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AIF – Inaugural Italian-Australian Space Forum

November 16 - 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A forum on Space and the bilateral activity between South Australia and Italy – Facilitated by Adj. Professor Nicola Sasanelli AM

This showpiece event is a forum dedicated to space and the bilateral activity between South Australia and Italy. The Australian-Italian Space Forum forms part of the annual Adelaide Italian Festival.

Hosted at Lot Fourteen, the home of the new Australian Space Agency, we will be presenting the very best of Italy in Space here in Australia.

Facilitated by Adj Prof Nicola Sasanelli AM, our night commences with a keynote presentation by Flavia Tata-Nardini of FleetSpace, following a expert panel comprised of Sitael, Leonardo-eGeos, Aizoon, Silentium Defence, CyberOps and Nova System.

Following the forum please join us for a networking event with our leading experts in Stone and Chalk with food and beverages provided by the Marche Club and Serafino Wines.

Please note that this free event is strictly limited with numbers due to COVID-19 so please reserve your spot as soon as you can!


Venue: LotFourteen Auditorium

Date: Monday 16 November

Time: 17.00 pm – 20:00 pm

Facilitator: Adj. Professor Nicola Sasanelli AM, Director Communications & Outreach SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre and Senior Advisor, South Australian Space Industry Centre South Australian Government

4:30pm – Arrival and Check-In

5:00pm – Welcome by Adj. Prof. Nicola Sasanelli AM

5:05pm – Welcome by Adelaide Italian Festival (AIF) Representative

5:10pm – Hon Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia (TBC)

5:20pm – Mr Adriano Stendardo, Consul of Italy in South Australia

5:25pm – Italian space ecosystem and cooperation with Australia – Dr Giorgio Saccoccia – President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI)

5:30pm – Australian Space Activity and the Bilateral cooperation with Italy – Mr Tim Roberts, International and National Engagement, Australian Space Agency

5:40pm – Space, the positive impact upon daily life. From the perspective of earth orbit, satellites provide us with real-time information which impacts on our daily lives.

Keynote Speaker – Flavia Tata Nardini

6:00pm – Panel of space experts – ‘Italian touch in the South Australian space ecosystem’ – Facilitated by Nicola Sasanelli

  • George Coulloupas (Leonardo Australia)
  • Harvey Marcus (Aizoon)
  • Mark Ramsey (Sitael)
  • Adrian Guido (Nova System)
  • Rosa Erasmus (SmartSatCRC)
  • Daniel Floreani (CyberOps)
  • Zandria Farrell (Bureau of Meteorology)
  • Simon Palumbo (Silentium Defence)

6:45pm – Discussion/Conclusions/Remarks

7:00pm – Networking Event, Light Dinner and Refreshments Provided

Aif Inaugural Italian Australian Space Forum


Lot Fourteen
Frome Road, Adelaide, SA 5000
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