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The long journey of human missions to Mars and back to Earth



The long journey of human missions to Mars and back to Earth

The Embassy of Italy, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney and the Australian Academy of Science, invites you to an Italian Night with Five Southern Stars!

Five amazing scientists will discuss the challenges of travelling across Space, preparing for human missions to Mars, and what we can learn for life and sustainability on Earth.

Ambassador of Italy to Australia H.E. Francesca TARDIOLI will open the event.

The panel will be moderated by Anna-Maria Arabia, CEO Australian Academy of Science, Anna Maria Fioretti, Science Attaché at the Embassy of Italy and Lillo Guarneri, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney.


Prof. Elisabetta Barberio: Not an empty Space: Cosmic Radiation and Dark Matter

MSc in Physics, University of Bologna (Italy); PhD in Physics, University of Siegen (Germany). Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence on Dark Matter Particle Physics; Awarded 2018 Australian Walter Boas Medal for Physics and 2013 Women in Physics Lecturer, Australian Institute of Physics.

A/Prof. Susanna Guatelli: Protecting astronauts from the health hazards of the harsh space radiation environment: reality and simulation
MSc in Physics, University of Genova (Italy); PhD in Physics at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN, Genève (Switzerland). Associate Professor, School of Physics, University of Wollongong; 2021 Women in Physics Lecturer, Australian Institute of Physics.

Dr Stefania Peracchi: Silicon mushroom: an innovative, miniaturised device for radiation protection of astronauts
MSc in Nuclear Engineering, Politecnico of Milan (Italy); PhD at the University of Wollongong Centre for Medical Radiation Physics. Researcher-Scientist at ANSTO - Centre for Accelerator Science. Winner of First prize People’s Choice Award for the 3 Minutes Thesis Asia-Pacific Competition 2021.

Mr Eduardo Trifoni: Manned entry to Mars and re-entry to Earth: an open engineering challenge
Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University “Federico II”, Naples (Italy); Space Test Scientist, National Space Test Facility Manager, Australian National University, Canberra.

Dr Federica Turco: Interplanetary livestock: how insects could be our best resource on and away from our planet
MsC and PhD in Biology, Università Roma 3 (Italy); Entomologist with 20 years’ experience in scientific research, Manager of the Australian National Insect Collection at CSIRO in Canberra.


This event was originally scheduled for Friday 20 August but has now been rescheduled for Monday 15 November.

Attendees who registered to attend online have had their registrations automatically transferred to the new date.

If you have not previously registered but wish to watch the event online, you can watch live from 5.30pm on Monday 15 November.

The symposium will be live streamed on YouTube.


For more information and bookings please visit