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An Invitation to Australia Russell Boyce, Chair COSPAR 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As Chair and on behalf of the Local Organising Committee of COSPAR 2020, it is my great pleasure to extend an open invitation to you to attend COSPAR 2020, to be hosted in Sydney Australia.

Sydney, Australia, is one of the world’s most picturesque cities. Surrounded by a majestic Harbour and scattered with beaches, national parks and green areas, this is a city that entices you to explore. The majestic Sydney Harbour is best experienced by travelling on one of the many ferries or water taxis. Sydney is rich in history and it is recommended to lose yourself in the cobbled streets of the Rocks district and learn about the area’s rich heritage at one of the cities fantastic cultural institutions.

Stylish, artistic Sydney is a city that’s both dynamic and cosmopolitan and proud of its place as Australia’s most recognisable international city.

The Mission of COSPAR is first and foremost Service to the International Space Science Community, in their pursuit of a vibrant international space research effort, conducted without impediment from geopolitical tensions or differences. The space science community, in turn, is dependent upon the space programs of their nation or region and thus the Mission of COSPAR includes Service to Developed Space Programs and Service to Developing Space Programs.  This is particularly relevant to Australia, as we embark on the process of establishing an Australian Space Agency to grow and mature Australian space industry supported by space research and innovation.

The Assembly represents the next significant aiming point for Australia to showcase our space sector growth, with particular emphasis on research and innovation to support industry and world class space science, in the context of what by then will be a young but rapidly maturing Australian Space Agency.  Australian space activities will be showcased to the world of space research. This will lead to strengthening existing and growing new ties between Australia and international partners, resulting in collaborations and partnerships that will assist both the innovation and industry parts of the sector.

We have confirmation National Science Week will be hosted 17 – 21 August 2020.  The timing and location of COSPAR 2020 in National Science Week in Australia provides an opportunity for the Australian government to present a report card to the international space sector on the early activities of the Agency and to make new and significant announcements.

The theme of the 2020 Assembly is Connecting Space Research for Global Impact and Australia stands to use the Assembly to help deliver such impact at a time when the Australian Space Agency is gathering momentum.

We look forward to connecting with the space research community over the coming two years and eagerly await your involvement and participation in COSPAR 2020.

Koala Competition

In the lead up to COSPAR 2020 the Organising Committee and its ambassadors will be distributing koalas worldwide.

Where are all the koalas going? We would like to find out…

Email your image of the COSPAR 2020 Koala Mascot, to and go into the draw to win a complimentary full delegate registration including the Assembly dinner and five night’s accommodation at a fabulous Assembly Hotel Park Royal, Darling Harbour.

Total prize value $3,500.

To enter simply photograph your clip on koala in a fun, creative or exotic/interesting location and email it together with the following details by 31 December 2019.

Each entry must include:

  1. A photograph
  2. Name of the location
  3. Brief caption, and
  4. Name, address, phone number and email address of entrant. (you can do this by registering your expression of interest)

We’ll be handing out more koalas at upcoming COSPAR events in the lead up to the Assembly – so be sure to look out for us.

Good luck!

Please read the Conditions of Entry prior to uploading your entry.


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ICC Sydney is at the heart of its very own Sydney harbour waterfront precinct, set amongst restaurants, retail and a vibrant public domain on Darling Harbour yet only a moment’s walk to Australia’s largest CBD, Barangaroo, local universities, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Sydney Opera House.

The venue is an easy walking distance from a range of accommodation options which will be available to delegates to book at the time of registering for the Conference.

COSPAR 2020 Secretariat

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Managing Director
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