Q&A with Peter Woodgate, Chair, SmartSat CRC & Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez, FrontierSI

Building a national growth roadmap for the space and spatial industries together
Wednesday 22nd July 2020
1600 – 1700
COST: $30


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Australia’s newly minted space program is generating great momentum nationwide. What key initiatives can it implement that will maximise the growth of the industry, especially during the COVID19 recovery? And how can the spatial industry benefit from this renewed focus on space? These and other issues will be tackled in the question and answer session with Peter Woodgate and Glenn Cockerton.

The live Q&A will focus on a major initiative called the 2030 Space and Spatial Industry Growth Roadmap. The Government has set three key objectives for the space industry by 2030; 20,000 new jobs, $12B additional contribution to GDP and an extra one billion dollars into the investment pipeline. The combination of space and spatial working together will make a great contribution to meeting these targets. The space industry sets up critical elements of the communications supply chains (satcoms) together with content (GNSS and EO). The spatial industry provides the vast bulk of the data infrastructure, value-added content and analytics, and the ‘last yard’ delivery channels to customers. Getting this ecosystem right creates a premium competitive advantage for Australia and greatly strengthens our sovereignty and security. The presentation will discuss the next steps in the development of the roadmap; the development of a white paper which sets out the critical issues, the creation of an ecosystem map will help identify key areas for investment, and a risk analysis that will set out Australia’s critical dependence on space based assets and the steps we can take as a nation to improve our resilience, and sovereignty over, these assets. It will also provide an update on the latest developments of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda and how this initiative will contribute to the roadmap.


Glenn Cockerton, Spatial Vision

  • Space
  • Spatial industry
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
  • Growth
  • Risk
who should attend this event?
  • Space and spatial professionals
  • Users of space and spatial products and services

Peter is Chair of SmartSat CRC, Chair of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, Co-Chair of the 2026 Spatial Industries Transformation and Growth Agenda, Board member of the PSMA Ltd, and is a member of the Council of Charles Sturt University. He has been involved with the spatial and space industries for over 30 years, helped create several companies and managed an industry cluster of over 100 companies translating applied research into commercial outcomes. Peter is an Honorary Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, a life member of the International Society for Digital Earth and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a Doctorate of Business Administration (RMIT University), a Masters of Applied Science in Remote Sensing (University of New South Wales) and a Bachelor of Forest Science (University of Melbourne).

EVA Rodriguez Rodriguez

Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez is the Portfolio and Strategy Manager at FrontierSI, where she leads the design, creation and implementation of long-term strategic work in the space and spatial sectors as well as being the Program Research Manager for the Next Generation Earth Observation Data Services program at SmartSatCRC. Previously, Eva held the position of Satellite and Systems Specialist with the Satellite Operations team at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Before moving to Australia in 2014, Eva was Technical Officer at the European Space Agency’s Business Applications department, focusing on space downstream applications and bridging the gap between the development of space technologies and their application to solve real end-user problems. Eva’s experience lies in the coordinating and leading the creation of collaborative end-user driven innovations utilising earth observation, and other space-derived data and technologies, both in Australia and Europe. Eva holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering and Management, and a Bachelor in Telematics from BarcelonaTech (UPC), and is currently undertaking Stanford University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.