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ADSTAR: the Australian Defence Science, Technology and Research Summit 2 mins read

Defence needs your ideas, your disruptive technologies: from cybersecurity to quantum technology, drones to lasers, new explosives to material science.

Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) is inviting researchers from across academia and industry to present their ideas at ADSTAR, the Australian Defence Science, Technology and Research Summit 2024, to be held in Canberra from 17 to 19 September 2024.

From Jindalee, the over the horizon radar that watches over Australia’s northern approaches, to the Australian-made flatpack cardboard drones destroying Russian jets in Ukraine, technology has always played a vital role in evening the odds between unequal military combatants.

“We need the support of all Australian thinkers – our sharpest minds, our most innovative researchers, our most cutting-edge industry R&D departments – to help us explore the art of the possible and how we can use the knowledge we create in Australia to make our country more secure,” says Prof. Tanya Monro, Chief Defence Scientist.

“We want to hear about disruptive technologies that could give Australia an advantage no matter how powerful the adversary, and no matter where they are: online, on land, on water or in air and space.”

ADSTAR 2024 will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra from 17 to 19 September 2024.

The 2024 theme, Accelerating development of asymmetric capabilities for Defence will focus on six of the highest priorities for Defence: trusted autonomy, quantum technology, information warfare, long-range fires, hypersonics and directed energy.

“The summit is timely as we are experiencing an age of accelerated technology development, which has made our strategic environment more uncertain, and in turn, changed the nature of the Defence mission,” says Prof. Monro.

“We want to hear from innovators in diverse disciplines, who have not necessarily worked in the defence space before. We are seeking submissions from experts in cyber security, computer science, robotics, engineering, communications and networking, and the physical sciences.

As well as a summit of the nation’s top scientists, technologists, and industrialists, ADSTAR is a national showcase for the country’s capabilities.

“It allows our innovators, our researchers, our technologists in industry and in universities and in government to come together to really build the relationships required to make sure that the knowledge we create in this country is used by our ADF,” says Prof. Monro.

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