Manager for GridPP, the computing grid for particle physics in the UK and as a science advisor in the UK Parliament. Sarah holds a PhD in X-ray astronomy from the University of Leicester and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Oxford (Worcester College).

Moderated by Dr Lisa Harvey Smith. Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astrophysicist and the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador, a role based at the University of New South Wales. She was previously the Project Scientist for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio telescope at CSIRO. Her research investigates the birth and death of stars, colliding galaxies and cosmic magnetic fields. Lisa is the author of ‘When Galaxies Collide’ and a presenter of ABC television’s ‘Stargazing Live’. Lisa’s new children’s book: ‘Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime’ launches in October.