Space Industry and the STEM Workforce

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Rapid Response Information Reports 2021

Rapid Response Information (RRI) Reports are prepared on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council (the Council) to deliver timely responses on specific questions raised by the Australian Government.

Introduced as part of the Council’s refreshed Terms of Reference, the reports provide a more responsive mechanism for Ministers to access science and technology advice in a consistent and policy relevant manner.

Latest Rapid Response reports:

  • Space Industry and the STEM workforce
  • What are the growth areas in domestic STEM skills to support jobs in the space industry, and how can these be addressed by the tertiary (university and relevant VET) sector?

ASBX2021: Meet our Speakers!

Registrations (free) are open for ASBX2021 – the 3rd Australian Space Health x Biology Summit ( Secure your spot now! This virtual Summit will feature an unmissable line-up of both local and international presenters and panellists (recordings will be availabe for registered participants). Meet some of them below:

Space Analogue – Human Ready

Dr Graziella Caprarelli (UniSthnQld): Comparing Planetary Environments for Human Exploration

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

Myles Harris (UCL): Space health and disaster risk reduction

Thomas Mueller (German-AusCIC): TBA

Don’t forget if you are able to sponsor us, all funds will go towards a Christmas drive for children with cancer so no $$$ is too small or too big. Make a difference today.

ASBX2021 – Meet our Speakers

Registrations are open for ASBX2021 – the 3rd Australian Space Health x Biology Summit ( Secure your spot now! The Summit will feature an unmissable line-up of both local and international presenters and panellists. Meet some of them below:

Space Femtech – Disrupting “Humans in Space”

Prof. Julie Hides (Griffith Uni): Parallels between musculoskeletal reconditioning of astronauts and terrestrial populations

Dr Rosemary Craig (Rapair): Wound Repair in Space

Dr Shawna Pandya (IIAS): Space Medicine on the Moon, Mars & Beyond

Dr Chandana Unnithan (Torrens Uni): Space Technologies in Public Health Management

ASBX2021 – Meet our Speakers

Registrations are open for ASBX2021 – the 3rd Australian Space Health x Biology Summit ( Secure your spot now! The Summit will feature an unmissable line-up of both local and international presenters and panellists. Meet some of them below:

Women in Space Health – Disrupting “Humans in Space”

Dr Rowena Christiansen (UniMelb): Space Tourism – Risk and Reward

Dr Dorit Donoviel (TRISH): Space Health on Missions Near and Far

Claudia Kessler (Astronautin GmbH): More women to space for the future of Earth

Dr Annalea Beattie (RMIT Uni): Art, institutions and healthy extraterrestrial communities

ASBX2021 STEAM Competitions

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Call for competition entries!

The ASBX team is proud to present an exciting opportunity for young people and students interested in space exploration. This year we are providing three engaging competitions for students and young people from 3 years upwards so all students and young researchers have a chance to participate and get involved. These competitions are interdisciplinary, (comma) and promote education in the fields of space and S.T.E.A.M.: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Students can get involved in one or all of our competitions: Space StorySpace Art, or present their own research project at our conference this year!

For more information, and to see each of our competitions and abstract submission information, please visit our website at

The deadlines will range from 15 October – 1 November 2021, depending on category.

Space Story: Creative Writing Competition

You can pick a category from space governance,  space biology + health and space technology, and the question you want to answer. Come up with the most creative, logical, or funniest answer you can think of in 500 words! Please visit:

Space Art: Art Competition

You can submit any piece of art or design that is space-themed. In particular, we have a special challenge to create a “patch” with a focus on landing back on the Moon, so if you have any great patch ideas for a Moon Mission we want to see it! 

Please visit:

Young Investigators in Space STEAM

Student and Young Researcher Presentations

Calling all Young Space Investigators! Do you have a space- related research, art based, or engineering based project you want to share at an international conference with space agencies, astronauts, scientists, engineers, and more? 

Please visit:

Good Luck to everyone, we are looking forward to your entries! 

From the ASBX Team

The Space Show – “Risk and Rewards: The Dawning of a New Era of Commercial Spaceflight”

This coming Saturday August 14th at 12:00 CEST, join Dr Mindy Howard of Inner Space Training and Blue Abyss, Dr Dorit Donoviel, Executive Director of TRISH, our Founder, Dr Rowena Christiansen, and the Founder of the Space Show, Thi Hien Nguyen, for a fascinating panel discussion about the new era of commercial spaceflight.

Register free for your ticket at:

AIAA Adelaide Professionals Chapter: Experiences from Industry – Space Medicine

This coming Saturday 7 August, join our founder Dr Rowena Christiansen, Dr Alicia Tucker and final year medical student Vienna Tran to hear them talking about their careers and journeys into the area of space medicine. Come along to hear three (hopefully fascinating) stories about what inspired them and the paths that they have taken to reach their current waypoints. Many thanks to the AIAA Adelaide Chapter for the kind invitation! 😊

This is a free event – register through Eventbrite:

Australian Space Biology x Health Summit, 16-19 November 2021

Last year the ad astra vita project’s inaugural Space Health Symposium proved to be a great success, and this year we are very proud to be part of the Australian Space Biology x Health Summit, ASBX2021 – Human Future.

The Summit will be held from 16-19 November 2021. It will be free and a hybrid format, with a mixture of pre-recorded presentations and live panels. It is also hoped to begin the conference with an in-person day in Sydney.

The ASBX 2021 is the world’s largest space biology x health summit that will focus on key areas of human biology and health. The Summit brings together the world’s finest minds in space biology and health development to speak on these cutting-edge topics.  This year we have partnered with the Australian Space Health Symposium to present ASBX 2021. We are here to help researchers, business professionals, and government agencies to understand, identify and stay informed to deliver truly effective solutions for space.”

The Summit will not only include space biology and health, but also space governance. technologies and the space economy. It promises a fantastic mixture of speakers and presentations.

To register for the Summit and to subscribe to the newsletter, visit this link. Updates will be released via the newsletter, and will be sent to all registrants.

ABSX 2021″ “Human Future” – the website is live!

We are proud to announce that the website for ASBX 2021: “Human Future”, is now live! The Third Australian Space Biology x Health Summit will be held from 16-19 November 2021 as a free hybrid event.

Visit the website to learn more, register for online and/or in-person attendance (one day event), or to consider sponsorship of the Summit‘s Christmas charity drive to provide space-themed LEGO sets for children in hospital.

ASBX 2021: Human Future