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Tuesday 19 February
8 - 10am

Join us for the fourth event in the ignite series to hear from astrophysicists and space technology experts from Swinburne University for a discussion on the burgeoning space industry.

ignite is an exciting new collaboration between Victorian universities, business and government to present world leaders in innovation, new technology development and creativity.

ignite is an exciting and ground breaking collaboration between the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the state's leading universities and the Victorian Government. Bringing together business leaders with universities in bespoke partnerships to research, develop and commercialise innovative products, services, business models and processes.


Space Tech - the new Australian industry

Space is no longer the final frontier but the latest opportunity for our industry, enabling Australia to access global value chains through advanced technology innovation.

What does this truly mean for Victorian businesses? How do you effectively engage in the space technology sector?

Swinburne University is at the forefront of research and development in this field, supporting industry to realise the immense opportunities that space provides to our businesses.

Bernard Meade seeing the big picture

Hidden Universe

Image as seen in the 3D production "Hidden Universe". Hidden Universe is a December Cinema Productions film produced in association with Film Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology, and the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Watch our video showcasing our ignite+RMIT event and view more from our ignite YouTube playlists

Post-event tour

10.30 - 11am
Following the event, attendees can join an exclusive tour of Swinburne's world class facilities. When returning your RSVP, please inform our events team if you would like to participate.

ignite post-event tour


Professor Alan Duffy

Associate Professor Duffy is an astrophysicist at Swinburne University of Technology and Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia. His research involves creating baby universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form and grow within vast halos of invisible dark matter. He then tries to find this dark matter as part of SABRE, the world's first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere at the bottom of the Stawell gold mine. When not exploring the simulated universe you can find him explaining science on ABC Breakfast TV, Catalyst and Ten's The Project.

Professor Matthew Bailes

Professor Matthew Bailes is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) and an ARC Laureate Fellow. He recognised the role supercomputing and big data was about to have in astrophysics as a junior postdoc and accepted Swinburne's invitation to establish the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in 1998. He designs supercomputers to acquire and process the prolific amount of data that is generated by modern radio telescopes, and has been involved in the discovery of many remarkable astrophysical objects that include the Fast Radio Bursts, mysterious cosmic signals that briefly light up the radio sky for just a millisecond and started their long journey to the Earth before it was even created. Most recently he is leading Australia's foray into the new field of gravitational wave astrophysics as the Director of OzGrav. This exciting new field takes the gravitational pulse of the Universe using the most sophisticated listening device ever conceived Advanced LIGO, and witnesses the destruction of pairs of black hole and neutron star binaries in the distant Universe. OzGrav brings this science to the general public using a combination of animations and virtual reality technologies that Professor Bailes will use in his presentation.

Professor Bronwyn Fox

Bronwyn Fox is Director of Swinburne's Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, where her mission is to support transition of Australia’s industries into Industry 4.0 - the fourth industrial revolution. She has demonstrated a sustained commitment to support the growth of the carbon fibre and composite industry in Australia through targeted research and was previously a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University, a core part of a $100 million dollar precinct in Geelong. Leveraging her specific knowledge of materials engineering, Bronwyn builds multidisciplinary teams who work with the manufacturing sector to ensure they are digitally equipped and linked into global supply chains. Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials and has worked extensively with the automotive and aerospace industries globally. She has published more than 170 papers during her career. Bronwyn is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Professor Virginia Kilborn

Professor Virginia Kilborn is a radio astronomer with the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology. Her primary research interests include tracing galaxy evolution by studying the neutral hydrogen gas in galaxies, and she is now working towards preparations for surveys with the next generation radio telescopes, such as the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the SKA. Virginia undertook her PhD studies at the University of Melbourne, and following a post-doc at Jodrell Bank observatory in the UK, she returned to Melbourne to take up an ARC-CSIRO linkage fellowship at Swinburne in 2003. Virginia was deputy director of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing from 2011-2013, and acting director for CAS in 2013. From 2015-2018, Virginia was the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Swinburne. Virginia is an enthusiastic educator and has taught into the Swinburne Astronomy online program since 2006 and first year astronomy classes on campus wince 2014 - as well as undertaking numerous public outreach opportunities. Virginia is active in the Australian Astronomical community and has been chair of the Australia Telescope User Committee, a steering committee member for the Women in Astronomy chapter and is the Immediate Past President of the Astronomical Society of Australia. Virginia is a leader in gender equity initiatives in Swinburne and beyond, chairing the Swinburne astrophysics Equity and Diversity committee since 2013, as a leader of the Swinburne-wide Women’s Academic Network, and as a founder of the Women ATTaining Leadership (WATTLE) program. Virginia is a leader of the SHINE project where high school and university students send experiments to the International Space station.

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO

Professor Kristjanson is Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University. She also Chairs the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Professor Kristjanson is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering. Her academic career spans three decades across Australia, Canada and the United States. Before her current role, Professor Kristjanson was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development at Curtin University (2006-2011). She has an extensive research career in palliative care and was the inaugural Chair of Palliative Care, funded by the Cancer Council of Western Australia (2001-2006).

Professor Kristjanson was a member of the Board of the National Health & Medical Research Council (2003-2006). She has served as Non-Executive Director of a number of boards including the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information and the Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Diseases. In 2002 Professor Kristjanson was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health, science and innovation. She was Chair of AuScope Ltd (2008-2017) and served as Non-Executive Director of AARNET, the Australian Synchrotron Holding Company Ltd., and the International Centre for Radioastronomy Research.

In 2007 she was awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Balfour Mount Professorship in Palliative Medicine. In 2012 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation.

In 2017, Professor Kristjanson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, in honour of distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, contributions to cancer research and palliative care, and to women.

Background: Australia's Space Industry

If you would like to learn more about how your business can use space technology, CSIRO's Space Roadmap provides a comprehensive introduction into the role Australian businesses can play in the industry.

According to CSIRO, the space industry already plays an essential role in the lives of all Australians – "our telecommunications, especially in rural areas, rely on satellite infrastructure. Our industries access accurate satellite images and other data derived from space, our weather forecasts and GPS positioning technologies on our phones rely on space science and space-based infrastructure. The space industry is critical to the way we live our lives."

Australia's space industry is poised for growth thanks to pioneering technology transformation, industry momentum and growing demand for downstream services. This puts Australian business in the box seat to capitalise on these advances in technology to gain a competitive advantage in their marketplaces.

Hidden Universe

Image as seen in the 3D production "Hidden Universe". Hidden Universe is a December Cinema Productions film produced in association with Film Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology, and the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Breakfast at an ignite event

Breakfast and networking opportunities with industry and academic representatives.

Engaging speakers

Engaging speaker presentations from experts in topics like materials science, AI and sport science.

Post-presentation Q&A panel

Post-presentation Q&A panel, allowing audience members to dig deeper into the opportunities presented.

State of the art venues

Engaged audience members exploring new opportunities while enjoying state-of-the-art venues like the MCG.

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Swinburne University of Technology
Victoria State Government
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