societyAstronaut and Human Flight Panel

 Saturday 20th of January 2018 at 6pm
Allan Scott Auditorium

City West Campus

University of South Australia

 Dr Soyeon Yi

South Korea’s first astronaut

The International Astronaut Event is a long-standing highlight in ISU sessions. Members of the general public will have an opportunity to ask a broad range of questions of our invited astronaut and obtain their autograph.

This International Astronaut Event, featuring Dr Soyeon Yi, South Korea’s first astronaut, will provide insight and opinion, with a particular emphasis on the human factors involved in spaceflight as humans gain more experience in long-duration missions in order to prepare for inter-planetary travel.

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The International Space University & the University of South Australia presents

Are We Alone?

 Thursday 1st of February 2018 at 6pm
Lecture Theatre BH2-09,

Barbara Hanrahan Building (ground floor)

55 North Terrace

City West Campus

University of South Australia

 Associate Professor Charles H. Lineweaver

Planetary Science Institute

Australian National University

Abstract: When we look at the starry sky we cannot help wonder whether we are alone in the universe or whether other sentient beings exist, and if so how far away they are. Maybe the light reflected off our planet and old radio transmissions have travelled through the enormous distances of space and reached intelligent beings, who may also be wondering whether there is life here. Presently we do not have the technology to travel far outside of the solar system and check this out for ourselves, but since time immemorial philosophers have been debating whether we are the only intelligent species in the universe, while scientists have devised experiments to detect signs of life outside of Earth. In this keynote address, we’ll hear from one of the topmost Australian researchers in the field of astrobiology what we have learned so far, and will be treated to a thought-provoking travel through time and space to answer the ultimate question: are we alone?

Bio: Dr Charles (Charley) Lineweaver is the convener of the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) of the Australian National University (ANU), where he holds a joint Associate Professorship in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Research School of Earth Sciences. He obtained his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of the COBE satellite team that discovered temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. His current research ranges from cosmology, to exoplanetology, astrobiology and evolutionary biology.

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 The Astronomical Society of South Australia presents

 T-Rex & the Volcanoes on the Moon

 Wednesday 7th of February 2018 at 8pm

Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre

2nd Floor, Physics Building
University of Adelaide
North Terrace, Adelaide

 Joe Grida

Astronomical Society of South Australia

 Abstract: If only dinosaurs had invented telescopes, they might have seen lava occasionally oozing from the surface of the moon. Scientists previously thought that the moon’s volcanic activity died down a billion years ago. But data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, hints that lunar lava flowed much more recently, perhaps less than 100 million years ago. In this talk we’ll explore the conditions that led to volcanism on the Moon in the past. There is no known ongoing volcanic activity, and there are no tall steep-sided volcanic mountains on the Moon. Past volcanic activity is primarily visible in the form of the dark basalt fields that form the lunar maria, seen with the naked eye as the “Man in the Moon.” I’ll also highlight many of the volcanic features including sinuous rilles, domes, shield volcanoes and volcanic blisters that dot the maria, and that the observer with even a small telescope can see clearly..

Bio: Joe Grida has been observing the sky for over 50 years. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia, joined in 1973,  and recently completed his 4th term as President. Since 1990, he has written a monthly “Starwatch” column for The Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide. Joe has made regular appearances on radio and television, and is frequently asked to comment on new discoveries. In 2002, he served as a southern sky specialist for visiting U.S. and European astronomers who were in Australia for the total solar eclipse. Joe delivers astronomy themed presentations across Australia and the US. He was Chairman of the Observatory Committee that established ASSA’s Stockport Observatory, 80 kms north of Adelaide in 1986. He recently trained staff from the iconic Ghan Train, to present sky shows for passengers in the South Australian outback, where the night sky is pitch black. He is a visual deep sky observer, chasing elusive photons from dark skies whenever he can. Which isn’t often enough!

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The International Space University & the University of South Australia presents

Government, Industry and Universities Partnering in Space Economy Development

 Wednesday 24th of January 2018 at 6pm
Mawson Centre

Mawson Lakes Campus

University of South Australia

Mr Mike Kenneally – Speedcast/Fleet

Mr Wayne Agutter – SAAB

Mr Jack Mahoney – Lockheed Martin

Prof Tanya Monro – UniSA

Mr Brett Newell – Boeing

Mr Richard Price – South Australia Space Industry Centre

Graham Reynolds – Salisbury Council

Michael Davis – Space Industry Association of Australia.

The global space sector is undergoing a significant evolution in technological development, knowledge dissemination and overall size.  Within Australia, the State holds an important position in the aerospace industry, particularly with respect to R&D, and as a key location for supply companies in high-tech industries.  As home to one of the largest defence clusters in Australia, globally focused firms and entrepreneurial start-ups, the City of Salisbury is well positioned to support the growth of South Australia’s space and space related industry.

Our panel of industry, government and university experts will discuss their roles in developing a sustainable space sector in South Australia including recent initiatives, what future opportunities there are and how we can build upon the wide range of space-related capability (including the Mawson Lakes campus of UniSA, the Defence Science and Technology Group, and the Edinburgh Defence Base, as well as globally focussed companies including SAAB, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Boeing, Speedcast) that currently exists.

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The Field Geology Club of South Australia presents

 Making minerals talk: The value of earth materials in solving criminal investigations

 Thursday 1st of March 2018 at 7.45pm
Mawson Lecture Theatre
Department of Geology

University of Adelaide

 Professor Rob Fitzpatrick

Centre for Australian Forensic Soil Science

 Abstract: Earth materials such as soils, rocks, minerals and human-made mineral particles like bricks provide excellent evidence to link criminals to crime scenes. The aim of forensic earth material analysis is to associate soil, rock or mineral samples taken from questioned items, such as shoes, clothing, shovels or vehicles, with a specific control location or the crime scene.  Forensic soil scientists and geologists are also using advanced analytical techniques, which have the ability to acquire information from smaller samples to make earth forensics an increasingly popular tool in criminal investigations. This presentation will demonstrate how pedological-geological (field work and soil/geological maps) and laboratory approaches, involving traditional and advanced synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods have been critical in developing predictive soil-geological models, from microscopic to landscape scales, to help solve criminal investigations. Through numerous successful case studies involving cold murders, contemporary murders, attempt murders, rape and counter terrorism investigations my presentation will illustrate the power of using earth materials in criminal investigations and how this information was used as evidence in Supreme courts.

Bio: Professor Rob Fitzpatrick is the Vice-chair the of International Union of Geological Sciences, Initiative on Forensic Geology; Director of the Centre for Australian Forensic Soil Science at CSIRO Land and Water; Principal Consultant of Soil Forensic Solutions; Professorial Research Fellow and Director of the Acid Sulfate Soils Centre at The University of Adelaide. He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and has worked on over 150 criminal cases in Australia and overseas. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Soil Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of Southern Africa and British Society of Soil Science. He is the recipient of awards for outstanding contributions to soil science and forensic geology from The Australian Society of Soil Science, The Royal Society of South Australia and International Union of Geological Sciences, Initiative on Forensic Geology.

Members and visitors are warmly invited to attend. There is no charge for admittance and no need to book. If the door to the Mawson Building is locked, please ring the FGC doorbell for admittance. Please note however that the doorbell will be removed at 8.00 pm in order not to interrupt the lecture. Latecomers will need to contact university security 8313 5990 for admittance. For further information visit:


The Adelaide Planetarium, University of South Australia presents

 The Origin of Life & the Planet of the Apes Fallacy

 Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 at 7:30pm (Hurry last seats!)

Adelaide Planetarium 2nd Floor, Building P,

Mawson Lakes Campus University of South Australia

 Associate Professor Charles H. Lineweaver

Planetary Science Institute

Australian National University

 Abstract: How did life on Earth originate? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? Are we alone? In our exploration of space, should we expect to stumble across intelligent aliens? If we kill ourselves, will the other apes evolve to inhabit the “intelligence niche”? Exoplanet statistics yield the result that every star probably has some kind of planetary system. How can we remotely search for life on Earth-like exoplanets? As we learn more about the origin and evolution of life on Earth, we can make more plausible estimates about the origin and evolution of life elsewhere. I will summarise the many connections between astronomy and biology that have led to the new science of astrobiology.

Bio: An astrobiologist, Charles H. Lineweaver is an Associate Professor at the Australian National University’s Planetary Science Institute (PSI), a joint venture of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Research School of Earth Science. His research areas include cosmology (determination of the age and composition of the universe), exoplanetology (the statistical analysis of exoplanets), astrobiology (using our new knowledge of cosmology to constrain life in the Universe) and cancer (origin of multicellularity and the atavistic model). His research has been published in Science, Nature, the Astrophysical Journal, Astrobiology, BioEssays, Physical Biology, Physics of Life Reviews, Scientific American, American Journal of Physics, and Microbiology Australia.

Educated at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität in Munich where he was awarded highest honors in physics, Dr. Lineweaver earned a BA in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an MA in English from Brown University, a BS is physics from Ludwig Maximillian’s University in Munich, and a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994.  A member of the editorial board of Astrobiology Magazine, he is the author of more than seventy papers published in scientific journals or in volumes of collected works. He is the son of a high school biology teacher and has lived in or travelled through 81 countries, has spoken 4 languages semi-fluently at one time or another, and was a semi-professional soccer player in Germany. Personal homepage:

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