Astronomy and Gravitational Wave Commercialisation Workshop

21 November 2023
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“The astronomy community must work in partnership with industry to realise its vision”

– Decadal plan for Australian astronomy (2016-2025)


AAL proudly presents a new series of semi-regular astronomy and gravitational wave commercialisation workshops. They will aim to bring researchers, industry and government together to find ways to increase the commercial benefit from technology and IP rich fields of research. The first workshop in the series was held on Tuesday 21 November at Mount Stromlo (in the Duffield Lecture theatre) and included a tour of the AITC labs. The workshop was preceded by an informal “mixer” event on the evening of Monday 20 November.

See here for slides from Monday night’s event and Tuesday’s presentations.


Why are we doing this?

There are considerable barriers to getting research IP out of astronomy departments and into commercial application, and to Australian business participating in opportunities presented by Big Science. Success happens in isolation and lessons learned are not shared across the sector.

Major government initiatives have been announced to reduce barriers to research translation. Astronomy is yet to fully engage with these initiatives. In addition, several “$108-$109” scale observatories are under construction across the globe. Australian companies are yet to take full advantage of the markets these projects offer in combination.


Workshop purpose

To bring together astronomy and gravitational wave researchers, industry and government to discuss the barriers to collaboration, identify opportunities, form new partnerships and advise on priorities for the NCRIS funding opportunities in 2024.


Planned outcomes

The AAL Board wishes to receive some guidance from these workshops on community priorities to apply for in the NCRIS 2024 round. Another planned outcome involves workshop participants gaining an understanding of problems and barriers that can be tackled through common effort. Industry participants may also get an insight to market opportunities and areas for business development.


Workshop agenda
8:30am  Registration, tea/coffee on arrival 
9:00am  Welcome  / Housekeeping 
9:15am  Icebreaker – Sparking Collaboration 
9:30am  Setting the Scene  

James Murray – AAL  

9:45am  The View from Astronomy  

Ilana Feain – QuasarSat / AAL Board Member  

Round the table 

11:00-11:15am  Morning tea break 
11:15-12:00pm  Tour of facility 
12:00-1:20pm  Setting the scene: The View from Industry 

Matt Shields – PentaLYM 

Craig Davis – Canberra Innovation Network 

David McClelland – ANU  

Josh Hacko – NH Micro 

Round the table  

1:20-2:00pm  Lunch Break 
2:00-3:00pm  The 2023 Proposals 

John Morrison – ANFF 

James Murray – AAL  

Round the table 

3:00-3:15pm  Afternoon tea 
3:15pm  The Way Forward 

Celine D’Orgeville – ANU 

Adam Deller – Swinburne University 

4:00pm  Workshop conclusion 



Please use this link to register for this workshop.

For more information, please contact: James Murray, Director of AAL Programs.



AAL has organised discounted accommodation available at QT Hotel for those attending the workshop. To access your special rates please visit

  1. Select QT Canberra, enter your dates from 20/11/2023 – 21/11/2023 and number of people and click ‘GO
  2. Click ‘I have a code’
  3. In the ‘BLOCK CODE’ field enter your booking code: ASTRONOMYAUS23
  4. Click ‘UPDATE’
  5. Your special rates will appear on the rates screen

Alternatively, call the hotel to book over the phone, quoting the code ASTRONOMYAUS23. Phone: +61 2 6267 6244
Email: [email protected].

To proceed with a reservation a valid credit card is required to guarantee all rooms, with payment due on arrival at the hotel. Cancellation on the accommodation rooms is allowed up until 24 hours prior to arrival, 2pm the day before check in.


Dr James Murray


Mount Stromlo Observatory
Duffield Lecture theatre, Cotter Road
Weston Creek, ACT 2611 Australia
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