3 mins read 30 Jan 2020

Start Stuff III returns to Byron Bay in 2020 with a huge speaker line-up

Australia’s leading community astronomy event, Star Stuff returns for its third year in Byron Bay – and the speaker line up this year looks epic!

There’s one conference per year that gets the Australian Space Community really excited – it’s located in beautiful Byron Bay, it always features a stellar line up of speakers, and there’s always excellent astronomy and science!

It’s Star Stuff, now returning for its third successful year – and it looks like it is going to be an excellent opportunity for everyday Australians to attend and hear from some of our leading astronomy and science thinkers, or experience a space-related event.

This year’s speakers include:

Speakers at this year’s Star Stuff III event. Credit: Dylan O’Donnell.

“I can’t wait to be surrounded by people who are just as crazy about space as I am!” said Kirsten Banks, very much looking forward to the event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to have a look through telescopes (both day and night viewing, weather permitting), get up close to astronomy equipment, chat with astronomers and participate in night sky tours.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the diverse and passionate group of individuals who are part of Australia’s community of space enthusiasts. For so many of us, space isn’t about politics or economics – it’s about the feeling we get when we look up at the stars on a cold, clear night and realise how staggeringly vast the universe is,” said Annie Handmer. “It’s so important to bring this community together and think about our place in the cosmos.”

Organiser Dylan O’Donnell has been instrumental in proving the case for space tourism in the area and advocates looking upwards for a bigger perspective. “I think everyone is starting to realise that reducing light, and energy usage is a win for everyone. It helps address climate change causes, saves an incredible amount of money and reconnecting us to the Milky Way is just a bonus for us backyard and professional astronomers” he said.

Previous years events have sold out, with headlining speakers like Space Gandalf (Greg Quicke), Fraser Cain and Dr. Alan Duffy all sharing their knowledge of the cosmos with attendees. This year’s event will be held on the 18th of July 2020 and tickets cost 99.00 for general admission or 179.00, which includes the additional VIP gala dinner with Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith. is one of the proud sponsors of this year’s Star Stuff III event and will be exhibiting, in addition to having our team on the ground reporting news from the conference and interviews with the speakers.

Make sure you don’t miss out, grab your tickets here