Australian Embassy

From Outback to Orbit: Berlin Science Week Competition

Take part in our Berlin Science Week event: 3 November, 2020 I 03.11.2020, 0900 CEST I 1900 AEST

Australia and Germany have long histories of space exploration and research. Australia was the third country in the world to build and launch a satellite from its own territory, and radio telescopes in Parkes and Canberra were instrumental in supporting the Apollo 11 moon landing. 

In a moderated discussion, Australian and German experts will discuss and promote our credentials in space exploration and technology; current and future Australia-Germany cooperation; and our efforts to build a qualified and competent space workforce, including our approaches to supporting women and girls in STEM.

Register for the event here.


Professor Anna Moore is at the forefront of the expansion of Australia’s space industry. She is director of the ANU Institute for Space (InSpace), the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre and the National Space Test Facility at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory. Professor Moore was part of the expert reference group that created the Australian Space Agency. She is a world-leading expert in astronomical instrumentation and a global leader in the emerging field of transient infrared astronomy. Her expertise is critical to the space industry in Australia, NASA, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, and other global space industry partners.


Professor Dr Hansjörg Dittus is a renowned expert in the fields of gravitation and fundamental physics. As the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Executive Board Member for space research and technology, Professor Dittus plays a central role in planning and overseeing the implementation of the DLR space research program at the national, European and international level. He extensively promotes cooperative activities with Australian universities and institutions and was – before joining the DLR Executive Board – the director of the DLR Institute of Space Systems in Bremen, which analyses and evaluates complex space systems from a technical, economic and socio-political standpoint. Prior to joining DLR, Professor Dittus was appointed professor in the faculty of manufacturing and mechanical engineering at the University of Bremen, and served as head of space technology and fundamental physics at the Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity in Bremen.


Professor Alan R Duffy is a research fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing at Swinburne University, where he creates simulated universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and to probe the nature of dark matter. As project lead of SpaceTech Applications at Swinburne, he also works to find novel applications of the university’s astrophysical knowledge to business and society. Professor Duffy has a long-standing interest in science communication, regularly presenting astrophysics discoveries to academic and public audiences through television and radio appearances, talks and classroom visits, a role he undertakes nationally as the Lead Scientist for the Royal Institution of Australia.

The discussion will be moderated by Kumi Taguchi, an eminent Australian TV and radio host, writer, and speaker. Ms Taguchi is host of the ABC TV show Compass, and anchors major live events including Stargazing Live with Professor Brian Cox at Australia’s Siding Spring Observatory, and the Australian of the Year Awards. In 2018, she was the MC at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Sydney, broadcasting to a global audience of 60 million. Ms Taguchi has worked in media for over 20 years, holding a number of roles at the ABC and SBS in Australia, and Star TV and Asia Television in Hong Kong. She has anchored nightly news, ABC News Breakfast and the 7:30 Report.

Providing welcome remarks:

Philip Green, OAM, Australia’s Ambassador to Germany, arrived in Berlin in October. He has previously served as High Commissioner in Singapore, South Africa and Kenya. Most recently in Canberra, he was responsible for leading Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy as well as relations with the United States, Canada and ASEAN. Earlier, Mr Green served as international adviser in the Prime Minister’s office. Mr Green was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2003 for his role in the response to the Bali terrorist tragedy.




Have you already registered? Make sure you check the box upon registration for the webinar to be in the running for our Outback to Orbit Competition on the day of the webinar.

Please email [email protected] with any queries relating to this event or the competition.




Competition Name

1.       The ‘From Outback to Orbit’ Space Question competition (the Competition) is run by the Commonwealth of Australia through The Australian Embassy in Berlin (the Embassy).

Competition Period

2.       The Competition will run from 0900-1000 CET, on 3 November 2020 (Competition Period).


3.       Entry into the Competition is free and is open to:

a.       Attendees of the Virtual Event ‘From outback to orbit: Australia’s space race’ (the Event) on 3 November 2020, who are residents of Germany

4. Employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Embassy or its attached agencies, its contractors and/or their immediate family members are ineligible to enter the Competition. Immediate family member means a spouse, defacto partner, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent and/or sibling (and their spouses).

5. The Embassy reserves the right to verify the eligibility of each Entrant and to exclude and/or disqualify any Entrant who does not meet the eligibility requirements. By entering the Competition, the Entrant warrants that he or she is eligible.

Entering the Competition

6. To enter the Competition each Entrant must, during the Competition Period:

  1. Register for the Event with their name, email address, country of residence, job title and organisation.

67    Each Entrant is only permitted to register for the Event once, thus entering the Competition once. Entrants may submit multiple questions throughout the Event, however the number of questions submitted will have no bearing on the result of the competition.

8.       The winning question may not be one asked to the panel by the Moderator during the Event.

Content Criteria

9.       For an entry to be considered valid and eligible for judging it must meet the following content criteria:

a.       Be submitted in English or German language

b.       Be submitted via the Q&A function within Webex Events (the Platform) during the Event, from 0900-1000 CEST, 3 November 2020.

c.       Entries must relate to the topics discussed in the Event, such as space, research, science & technology, and related topics.

Judging Criteria

10. Entries will be judged by the Event Moderator on the following criteria:

  1. The challenging and/or relevant and/or intelligent and/or inspiring nature of the question, as judged by the Moderator.

11. Entries which the Embassy determines have involved fraudulent practices, such as false email addresses or multiple registrations pertaining to one individual, to allow multiple entries by the same person, or any other illegitimate behaviour to gain advantage over other entrants, will be disqualified from the Competition.

Competition Prize(s)

12. The Prize is one full ticket for one adult to attend the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly as a Virtual Delegate. COSPAR is held in Sydney from Thursday 28 January 2021 – Thursday 4 February 2021. For further information on entitlements for Virtual Delegates, please see here:

13. The Prize is given "as is" without any warranty, and is not transferable to another individual or exchangeable for cash. The Embassy reserves the right to substitute the Prize with another prize of similar value if the original prize is not available.

14. Unless otherwise specified in these terms and conditions, the Embassy will not be responsible for any costs associated with the award, acceptance, receipt or use of the Prize, including any cost of travelling or technology for virtual participation to redeem the Prize.

Notification and collection of Prize

15. The Embassy will directly email them the winner of the Competition within 7 days of the Event, informing them of the result. This will be the email address the Entrant used to register for the Event. Entrants who were not winners of the Prize will not be notified.

16. At this time, the Embassy will seek the winner’s details (name, region/city of residence and age) (Personal Details) and contact details, to organise transfer/collection of the Prize. The winner must provide the Personal Details and contact details within two business days of the request by the Embassy. Where agreed upon between the Winner and the Embassy, the Embassy may tag the Winner in a post on the Embassy’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn page or website after the end of the Competition Period.

17. The Embassy will liaise directly with the winner to register them for the Prize.

18. If the winner fails to provide the Embassy with his or her Personal Details and contact details within the required timeframe, or fails to collect the Prize in accordance with paragraph [16], the winner will forfeit the Prize and the Embassy reserves the right to select another winner, in accordance with these terms and conditions.

Intellectual property

19. The Entrant warrants that his or her entry has not been copied, recreated, reproduced or derived from any other work and that the entry does not infringe on any other legal, intellectual property or privacy rights of any third party. The Entrant indemnifies and holds harmless the Embassy from any and all claims by any third party arising out of the use of the Entrant’s entry, including but not limited to claims of infringement or violation of the intellectual property or privacy rights of the third party.

20. The Entrant grants the Embassy a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable, non-transferable, perpetual licence to use, modify, copy, delete from, add to, publicly display and/or reproduce, the Entrant’s entry, in whole or in part, in any medium, now or at any time in the future for any purpose.

21. The Entrant grants the Embassy the right to use his or her Personal details, likeness, comments and/or entry for promotional purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law. This includes but is not limited to announcing the result of the Competition via the Embassy’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn page or website.


22. Personal information associated with the entry and/or winning of the Competition (including, but not limited to, the Entrant’s name) will be collected, used and disclosed to the Event Moderator by the Embassy for assessment and promotional purposes in connection with the Competition. This personal information will be stored by the Embassy on a secure electronic database and will be destroyed once it is no longer required for these purposes. If this information is not collected, the Embassy will be unable to enter the Entrant into the Competition. For further information regarding how the Embassy will handle this information, please consult our Privacy Policy at: .

23.   The Entrant acknowledges that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, COSPAR, Berlin Science Week, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.


24. The Entrant agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless the Embassy, Berlin Science Week, COSPAR and the Moderator from any liability, damages, losses or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Entrant’s participation in the Competition and the acceptance, use or misuse of any Prize that may be won.

25. The Embassy is not responsible for content that third parties publish, post, upload, distribute, disseminate or otherwise transmit via social media services. The Embassy accepts no liability whatsoever arising from or connected to the currency, accuracy or completeness of any material posted on social media sites or elsewhere on the internet and disclaims all responsibility for any loss or damage which may arise from the use of information provided via social media services.

Amendments and cancellation

26. The Embassy reserves the right to, at its absolute discretion and without prior notice, vary, amend, delete or supplement any of these terms and conditions and the Entrant’s continued participation in the Competition amounts to acceptance of any revised terms and conditions. The Entrant should check the Embassy’s website on a regular basis for any changes to these terms and conditions. If an Entrant does not agree to a change, he or she may withdraw from the Competition by emailing [email protected].

27. The Embassy reserves the right to, for any reason and without any obligation to state a particular reason, cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition. In the event of such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension, the Embassy may at its absolute discretion elect not to award any Prize in respect of the Competition. The decision of the Embassy to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition will not give rise to any liability to pay compensation of any nature to any Entrants.

28. The Embassy’s decision in relation to any aspect of the Competition is final and binding on every Entrant. No correspondence will be entered into.

Governing law

29.   The Competition is governed by the laws of Australia.