A/AA & Swinburne Space Industry Virtual Conference Series 

Tue 10 Nov 2020 (3:00pm - 5:00pm)
A/AA & Swinburne Space Industry Virtual Conference Series 

 Commercialising Space Travel

Industry Sponsor: Thales Australia 

Like the internet, the space domain underpins many essential services to everyday life and is a critical part of the international infrastructure. The A/AA & Swinburne Space Industry Virtual Conference Series aims to develop the conversation with a wider audience beyond the traditional space and defence sector, and build knowledge across the government/industry enterprise. 

The past decade, the space industry has seen a shift in how it does business with private enterprise. Organisations capitalising on the emerging 'space travel' market are having exponential growth and increasing interest. Not only will commercialising space travel see more humans go to space but, it will also assist governments drive forward the development of new space technologies, resources and gathering data. The commercialisation of space is an inevitable and exciting prospect. The second of A/AA & Swinburne Space Industry Virtual Conference Series will focus on Commercialising Space Travel.
Swinburne University of Technology is at the forefront of collaboration with Australian companies embarking on the space race. Swinburne is recognised for its capabilities in space-related disciplines including  astrophysics, data analytics and visualisation, AI, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and human factors.


Webinar Moderator and Chair

/ Adam Burford | Chairman at Aviation/Aerospace Australia and Acting Regional Director Asia-Pacific at Aireon 

Adam Burford is a highly experienced leader with more than 25 years particular expertise managing large, complex businesses, teams and programs across multiple domestic and international sites, in the manufacturing and aviation sectors.

In mid-2016 Adam launched his own consultancy business in operational and project management, leveraging on his broad experience in managing complex businesses and projects both in Australia and internationally.

Prior to launching his own consultancy, Adam was Vice President Air Traffic Management for Thales Australia, responsible for more than 400 highly skilled individuals designing and delivering advanced Air Traffic Management systems in Australia and around the world, including Africa, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Adam is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Industry Speakers 

/ Dr Rowena Christiansen | Medical Educator at the University of Melbourne Medical School and Founder of the ad astra vita project

Dr Rowena Christiansen is passionate about space medicine and taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing in the space environment. While holding a career goal of becoming one of Australia’s first space physicians, she is also a strong proponent of knowledge-sharing, and often engages in public space health outreach activities. Rowena is a medical educator in the University of Melbourne Medical School, and also works as a pre-hospital emergency doctor and life support instructor. She is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. Rowena has undertaken post-graduate training in emergency medicine and critical care, women and children’s health, aviation medicine and space studies, and disaster health and emergency management, all contributing to her special interests. Her current research projects include space medicine and surgery, COVID-19 and seasonality, and resuscitation science. Rowena is the founder of the “ad astra vita”space medicine and life sciences project and space health consultancy, and holds a number of senior voluntary aerospace association positions. She is a strong human rights advocate, particularly regarding both public health and the emerging area of human rights in space.

Qualifications: BA Honours, LLB, Graduate Diploma in Education, MBA, MBBS, Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine, Diploma in Child Health, Master of Emergency Health, ISU SHSSP16 (Dux), Graduate Certificate in Space Studies.

/ Dr Cassandra Steer | Lecturer, ANU College of Law | Mission Speacialist, InSpace (ANU Institute for Space) at Australian National University 

Dr Cassandra Steer is a Mission Specialist with the ANU Institute of Space (InSpace), and a lecturer at the College of Law specialising in space law, space security and international law. Dr. Steer has more than a decade of international experience teaching at universities in Australia, Europe, North America and South America, and has returned to Australia this year after over 20 years abroad. 

Previously Dr Steer was Acting Executive Director at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Ethics and Rule of Law, Executive Director of Women in International Security - Canada, Executive Director of the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. Her current research focuses on space security, including space situational awareness and space traffic management. She has also been a consultant to military lawyers in the Canadian Judge Advocate General’s Office and to the U.S. Department of Defense on space security and space law issues.

Dr Steer is the Canadian representative member on the International Law Association Space Law Committee, an Associate Expert on the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations, a member of the International Institute of Space Law, and a member of Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia.

Who is invited 

In the spirit of keeping everyone connected, A/AA would like to extend complimentary attendance to all, not limited to our members.


A/AA, WA/AA and NGN members have the exclusive opportunity to submit questions before the event. Upon registration you will receive question submission instructions. 

How to join A/AA & Swinburne Space Industry Virtual Conference Series

This event will be accessed via Webex details that will be emailed upon registration. If you need further information please contact us at [email protected] 


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