Video Address- Astronaut , Mamoru Mohri, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Director of Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Dr. Mamoru Mohri is Japan’s first Scientist Astronaut, and the first Chief Executive Director of Miraikan-The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Profile Dr. Mohri was born in Hokkaido in 1948, obtained B.Sc and M.Sc at Hokkaido University and Ph.D. in

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Keynote Speaker – Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka

Prof. Nakasuka was born in Osaka in 1961. After graduating from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Tokyo in 1983, and receiving a Ph.D. in Aeronautics in 1988, he joined a computer manufacturer and became involved in research around Artificial Intelligence and automated manufacturing. In 1990, he became a lecturer at

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Moderator – Nicola Sasanelli AM

Chief Executive Officer at The Andy Thomas Space Foundation Nicola graduated from the University of Bari, Italy in 1987 with a degree in Electronic Engineering. He went on to work as a researcher in microelectronics high-reliability components at Tecnopolis S&T Research Centre, Bari before being appointed as Scientific Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in

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Speaker Profile – Prof. Purnendra Jain

Purnendra JAIN is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His main research has focused on contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy. He has also researched and written extensively on Japan-India, Japan-South Asia relations, Australia-Asia relations; regionalism and regional institutions; energy and foreign aid issues, comparative studies

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Speaker Profile – Ryuichi Dunphy

Ryuichi Dunphy is an experienced space systems engineer, project manager and business developer, working for QinetiQ Space nv in Belgium. He works as the lead systems engineer for the Data-Handling Subsystem of the Hera mission, for the European Space Agency, due to launch in November 2024 to investigate the asteroid Didymos. He also leads several

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Iver Cairns – Guest Speaker

Iver Cairns has over 30 years of experience in space physics and space weather research. He is a Co-Investigator on NASA’s STEREO mission and, since June 2019, on NASA’s two new SMEX missions PUNCH and TRACERS. In Australia he led the 2010-2019 Decadal Plan for Australian Space Science. Since then he has worked to “put

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Guest Speaker – Jill Dewey

Jill Dewey is the co-founder and Managing Director of Espy Ocean and has a background in Geographical Ecology and Business development & management. ESpy Ocean is part of the 2022 UniSA Catalyst Venture Space program, a competitive global program which supports space start-up to develop and grow their disruptive ideas and technologies. Topic: Using Novel

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Guest Speaker – Fumiaki TANIGAKI

Fumiaki TANIGAKI is the manager for “Kibo” utilization promotion in the Asia-Pacific region (Senior Engineer) at Kibo Utilization Center of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He has organized many space life science experiments on the Space Shuttle and the “Kibo” Japanese experiment module on the International Space Station (ISS) as a science coordinator. He also

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Guest Speaker – Munetaka Umehara

Munetaka Umehara is a retired Japanese language lecturer, a translator across a broad spectrum of subjects and materials, and a researcher of Japanese arts and culture, both of Japanese folkloric performance traditions and of intersections between cultures at different times in history. A resident in Adelaide since 1993, he is an active contributor to activities

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Guest Speaker – Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson

Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson is Professor of Japanese studies at UNSW Sydney. She is one of the world leaders in Japanese language education, and the recipient of a number of awards, including the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the Nihongo Kyooiku Gakkai, the peak body in her field (2020), Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation (2016), and Citation

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Guest Speaker – Dr Shoko Yoneyama

Dr Shoko Yoneyama, a sociologist, is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies, University of Adelaide. In the field of Japanese Studies, she is the second most cited researcher in Australia, and the seventh worldwide with over 1,100 citations on Google Scholar. She is the author of two books from a leading international publisher (Routledge): 1) Animism

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Guest Speaker -Jasmine Vreugdenburg

As Director of the Innovation & Collaboration Centre at the University of South Australia, Jasmine leads a team that supports the establishment and growth of early stage companies through a variety of supports that combine private and university resources. With more than 20 years of policy and program development experience in innovation and technology transfer,

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