Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program

13 January to 14 February 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, economics & law
  • space business and project management and
  • space humanities, communications, art & culture

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 in industry, government and the defense services
  • Graduate researchers
  • Undergraduate students in the final two years of their studies.

Content of the program

Core lectures from faculty and invited experts on the principles and concepts involved in disciplines ranging from space sciences to space humanities, and deep-space exploration to space applications for our home planet.

Hands-on workshops and field trips often linked with lectures, including activities in areas such as:

  • model rocket design, manufacture and launch
  • nano satellite simulations with stratospheric balloon
  • Cubesat build and test
  • satellite ground station operations
  • simulated legal, policy and commercial problem solving and debate

Public space events including an astronaut event and expert panels on topics of importance to the space world. For information on past public space events please click here.

An interdisciplinary team research project involving all participants. To see examples of past team projects please click here.

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 Lecturer at University College London (UCL) where he teaches Systems Engineering, Space Studies and Project Management. He obtained a Ph.D. in Space Science at University College London’s Department of Space and Climate Physics in 1997, where he developed a fast ion spectrometer for the Russian Mars 96 spacecraft.

After completing his PhD he worked on various space programs including Mars 96, Cluster II, XMM Newton, MOSES and, most recently, Solar-B (Hinode) launched in 2006. He then spent 4 years as project manager for the Basic Technology Smart X-ray Optics program 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) here, initially in the existing UCL campus in Adelaide, and now within the University of South Australia where he holds an adjunct position. During this time he has taught Project Management and Systems Engineering as well as supervising numerous MSc and PhD student. Dr James has been involved in the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program since 2012 and was co-Director for the 2018 and 2019 programs.

Dr James is a Fellow of the Association of Project Management and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

For enrolments or further information please visit

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

Areas of study and research

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