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© 2021 by ASBX | Australian Space Biology x Health Symposium

Where Innovation

Meets Opportunity

ASBX 2021 Speakers

Government Agencies.

Kate Sweatman

Australian Space Agency  | ASA

Sano Satoshi


Sano Satoshi is associate senior engineer at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. He is leading the effort to promote Japanese space food and new business creation in the lifestyle and healthcare in support of long duration space missions beyond low Earth orbit. Sano began his career with JAXA in 2002 and has developed new industrial activities onboard the International Space Station for more than 10 years with several food and drug companies in various business models.

Prof. Gordon Cable

University of Tasmania 

Dr. Jason Dowling


Canadian Space Agency


Mike Gallagher

Director Defence & Aerospace NSW

Mike Gallagher is the Director Defence & Aerospace NSW and has been in post since March 2021.  Mike leads a dedicated team in Investment NSW, within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, to execute the NSW Government’s Defence and Industry Strategy - Strong, Smart and Connected and the NSW Space Industry Development Strategy.  These two strategies serve to position NSW as the State most capable of delivering highly complex programs through leveraging  the inherent capacity, capability and innovation within Metro, Regional and Precinct locations.

Mike enjoyed a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), specialising in Submarines. He undertook a series of appointments in Australia’s Oberon Class submarines before successfully completing the Submarine Command Course and is a graduate of the Royal Navy Staff Course.  Following his exchange with the Royal Navy, during which time he commanded the UK submarine HMS OSIRIS, Mike led the training and development program for the new Collins Class submarines. Concurrently, he was in Command of the second of the class, HMAS FARNCOMB until its delivery in 1997.

Mike has been active in the defence industry for over 22 years.  After retiring from the RAN he has held a number of senior executive roles with Raytheon Australia, CEO of L3 Oceania and Director of Strategy at Northrop Grumman Australia that all serve as a solid foundation to lead the future growth of NSW’s defence space and related industry portfolios.

Space Health.

Dr. Rowena Christiansen

University of Melbourne 

Title: Commercial Spaceflight: Risk and Reward

Australian physician Dr Rowena Christiansen practises in pre-hospital emergency care and medicine in extreme and austere environments, with a focus on space health. She teaches human physiology and clinical practice within the University of Melbourne Medical School. Rowena is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and of Ormond College at Melbourne University. She is passionate about aerospace medicine advocacy, education, and volunteer service. Rowena is a member of the Australian Space Agency Space Medicine and Life Sciences Technical Advisory Group. She is the Founder of the “ad astra vita” project and the Space Health Symposium. Rowena is one of the creative leads for the 2021 Australian Space Biology x Health Summit. A finalist in the Australian Space Awards for 2020 and 2021, she was also selected for the 2021 ESA Space Physician Training Course. Rowena is a UNOOSA Space4Women Mentor for 2020-21 and an ISU alumna and mentor.

Dr Rosemary Craig | MBBS (Syd) FRACGP

Rapair Medical Devices

Title: Wound Repair in Space

Rosemary studied Medicine at the University of Sydney and moved to the Northern Rivers of NSW, where she specialised in General Practice. She breeds and rides Spanish Andalusian horses and has won state and national titles with Riding for the Disabled. Rosemary became interested in Biophysics when she noticed a surprising clinical effect. She did further reading, formed new ideas and developed a prototype for a novel wound dressing. She tested it on herself after a bad cut that needed stitches. It worked so well she relocated to the Southern Cross University to develop it further. With the help of the CSIRO, the Rapid Repair wound dressing came to the attention of NASA, winning NASA iTech 2020. She is now working to make the Rapid Repair wound dressing available to heal cut skin; in animals and people, on Earth and beyond, so we can all have Faster Better Healing.

Dorit Donoviel, , Ph.D. | Executive Director

Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH)

Title: Space Health on Missions Near and Far

As Executive Director for the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D., leads a $0.25B NASA-funded innovation R&D program that finds, funds, and facilitates disruptive human health and performance solutions for astronauts traveling in deep space. In her previous role as deputy chief scientist of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), Dr. Donoviel led both domestic and international research programs that bridged academic, industry, and government resources to deliver fast and cost-effective tangible results. She is the recipient of multiple honors from NASA and a recipient of the NSBRI Pioneer Award. Dr. Donoviel authors scientific articles in academic journals as well as the popular press. She speaks about space health concerns and innovative approaches to investing in science and medicine at domestic and international conferences. Dr. Donoviel is Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology and the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) where she lectures to and mentors graduate and medical students. Before joining BCM, she led metabolism drug discovery programs at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals for 8 years. She is an avid scuba diver and a collector of Star Trek memorabilia.

Dr. Annalea Beattie

Mars Society Australia, National Space Society of Australia, RMIT University, Amity University

Title: Art, institutions and healthy extraterrestrial communities

Dr. Annalea Beattie is an artist who believes art will define the wellbeing and sustainability of young, developing societies off-Earth. Through making art in extreme Mars-analog environments, she considers how art might activate small, extraterrestrial communities, promoting social cohesion and improving quality of life. Annalea Beattie is a Director of Mars Society Australia and a Director of the National Space Society of Australia. She is Adjunct Professor at the Centre of Excellence in Astrobiology, Amity University, Mumbai and a member of the Association of Mars Explorers.


Konstantin Chterev

University of Surrey

Title: Survive or Thrive: A Compulsory Cliché

Konstantin is the director of Xenos Consulting, specialising in extreme environment psychology services. He works with SAGA Space Architects, recently supporting their two-month Arctic mission testing a prototype lunar habitat. Konstantin conducts research with organisations including NASA, the University of Minnesota, and the Austrian Space Forum. He also supports student organisations including Mission Asclepios, designing crew selection processes and conducting psychological interviews.


Konstantin worked for the International Space University, providing psychological support, leading coaching programs, and assisting program creation. He also worked for the Austrian Space Forum, supporting analogue missions with group dynamics, selection, screening, and organisational performance. He holds a BSc and MSc in Psychology from the University of Surrey, with theses investigating group dynamics in extreme environments and organisational leadership in NewSpace. He is currently a PhD student at the university, researching environmental psychology in space habitats and commercial space. He is also International Space University alum

Claudia Kessler | CEO

Astronautin GmbH

Title: More women to space for the future of Earth

Claudia is an entrepreneur and visionary. She founded Astronautin GmbH in April 2017 to ensure the female future of (traditionally “manned”) astronautical space travel. With Astronautin GmbH, Claudia is one of the few female founders in the high-tech industry to create a space start-up that makes engaging in space activities accessible to everyone, from space events to astronaut training and analogue missions. Astronautin GmbH is the only space start-up in Europe that has proven skills in the selection and training of astronauts. Being one of the few female executives in space, Claudia is constantly working to ensure more participation, because women attract women! She promotes the international careers of female specialists and managers in the Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) network. In addition, she is one of the few women to be a member of the International Aeronautical Academy (IAA).



Prof Julie Hides

Griffith University

Title: Parallels between musculoskeletal reconditioning of astronauts and terrestrial populations

Julie Hides is a Professor in Physiotherapy at Griffith University. She is passionate about researching topics that have direct clinical application and can be readily translated into practice. Research focus areas include exercise therapy for people with low back pain, musculoskeletal imaging, risk factors for sports injuries and reconditioning post exposure to prolonged bedrest and microgravity conditions. Julie is the Clinical Director of the Mater Back Stability Research Clinic at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. She has been a member of two ESA Topical Teams, and a researcher on 3 prolonged bed rest studies in collaboration with ESA. She was a member of the Academy of Science National Committee - Space Medicine and Life Sciences Working Group and she is currently a member of the Australian Space Agency Space Medicine and Life Sciences Technical Advisory Group.

Dr Siddharth Rajput

Royal Australasian College of Surgeon

Title: Surgery in space flight environment

Dr Siddharth Rajput is an Advanced trainee in Vascular Surgery with a keen interest in critical care and space medicine especially surgery in space flight environment. He is currently combining his passions for surgery and space sciences to contribute to the field of space surgery. He completed his medical studies and basic surgical training from Mumbai, India. He holds a Masters in Neurosciences from the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies program by International Space University, France. He holds current memberships with ANZ Society of Vascular Surgery, Aerospace Medical Association and Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. He has been an active member of the Space Surgery Association since its inception. Dr Rajput is a Lecturer in Faculty of Medicine at Griffith University and has also served as an examiner for final year MBBS with the University of New South Wales.

Thomas Mueller

German-Australian Chamber of Industry & Commerce | Austronaut

Title: Translating health and self-management knowledge gained from human spaceflight into programs and technology

Thomas studied Mathematics at Sydney University followed by work in dementia research and at the International Space University. While at the ISU, Thomas created an organisation called Austronaut which is pioneering the concept of astronaut candidate development by combining elements of neuroscience, creativity and physical activity to provide aspiring astronauts with a system to become better candidates. Thomas currently works as an Analyst in the Energy Cluster of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and has an additional role as the inaugural Space Coordinator, through which he is passionate about developing the relationship between the Australian and German space sectors, particularly in the area of human spaceflight.

Dr Mallika Sarma

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Title: Assessing multisystem effects of individual stress response in spaceflight

Mallika has a BS in Evolutionary Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Michigan and completed her MA/PhD in Anthropology with a focus on Human Biology at the University of Notre Dame.  

Her expertise is on human bio-behavioral responses to extreme environments and has worked in remote field sites including the Himalayas, Central Congo Basin, American Rocky Mountains, and HI-SEAS Lunar Analog Site. Presently, she is a Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Human Spaceflight Lab at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her current research is on stress response, neurovestibular adaptation, and integrated multi-system physiology with applications to clinical settings and the spaceflight environment. 

Mallika is also a student pilot, sailing enthusiast, Bharatanatyam dancer, and competitive weightlifter. When not in the lab, you'll find her crocheting with her cats or creating elaborate itineraries to make the most of local food scenes.  

Myles Harris

University College London

Space Health Risks Research Group

Title: Space health and disaster risk reduction

Myles Harris is a PhD student at UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. Myles’ research is investigating prolonged field care (remote healthcare in areas with limited accessibility and resources) in collaboration with Remote Area Risk International (R2Ri) and the British Ministry of Defence, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. Myles is a coordinator of UCL Space Health Risks Research Group. The research group investigates the risks to health in space from a holistic perspective, to promote good health and well-being for life on Earth. Myles is leading a UCL Space Health Risks Research Group project for the first UK analogue space research mission that involves analogue astronauts.

Mark Melin, MD FACS RPVI FACCWS, Medical Director M Health Fairview Wound Healing Institute

University of Minnesota

Title: Lymphedema Of Venous Etiology (LOVE) and Spaceflight Neuro-ocular Syndrome (SANS): Overlaps in The 1G wound clinic, Microgravity, genetics and micronutrients

M. Mark Melin MD FACS RPVI FACCWS, is a surgeon and Medical Director of the M Health Wound Healing Institute, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Minnesota Surgical Department. His interests and educational niches include management of lymphedema in the wounded patient, the endothelial glycocalyx, adjunctive micronutrient application to wound care, Micronized Purified Flavonoid Fractions (MPFF), polygenic abnormality impact upon wound resolution, wound pH and biofilm management, and emerging technologies in wound products and wound technologies. He participates in the educational activities of the Surgical Department Resident training program. Additional interests include human physiology and adaptability in the weightlessness of space travel and its translation to improving patient cares on terra firma and achieving nominal human functionality. He resides in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife of 32 years, Cindy; they have 4 grown children and 3 rescue dogs.

Tovy Haber Kamine, MD

Baystate Medical Center

Title: Prophylactic Splenectomy for Long Duration Spaceflight, Why or Why not?

Tovy Haber Kamine, MD is a Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon and Director of Emergency Surgery Services at Baystate Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of Massachusetts—Baystate. He did his General Surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and his fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research interests include improving the care of trauma and emergency general surgical patients in space and austere environments and in non trauma centers. He is the past president of the Space Surgery Association and has published on trauma and telemedicine. 

Vienna Tran

University of Adelaide

Title: The effect of artificial gravity on the muscles during a bed rest analogue

Vienna is a space medicine researcher who has investigated the use of artificial gravity for the hip muscles of astronauts during a prolonged bed rest analogue. She holds a First-Class Honours degree from The University of Adelaide. She regularly gives public talks and writes articles for on space health, industry and STEM. In particular, she enjoys engaging with visitors in her role at the Australian Space Discovery Centre. In 2022, Vienna will be working in regional South Australia as a medical doctor to further her skills in healthcare for Earth and space.

Dr John Stys

Loyola University Chicago

Title: Weighing the Appropriateness of Euthanasia during Long-Duration Human Spaceflight

Dr. John Stys has taught bioethics at Loyola University Chicago since 2004 when he was in training to become a Jesuit priest. Now married with children, his work has been focused on creating meaningful improvement within healthcare organizations, especially Federally Qualified Health Centers and hospice & palliative care companies. He is a strong executive leader who loves to mentor students and work for healthcare justice. Dr. Stys’s space-related “claim to fame” is his photographic contribution to an exhibit displaying a scale model of our solar system that begins directly outside the National Air & Space Museum.

Roger D. Dias, MD, PhD, MBA

Harvard Medical School /
Mass General Brigham

Title: Using Extended Reality (XR) for In-flight Medical Training During Deep Space Missions

I am a physician-scientist and my research focuses on the application of cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and digital biomarkers to assess and enhance clinicians' performance and improve patient safety in a variety of fields, including emergency medicine, critical care, surgery and space medicine. I was trained in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School, in Brazil and earned a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences and an M.B.A in Hospital and Health System Administration. I completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, developing research in simulation, human factors, non-technical skills, wearable sensors and machine learning.

Heather Allaway | Assistant Professor

Louisiana State University

Title: Female Astronaut Health: Using animal models to advance our understanding

Dr. Allaway is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. Her research focuses on women’s health, specifically on how modifiable factors (i.e., nutritional deficits, hormonal contraception, microgravity) impact the menstrual cycle and how alterations in the menstrual cycle impacts musculoskeletal health and performance in athletes and astronauts. Dr. Allaway’s research spans both human clinical and basic animal model research.

Emmanuel Urquieta | Assistant Professor/Chief Medical Officer

Baylor College of Medicine/
Translational Research Institute for Space Health

Title: Commercial Spaceflight and New Space Analogs

Emmanuel Urquieta holds a medical degree and a diploma in emergency medicine from Anahuac University in Mexico City as well as a master of science degree in aerospace medicine from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Emmanuel worked for Mexico City’s Police Department as a flight surgeon in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service "Condors" where he participated in hundreds of rescue missions and aeromedical evacuations within the Mexico City metropolitan area. He has volunteered in medical missions in underserved regions throughout Mexico and in Nigeria, Africa. He was a volunteer paramedic for the Mexican Red Cross for more than 5 years. Emmanuel participated as a crew member of an analog mission at NASA Johnson Space Center: in 2017 he was selected to participate in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) XI mission where he spent 30 days in a capsule simulating a deep space long-duration mission.

Prof. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

Columbia University / TRISH

Title: Radiation studies in human "organs on chip" platforms

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is University Professor, the first engineer to receive this highest academic rank at Columbia University. The focus of her lab is on engineering functional human tissues for use in regenerative medicine and patient-specific “organs-on-a-chip” models of disease. She is well published and highly cited (h=132), has mentored over 150 trainees, and founded four biotech companies. She is a member of Academia Europaea, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Inventors, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Carlo Vizzi

ALTEC/ESA European Astronaut Centre (EAC)

Title: Behind Astronaut Training: skills, knowledge and health

Carlo Vizzi obtained a MSc. in Computer Science Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 2008. Since his Master Degree Thesis, he has been working with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) applied to the Space domain in Thales Alenia Space Italy and ALTEC. He participated in several European Commission funded projects trying to fill Industrial needs and requirements with XR technologies. He also started a VR Laboratory in ALTEC aimed at showing and disseminating the results of missions, projects and studies. From 2018, he is working as ALTEC contractor at the ESA European Astronaut Centre (EAC) as Astronaut Instructor. He’s still involved in VR/AR/XR activities in particular in the field of Astronaut Training and Life in Space.

Silvana Miranda

Belgian Nuclear Research Center - SCK CEN

Title: Investigating immune system dysfunction in space

I completed my master in Molecular Medicine and Oncology at University of Porto Medical faculty. I focused my research on the non-targeted effects of ionizing radiation. To continue working in radiobiology,  I came to SCK-CEN for a course on the subject. I followed up on that and started my PhD at the Radiobiology unit of SCK CEN, together with Ghent University. Our project aims to look into the effects of radiation, altered gravity and psychological stress on the immune system. We will use in vitro assays and simulated space conditions to study the mechanisms behind immune dysfunction observed in space. It is very motivating to be able to contribute to the research on space health effects and help advance human space exploration.

Catherine Lawton

University of Queensland - Ochsner

Title: Traumatic Cardiac Arrest in Space

Catherine is a medical student at the University of Queensland Ochsner and has received a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She is an Honorary Research Fellow through the Department of General Surgery Trauma Service at the Royale Brisbane Women and Children’s Hospital where she is currently undertaking research on resuscitation outcomes in patients who underwent advanced life support following traumatic cardiac arrest. Catherine is a founding board member for the Global Organization of Wilderness Medicine Education (GOWME) and a member of the 2021 Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO) Scientific Award Committee. She is particularly passionate about emergency and surgical capabilities in space.

Dr Saswati Das

Central Government Health Services | Govt of India

Title: Personalised Medicine for Human Space Flight:Challenges & Opportunities

Dr. Saswati Das is an MD biochemist(Chemical Pathology) from India. She is working as Senior Specialist in Central Government Health Services,  Govt of India, where she oversees a broad portfolio of chemical pathology diagnostics, molecular medicine, and quality management. In addition to her role as a specialist, she has spearheaded COVID-19 response efforts by advocating the development of evidence-informed testing strategy, participating in webinars as a subject matter expert, and capacity building by training laboratory personnel. She completed her bachelor's in medicine and surgery and her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Delhi. Thereafter she trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York USA, and Royal Free Hospital, NHS UK as an international fellow. She has authored publications on healthcare quality assurance, medical education, biomarkers, and COVID-19. Her research interests are cardiac biochemistry, Prenatal screening, Neonatal screening, risk management, Plasma Medicine, Radiation biochemistry, and Nutrition Biochemistry in space flight environments. 

Dr Danielle Carroll

Orbital Biodesign, LLC.

Title: Spacesuit glove modifications to enhance crew health and performance during extravehicular activity (EVA)

Dr. Danielle (Dani) Carroll earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia, after which she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. She flew jets as an officer on active duty for several years, later transitioning into the Reserve to attend medical school. After 3 years of General Surgery residency, Dani paused clinical training to serve as NASA Space Health Innovation Fellow at UCSF and complete dual master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering (Bioastronautics) and Engineering Management (Innovation) through the University of Colorado Boulder. She now serves as Principal Investigator on a NASA research grant through the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), providing consulting services for a variety of projects related to commercial spaceflight, medical care, and procedural intervention in the austere environment of deep space, which complements her current role as President of the Space Surgery Association. Dani founded Orbital Biodesign, LLC in Fall 2020 to develop innovative technologies intended to support human health, both on Earth and in space. In her free time, she enjoys teaching flying, traveling, scuba diving, climbing, and running with her rescue pup, Rosie.

Simon Jenner


Title: The Future of Private Astronaut Missions

Axiom Space is creating the future for humanity. Starting with building a single space station and sending private citizens to space, Axiom will be creating cities in space. Simon’s role is to search the Earth for the few amazing people who are qualified to go to space. With two missions launching per year to the International Space Station, and then to Axiom’s Space Station, Simon is hunting for people with the ‘right stuff’ to be an Axiom Astronaut.

Space Biology. 

Dr. Giulia Silvani

University of Technology Sydney

TITLE:  Advancing Brain Cancer Therapy with Space Mechanobiology

Dr. Giulia Silvani is a passionate biomedical engineer interested in developing new molecular therapies in brain cancer treatment by combining 3D-bioprinted tumour-on-a-chip model with space mechanobiology research. After completing her PhD in nanotechnology engineering, at the Italian Institute of Technology based in Rome, in November 2019 she moved in Sydney as a research assistant in the mechanobiology laboratory at Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Here, she expanded her knowledge in mechanobiology, working on novel sophisticated experimental techniques reaching new achievements and publications on internationally recognized high impact journals. In September 2020, Giulia obtained a position as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of technology, Sydney in Chou Collective laboratory, establishing the first Australian microgravity simulator for space biology projects. Her research focuses on the development of new generation vascularized tumour-on-a-chip for studying the impact of simulated microgravity as a novel pre-clinical approach in brain tumour therapy. Her particular interest is in exploring mechanotransduction mechanisms that determine tumour and vascular ability to sense the lack of gravitational force for the development of targeted and advanced molecular anti-tumour therapies.


Dr. Sunny Narayanann 

Florida State University


Dr. Anand Sunny Narayanan is currently a NASA Space Biology Post-Doctoral Fellow at Florida State University, having >15 years of NASA experiences in research and education. Dr. Narayanan holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Medical and Space Physiology, and B.S. degrees from West Virginia University in Mechanical Engineering and Biology. He has led, developed, and supported projects in the areas of medicine (including effects of spaceflight, disease conditions, aging, exercise & nutrition, etc.) and engineering (including rocket & space systems, micro-gravity experimentation, nanotechnology, etc.), and has presented in these areas at 50+ local, national, and international events. Now as a Post-doc, he continues his support of our space program, investigating the physiological effects of deep space radiation, Lunar, and Martian gravity, relevant to our human space exploration goals as we return to the Moon and beyond through our Artemis program.

Prof.  William Morgan

Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia

Title: SANS and Measuring Intracranial Pressure in Space

Professor Morgan joined the LEI Board in 2018 and in December, was appointed Managing Director. He is a consultant ophthalmologist at Royal Perth Hospital, consultant ophthalmologist at Perth Children’s Hospital, Professor at UWA and Co-Director of the Lions Eye Institute McCusker Glaucoma Centre. He has completed a doctorate in philosophy studying the response of the optic nerve to pressure, particularly in relation to glaucoma. He sees patients with glaucoma and other ocular conditions such as cataracts. Professor Morgan maintains an active research interest in glaucoma as well as in the epidemiology of blinding eye disease.

Dr Tim Squire

Townsville Cancer Centre


Dr. Tim Squire is a Radiation Oncologist working at The Townsville Cancer Centre in Australia where he is part of the MR-Linear accelerator team treating cancer patients with advanced technology and he is a senior lecturer at James Cook University. Dr Squire is a member of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine and was recently appointed as a member for the technical advisory group for radiation countermeasures at the Australian Space Agency. He has an interest in radiation protection in space, circadian rhythm and bioastronautics. He has also published research and received funding for research in the field of novel radiation shielding materials. Dr Squire has been an invited speaker to international conferences including the NASA Langley research facility in Virginia, U.S.A.

Dr Brett Gooden

University of South Australia

Title: Will the cardiovascular adaptations to hypogravity impair a crewed mission to Mars?

Brett Gooden has had a life-long interest in human rocket flight. He obtained his MB, BS (1967) and MD (1972) degrees from the University of Adelaide and PhD (1978) from the University of Nottingham. In 1961 he joined the British Interplanetary Society (UK) and was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1973. In 1963 his first astronautical paper was published in Spaceflight entitled “Physiological responses of man in orbit” in which he reviewed the earliest medical results from human spaceflights. He lectures and researches in the area of human aerospace physiology. Brett has written a number of books including Diving and Asphyxia (1983), Spacesuit (2012) and recently Natter. Manned missile of the Third Reich. Historic step to human spaceflight (2019, 2020). He currently lectures in space medicine and physiology for the International Space University, University of South Australia.

Prof Volker Hessel

University of Adelaide

Title: Cosmic-ray stability of medicinal formulations and fortified designer beverage nutrition for astronauts

Volker Hessel is developing suites of applying disruptive technologies (microfluidics, plasma chemistry) from ammonia fertiliser manufacturing towards space resource chemical processing. He studied chemistry in Mainz/Germany and went to the Institute of Microtechnology Mainz, developing microreactors. In 2011, he was appointed full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. He is now a researcher at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and Director of Research of their Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources (ATCSR). Volker Hessel has developed a breadth of space resource research in minerals processing, space medicine, space farming, and space food (with 6 current PhDs). He is Editor of the book "In-Space Manufacturing and Resources" (Wiley-VCH) and Chief Editor of Frontier's Journal Section "Space Exploration, to be launched soon. Volker Hessel is the lead scientist of Australia's first led NASA-ISS experiment on the International Space Station, together with Space Tango and Alpha Space; investigating the cosmic ray stability of medicines.

Dr Chris Reid

Macquarie University

Title: Ant-inspired control of modular robot self-assembly for space applications (or 'I for one welcome our insect overlords')

Dr Chris R Reid is a biologist who studies natural complex systems such as ant colonies and slime mould. He is interested in learning how sophisticated group level behaviour emerges from simple interactions between individuals, without central control or prior planning. Understanding how this ‘swarm intelligence’ arises will be key to developing the smart swarms of the future. His most recent work examines how weaver ants act like Voltron – joining their bodies together to build bridges, ladders and winches that perform feats far beyond the limits of the individual workers. He is curently working on incorporating the ant-based interaction rules into control algorithms for swarm robotics, which will be especially useful for search-and-rescue, exploration and space applications. Chris obtained his PhD from University of Sydney in 2013, followed by postdocs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and University of Sydney, and a Macquarie University Research Fellowship. He is currently an ARC DECRA Fellow and ARC Discovery Project PI.

Prof Virginia Wotring

International Space University

Title: Space Pharmacology 

Virginia Wotring has been using her training in biochemistry (BS, Florida State University), physiology & pharmacology (PhD, Saint Louis University, USA) to study the actions of medications used during spaceflight missions. This means first studying the effects of the spaceflight environment on physiology and then turning to potential spaceflight-induced changes in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Virginia has been doing this during positions at NASA's Johnson Space Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston TX, and now at the International Space University in Strasbourg France.  She has held management positions in the past, most recently as Deputy Director and Chief Scientist of the NASA-funded Translational Research Institute for Space Health, however she prefers doing science to managing it. Her current research ranges from the study of women’s health during spaceflight missions to examination of biochemical responses to Earth analogs of space in simple model organisms. 

Mr Yen-Kai Chen

University of Auckland

Title: Space Biotechnology: Past, Present and Future Advancement

Yen-Kai is a Space Biologist at the Te Pūnaha Ātea/The Space Institute where he utilises many different machine learning algorithms to investigate the effects of space conditions on bacteria. He is the National Point of Contact for New Zealand at the Space Generation Advisory Council where he is also a committee member at the Space Medicine and Life Science project group. Yen-Kai enjoys helping others in his spare time and has presented an introduction of Space Biology to Taiwanese and Sri Lankan students, and has coached Taiwanese highschool students on designing space biological experiments. He is also helping to build a space community in Auckland and across New Zealand.

Dr. Melanie Ferlazzo


Title: Individual radiosensitivity, space radiation & combined effects of microgravity

I obtained a PhD in 2017 from INSERM U1296, Radiation: Defence, Health & Environment (Lyon, France). My subject was a radiobiological characterization of radiosensitive genetic syndromes not mutated in genes related to DNA repair. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at ANSTO. This work has been structured in two periods: from the end of 2017 till the end of 2019 I started a research project in space radiobiology, with a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Center for Space Studies (CNES, France), which led me to irradiate in Paris (proton of the Louvre) and Toulouse (low dose, MarSimulator). This project then gave birth to a collaboration between CNES, INSERM 1296 Unit and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) where I am currently pursuing my work to study the effects of radiation of fundamental and clinical interest, on earth and beyond!

Annabelle Jones

University of Technology Sydney

Title: The effects of microgravity on female physiology

Annabelle Jones is currently a biomedical engineering master’s research student at the University of Technology in Sydney. Her research focuses on female physiology and its adaption into space travel—specifically, the effect of microgravity on oestrogen production with an organ-on-chip device. Annabelle Jones has an eclectic range of skills she obtained through a Bachelor of Design in architecture, where she began to situate herself at the intersection of humanities, engineering, and design. Annabelle, in parallel, has also worked as a fashion production assistant, building designer, freelance artist, and research assistant. Annabelle is captivated by the cultural shift in the aerospace industry. The industry is no longer concerned about how will we reach alien planets, but what will we do once we arrive? To Annabelle’s surprise, female-specific health is incredibly understudied within the context of space, especially sexual and reproductive health. However, she became interested in the lack of research around the menstrual cycle. It seemed apparent to Annabelle that if we are going to become a healthy, multi-planetary species, researching a fundamental biological function would be the best place to start.

Ryo Kubota | CEO

Kubota Vision

Title: Use of compact OCT for long duration space mission to monitor SANS

Dr. Ryo Kubota, MD, PhD, is Chairman, President and CEO of Kubota Vision Inc. and its parent company, Kubota Pharmaceutical Holdings. He is an ophthalmologist by training and spent his early career performing ocular research at Keio University in Japan, where he earned his MD and PhD in medicine. While at Keio University, he discovered the glaucoma gene, myocilin, a discovery that earned him the Suda Award for his contribution to the field of neurodegenerative retinal diseases. Dr. Kubota continued his research at the University of Washington and later licensed his findings from the university as the core technology on which he founded Kubota Vision in 2002 in Seattle to develop novel therapeutics for patients with blinding eye diseases. Since 2008, Dr. Kubota has been a director of the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, as well as a board member of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). In 2019, he was appointed as a NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) Investigator.

Dr. Jaden J. A. Hastings

Weill Cornell Medicine

Title: Development of a Multi-omic Human Research Study of Private Astronauts

Dr. Jaden J. A. Hastings is an extremophile, often found exploring lava tubes, vast interior deserts, and polar glaciers. She is also a polymath--professionally both a scientist and artist--with an undergraduate degree from New York University that intentionally defied disciplinarity, followed by master’s degrees in Biology at Harvard University, Bioinformatics at Oxford University, and Fine Art from Central Saint Martins. Following her doctoral research in Machine Directed Biological Evolution at the University of Melbourne, she began a Research Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City working in the laboratory of Professor Christopher Mason. Her research is primarily focused on multi-dimensional, multi-omic analyses of private astronauts’ health during spaceflight, working closely with multiple stakeholders across the commercial space sector including SpaceX and Axiom. In 2019, she founded the SENSORIA Program as an endeavor to provide avenues for advancing research as well as individual professional development that can help broaden access to space as everyone’s frontier.

Fred Menk | Emeritus Professor

University of Newcastle

Title: Australia in space: the decadal plan for Australian space science

Fred Menk is Emeritus Professor of space physics at the University of Newcastle and chair of the Academy of Science National Committee for Space and Radio Science. His research interests focus on the physics of near-Earth space including space weather, related instrumentation, and improving radiation treatment of cancers. He has served in a range of academic and international research leadership roles, authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications in space science and medical physics and mentored over 30 PhD students. He is joint recipient of two Engineers Australia excellence awards and project-managed development of the NewMag payload on the FedSat spacecraft. He served as Education Program manager in the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems and has convened numerous international symposia and national outreach events.

Dr. Anna Wang

University of New South Wales

Title: Astrobiology and the origins of life

As far as we know, there is only one place in the universe known to harbour life - Earth. And on Earth, all life shares the same biochemistry. This biochemical system has been incredibly successful, to the point where its most technologically advanced forms (us!) are exploring space. But as we look forwards to this exciting future, we might also look backwards and wonder - how did it all start? I will give an overview of the activities of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology. In particular, I will focus on how we're trying to piece together the puzzle of life's origins on early Earth by bringing together expertise from geology, chemistry, biology, and physics. I will also touch on how this astrobiological research connects to other STEM fields.

Dr Anna Wang is a Scientia Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at UNSW Sydney, and an Assistant Director for the Australian Centre of Astrobiology. Prior to UNSW she completed a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University and a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship in Astrobiology. She and her team research membrane self-assembly in the context of the origins of life. They also work on holographic microscopy and machine learning to improve 3D imaging

Professor Christopher Porada, PhD

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Title: Using unique in vivo and in vitro models to define risks of space radiation in human tissues

Christopher Porada is a Professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. His research is focused on defining the risks of astronaut exposure to radiation and microgravity during prolonged missions in deep space, using unique in vitro models and humanized mice, and identifying effective countermeasures to ensure astronaut safety. His work is specifically focused on the hematopoietic, immune, and gastrointestinal systems.

Scarlett Li-Williams

UNSW and Australian Centre of Astrobiology

Title: HUMMUS: A student team's exploration of a biological symbiotic relationship in stress conditions for space exploration

Scarlett Li-Williams is a postgraduate bioinformatics, genetics, and molecular ecology research student at the University of New South Wales. In her research, she focuses on biodiversity at a molecular level and how invasive species impact the environment in Australia. In addition, she is the lead investigator and founder of a student research team based at the Australian Centre of Astrobiology called SAAS MISSIONS. SAAS missions focusing on space research in science and agriculture, predominately how biological systems behave in space conditions. Recent missions have included investigating how agricultural symbiotic micro-organisms behave in high velocity and simulated microgravity.

Dr. Hilde Stenuit 

Space Applications Services

Title: Microgravity for Personalised Medicine - community kickoff - ICE Cubes

Dr. Hilde Stenuit (F) is a seasoned research and team leader for Space Applications Services. She received her M.Sc. in Mathematics & Applied Physics and her Ph.D. in Plasma-Astrophysics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL). Since then she has been working with Space Applications Services. After working as operations specialist for International Space Station (ISS) modules and for spacecraft (ATV), she did operational coordination for research on National Soyuz missions. Afterwards she started supporting ESA of which more than a decade in a function of ESA ISS Mission Science Office, doing scientific coordination and research planning of the complement of ISS science experiments. Hilde is currently using her expertise to guide the users of and create opportunities for commercial access to Space through the first European commercial ISS service called ICE Cubes (International Commercial Experiment Cubes).

Aenor Sawyer | MD, MS

UC Space Health, University of California San Francisco, (UCSF)

Title: Precision Space Health: Data-Driven Crew Health and Safety

Dr. Aenor Sawyer, is the Director of the University of California Space Health Program and previously served as the Chief Health Innovation Officer for the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), a NASA-funded program. She has more than two decades of experience in development and evaluation of health technologies, telemedicine and remote medical management. She serves as an Advisor to frontline innovation initiatives at UCSF and with external foundations and industry partners. 
She is a member of the UCSF IT Governance Committee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies, Co-Founder of the Center for Digital Health Innovation, a UCSF HEALTH HUB board member, and Advisor to UCSF Innovation Ventures Philanthropy Fund (InVent Fund).   External roles also include External Advisory Board Member of the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute, MCRI Health Technology Advisory Board, NODE Health Board Member and, and prior Associate Editor of Nature’s Digital Medicine Journal. She is also an Advisor to ANDHealth,, Center for Advancing Innovation and IGNITE Social Impact. 

Prof Kate Poole

EMBL Australia , University of New South Wales

Title: Cellular Mechanotransduction via Force Sensing Ion Channels

Kate Poole wants to understand how cells sense touch.

Molecular scale movements detected by sensory cells generate electrical signals translating into touch or pain. Exactly how this happens is still not clear.

To monitor cellular responses to ultrafine movements, Kate grows cells on top of microscopic elastic cylinders—a setup she developed with colleagues in Germany. 

Kate discovered that protein complexes spanning the membrane—linking the inside of the cell with the extracellular matrix—control sensory signals.

Electrical signals are generated in many cell types in response to mechanical stimuli. Being able to tune sensory signals provides a way to manage cartilage rebuilding, melanoma metastasis and other functions.

Space Economy.

Anjali Gupta, PhD | Business Development Life Science Lead


Title: Seeding the LEO bio-economy with Axiom Station as an innovation platform

Anjali Gupta, PhD is leading the life science market and business development efforts for in-space research and manufacturing at Axiom Space – a company building the world’s first commercial space station and a vision to build cities in space. Dr. Gupta has over fifteen years of experience conducting early-stage drug discovery research as a scientist at leading pharmaceutical companies such as Roche and Pfizer. Her research background combined with her experience in biotech marketing, digital health, and space biology allow her to bring a unique perspective to market development efforts in low-Earth orbit (LEO). Anjali is passionate about STEM education and serves as the Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee for the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

Mark Kugel

YURI Microgravity

Prof. Kimberley Norris

University of Tasmania

Title: Moon, Mars and Mental health: Psychological considerations for long duration spaceflight and space habitation

Professor Kimberley Norris is a psychological scientist and clinical psychologist who works across academic, research and clinical practice settings. Primarily based at the University of Tasmania, her overarching research and academic interests are focused on maximising human health, wellbeing and performance in both normal and extreme environments. Her research interests include adaptation and resilience in both extreme (e.g., forensic contexts, climate distress, Antarctica, space and FIFO) and more normative (e.g., academic, life events) environments. Through her work, Kimberley develops new and innovative ways to provide psychological support for individuals in remote, rural, maritime and extreme environments at an individual, organisational and relationship level. 

Dr Graziella Caprarelli

University of Southern Queensland

Title: Comparing Planetary Environments for Human Exploration

Graziellla Caprarelli obtained her MSc in Geological Sciences and PhD in Earth Sciences from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. She has had a long and respected career as an academic and scientist, teaching geoscience and planetary science in Europe, Japan and Australia, and researching Earth and Mars geological processes. She currently holds honorary positions at the International Research School of Planetary Sciences in Italy, the Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, and the International Space University in France. She was a NASA Fellow at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, subsequently joining the Science Teams of the High Resolution Stereo Camera and MARSIS experiments of the ESA mission Mars Express.  In 2021 she was named the Australian Space Scientist of the Year, for her contribution to the discovery of liquid bodies of water on Mars. She is currently President of the Women in Space Chapter (WiSC).

AJ Link

Jus Ad Astra

Title: The Need for a Federalist Approach to Space Law

AJ Link (he/him) is openly autistic. He received his JD from The George Washington University Law School. His studies focused extensively on disability law, international human rights, and space law. AJ is currently pursuing an LL.M in Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, AJ was awarded the Michael Dillon Cooley Memorial Award by his graduating class at GW Law for his compassion and humanity in serving his fellow students. He has also been inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. He serves on several advisory boards that focus on disability advocacy, social justice, and space policy. AJ currently serves as the inaugural director of The Center for Air and Space Law Task Force on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Aerospace. He also works as a research director for the Jus Ad Astra project.



Michael Markesbery | CEO


Title: Space Tech in Apparel

FROM NASA TO SOLARCORE® OROS started with an Astronaut Scholarship and an idea. Why not leverage the Aerogel technology used by NASA to protect against extreme environments here on Earth? We took the scientific method and a lot of iterations to develop the world’s greatest Aerogel outerwear. The science of staying warm hasn't changed for hundreds of years, and OROS knows that "outdated" has no place in outerwear. It's why we tore our technology straight from the cosmos - the same stuff NASA uses to insulate spacecraft - and science'd it into max-warmth, zero-bulk apparel destined to take you beyond.

Misuzu Onuki

Sparx Group

Live Panel Discussion Speaker

Misuzu Onuki has been active in space commercialization, and space policy and strategy. She has also created space cultural projects such as space fashion and space weddings. She was CEO of Space Access Corporation after working for JAXA and the Space Systems Division of Shimizu Corporation, one of the largest general construction companies in Japan. Now she is engaged in the SPARX Space Frontier Fund. She is a committee member of space related committees in the Ministry of Economy, Trade, Industry (METI), an executive director for the NewSpace Committee in Japan, IAA/Member, IAF committee members, and others. Ms. Onuki published several books including “Blast-off for Space Business” and “Space Tourism” in 2018.

Jonathan Lim

Jus Ad Astra

Title: Human Rights: Gravity and the Right to Health



Alyson Decker

Jus Ad Astra

Title: Employment Relationships and Privacy in Space

Alyson Claire Decker has always had a passion for law and for space, which is what led her to join Jus Ad Astra, an organization focused on bringing human rights to the stars, as a Legal Advisor.  And you’ll find Ms. Decker right where Space Law and Employment Law intersect.  Before founding Alyson Claire Law in 2021, Ms. Decker’s legal practice had taken her from an international law firm to several renowned boutique law firms, to being Vice President of Legal Affairs for a group of companies with an annual revenue of over 100 million dollars. Ms. Decker is an experienced general counsel, litigator, board member, executive, space attorney, adjunct law professor, and an employment law guru.  She is also a member of the advisory board for Smokey Hawk Solitons, an aerospace propulsion startup.

Susan Ip-Jewell | MD, DCEG, DOD MMAARS ( Mars-Moon Astronautics Academy and Research Sciences)

Title: Training NextGen Analog Astronauts and Space Medics integrating novel frontier exponential technologies

Dr. Mindy Howard | CEO

Inner Space Training

Title: A more inclusive, approach for commercial astronaut training

Dr. Mindy Howard has set out to passionately achieve her dream of going to space. After her 21-year career in the oil industry, working in 35 different countries as a trainer, senior leader and engineering advisor, Dr. Howard harnessed her academic and professional skills to create the first and only psychological space training program, “Inner Space Training”.  Dr. Howard is in discussions with several organizations to train, coach, and accompany commercial astronauts to space. In addition, Dr. Howard is working for Blue Abyss Ltd., the world’s first commercial astronaut training center as the Director of Inner Space Training. She has appeared on the Discovery and Travel Channels, and on the radio both in the United States and in Europe as a space correspondent and commentator. Dr. Howard is also a TEDx speaker (“Train your fear away, like an astronaut”) and is a Guest Lecturer at the International Space University. She is the author of her book entitled, “Blast off! Train like an astronaut for success on earth.”  Blast Off! is the first book to use the techniques of commercial astronaut training to help people right here on earth maintain the anxiety-free emotional equilibrium and sustained mental focus needed to successfully overcome the day-to-day challenges and obstacles in their personal and professional lives.

Prof. Julio Rezende 

Habitat Marte Space Analog Station

Title: Space Health and Sustainability: the case of Habitat Marte

Julio Rezende coordinates the Habitat Marte space analog station. Julio Rezende is a pioneer in Brazil promoting the education and research related to Mars and Moon exploration, identifying also some possible self-sustaining solutions that would be applied to arid and semiarid regions promoting Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – STEAM, bringing engagement to students in more than 30 countries. Coordinates other initiatives related to space education and STEAM: Mars Society Brazil and Space Reinassance Initiative Latin America.

Julio Rezende is Bachelor on Management and Psychology, master and PhD on Sustainability at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) with post doc in University of Central Florida (UCF) researching about space analog habitats.

Dr Shane Usher

The University of Melbourne

Title: The Outback Airlock

Dr Shane Usher is a Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia.  He has a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering(Hons) and a PhD; all from The University of Melbourne.  Shane has published over 50 research papers in the areas of rheology and dewatering processes.

Shane is a keen athlete and has had significant success in rowing, where he has broken world records on the Concept2 rowing machine over distances ranging from 100 metres to over 100 kilometres and also holds two Guinness World Records for being part of a crew that rowed across the Indian Ocean in 2014.

Shane was the Crew Engineer in “Expedition Boomerang” an Australian crew at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in 2019, where he considered the long term sustainability of Martian habitats.  He was also a shortlisted candidate for SIRIUS Missions, 4-12 month analogue space missions at the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow where he hopes to research the impact of “Rowing in Space” on the maintenance of bone density and muscle mass.  Shane is also developing walk-in vacuum chambers; all to help establish an enduring human presence in outer-space, our Moon, Mars and beyond.

Space Tech.

Anthony Kirollos

EXPLOR Space Technologies

Dr Simon Evetts 

 Blue Abyss, Reaction Dynamics 

Title:  Space the Ideal Crucible for Innovation

Simon Evetts started his academic career studying sports science focussing on human physiology. His masters and doctoral degrees were based on applied human physiology research, covering human health under extreme conditions. Dr Evetts established a programme of health and fitness based upon an understanding and control of habits, designed to help maintain healthy exercise and eating habits. For some years Simon led the Medical Projects & Technology Unit at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, supporting the health of our European astronauts. Since leaving EAC Simon has been involved in businesses development taking a leading role in the Blue Abyss enterprise, which will establish extreme environment research and training facilities and services, including those required to prepare people for space. Simon has been passionate in the development of UK human spaceflight over the last 25 years, co-founding the UK Space Life & Biomedical Sciences and UK Space Environments Associations as a result. He is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Kings College London, a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Dr. Heba Khamis | CEO/ Co-Founder


Title: Touch sensation and why we need it in space

Heba holds a PhD in Engineering, B (Software) Engineering and B Medical Science. She has applied her expertise in biosignal processing, pattern recognition and machine learning in complex biomedical problems including epilepsy, cardiac and autonomic diseases, malnutrition and human tactile physiology. Since 2014, she has been developing tactile sensors for robotic gripping that are inspired by the human sense of touch. She is the CEO and a co-founder of Contactile – a UNSW Sydney spin-out that is commercialising the PapillArray tactile sensor technology that is giving robots a human sense of touch and enabling robotic dexterity.

Dr. Shawna Pandya

International Institute for Astronautical Sciences

Title: Space Medicine on the Moon, Mars & Beyond

Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, scientist-astronaut candidate program graduate with the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences/Project PoSSUM, aquanaut, speaker, martial artist, advanced diver, skydiver, pilot-in-training, VP Immersive Medicine with Luxsonic Technologies, Director of Medical Research at Orbital Assembly Construction, and Fellow of the Explorers’ Club. She is also Director of the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences (IIAS)/PoSSUM Space Medicine Group, Chief Instructor of the IIAS/PoSSUM Operational Space Medicine course, clinical lecturer at the University of Alberta, podcast host with the World Extreme Medicine’s WEMCast series, Primary Investigator (PI) for the Shad Canada-Blue Origin student microgravity competition, member of the ASCEND 2021 Guiding Coalition, and Life Sciences Team Lead for the Association of Spaceflight Professionals. She serves as medical advisor to several space, medical and technology companies. Dr. Pandya was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in zero-gravity in 2015. Dr. Pandya earned her aquanaut designation during the 2019 NEPTUNE (Nautical Experiments in Physiology, Technology and Underwater Exploration) mission. She previously served as Commander during a 2020 tour at the Mars Desert Research Station.  In 2021, Dr. Pandya was granted an Honorary Fellowship in Extreme and Wilderness Medicine by the World Extreme Medicine organization and named one of the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, as well as a Canadian Space Agency Space Ambassador. Her career and trajectory have been captured at the Ontario Science Center’s “Canadian Women in Space,” exhibit, alongside Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman in space (and Dr. Pandya’s idol growing up).

Jawad El-Houssine

Stardust Technologies

Masahiko Inoue

Takasago Electric

Title: Takasago Fluid Technologies for Space Applications

The core strengths of Takasago Fluidic Systems (TFS) are miniaturization, customization, and integration. With these, TFS is recognized in the industry as a distinctive player that fulfills the niche demands of its clients. For instance, we offer the world's smallest class of products to handle fluid volumes in the microliter order without waste. As a result, we not only supply parts to major global analytical equipment manufacturers but also get involved in technically demanding projects lead by well-known universities and agencies such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Cambridge as well as NASA and JAXA.

Since 2017 joined Takasago Electric as R&D Engineer and Sales of valves/pumps products for aerospace field. In 1987 joined Eagle Industry as R&D Engineer and Sales of seal products for aerospace/semiconductor fields, and Sales for imported space components

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technologies (1987)

Dr Siddharth Pandey

Mars Society Australia / Amity University Mumbai

Title: Overview of Space Biology Experiments on ISRO's PS4 Orbital Platform

Siddharth is the Head of the Centre of Excellence in Astrobiology at Amity University India. As a part of this, he is leading an initiative to establish India's first dedicated Centre for Astrobiology and Space Biology research in the country. Siddharth is a space engineer with project management and leadership experience working with teams of astrobiologists. Prior to this, he has experience in building sample collection instruments for Mars and Venus surface missions while working at NASA Ames, USA. He has been engaged in education and public outreach activities and is motivated to use Space as a tool to spread awareness, social consciousness, and inclusiveness within our communities. He holds PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering from UNSW Canberra, Australia; MS in Space Systems Engineering from TU Delft, Netherlands, and BTech in Aerospace Engineering from Amity University, India.

Dr Braid MacRae

RMIT University and Human Aerospace Pty Ltd

Title: Mechanical-loading countermeasure suits

Braid has a background in human physiology and clothing and textile sciences (BSc, MSc) and health sciences and technology (PhD). An interest of his is the use of worn textiles/materials and garments for protecting and supporting human health and physiological function both here on Earth and in the extreme environment of space. Braid is currently working on the development of countermeasure suits for mitigating effects of altered gravity and on advancing the feasibility of mechanical counterpressure EVA suits.



Kyle Morgenstein

University of Texas

Title: Robots as a force multiplier for space exploration, colonization, and the search for life in the solar system

Kyle Morgenstein is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an astrobiologist and roboticist studying extreme-terrain locomotion, manipulation, and learning-based control for highly articulated space exploration robots. His research focuses on astronaut-assistive autonomous and semi-autonomous robots for science, repair, and maintenance tasks on lunar and Martian outposts. Additionally, he works on terrain-aware state estimation for space exploration robots in highly unstructured and dynamic environments. These environments are characterized by lava tubes, craters, steep inclines/declines, soft or friable terrains, and environments containing large jagged surface features.  Previously, Morgenstein studied aerospace engineering and geobiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While there, his research focused on silicification of filamentous cyanobacteria, Proterozoic microbe-mineral interactions, and how those interactions may have promoted microbe fossilization. Morgenstein hopes to use both biogeochemical techniques and advanced robotic systems to bolster the search for life elsewhere in the solar system.

Dr. Chandana Unnithan  | PhD (Digital Health)

​Torrens University Australia || Lifeguard Digital Health Canada

Title: Space Technologies in Public Health Management

Expert scientist in digital health (Torrens University Australia), who has pioneered and implemented novel public health solutions with socio-tech approaches in Australia and Canada integrating technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Blockchain, Geo-spatial, remote sensing, telehealth, Health informatics. Professor (Adj) in digital health with Torrens University Australia, leading Digital Health specialization stream at master’s level that equips public health professionals. Member of the medical research advisory board of Rapid Response Revival, Australia that has launched the smallest defibrillators to save lives. Represents Australia in the United Nations COPUOS STSC in the expert working group on Space and Global Health (WG-SGH) and in the WHO Digital Health Technical Advisory - Roster of Experts. Currently advising on cybersecurity methods for privacy preservation of a digital intervention that has successfully been saving lives from the opioid crisis in Canada and also advisory in Canada Digital Technology Supercluster. Widely published with >140 scientific papers and invited speaker/panelist in Australia, Canada, Europe and USA.

Dr. Jonathan Clarke

Mars Society Australia/Human Aerospace

Title: Martian EVA suit challenges

Jon has had a life-long interest in space exploration and planetary science. In 2001 he joined Mars Society Australia, becoming president in2012, a position he has held to the present.  Jon has taken part in six Mars analogue expeditions in Australia and one each to Ladakh (India) and New Zealand.  He has also participated in three rotations at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, two of two weeks and one of four weeks duration; and in the Mars 160 expedition which spent three months at MDRS and one month of Devon Island at the Flashline Arctic Research Station in the Canadian Arctic. Jonathan has been an associate of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology since 2004, an online instructor in astrobiology at Swinburne University (2017-2020, and an adjunct faculty member at the Amity Centre of Excellence in Astrobiology (ACoEA) since 2020. He currently works of MarsEVA suits for Human Aerospace Pty.Ltd.

Professor Wei Gao

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Title: Skin-Interfaced Wearable Biosensors

The Gao Research Group at the California Institute of Technology is a highly interdisciplinary research team devoted to developing versatile bioelectronic devices for fundamental and applied biomedical studies. Our research thrusts include fundamental materials and chemistry innovations as well as important device and system level applications toward personalized and precision medicine. We create and apply innovative devices to understand complex biological systems. Some examples of our devices include wearable/portable biosensors that perform real-time health monitoring and clinical assessment, and medical micro/nanorobots that offer the therapeutic capability of rapid drug delivery and precision surgery. 

Jannene Kyytsonen

Space Habitats, National Space Society of Australia, Women in Space

Title: Building a Digital Platform Economy, community by community

My business, ''Space Habitats'', is currently exploring community development, through a living lab experience. I have started with my local high school students, getting them to explore a contained biosphere operating along circular economy guidelines using a shipping container. The programme should then scale to tertiary institutions and an inactive mine site in the Sydney Basin, as the first step to eventually building another in Central Australia which has the same soil type as Mars, giving people a physical and virtual opportunity to understand how a community in space will develop. The program should be able to be replicated globally, and understood very well given the isolation protocols of the Covid -19 outbreak. Indeed, the outbreak serves as a case study of how to combat a health issue when supply chains are disrupted and self sufficiency using ''ín situ' resources is required, as they would be in space. The learned use of 3d printer and additive manufacturing technologies of available materials will be invaluable.

Space STEM Education.

Jackie Carpenter

One Giant Leap Australia 

Jackie Carpenter has a diverse and long-standing background in education. Her passion for STEM and STEAM is embedded into the broader goals of her companies. Collaborating with industry, academia, governments, and the community to increase pathways and access to employment, especially in aerospace. Jackie links industry and education through innovation. Her vision is to create an organisation that drives the transformation of Australian Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics education, preparing young Australians for the opportunities of the future.

  • One Giant Leap Australia - Founder and Director

  • One Giant Leap Australia Foundation - Managing Director

  • Space Industry Association of Australia Advisor

  • The Gadget Girlz – Founder and Director

  • Destination Imagination Australia - Affiliate Director

  • International and National STEM/STEAM education consultant

Shannon McConnell

One Giant Leap Australia 

Title: Jobs of the Future

Reformed Rocket Scientist, World Traveler, STEM Program Consultant                                                                  Shannon has been introducing students to the excitement of space exploration since 1998. Working with NASA, she has led the Galileo Outreach Team, the Cassini Formal Education Team, and the Deep Space Network Education and Public Outreach Office.
Before her work in NASA outreach and education, Shannon worked mission planning and design for the Cassini Spacecraft, Sequence design and execution for the Galileo Mission, and Data Analysis for the Magellan Mission. Shannon also spent 1993-1994 working payload operations for 2 Space Shuttle Flights managed by JPL.
In addition to exploring space, Shannon is a passionate traveler. She has visited over 50 countries, 10 sovereign territories, and all 50 US States. Her travels have taken her to all 7 continents, across both the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, through the African Serengeti, and across Europe, among other places. She loves writing about travel.
Aside from her travel writing, Shannon has penned numerous technical articles for NASA along with current event opinion pieces, STEM education articles, and even a full-length novel.
Shannon holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Astronomy and Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California as well as being a Committee Chair for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and an Executive Member of the Board of Directors for Don Bosco Technical Institute, a Project-based STEM focused high school in Rosemead, California.

Bob Carpenter

One Giant Leap Australia 

Title: Remote operation of technology

Bob Carpenter OAM is an outstanding aviator and flight engineer who has a distinguished career in the RAAF. After retiring from RAAF, Bob had a further 16 years training military and civilian aviation personnel from over 14 different countries. Bob’s flying and engineering expertise are also evident in his involvement with remote flying of model aircraft. Bob’s ‘hobby’ of almost 60 years has many highlights. Bob has been highly influential in the evolution of Unmanned Aviation Vehicles (UAV). He has worked with CASA to develop materials and resources for the safe operation of UAVs.

  • Started aged 7

  • Introduction to Radio Control (1969)

  • Taught himself to fly RC whilst stationed in Vietnam on an active military base (1970)

  • Established RAAF Amberley Model Aircraft Club (1971)

  • Flew the first RC aircraft in Antarctica (1981)

  • Chief Instructor Australia (2010-15)

  • First RC Pilot for the University of Sydney Development of UAV’s

  • Club, State and National Associations Life Member.

Katherine Anderson

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Adelaide

Title: Asian Herbs In Space, A student perspective

Liam Kennedy


Title: Exploring our world using earth observation resources from the International Space Station

Liam is the inventor of the ISS-Above, a single board computer device (uses a Raspberry Pi) that presents a rich set of live information about the ISS including live video views of the earth.  What started as a weekend project in 2013 to build a cool gizmo to inspire his own grandchildren has now been shipped to more than 3,800 locations around the world including private homes, schools, science centers.


ISS-Above is an education partner with the ISS National Lab who also provided a grant to have ISS-Above’s installed in middle schools across the USA.  


Previously President of the Orange County Astronomers, a Griffith Observatory Planetarium Lecturer, and a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, today Liam focuses on bringing the ISS into people’s daily lives, through public outreach and spearheading projects to enhance our view of space exploration and of ourselves. 


Meridith Ebbs

The Nature School

Title: Living in space sustainably 

During Term 4 we were exploring energy. We integrated the space wattle by exploring sustainable habitats suitable for the moon. Students were required to explore sustainable energy sources for the moon and then chose an additional topic from Water, Waste systems, food, oxygen or general living. The wattle was linked to oxygen and general living choices. The unit required students to design and construct a model of their sustainable habitat.



Meridith is an experienced teacher. She is currently a Year 3/4 Teacher at The Nature School. Currently, she is exploring applications for STEM and technology while learning outside and applications for STEM in real-world projects. She facilitates #STEMnNature and #STEMinTheWorld on social media and shares knowledge and ideas using the handle @iMerinet. 

          She worked for 4 years as the CSER NSW Project Officer on the Digital Technologies project for the University of Adelaide. Meridith is accredited as a Makey Makey ambassador, an Apple Teacher, an Apple Teacher in Swift Playground and Sphero Lead Educator. Meridith has experience teaching students K-10 and she is an experienced facilitator of adult workshops, with experience working in both school and corporate environments.

Gitika Gorthi

Ignited Thinkers

Title: Starting Young 

Dr Catherine Simmonds

Bunbury Senior High School

Title: Astrobiology: Embedding STEM in the curriculum

Parande Tayyebi

International Space University (ISU)


Ruth Harrison

Rocket Woman

Title: Making Space for Diversity

Ruth Harrison is Rocket Woman, an Aerospace Engineer, recruitment professional, passionate Women in STEM advocate, aviation and space technology enthusiast and a connector of people.

Ruth started Rocket Woman to help address the lack of diversity within engineering careers by helping women return to and pivot into careers in aviation/space, defence, engineering, and STEM.

Ruth is a member of the Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia QLD and Diversity Practitioners Association committees and wants to bring gender equity to STEM sooner rather than later by taking direct action. Through Rocket Woman, Ruth advises companies on diversity programs, employment branding, recruitment, and retention programs. She also provides career coaching advice for mid-career professionals and those looking to return to work force after time away.

Ruth is a champion of mature age internships and return to work programs supporting women into non-tradition roles. She is also a writer for, covering industry and research topics across Queensland and the Northern Territories. Ruth is currently studying a Masters in Space Operations and is passionate about bringing diversity to the burgeoning Australian Space Industry.

Murray Henstock (MACE)

One Giant Leap Australia

Title: Seeds in Space - Cultivating our Survival

Murray Henstock (MACE) is a STEM educator based in Sydney Australia with a focus on Biology, Chemistry, Robotics and Space Science and experience in delivering outdoor adventurous education and youth development programs. 

Murray has always been interested in space education and in 2013 undertook the Honeywell Educators @Space Camp Program at the US Space and Rocket Centre. In 2014, with the support and guidance of One Giant Leap Australia Founder Jackie Carpenter, Murray accompanied the first cohort of Australian students to attend Space Camp Turkey Teacher’s Space Camp. These experiences have been followed up with additional training in astronomy education through the Galilelo Teacher Training Program and the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Program.

Murray has completed a Master of Education (Secondary) and complete an Masters Honours Thesis exploring the “Effects of Sail Training on Engagement with Learning and Education” 

Murray is an experienced national and international speaker having presented topics including education, youth programs and personal development through adventurous learning in Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, Canada and throughout Europe.

Murray is currently undertaking the role of Head Teacher – Science for Wiley Park Girls High School in Sydney Australia and is actively participating in a number of project in conjunction with One Giant Leap Australia including the Asian Herbs in Space Program for Basil and Wattle Seeds.

Gregory E Chamitoff

Texas A&M University

Title: Advancing Aerospace Engagement through Collaborative STEM Competitions

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Dr. Gregory Chamitoff served as a NASA Astronaut for 15 years, including Shuttle Missions STS-124,126,134 and Space Station long duration missions Expedition 17 and 18.  He has lived and worked in Space for almost 200 days as a Flight Engineer, Science Officer, and Mission Specialist.  His last mission was on the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, during which he performed two spacewalks, including the last one of the Shuttle era, which also completed the assembly of the International Space Station.  Chamitoff earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, M.S. in Aeronautics from Caltech, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.  He also holds a Minor and a Masters in Planetary Science.  He is currently the Zachry Chair Professor of Practice in Aerospace Engineering, and Director of the AeroSpace Technology Research & Operations (ASTRO) Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He is co-author and co-editor of Human Spaceflight Operations, a textbook on the lessons learned from the past 60 years of spaceflight.  His research includes space robotics, autonomous systems, and the development of collaborative VR simulation environments for space system engineering and mission design.  

Troy McCann


Title: TBA

Troy is the founder of Moonshot, a company growing technology businesses that leverage and integrate frontier locations into our world, ranging from physical spaces to cyberspace. Moonshot focuses on developing opportunities presented by space through broadening understanding, and cultivating investment and research in space technology through incubators, accelerators and investment funds.


With over 13 years’ experience in technology and entrepreneurship spanning multiple diverse businesses and industries, Troy has developed a framework for supporting the growth of commercial solutions to humanity’s most difficult challenges. Moonshot’s model represents the world’s first international network of prestigious partners and industry pioneers that includes the Aldrin Space Institute and Axiom Space, the company behind the world’s first commercial space station. Troy was ranked the 13th most influential global new space business leader of the sector in the NewSpace People Global Ranking Report for 2020.

Session Topics.



Space Biology and Mechanobiology session

  1. Advancing Brain Cancer Therapy with Space Mechanobiology  
    / Dr Giulia Silvani

  2. Ant-inspired control of modular robot self-assembly for space applications  
    / Dr Chris Reid

  3. Astrobiology and the origins of life
    Dr Anna Wang

  4. Cellular Mechanotransduction via Force Sensing Ion Channels 
    Prof. Kate Poole

  5. Microgravity for Personalised Medicine - community kickoff - ICE Cubes
    Hilde Stenuit

  6. Advancing Biotechnology 
    Mr Yen-Kai Chen

  7. Australia in space: the decadal plan for Australian space science 
    Prof. Fred Menk

  8. Radiation studies in human "organs on chip" platforms
    / Prof. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

  9. HUMMUS: A student team's exploration of a biological symbiotic relationship in stress conditions for space exploration
    / Scarlett Li-Williams


Space Radiation and Biology 

  1. Individual radiosensitivity, space radiation & combined effects of microgravity.
    / Dr Melanie Ferrazo

  2. Cosmic ray stability of medicinal formulations & Fortified designer beverages for astronauts & Microfluidic space minerals processing
    / Prof. Volker Hessel

  3. Space pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
    Dr. Virginia Wotring

  4. Using unique in vivo and in vitro models to define risks of space radiation in human tissues
    Prof. Christopher Porada

  5. Time, distance and shielding: a radio-protective paradigm on Earth and in space 
    / Dr Tim Squire


Human Physiology in Space 

  1. Space Physiology: A Study of Us
    / Dr Sunny Narayanann

  2. Use of compact OCT for long-duration space mission to monitor SANS.
    / Dr Ryo Kubota

  3. Multiomic Study of Private Astronauts' Health on Orbit
    / Dr Jaden Hasting

  4. Precision Space Health: Data-Driven Crew Health and Safety
    / Dr Aenor Sawyer

  5. SANS and Measuring Intracranial Pressure in Space
    Prof William Morgan

  6. Will the cardiovascular adaptations to hypogravity impair a crewed mission to Mars?
    Dr. Brett Gooden

  7. The effects of microgravity on female physiology
    Annabelle Jones

  8.  Advancing Human Health Monitoring in Spaceflight with Integrated Countermeasures and Big Data Analytics
    / Jennifer Yeung



Space Health and Human Readiness

  1. Commercial Spaceflight: Risk and Reward
    / Dr. Rowena Christiansen

  2. Space Health on Missions Near and Far
    Prof. Dr Dorit Donviel

  3. Using Extended Reality (XR) for In-flight Medical Training During Deep Space Missions
    Roger D. Dias

  4. Commercial Spaceflight and New Space Analogs
    / Prof Emmanuel Urquieta

  5. Space health and disaster risk reduction
    Myles Harris

  6. Parallels between musculoskeletal reconditioning of astronauts and terrestrial populations. 
    / Prof Julie Hides

  7. Personalised Medicine for Human Space Flight: Challenges & Opportunities 
    Saswati Das

  8. Space Mental Health and Performance
    Thomas Mueller

  9. ESA Astronaut Training
    Carlos Vizzi

  10. A more inclusive, approach for commercial astronaut training
    / Dr. Mindy Howard

  11. Space Health and Sustainability: the case of Habitat Marte
    / Prof Julio Rezende

  12. Space Medicine on the Moon, Mars & Beyond 
    Dr Shawna Pandya


Space Health and Human Systems

  1. Lymphedema Of Venous Etiology (LOVE) and Spaceflight Neuro-ocular Syndrome (SANS): Overlaps in The 1G wound clinic, Microgravity, genetics and micronutrients
    M. Mark Melin

  2. Prophylactic Splenectomy for Long Duration Spaceflight, Why or Why not?
    / Dr Tovy Haber Kamine, MD

  3. Surgery in space flight environment
    Dr Siddharth Rajput

  4. Wound Repair in Space
    Dr Rosemary Craig

  5. Investigating immune system dysfunction in space
    Silvana Miranda

  6. The effect of artificial gravity on the muscles during a bed rest analogue
    / Vienna Tran

  7. Assessing multisystem effects of individual stress response in spaceflight
    Dr Mallika Sarma

  8. Female Astronaut Health: Using animal models to advance our understanding
    Heather Allaway

  9. Space Biology & Health Research, Collaboration, and Results with Mars University
    Mr. Kolemann Lutz

  10. Traumatic Cardiac Arrest in Space
    Catherine Lawton

  11. Spacesuit glove modifications to enhance crew health and performance during extravehicular activity (EVA)
    / Dr Danielle Carroll 

  12. The Future of Private Astronaut Missions
    Simon Jenner

Space Governance and Future of Space

  1. Weighing the Appropriateness of Euthanasia during Long-Duration Human Spaceflight
    Dr. John Stys

  2. Art, institutions and healthy extraterrestrial communities
    Dr. Annalea Beattie 

  3. Human Rights: Gravity and the Right to Health
    / Jonathan Lim

  4. Survive or Thrive: A Compulsory Cliché
    Konstantin Chterev

  5. More women to space for the future of Earth
    / Claudia Kessler


  1. Space Microgravity Research Platform for Space and Beyond
    / Mark Kugel: ​YURI Microgravity

  2. Seeding the LEO bio-economy with Axiom Station as an innovation platform
    / Dr Anjali Gupta : AXIOM 

  3. Moon, Mars and Mental health: Psychological considerations for long duration spaceflight and space habitation
    Prof Kimberley Norris

  4. Comparing Planetary Environments for Human Exploration
    Dr Graziella Caprarelli

  5. The Need for a Federalist Approach to Space Law
    AJ Link

  6. Space Tech in Apparel 
    Michael Markesbery : OROS Apparel

  7. Employment Relationships and Privacy in Space
    Alyson Decker

  8. Training NextGen Analog Astronauts and Space Medics integrating novel frontier exponential technologies. 
    Susan Jewell

  10. The Outback Airlock
    / Dr Shane Usher


  1. Space Biology Microgravity Research Technologies 
    EXPLOR Space Tech

  2. Takasago Fluid Technologies for Space Applications
    Masahiko inoue (Takasago) 

  3. Touch sensation and why we need it in space
    / Dr Heba Khamis (Contactile)

  4. Space the Ideal Crucible for Innovation 
    / Simon Evetts (Blue Abyss)

  5. Overview of Space Biology Experiments on ISRO's PS4 Orbital Platform
    Dr Siddharth Pandey

  6. Martian EVA suit challenges
    Dr Jonathan Clarke

  7. XR/AI technologies in Space (Eden Project)
    Jawad El Houssine (Stardust Technologies)

  8. Space Technologies in Public Health Management
    Dr Chandana Unnithan

  9. Robots as a force multiplier for space exploration, colonization, and the search for life in the solar system
    Kyle Morgenstein 

  10. Countermeasure skinsuits for sensorimotor function and orthostatic intolerance
    Dr Braid MacRae

  11. Skin-Interfaced Wearable Biosensors
    / Prof Wei Gao

  12. Space Habitats, National Space Society of Australia, Women in Space
    / Jannene Kyytsonen 

  13. Exploring our world using earth observation resources from the International Space Station
    Liam Kennedy


  1. Starting Young
    / Ms. Gitika Gorthi

  2. What'll Happen to The Wattle??!
    Jackie Carpenter

  3. Asian Herbs in Space
    Jackie Carpenter

  4. Kibo Robot Programming Challenge
    Jackie Carpenter

  5. Space, STEM and Your Future
    Jackie Carpenter

  6. Remote operation of technology
    Bob Carpenter

  7. Asian Herbs In Space, A student perspective 
    Mrs Katherine Anderson

  8. Jobs of the Future
    Shannon McConnell

  9. Seeds in Space - Cultivating our Survival 
    Mr Murray Henstock

  10. Astrobiology: Embedding STEM in the curriculum
    Dr Catherine Simmonds

  11. Making Space for Diversity
    / Ruth Harrison

  12. Advancing Aerospace Engagement through Collaborative STEM Competitions
    /Gregory E Chamitoff

  13. Living in space sustainably
    Meridith Ebbs

Amazon Web Services

Mani Thiru

APJ Space Industry Development Leader
Aerospace & Satellite Solutions

As the AsiaPacific Business Leader within the Aerospace & Satellite Solutions team at Amazon Web Services, Mani works to enable the space industry to achieve its most ambitious goals through the power of cloud. She is passionate about leveraging transformative services like machine learning, artificial intelligence, high performance computing, satellites & data analytics to improve every aspect of the space enterprise and mission. This entails building innovative partnerships and vibrant connections across private enterprises, public agencies, R&D institutions and start-ups both locally and internationally to deliver outcomes in a range of areas from space enabled agriculture, emergency & disaster management through to defence space, space exploration and earth observation research.

Dr. Julian Sham

Healthcare Lead, Asia Pacific & Japan

Dr. Julian Sham is the Healthcare Lead for Asia Pacific & Japan at Amazon Web Services. He brings more than 32 years of experience in healthcare to these roles, including more than 10 years as a practicing hospital doctor. He is passionate about how healthcare delivery can be augmented through Cloud and Health technologies, improving clinical engagement and stakeholder understanding to accelerate clinical solution design life cycles. For the past 21 years, he has focused on healthcare technology and change management, managing healthcare projects involving IT implementations and clinical transformation across Europe, the United States, and Asia Pacific for both public sector and private organizations. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee for Health Level Seven International (HL7 Singapore)

Daryl Schuck

Principal Business Development Manager
Aerospace and Satellite Solutions


Daryl Schuck started in 1989 at the NASA Johnson Space Center, where he spent 18 years in NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate as an Extravehicular Activity operations specialist, flight controller, and astronaut instructor. He worked on Hubble Space Telescope repair, ISS assembly, and served as an operations liaison to Russia. In 2007, he joined Honeywell Aerospace as part of the engineering team for NASA’s next generation spacesuit, and then as Customer Business Manager for Human Space products. In 2019, he joined Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Business Development manager on the Aerospace and Satellite team, and is focused on helping companies working in Human Space Exploration leverage the cloud to meet their most ambitious goals.  Mr. Schuck has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston, and an MBA from Purdue.