Academic partner sought for directed energy symposium

The Next Generation Technologies Fund released a call for an Australian academic partner to co-host a symposium on Directed Energy for Defence and National Security as a part of the Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) series.

The symposium will focus on directed energy technologies that employ high-energy laser and high-powered radio frequency sources, which are able to direct electromagnetic energy onto a target at the speed of light.

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The EDTAS on directed energy will bring together internationally recognised academic, industry and Defence leaders in a multidisciplinary workshop environment to explore and shape the long-term vision of directed energy technologies. It will seek to understand Australia’s strategic needs, current technology capabilities and future technology development landscape and directions.

The symposium is to be held across 1 or 2 days on a mutually agreed date between mid-September and mid-October 2019.

The EDTAS academic partner will be a signatory of the Defence Science Partnership Program and will have renowned research programs in a technology relevant to directed energy.

The academic partner will co-host the event, coordinate academic participation with internationally recognised leading researchers from institutions across Australia, and organise and sponsor a student innovation session aimed at potential concepts and ideas.

The EDTAS series helps future-proof Australian Defence as part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund. It considers an expansive science and technology topic that will likely have a major impact – transformational or disruptive – in the defence or national security domains in a 10+ year timeframe.

The call for proposals has now closed. For more information about the directed energy symposium, see EDTAS Directed Energy for Defence and National Security.

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