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Pam Melroy

NASA astronaut Pam Melroy

Four universities in Western Australia will co-host a major space technologies symposium on 5–6 March in partnership with the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

The keynote speaker will be former NASA space shuttle commander Pam Melroy, who clocked up over 900 hours in space.

Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia joined forces to pitch for the opportunity to co-host the Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS).

The consortium was selected by Defence following a nationwide call for a preferred academic partner. Together these four universities presented a very strong case to host the two-day symposium, which will attract internationally recognised academic, industry and Defence leaders to explore and shape the long-term vision for space technologies.

The global space industry is valued at $420 billion and forecast to reach $1.3 trillion by 2030. Australia is increasingly dependent on space-based systems to provide strategic information and communication.

The EDTAS series is a technology foresighting program under the Next Generation Technologies Fund. It is designed to consider an emerging science and technology topic that will have a major impact in the defence and national security domains in the 20-plus year timeframe.

Previous EDTAS events have been held in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Attendance at the symposium is by invitation only and numbers are limited. For further information contact

The global space industry is valued at $420 billion and forecast to reach $1.3 trillion by 2030.

Pam Melroy, NASA Astronaut