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The 10th Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC 2010), will be held in Melbourne in on the weekend of 9th-11th July of this year. Anyone from the research community through to the interested member of the public is welcome to attend. The weekend will commence with a free public lecture on the evening of Friday the 9th July (details to be announced shortly), with a full programme of presentations throughout the weekend. A fabulous conference banquet will be held at Melbourne's landmark Young and Jackson's Hotel on Saturday evening (booking essential). Conference registration will include lunch on both days. What a bargain! Visit our Facebook Event page. Bookmark and Share


A draft conference program is now available here. You can register online for the conference and banquet, or or by downloading a postal registration form. Last minute registration for the conference will be available on the day, but we need to receive banquet registrations by Wednesday 7th of July. Single day registration is also available.


The conference will open on the evening of Friday 9th July with a free public lecture by Dr Adrian Brown and Dr Jennifer Heldmann of NASA Ames, beginning at 6.30pm. Their presentations will include updates on the LCROSS lunar mission and on data collected by the CRISM instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, as well as advice for applicants for the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize. Download a lecture tour flyer.

Dr. Adrian Brown is a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA. He is a graduate from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University, where he worked on mapping hydrothermal systems in the 3.5 billion year old rocks of the Pilbara in Western Australia. Adrian is currently working on the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer (CRISM) on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Dr Jennifer Heldmann is a research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center. She obtained her PhD from University of Colorado, where she studied the nature of gully features on Mars. She is currently working on the Lunar CROSS Mission, which impacted the Moon on the 9th October 2009 in search of water in the Moon's poles. Jennifer is a graduate and former staff member of the NASA Ames Academy.


A draft conference program may be downloaded here and the three day schedule includes a full tour of VSSEC's facilities. Confirmed speakers include the following ...

  • Dr Jennifer Heldmann, NASA Ames Research Center
    'Studies of Buried Snow and Ice Deposits in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica as a Mars Analog'

  • Michael Paine, Planetary Society Volunteers
    'Potential for Microbe Colonisation of Mars by Rocks Launched into Space by the Chicxulub Impact'

  • Dr Kimberley Clayfield, Executive Manager, CSIRO Space Sciences and Technology, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
    'An Overview of CSIRO’s Space Activities'

  • Dr Adrian Brown, NASA Ames Research Center
    'Mars Science Laboratory Mission and the Search for Carbonates and Methane on Mars'

  • Dr Jonathan Clarke, Mars Society Australia
    'Mars Desert Research Station Crew 92 mission Report'

  • Dr James Waldie, Mars Society Australia
    'An Intravehicular Skinsuit to Reduce Bone Loss on Long Duration Spaceflight'

  • Guy Murphy, Mars Society Australia
    'The Mars Art of Chesley Bonestell'


The conference banquet will be held in the function room on the first floor of the iconic Young and Jackson's Hotel (Y&J's) on the evening of the 10th July. A three-course meal will be served, commencing at 8pm. Dress will be smart casual to semi-formal. Advance booking is essential - bookings can be made using the conference registration form. (Y&J's is located on the south-west corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, opposite Flinders Street Railway Station and diagonally opposite Federation Square.)


Victoria Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC)

Strathmore Secondary College
Pasco Vale Road
Victoria 3041

Download this printable 2 page map showing how to get to the conference and banquet venues. (Alternatively, see for road directions, or Google Maps for the location). For information on public transport in the Melbourne metropolitan region visit METlink. VSSEC may be reached by catching a Craigieburn line train from central Melbourne to either Strathmore or Pascoe Vale stations. From there it is only a short walk to the conference venue.


Some useful travel links for online booking of airfares are:
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Melbourne has a large number of hotels in the central and inner city for conference registrants to choose from. Some reasonably priced hotels within the CBD with easy access to public transport for getting to the conference and banquet venues include the following:

City Limits Hotel, 20-22 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne -
City Square Motel, 67 Swanston Street, Melbourne -
Victoria Hotel, 215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne -
Melbourne Hotel Enterprise, 44 Spencer Street, Melbourne -

Studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments are also available in Essendon at
Punt Hill Apartment Hotels, 1142 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon - (State that you are attending an event at VSSEC at the time of booking for a special VSSEC rate.)