It’s been over 40 years since the Apollo mission landed a man on the moon. As dramatised in the iconic Australian film The Dish, the Parkes Observatory...

Sydney in Space

Location:

The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building
2007 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Vivid Ideas Exchange - UTS, The Great Hall
Price:
Free event - registration required
Sydney in Space
Sydney in Space

Featuring

Dr Joshua Chou

Senior Lecturer School of Biomedical Engineering, UTS

One of Australia’s leading exponents of space biology and health, Dr Joshua Chou is passionate about finding new ways to deal with debilitating diseases by applying engineering principles to unanswered biological questions. A senior lecturer and Group Leader in the School of Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering & IT (FEIT) at UTS, Joshua’s innovative research focuses on developing different biological tools to understand cellular and disease mechanotransduction. He is a Charlie Teo Fellow, with a two-year grant to use space biology to disable some of the hardest cancers to fight, including brain cancer. Some cancers have been shown to die after 24 hours of being grown in an environment that is close to zero gravity, like space. With this project, Joshua and his UTS team will identify using microgravity, the signaling pathway to “open up” the blood brain barrier to improve pharmaceutics to reach brain tumors. Joshua was awarded the Australia Space Award Researcher of the Year in 2020 and was a 2021 finalist for the UTS Chancellor’s Medal for Research Excellence for his work leveraging the unique properties of micro gravity in space to understand physical properties of the living cell and their impact in health and disease.

Dr Tim Parsons

Dr Tim Parsons

A veteran of collaborative product and startup innovation within Space, MediaTech and AgTech, Dr Tim Parsons leads the Australian NewSpace network Delta-V, while consulting widely to research organisations, tech-focused SMEs, startup accelorators and incubators nationally. 

A member of the SIAA’s advisory committee, Tim’s formal board experience extends from his role as a non-executive director for not-for-profit MediaTech incubator, the Studio Pty Ltd, as wll as Australian representative director of Vimond Media Solutions APAC Pty Ltd.  He is also a dreictor of both his own consultancy, Super Lumina Pty Ltd and the Delta-V Newspace Alliance Pty Ltd.  Tim is also a member of the establishment committee of the SmartSatCRC, and their Australian Space Industry Startup Cluster Company. Tim holds a PhD in Rarefied Hypersonic Flow Simulation from Imperial College, London. 

Prof Stefan Williams

Prof Stefan Williams

Prof. Williams received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2001 and has gone on to become the Professor of Marine Robotics at the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. 

He holds an ARC Future Fellowship and head of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Facility.   His research interests include Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping in unstructured underwater environments, autonomous navigation and control, classification and clustering of large volumes of data collected by robotic systems.

Most recently, Professor Williams has become recently co-Director of the NSW Space Research Network.  Along with Professor Fitch, Professor Williams is helping position NSW enterprise to compete in the space sector by connecting key stakeholders to undertake R&D activities with a focus on translation and impact.

Anntonnette Dailey

Anntonnette Dailey

Executive Director, ASA ; UTS alumna, UTS Young Alumni Award recipient 2019

Anntonette Dailey is  a senior leader at the recently formed Australian Space Agency. Her job is to grow the local space industry. 

Graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) and Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice from UTS in 2008, Dailey took up policy roles that utilised her environmental engineering skills, from running a wild dog abatement program to assisting with the Cyclone Yasi recovery effort. 

This was followed by 15 years experience at Director-level in the Australian Government, coupled with private sector experience in not-for-profit and consultancy and a long-term commitment to the space industry, she has a wealth of experience in organisational performance and executive leadership.  She has been a driving force in supporting the establishment of the operations for the Australian Space Agency. 

Professor Robert Fitch

Professor Robert Fitch

Prof Robert Fitch is a leading research scientist in the area of autonomous field robotics. He is interested in systems of outdoor robots and their use in addressing key problems in applications including agriculture and environmental monitoring. Robert received his PhD in computer science from Dartmouth (USA) and worked as a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney before joining UTS. He has led research in planning and collaborative decision-making for both ground and aerial robots in a variety of government and industry sponsored projects including those in broad-acre agriculture, horticulture, bird tracking, and commercial aviation.

He is a fellow co-Director of the NSW Space Research Network, which aims to support collaboration between government and industry to deliver space-focused research outcomes and research for translation for NSW, Australia and the world.

Dr Joshua Chou

Dr Joshua Chou

One of Australia’s leading exponents of space biology and health, Dr Joshua Chou is passionate about finding new ways to deal with debilitating diseases by applying engineering principles to unanswered biological questions. 
A senior lecturer and Group Leader in the School of Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering & IT (FEIT) at UTS, Joshua’s innovative research focuses on developing different biological tools to understand cellular and disease mechanotransduction. 

He is a Charlie Teo Fellow, with a two-year grant to use space biology to disable some of the hardest cancers to fight, including brain cancer. Some cancers have been shown to die after 24 hours of being grown in an environment that is close to zero gravity, like space. With this project, Joshua and his UTS team will identify using microgravity, the signaling pathway to “open up” the blood brain barrier to improve pharmaceutics to reach brain tumors.

 Joshua was awarded the Australia Space Award Researcher of the Year in 2020 and was a 2021 finalist for the UTS Chancellor’s Medal for Research Excellence for his work leveraging the unique properties of micro gravity in space to understand physical properties of the living cell and their impact in health and disease.

Annabelle Jones

Annabelle Jones

Annabelle Jones is currently a biomedical engineering master’s research student at the University of Technology in Sydney. Her research focuses on female physiology and its adaption into space travel—specifically, the effect of microgravity on oestrogen production with an organ-on-chip device.  Annabelle is captivated by the current cultural shift in the aerospace industry. The industry is no longer concerned about how will we reach alien planets, but what will we do once we arrive? To Annabelle’s surprise, female-specific health is incredibly understudied within the context of space, especially sexual and reproductive health. However, she became interested in the lack of research on the menstrual cycle. It seemed apparent to Annabelle that if we are going to become a healthy, multi-planetary species, researching a fundamental biological function would be the best place to start. This research will be among the first of its kind and will set the foundation for future women’s health studies in space. Annabelle is currently a mentee in the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Space4Women program and is an active member of the NSSA Women in Space Chapter.

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Event Details

It’s been over 40 years since the Apollo mission landed a man on the moon. As dramatised in the iconic Australian film The Dish, the Parkes Observatory played a pivotal role in communicating with the spacecraft. Fast forward to 2022, did you know NSW is home to a third of all space research in Australia?

So, what’s happening in Space in 2022? And what role is our home, Sydney, playing in connecting with the cosmos?

Learn how the Indigenous understanding of the night sky and the ways they navigated the Australian landscape plays an integral part in space study today.  

Hear why space research is so critical to modern-day life and learn how it’s being used to understand and combat cellular diseases such as cancer.

Join Professor Stefan Williams (USYD), and Professor Robert Fitch (UTS) the leading forces behind The Space Research Network as they discuss what role they are playing with their international colleagues in furthering our understanding of the galaxy.  

Presented in association with University of Technology Sydney.

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