EdTechPosium is delighted to welcome Dr Brad Tucker from the Australian National University as the conference dinner speaker.

Image of Dr Brad TuckerBrad Tucker is an Astrophysicist/Cosmologist, at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt. Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University. He is currently trying to discover the true nature of dark energy, the mysterious substance causing the accelerating expansion of the Universe.  He is the lead of the Kepler Extra-Galactic Survey, which uses the Kepler Space Telescope to understand why and how stars blow up and the search to discover Planet 9 – a proposed new planet in our Solar System.  He is also leading a project to build a network of telescopes that will float on balloons.

Brad frequently gives talks to school groups and the public about Astronomy and has regular segments on radio and TV stations, such as channel 7’s Sunrise and Morning Show, and ABC’s 7:30 Report.  Brad has also developed a series of Astronomy coins with the Australian Mint and consulted on science fiction movies such as Alien: Covenant.  He is currently in the process of writing his first popular-level science book and developing a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)s.


Dinner Keynote: Space Race 2.0

Space exploration is happening at a rapid pace. Missions, projects, and events that are now happening were not even on the radar a few years ago. From private space travel and Hollywood movies, to building satellites to detect fires and searching for life in the Solar System, we’ll see what is happening in space. There are huge changes occurring with wide- ranging implications in law, policy, international relations, economics, and even the way we live. We’ll see what role Australia is playing and what it means for us over the next decade.

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