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Professor Iver Cairns has over 30 years of experience in space physics and space weather research. His primary expertise is in the theory, simulation and analysis of plasma waves and radio emissions. Iver has over 300 published, referenced, papers in magazines and books. He is a co-researcher on NASA’s STEREO mission and since June 2019 on NASA’s two new SMEX missions, PUNCH and TRACERS. Prof. Cairns has held several leadership positions in the Australian and international scientific communities, including the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS, where he was Secretary General and Chair of the ST Section), Committee on Space Research (COSPAR, where he chaired the COSPAR-2021 Hybrid Assembly Program Committee in Sydney), International Association for Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) and Solar Terrestrial and Space Physics (STSP) Group of the Australian Institute of Physics. He is currently chair of COSPAR’s Finance and co-chair of the Australian Space Research Conference for many years.

In Australia, Iver led the 2010-2019 Decadal Plan for Australian Space Science and chaired the Academy of Science’s National Committee for Space Science 2004-2011. Subsequently, he has worked to convince Australia to invest in the space sector. He led the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat project, which was launched in May 2017 and re-entered work in November 2018. Iver is currently working on space physics and space weather, including leading CUAVA, ARC Training Center for CubeSats, UAVs and their applications , which trains people, solves research problems and works on commercial results for industry, academic and government partners. Iver is the leader of the CUAVA-1 CubeSat project as well as the Waratah Seed ride-share CubeSat project with the NSW Government and several partners.


  • 2021 – current director, Waratah Seed Project
  • 2009 – Current Professor of Space Physics, University of Sydney
  • 2017 – Current Director, CUAVA (The Australian Research Council Training Center for CubeSats, UAVs and Their Applications)
  • 2003–2009 Australian Professor Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 1998–2003 ARC Senior Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 1986–1998 Assistant / Associate Research Scientist, University of Iowa

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