Published on: 1 November 2018

Selected boys from Years 10 and 11 had the opportunity to attend the Indo-Pacific in Space Conference held at Optus Stadium this month, highlighting the incredible science, research and innovations required to underpin the newly formed Australian Space Agency.

As well as politicians, eminent professors and leaders in their fields, the boys were exposed to many speakers committed to making Western Australia the home of the Australian Space Agency and associated industries.

This year’s conference focused on The Zone Above: The Indo-Pacific Era in Space, bringing together experts from across the region for a thought-provoking discussion on Australia’s strategy to work with its Indo-Pacific partners to secure space, maintain the space environment and enhance earth observation capabilities.

Head of Science Mr Edward Hogg said, “The jobs of the future require many different and innovative skills which at Christ Church we incorporate into every day learning.”

“The future appears both rich and rewarding, and there has never been a more important time to prepare for a future with so many new possibilities.”

Attendee Matthew Darley (Year 11) commented, “The conference offered a new perspective on how I perceive space, especially in areas of environmental consideration and the legal aspects of orbiting objects.”

“It surprised me how space is becoming a more significant industry, and there are many rising private endeavours for space, rather than just government-run programs. It was a unique experience, and my knowledge of plans for the future in space has been greatly increased!”

Distinguished guests at this year’s conference included The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, The Hon. Julie Bishop MP and Senator the Hon Penny Wong.