15th Australian Space Research Conference


UNSW Canberra at ADFA, Northcott Drive, Canberra

9.00am to 5.00pm

The Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC), was formerly known as the Australian Space Science Conference.
It is intended to be the primary annual meeting for Australian research relating to space research. The ASRC is jointly sponsored and organised by the National Space Society of Australia (NSSA) and the National Committee for Space and Radio Science (NCSRS) - formerly the National Committee for Space Science (NCSS).


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The conference in 2015 will have 9 plenary talks and 3 parallel streams with the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) workshop running as a separate stream on day 2.
Poster sessions will be held on days 1 and 3 of the conference and will overlap with the lunch break.

The plenary speakers for the conference are:

  • Professor Russell Boyce (UNSW Canberra) : "Near-Earth Space Physics : the science to underpin Space Situational Awareness"
  • Professor Iver Cairns (University of Sydney) : "Solving the 'Type II Solar Radio Burst Problem' and Predicting Space Weather"
  • Dr Grant Hausler (Geoscience Australia) : "GNSS Activities in Australia - Strengthening Capability and Resilience"
  • Dr Gail Higginbottom (Australian National University, University of Adelaide) : "Origins of Standing Stone Astronomy in Britain"
  • Dr Ed Kruzins (CSIRO, Canberra DSCC) : "Options for Australian Payloads and Cubesats with NASA"
  • Dr Naomi Mathers (Australian National University, AITC) : "The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC): A National Facility Supporting Astronomy and Space Activities in Australia".
  • Professor Fred Menk (University of Newcastle): "Magnetoseismology: Ground-based remote sensing of Earth's magnetosphere"
  • Professor Ross Taylor (Australian National University) : "Why can't a planet be more like a star"
  • Professor Martin van Kranendonk (UNSW, ACA) : "Early Earth and the making of Mankind: Astrobiology in our own backyard"

The 2015 conference program is now available for each day of the conference (13/9/15). You can download a PDF version here.


Professor Harry Messel (former University of Sydney, Head of the School of physics 1952-1987) was a giant of the Australian academic world and champion of science where he ran the International Science School for gifted secondary school students for many years (
refer to link). Professor Brian O’Brien (University of Western Australia) will be presenting a lecture in his honour on day 2 of the conference.