From Robots to Rovers ASA
Past Event

Future Forums: From Robots to Rovers, Design for Proxy Space Exploration

Presented by Museums Victoria


Sat 20 May 5:00pm - 6:00pm


Booking required


Scienceworks, Booker Street, Spotswood VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Assistance animals welcome Auslan interpreted

Design is at the centre of humanity’s future exploration of space. Rovers and deep space probes act as proxies for human exploration off earth, enabling us to reach and explore the wild frontiers of our solar system.

How is human-centred design enabling a revolution in unmanned space exploration? What are Australia’s latest advancements in remote controlled and autonomous systems systems that serve as effective human substitutes in space? Dr Alessandra Monerris-Belda, Space Technology Director for Strategy & Integration, Australian Space Agency, shares the Agency’s ground-breaking space programs pushing new boundaries in design of human-proxy exploration.

This event takes place at Scienceworks and will also be streamed online. Book now to attend in person, or online via live-stream. At the conclusion of the panel discussion you have the option to attend a Planetarium show. Book with your ticket.

This event is presented in partnership with the Australian Space Agency.


Dr Alessandra Monerris-Belda, Space Technology Director for Strategy & Integration

Dr Alessandra Monerris Belda is Space Technology Director at the Australian Space Agency and represents Australia at the International Space Exploration Coordination Group. Alessandra leads a team responsible for the development of technical roadmaps, scoping opportunities for Australia to join international projects, and supporting space sciences, space research and space sustainability initiatives.

Prior to this role, Alessandra was satellite operations manager at the Bureau of Meteorology. Alessandra holds a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering and has 15 years’ experience working in several international satellite missions, calibration and validation of sensors, downstream satellite applications and space communications and infrastructure.

Sara James, National Strategy Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

Sara James is National Strategy Director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. Her new role with AmCham follows a distinguished career in journalism. Sara is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist who travelled the globe for NBC News and frequently anchored at the Today Show news desk.

Among her many prestigious awards, Sara earned a New York Festival award for her report on the first woman considered for the US space program. Sara’s featured segment An American in Oz airs fortnightly on ABC News Breakfast. Sara is also a Board Director of Fulbright Australia and the American Australian Association.

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