The sky is not the limit. Australia was the third country in the world to launch a satellite into space, but until now, we haven’t had a dedicated space agency. The space industry is growing rapidly – and the new Australian Space Agency will focus on building capability in the sector. It’s not only about stargazing and satellites. How far can our curiosity take us, and what does Australia have to offer in the worldwide quest for extraterrestrial knowledge?


Sarah Maddison is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Innovation & Change) and a professor of astrophysics at Swinburne University of Technology.  Her research focuses on planet formation, using the world’s largest radio telescopes and supercomputers. As a space geek, Sarah was ecstatic to support SHINE (Swinburne Haileybury In Space Experiment), which saw students design and build an experiment that went to the International Space Station earlier this year. 

6:30 PM @Belleville, Globe Alley, Melbourne VIC 3000

Entrance over 18  |  The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Also speaking at Belleville 8:00 pm is Belinda Barnet