Professor Dale Stephens participated in a panel at the recent Australian Youth Aerospace Association Conference held in Canberra on July 18. The Conference attracted young Aerospace Professionals (including Engineers, Scientists, Economists, Lawyers, Archeologists and Ethicists) from around Australia and brought together representatives from Academia, Government and Private Industry to discuss issues related to aerospace. The Conference is co-sponsored by King and Wood Mallesons (KWM) who coordinated this particular panel and Adelaide Law School Graduate Ms Prue Buckland (now of KWM in Sydney) was a driving force in its conception and success. The Panel comprised leaders in Engineering, Science and Ethics and discussed inter-disciplinary approaches to space activity in Australia and focussed on what opportunities were available for young graduates across all disciplines. The Panel was expertly led by KWM Partner Ms Annabel Griffin and discussion ranged across all areas of inter-disciplinary practice and how communication between disciplines in the space field (for example between Engineering and Law) could be better tackled. Questions ranging from the benefit of joint degrees, the challenges and opportunities of space start ups, the potential misalignment between legal regulation and engineering ambition and the virtues of private industry and academic partnership in research were all covered. Questions were fielded from the very active audience and time simply ran out before they could all be addressed. There was impressive representation from young professionals from South Australia and the SA Chapter of the AYAA website is found here:https://ayaa.com.au/content/south-australian-ayaa-chapter.
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