Major space research conference to be held in Sydney in 2020

A major international conference on space research will be held in Sydney in 2020 following a successful bid by a team led by UNSW Canberra and the Academy .

The 43rd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) is held every two years, with the 2020 event expected to bring around 3,000 international space experts from more than 50 countries to Australia.

Representatives from major research and educational institutions including CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Square Kilometre Array, as well as international agencies, universities and industry, will be in attendance, networking with leaders from around the globe.

The bid leader was Professor Russell Boyce, Director of UNSW Canberra’s space program and Chair of the Academy’s National Committee for Space and Radio Science. Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO FAA FTSE and the Academy’s Secretary for the Physical Sciences, Professor Jim Williams AM FAA FTSE, were also involved.

Night sky showing masses of stars
Streaky Bay, South Australia. Photo: Thom Schneider, Unsplash

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