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Submissions open for Sydney international space conference

Max Blenkin
Submissions open for Sydney international space conference

Sydney will host the 43rd Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Scientific Assembly, with the call for submissions released this week.

COSPAR 2020 will combine the latest in space research findings with activities designed to enrich the global space research community, the Australian Space Agency said.

That includes helping equip future leaders, workshopping with space industry and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The event will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre from 15-22 August 2020.


In a message to international delegates, COSPAR organising committee head Professor Russell Boyce said Australia had the fastest growing space sector in the world and the space research community was vibrant and rapidly expanding into disruptive opportunities.

Professor Boyce and Professor Iver Cairns, chair of the COSPAR 2020 Scientific Program, said the new Australian Space Agency was prioritising the growth of research-enabled space industry and space-inspired education and STEM.

“We continue to pursue space science excellence in areas such as space and solar physics, space situational awareness, planetary science, astrobiology and more,” they said on the COSPAR website.

COSPAR was founded by the International Council for Science in 1958 and holds conferences every two years, most recently in Pasadena, California. The 2022 event will be held in Athens.


The theme of the 2020 Sydney Assembly is Connecting Space Research for Global Impact.

“This is particularly relevant to Australia,” the COSPAR Sydney website says.

“The assembly represents the next significant aiming point for Australia to showcase our space sector growth, with particular emphasis on research and innovation to support industry and world-class space science, in the context of what by then will be a young but rapidly maturing Australian Space Agency.

“Australian space activities will be showcased to the world of space research. This will lead to strengthening existing and growing new ties between Australia and international partners, resulting in collaborations and partnerships that will assist both the innovation and industry parts of the sector.”

The organisers note that COSPAR 2020 falls during Australian National Science Week in Australia, when the nation celebrates science through hundreds of events across the country.

“With the world of space research coming to Australia at that moment, the opportunity to stimulate the public and inspire the next generation of science and technology talent through exposure to space is enormous,” they said.

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