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Advancing Earth Observation Forum to be held in SA

The second biennial Advancing Earth Observation Forum will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in September next year, organisers have announced.

The five-day event hopes to attract delegates from industry, research, defence, government, and students alongside those who use the data collected.

Richard Price, chief executive officer of the South Australian Space Industry Centre, said, “Earth observation satellites and the data they provide have a meaningful impact on the lives of Australians and across a range of industries, including agriculture, minerals exploration, climate change management, and Defence. South Australia is playing a leading role in the development of this.

“From machine learning and data processing to the internet of things (IoT) and developing the satellites and sensor packages, South Australia’s expertise spans the full spectrum of EO needs.”


The event follows the inaugural forum held in Brisbane in 2022, which was attended by nearly 300 delegates.

Megan Lewis, president of Earth Observation Australia, said, “AEO24 will bring together and showcase the breadth, depth, and diversity of expertise and activity across the whole EO value chain, from the development of sensors, platforms and EO programs to analysis and interpretation of data, and its use for an incredibly wide range of applications that are now integral to so many aspects of our daily lives.

“The Adelaide hosts and location provide an outstanding opportunity to strengthen upstream and downstream connections within the space and EO ecosystem and between multiple sectors, interests and end users.”

It comes after Space Connect reported earlier this month how the federal government would scrap a $1.2 billion project to detect bushfires from space.


The National Space Mission for Earth Observation (NSMEO) was announced by the previous administration in the weeks leading up to the election and would have seen four local satellites launched from 2028.

It significantly followed the cancelling of a separate promise to invest $32.3 million into Australia’s spaceports and launch sites, and amid criticism Labor lacks interest in the space sector.

The $1.2 billion program was set to be jointly led by the ASA, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, and the Department of Defence.

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