for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr today
announced the appointment of UniSA's Professor
Andrew Parfitt to the newly formed Space Industry Innovation Council
Professor Parfitt is the Pro Vice Chancellor of the
Division of Information
Technology, Engineering and the Environment at UniSA.
The announcement was made at UniSA's Mawson Lakes campus where the
Senator had an opportunity to tour UniSA's
Institute for Telecommunications
Established in November 2009 the Space Industry Innovation Council was
created following the Senate Standing Committee on Economics inquiry
into Australia's space science and industry sector.
The foundation of the new Space IIC will help to foster the development
of the space science and industry sector. Its role is to support
Australian innovation which will counter problems associated with
climate change and national security and improve natural resource
management, forestry and agriculture, and disaster management
Professor Parfitt says people might be surprised to know how the space
sector touches almost every aspect of Australian life.
"Australia is reliant on a huge range of space services that include
satellite communications, navigation and positioning systems and earth
observation, supporting areas ranging from environmental management to
emergency response." Professor Parfitt said.
"Despite its importance the sector has remained fragmented and
uncoordinated for many decades.
"The space industry faces a range of challenges and opportunities and
the Space IIC will examine Australia's current civil space activities,
risks and strategic priorities focusing on the areas mentioned with a
view to making the most of the talent and enterprise we have here."
Previously Director of UniSA's Institute for Telecommunications Research
and the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for
Satellite Systems, Prof Parfitt has an international reputation in
satellite communications and space technologies. Professor Parfitt also
chairs the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Radio
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said that the appointment of
Professor Parfitt was further recognition that UniSA was making
substantial contributions to Australia's innovation agenda.
Professor Parfitt's appointment follows on from that of Professor
Caroline McMillen, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation, to
the Automotive Industry Innovation Council in 2009.
Source: University Of South Australia http://www.unisa.edu.au/news/2010/200110.asp