The Future of Space in New Zealand

Join the conversation with space experts at a public panel discussion in Christchurch.

What's it all about?

On 22 May at The University of Canterbury the New Zealand Space Agency and SpaceBase have gathered a panel of experts and space students for a public discussion and Q & A. The panel’s combined experience spans space science and entrepreneurship, the use of space data, astrobiology, and space colonisation. Free to the public and students. Come and join us to discuss space, and hear about the growing opportunities in this fast-moving high-tech sector.



Dr Sarah Kessans (UC)

Dr Kurt Joy (Orbica)

Aayushi Verma (UC)

Tim Searle (NZSA)

Eric Dahlstrom (SpaceBase)


Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom (SpaceBase)

You can drop into this event at any time.

Engineering Core Buliding, Room E8, 65 Creyke Road, Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wednesday 22 May
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Free event
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Dr Sarah Kessans

Research Fellow / The University of Canterbury

Dr Sarah Kessans is a synthetic biologist and research fellow at Canterbury University working on solutions to climate change and colonising other planets.

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Dr Kurt Joy

Spatial Analyst / Orbica

Dr Kurt Joy is a remote sensing specialist for Orbica, a geospatial and data visualisation company headquartered in Christchurch.

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Aayushi Verma

Co-founder and President / New Zealand Students' Space Association: Christchurch Chatper

Aayushi Verma is the co-founder and President of the New Zealand Students’ Space Association: Christchurch Chapter and a second-year undergraduate at the University of Canterbury studying Astronomy and Mathematics with a passion for the stars!

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Tim Searle

Senior Policy Advisor / New Zealand Space Agency

Tim Searle is a Senior Policy Advisor at the New Zealand Space Agency. Previously he has worked on public and private sector Space projects in Europe. His key technology focus domains are: hybrid propulsion, small launchers, UAV applications and space debris mitigation.

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Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom

Co-founder / SpaceBase

Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, author, space entrepreneur, and co-founder of SpaceBase, a social enterprise focused on catalysing space ecosystems in developing and emerging nations, starting in New Zealand.

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Eric Dahlstrom

Co-founder / SpaceBase

Eric Dahlstrom is the co-founder of SpaceBase, supporting space entrepreneurs in New Zealand. He is an astronomer and space engineer and worked on space station design for NASA.

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