More than 200 delegates from across the Asia-Pacific region attended the first online International Space University (ISU) Adelaide conference last weekend.
Embodying the theme of “International Collaboration in Asia-Pacific Space Activities”, the program featured a prominent space agency panel representing Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India and the Philippines; a lively discussion on the state of the new space launch industry in the region; as well as industry experts hosting parallel tracks on space topics such as orbital debris, wildfire mitigation, and deep space missions.
Dignitaries included the head of the Australian Space Agency and ISU alumnus, Enrico Palermo who opened the conference, as well as a keynote speech delivered by the Premier of South Australia, The Hon Steven Marshall MP.
While the pandemic restricted the opportunity to hold a physical event, the expansion of the conference being held online facilitated greater diversity and inclusion, attracting wider participation from 35 countries and reflecting ISU’s 3I philosophy. Delegates from India, Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Pacific Islands, and the width of APAC joined; who might otherwise have not been able to attend. Connecting with each other featured prominently throughout the conference in activities such as speed dating and regional networking, allowing the participants to experience similar interactive experiences as in a traditional conference.
The conference concluded with ISU President Juan De Dalmau, joining in from Strasbourg, France followed by in-depth presentations of ISU and its programs as part of the ISU Discovery Day.