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Research Tuesdays – Crater to Plate
May 10, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Humanity has big plans for space: a new international space station orbiting the moon within five years; a lunar settlement this decade; and a crewed mission to Mars by 2040.
In all cases, the rocket science required presents significant challenges. But in many ways, that’s the easy part. Arguably the greatest current obstacle to long-term crewed space exploration is the difficulty of keeping fresh, healthy food on astronauts’ plates.
For numerous reasons, regularly resupplying the pantry from Earth simply isn’t an option. It’s also not yet possible to keep large stores of food nutritionally stable in space for long periods of time. Astronauts are going to have to grow their own—and world-leading research into how this can be done is being led right here at the University of Adelaide.
Join us for a firsthand look inside this critical project presented by Prof Matthew Gilliham and A/Prof Jenny Mortimer.
Professor Matt Gilliham is Director of the University of Adelaide’s Waite Research Institute. He is a current Web of Science Highly Cited Author (one of only 196 plant and animal scientists globally to achieve this level of influence), and past Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Matt is also a former winner of the Australian Government’s Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture.
Associate Professor Jenny Mortimer is the Associate Professor of Plant Synthetic Biology in the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology. She is also the leader of the California-based Joint BioEnergy Institute Plant Systems Biology Group, and was recognised as a World Economic Forum Young Scientist in 2016 and 2017.