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[CLOSED]Perth Sundowner – part of Advancing Earth Observation Mini Forum 21

August 25, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

To wrap up the virtual Mini Forum held by Earth Observation Australia, The Australian Space Data Analysis Facility is holding the AEO Mini Forum Perth Sundowner Event on the 25th August 2021.

Enjoy a night of networking and intriguing discussion topics around earth observation such as possible opportunities, emerging trends, transitioning into the space sector, and more from our esteemed panel of speakers.

Refreshments will be provided during the event.

Attendees are capped at 55 people.


Katherine Zdunic

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Katherine leads the Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Program at the Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. There has been an explosion of EO applications in the conservation area over the last 10 years driven by the availability of analysis ready data, maturity in algorithms, improved field data capture including with drones and greater computing resources. We put these tools to use in providing information and knowledge for decision making, monitoring and reporting in diverse habitats across marine, native vegetation, fire, plantations and wetlands.




Dr Sharyn Hickey

University of Western Australia

Dr Sharyn Hickey is a Lecturer, spatial modeller, and remote sensing scientist in The UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, and The UWA Oceans Institute. She is a Principal Investigator on the IOMRC ICoAST (Integrated Coastal and Sensor Technology) project, that is developing and applying earth observation data and methods to improve the current understanding of ecological and physical processes in the marine and coastal environment. She has a strong interest in the role of spatial data for blue carbon habitats and abatement projects, with ongoing research projects nationally and internationally that aim to develop the spatial ecological knowledge of these environments. Dr Hickey teaches postgraduate units that combine concepts and real-world scenarios to ensure students are empowered to apply their knowledge and skills in GIS and remote sensing upon completion.



Dr Rory Donnelly

NGIS EO Data Science

Dr. Rory Donnelly has a rich experience in a range of geospatial and satellite-derived service sectors, having worked in upstream processing, downstream services and consulting in Australia, France, UK and Belgium in the air quality, renewable energy and marine conservation fields. Most recently Rory was representing the European EO sector at the European Association for Remote Sensing Companies, promoting the sector around the world in collaboration with the Copernicus office. Rory has returned to Australia this year to lead the NGIS EO Data Science team, delivering a range of EO powered solutions to industry, government and NFPs.




Katarina Miljkovic

Curtin University

Katarina Miljkovic works as an Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Planetary Science and the Space Science and Technology Centre at Curtin University. Katarina is a planetary scientist with expertise in numerical and experimental impact physics. She is also involved with data analysis from space missions, including NASA InSight and previously NASA GRAIL mission. Katarina’s research focuses on understanding of geophysics of planetary bodies, including the Earth. Katarina was 2018 Australian L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science fellow and 2019 WA Tall Poppy Young Scientist of the Year. She is a newly minted ARC Future Fellow.




Dr. Matthew Adams



Dr. Matthew Adams is the Manager Imagery within Location Services at Landgate. The Imagery section at Landgate is responsible for the delivery of aerial photography and satellite imagery to support a wide array of government and community services including high resolution mapping in cities and townsites and the provision of satellite-derived data and information systems for agriculture/natural resource uses as well as emergency management systems. Among the latter is Aurora, Western Australia’s endorsed bushfire spread simulator that combines the latest satellite and weather information with the latest fire spread models to assist emergency services with active fire management.


Doors open at 4:00PM

4:00PM – 4:45 PM – Registration and networking on arrival

4:45PM-5:00PM – Welcome, Acknowledgement of Country, and Opening Remarks

5:00PM-6:00PM – Facilitated conversation and panel discussion

6:00-6:45PM – Networking

7:00 PM – End



August 25, 2021
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm




Old Perth Boys School
139 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia 6000 Australia
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