The Fifth Australian Mars Exploration Conference

‘Roving the Red Planet’

19th - 21st August, 2005

Keynote Speaker Call for Papers Registration Program Venue Accommodation Travel Information

The Mars Society Australia will be holding its annual conference AMEC 2005 in Canberra this year, over the weekend of 19th – 21st August, 2005. It will be hosted by the School of Psychology at the Australian National University. The program will include a range of local and international speakers across both days, covering diverse disciplines including geology, astrobiology, psychology/human factors, biomedicine, engineering and robotics. Download a conference poster here.

The keynote speaker for AMEC 2005 will be Professor Steve Squyres. A professor of astronomy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Mr Squyres is a principal investigator for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Missions. Spirit and Opportunity. Along with his work on MER, he is also a co-investigator on the 2003 Mars Express. and 2005 Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter missions, a member of the Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Flight Investigation Team for the Mars Odyssey mission, and a member of the imaging team for the Cassini to Saturn. He will be in Australia promoting his recently published book Roving Mars.

The call for conference papers is now open. This year’s theme, Roving the Red Planet reflects the prime importance of mobility in the exploration of Mars, both now and in the future and MSA’s "Year of the Rover" focus. Overall there will be six themes, you are asked to consider submitting within one of these:

Theme 1 – Technology
Theme 2 – Planetary science and astrobiology
Theme 3 – The human factor
Theme 4 – Analogue studies
Theme 5 – Education and outreach
Theme 6 – Policy and planning

Expressions of interest should be forwarded to Dr. Jonathan Clarke, 02-6292 0969, .



AMEC 2005 Program (85K pdf)

Manning Clark Lecture Theatre,
Australian National University,
Canberra ACT.

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Discount shared accommodation will be available at the Medina Executive James Court serviced apartments, Civic. People should place their bookings directly with Medina Executive James Court (Stacey Dykes (02) 6240 1234) and mention that they are booking under the Mars Exploration Conference. In order to get this heavily discounted rate people need to book before the 19th of July. If people wish to share a room with others, but don't know who to share with, they can contact .

The website for these apartments is (follow the links to James Court).

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