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The 2nd Australian Mars Exploration Conference

University of Sydney - Faculty of Engineering - July 12-14, 2002

Introduction - Abstracts - Program  - Registration Open  - Airfares - Accommodation - Sponsors - Exhibition Area - Media Centre

AMEC 2002 Abstracts

The abstracts of the papers presented at AMEC2002 "Exploring the Red Planet" are now available to view online. Click here to view the catalog of these documents.


Mars Society Australia will be holding its annual conference - the Australian Mars Exploration Conference - in Sydney on July 12-14, 2002. Conference proceedings will take place at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.  Apollo 17 astronaut and geologist Dr. Harrison Schmitt will speak at a gala dinner to be held at the Corus Hotel Sydney on Friday 12 July and open our conference on the morning of Saturday 13 July. AMEC 2002 will draw together some of Australia's leading scientists and engineers and provide the general public with an interest in Mars exploration, research or science the chance to learn of the latest activities in Australia and overseas. The theme of the conference is: "Exploring the Red Planet".

The full conference program has been released. Keynote speakers will include:

  • Apollo 17  Astronaut Dr. Harrison Schmitt, University of Wisconsin 
  • NASA's Dr. Everett Gibson (Johnson Space Center) 
  • Nigel Henbest & Heather Couper, authors of Mars: The Inside Story of the Red Planet 
  • Emeritus Professor Stuart Ross Taylor, Department of Geology, Australian National University - "Formation & Crustal Evolution of Mars" 
  • Dr Maurice Castro, Software Engineering Research Centre, RMIT University - "Information Technology Support for Mars Research Missions" 
  • Professor David Green, Department of Geology, Australian National University 
  • Professor Rod Boswell, Space Plasma & Plasma Processing, RSPhySE, Australian National University - "To Mars and Beyond: Plasma Thrusting into the Future" 
  • Dr Rob Hart, Department of Medical Imaging Science, Curtin University of Technology - "Musculoskeletal Deconditioning in Space" 
  • Conference tracks will include:
    • Understanding Mars - Lessons Learnt from the Past 
    • Advancing Exploration of the Red Planet
    • Building a Mars Analogue Base
    • Getting to Mars
    • Social/Religious Implications of Mars Exploration
    • Mars - The Human Dimension
    • Suiting Up for Mars
    • Communications Issues
    • Robotics and Engineering Challenges on Mars
    Other activities include:
    • Discussion Panel: Lessons for Mars Missions from Apollo - Featuring scientists who analyzed the original lunar samples
    • 'An Evening with an Apollo Astonaut" - A Gala 3 course dinner with Dr Harrison Schmitt
    • Workshops on Mars related issues covering numerous disciplines plus more!

    Registration is now OPEN!

    Registration Fees are as follows:
    Full - $85
    MSA Member - $65
    Student Concession - $65
    MSA Member & Student Concession - $50

    If you wish to make a last minute registration please email Michael West with your name, contact details and registration type. 

    For last minute bookings for the Harrison Schmitt gala dinner please call 0421 062 650 and leave your name, phone number and the number of tickets you require. 

    MSA members registering for AMEC should note they are also eligible for a special discount rate to attend the 7th Australian Space Development Conference (ASDC) and 2nd Australian Space Science Workshop (ASSW), which are being held in Sydney, 15-17 July and are organised by the NSSA. A flat registration rate of A$75 is available, which entitles members to attend all conference sessions, and includes morning and afternoon tea. Subject to availability they would also be entitled to a conference satchel. (All meal functions can be registered for separately for an additional charge per event.)

    For more information concerning the Australian Space Development Conference click here


    We are pleased to announce that Qantas has been appointed official airline for AMEC 2002. As a special conference fare has been negotiated for AMEC delegates, we suggest you contact Qantas Association Sales (details below) to avail yourself of this offer.

    A discount of up to 40%* off the full economy airfare (excluding taxes) at the time of booking has been negotiated for this conference. These discounts are valid on *Qantas domestic scheduled services subject to group class availability at the time of booking. Should the *40% discount economy fare not be available on a required flight, the fare may be upgraded to the next available economy class conference fare ie: 30% and 10% discounts.

    The Qantas Association Sales telephone number for Australian delegates is: TOLL FREE: 1800 684 880. Please quote your , which is "2936911" and destination and date of conference when making your reservation. Please note that the applicable discount is available for domestic travel within Australia only and is subject to payment & ticketing conditions. International delegates can contact their local Qantas office for the best available fare of the day.

    Note: Conference Airfares are not available on Qantaslink (Sunstate Airlines) to/from the following ports: Thursday Island, Whitsunday Connections (South Molle, Daydream, Shute Harbour, Hayman Island).

    Qantas is proud to be a part of AMEC 2002 and know that you will enjoy flying with them!


    The official hotel for AMEC 2002 will be the Corus hotel Sydney.

    The hotel has an ideal city location within easy walking distance of all major tourist attractions, including the Rocks and Circular Quay, shopping, restaurants, theatre and the commercial districts, the hotel has a range of amenities including 268 bedrooms, 'Features' Restaurant, Lobby bar, Gymnasium, 50 parking spaces.

    We have negotiated a special rate on hotel rooms for our delegates and speakers as follows:

    • $154.00 Single Executive Deluxe Room including Fully Cooked Breakfast in Features Restaurant 
    • $165.00 Double Executive Deluxe Room including Fully Cooked Breakfast in Features Restaurant 
    • $132.00 Executive Deluxe Room (Room only) 
    Terms & Conditions: The above rates all include GST & rates are only valid by booking direct to the hotel and are not commissionable.

    For bookings, contact:
    Penny Crewe, Sales Executive,
    Corus hotel Sydney,
    Ph: (61 2) 9274 1319,
    Email: pcrewe@corushotels.com.au


    We would like to thank the following generous sponsors of AMEC 2002:

    For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael West.

    Exhibition Area

    There will be limited space available for display of material and information to delegates during AMEC 2002. Please contact Michael West for information on prices and availability.

    Media Centre

    A limited number of media passes to AMEC2002 will available. Please contact Jennifer Laing (m. 0417 135 113) for more details. Download the conference media release here.

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