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WA universities to help shape the future of space technology

Media release

Western Australia will play a major role in helping shape the future of space technology when a prestigious international symposium is held in Perth next month.

Picture: NASA

Hosted by the WA universities Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of WA, and in partnership with the Australian Government’s Department of Defence, the Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) will map out a long-term vision for space technologies across the world.

Space industry and technology researchers from the universities will be joined at the symposium by internationally recognised academic, industry and defence leaders.

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Chris Moran said the four Western Australian universities were selected as the academic partners for the prestigious event following a national search.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Western Australian researchers to join forces with experts from around the globe to explore emerging science and technology developments that will impact defence and national security over the coming two decades,” Professor Moran said.

Edith Cowan University Director Defence Research Dr Andrew Dowse said ECU was committed to delivering research and innovation outcomes that contribute to Australia’s interests, including defence, security and space capabilities.

“This symposium is an opportunity to build upon the close collaboration of the four WA universities to include space experts from Government, industry and other Australian universities for the national good,” Dr Dowse said.

The University of Western Australia Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Robyn Owens said as part of the collaborative approach, the addition of a student symposium on the first day of the EDTAS was important.

“We are developing the building blocks for an emerging major industry that will provide great opportunities for our state and our graduates. The student contribution will provide an important understanding of our future technology,” Professor Owens said.

Murdoch University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor David Morrison said he welcomed the symposium.

“Murdoch’s research strength lies in its collaborations and we are excited to partner with the other universities on a symposium that will bring all our researchers together with potential new partners in academia, industry and government,” Professor Morrison said.

The Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium will be held on 5-6 March. More information is here.