SmartSat CRC Conference 2021

Keynote Speaker: Dr James B. Garvin
Chief Scientist, NASA Goddard Flight Centre

SmartSat CRC hosted its inaugural conference as an online event on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 November 2021.

We welcomed all of our SmartSat CRC partners and participants to celebrate the fantastic work completed so far and to discover more about the journey ahead.

Conference program

The conference was split into two days;

Day 1 featured keynote speaker Dr James B. Garvin; PhD project presentations and career development; as well as showcasing of up-and-coming businesses from the Aurora Space Cluster.

Day 2 highlighted SmartSat’s research and development program – both in progress and future thinking.

Keynote Speaker

Dr James D. Garvin, Chief Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

DAVINCI Mission: A giant leap forward in Venus exploration

Jim Garvin received his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 1984 where his dissertation emphasized the geologic exploration of the surfaces of Venus and Mars.  For the past 36+ years he has served NASA as a scientist in various capacities, including his present role as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s flagship science center (Goddard), as well as a member of the MSL/Curiosity Mars rover and Mars Insight Lander science teams.  He has served NASA Headquarters as a special science advisor for Mars to the Mars Program Director.   In his present capacity, he is helping to plan NASA’s continuing Mars exploration program, catalyze new missions to Mars, Venus, the Moon, and Earth, orchestrate innovative scientific research, and to help integrate human and robotic exploration at the Moon.