Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program

The program will relaunch in 2020.

SHSSP Class of 2019 Opening Ceremony

SHSSP Class of 2019, Premier Steven Marshall, Professor David Lloyd, Professor Tanya Monro, Professor Simon Beecham, Dr Omar Hatamleh, Dr Ady James, Mr Anthony Murfett

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program is conducted by the University of South Australia in partnership with the International Space University (ISU).

The program provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today’s space professions, including

  • space science and exploration
  • space applications and services
  • human spaceflight and life sciences
  • space systems engineering and technologies
  • space policy and economics
  • space business and project management and
  • space law and regulatory issues

The program is open to Australian and international participants from all disciplines

Who is this Program For?

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Professionals seeking more knowledge of and contacts in the international space sector
  • Graduate researchers in all fields seeking a broader knowledge of international space activities and the disciplines involved
  • Undergraduate students in the final two years of their studies seeking exposure to the various aspects of space studies to complement their undergraduate studies

What Credit is Available in Other Programs?

On successful completion, participants will receive:

  • A Certificate from ISU

  • An Executive Certificate from UniSA

Holders of the Executive Certificate will receive 50 percent credit upon admission to the UniSA Graduate Certificate in Space Studies and may be granted credit in a UniSA undergraduate program with the approval of the Program Director.

Students may be able to receive credit in graduate and undergraduate programs in other Australian and overseas universities upon completion of the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program or the UniSA Graduate Certificate in Space Studies. Obtaining credit will be the responsibility of the individual student.

What is the program fee?

The 2019 program fee is $13,500 AUD. The program fee includes all tuition, accommodation, meals and airport transfers.

Is there financial aid?

Details of Australian scholarships for the 2019 Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program are provided below.  Information on other sources of funding can be obtained from the International Space University by emailing inquiries.sh-ssp@isunet.edu.

2019 Scholarship opportunities

Program Management Group

Dr Omar Hatamleh

Program Director, Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program

Dr Omar Hatamleh is the Executive Director of the Space Studies Program at the International Space University, Strasbourg (ISU).  Prior to assuming this assignment, Omar was the Chief Innovation Officer, Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center responsible for empowering the organization’s creative thinking and developing capacity to innovate.

Prior to that role, he was the Associate Chief Scientist at NASA ARC responsible for identifying new and promising areas of scientific research and supporting technologies that can be integrated into the Center's capabilities.  Previous roles at NASA also included Technology Relationship Manager, Advanced Development Manager, and Space Shuttle Orbiter Structures Subsystem Manager. Omar has nineteen years of aerospace industry experience and has published over 33 international journal articles; he has four engineering degrees and has been an invited speaker to multiple national and international events. Omar has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions from NASA.


Dr Ady James

Program Co-Director, Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program

Ady James

Dr Ady James is a Senior Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) Department of Space and Climate Physics. He obtained a Ph.D. in Space Science at University College London’s Department of Space and Climate Physics in 1997.

Dr James is also an adjunct staff member of the University of South Australia.

He has worked at UCL for over 20 years on various space programmes including Mars 96, Cluster II, XMM Newton, MOSES and Solar-B. He spent 4 years as project manager for the Basic Technology Smart X-ray Optics programme up until October 2010 and then as Systems Engineer for the VIS instrument on the ESA Euclid Space project until early 2012.

In early 2012 Dr James moved to Australia to establish the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) in the existing UCL campus in Adelaide. During this time he taught Project Management for Energy and Resources as well as supervising numerous MSc and PhD student projects doing research into project management within the energy and resources sector. He has also provided guest lectures on Systems Engineering and Project Management for Space Systems to the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program. Currently he is Director of Teaching within the School of Energy and Resources and course director for the MSc in Energy and Resources Management.

For enrolments or further information please visit

sh-ssp.isunet.edu or email inquiries.sh-ssp@isunet.edu 

Areas of study and research

+ Click to minimise