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Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS)

The Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) series is a technology foresighting program under the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

It is designed to consider an emerging science and technology topic that will likely have a major impact – transformational or disruptive – for the Defence or National Security domains in the 20+ year timeframe.

DST partners with universities and industry to co-host these events, which are typically a mix of leading-edge presentations, thought-provoking workshops and keynote presentations.

DST is seeking an academic partner to co-host the next EDTAS symposium on space technologies.

EDTAS on space technologies

The EDTAS on Space Technologies will be held in the week beginning 4 March 2019 at a venue to be decided.

Through this symposium, DST is looking to bring together internationally recognised academic, industry and Defence leaders in a multi-disciplinary workshop environment over two days to explore and shape the long-term vision for space technologies.

The symposium will seek to understand Australia's strategic needs, current technology capabilities and future technology development landscape and directions. Research drivers, challenges and opportunities around the following four themes will be explored:

  • Advanced space launch technologies
  • Space sensors and communications technologies
  • Comprehensive space domain awareness
  • Technologies supporting space capabilities

The symposium will explore this expansive field from multiple perspectives in order to understand the application and implications for the national security domain.

The role of the academic partner

As it has done for previous EDTAS events, DST is seeking an Australian academic partner to jointly host the EDTAS on space technologies.

The academic partner must be a participant in the Defence Science Partnership program and must have established research programs in space capabilities.

The EDTAS academic partner will:

  • Co-host the event
  • Coordinate academic participation with internationally recognised leading researchers from institutions across Australia
  • Organising and sponsor a student innovation session aimed at potential concepts and ideas. 

The academic partner is also required to:

  • acess high level conference facilities to cater for up to 100 participants in a cabaret-style format (essential);
  • identify a thought leader at professorial level and a post-doctoral researcher to provide operational support in partnership with DST;
  • indicate how this EDTAS could tie into other space-related activities conducted by the university; and
  • identify appropriate nearby accommodation available for national and international guests.

Proposals are to be submitted by COB 9 November 2018.

Further information

Further details are available in the attached Call for academic partner.

For more information and to obtain an application pack for your institution, please email


Key information

Call for academic partner | Space technologies
Closing date: 9 November 2018


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