We're tackling the big questions

It's been 50 years since Australia helped NASA transmit images of humankind's first steps on the moon to more than 600 million people around the world. Communicating with the Apollo 11 spacecraft and sharing news of this 'giant leap' was made possible by the technology and teams at NASA's Honeysuckle Creek tracking station near Canberra and CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope. It was an historic event and a proud moment for Australia’s Astronomy and Space Research community.

As we celebrate the past we also look to the future. A new era of exploration is upon us; a new frontier.

Two astronauts on Mars

  • What will space exploration look like in 20 years' time?
  • Will we revisit the Moon?
  • Will we colonise Mars?
  • What do we need to get there?
  • And how does space exploration help us here on Earth?

As part of the exciting line up at Vivid Sydney, we have four amazing speakers who will be sharing their unique experiences and insights into where this new age of space exploration might take us next. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your mind transported to galaxies far far away.


  • Free

Event date: 26May 2019

Sunday 26 May 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

  • 11.00am - 12.30pm

Level 6 Terrace Entrance (Circular Quay West Side), Sydney NSW
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Vivid Sydney 2019

New Horizons: The New Frontier

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Sunday, 26 May 11am - 12.30pm, FREE

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Dr Sarah Pearce


Dr Sarah Pearce, Deputy Director CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

Dr Pearce leads CSIRO’s involvement with the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, and CASS’s new Space Research Programme. This includes the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation and CSIRO’s share of our new national facility, the NovaSAR satellite, which provides Australia with cutting-edge geo-spatial data.

Professor Paulo de Souza


Professor Paulo de Souza, Science Leader CSIRO’s Data61

At CSIRO, Dr Paulo de Souza is leading research on micro-sensor technologies and systems. A physicist and miniaturisation expert, Dr de Souza is recognised internationally in field robotics, geochemistry and environmental engineering. He is a collaborating scientist on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, which landed and operates two large robots, Spirit and Opportunity, on the surface of Mars.

Milica Symul


Milica Symul, Managing Director Australian National University Institute for Space

Milica’s expertise is demonstrated nationally and internationally managing large scientific portfolios. This includes leading direction and management of: business strategies, business development, financial investment portfolios, facility operations, human and capital resources, contract compliance and advancement and outreach.

Karl Rodrigues


Karl Rodrigues, Executive Director International and National Engagement, Australian Space Agency

Karl develops relationships with International Space Agencies and engages with Australian industry, start-ups, domestic agencies, research institutions and governments to help grow the Australian space sector. Karl has over 25 years’ experience in innovation, venture investment, research, development and commercialisation of technology.

Facilitated by:

Dr Tim Parsons


Dr Tim Parsons, Co-founder, Executive Director for Delta-V NewSpace Alliance

Tim works across space tech, deep tech and media tech entrepreneurial systems. Founding CEO of NewSpace startup hub Delta-V, he is also a passionate believer that Australia can leapfrog to a leadership position of the fast-growing global space industry.

Science areas: Astronomy

Event type: Public seminar