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Junior Aviators (AC/W-CPL and PLTOFF-FLGOFF) register now and take your career on an extraordinary journey.

Calling all future leaders, innovators, scholars and change-makers! Are you a junior aviator brimming with ideas and ready to make your mark? Then blast off with us at the inaugural Junior Aviators - Clear to Launch Symposium, a dynamic pre-cursor to the esteemed Air and Space Power Conference, designed to propel your thoughts, insights, and career to new heights!

This game-changing event is not your typical symposium. It's a dynamic platform where your voice takes centre stage and is your interactive building block to the Air and Space Power Conference. Share your perspectives, collaborate with colleagues across all levels, and spark revolutionary ideas that will shape the future of our organisation.

Prepare for launch as we explore:

Airmindedness: Sharpen your strategic thinking and leadership skills. Learn from experts about navigating complex challenges and soaring above the competition.

Young Leaders Forum: Connect with fellow high-potential individuals. Exchange ideas, build networks, and ignite collaborations that will propel you all forward.

Writers Ignition Workshops: Hone your communication skills and transform your ideas into powerful pitches, proposals and blogs. Learn from established professionals and unleash your inner wordsmith.

Innovation and Scholarship Opportunities: Discover pathways to fuel your growth and propel your career. Explore a range of scholarship pathways, mentorship programs, and opportunities to take your skills to the next level, setting you up for success.

This is more than just a symposium; it's your Launchpad to the Air and Space Power Conference. Be part of an electrifying atmosphere where collaboration thrives, creativity ignites, and possibilities take flight. Network with influential leaders, make valuable connections, and become a driving force for positive change.

Don't just consume, contest, contribute and collaborate – launch yourself into the future! Mark your calendars, because the Junior Aviators Symposium takes flight on May 7th, and the Air and Space Power Conference on the 8th and 9th May 2024.

Please note that this is an in-person symposium only, virtual is not available; and that travel will be at unit expense. A PMKeyS number will need to be provided to register whilst using your Defence email address in order to attend this symposium. 

Registration for Clear To Launch is separate from the Air and Space Power Conference registration.





1200 - 1300

Young Leaders Forum: PitchFest

Calling all creative minds!

What idea do you have for the future? Perhaps it's inventing new a technology, or something you think is important that's beyond the future force?

It is your chance to shape the future of our organisation and impress the Senior Enlisted Panel with your ground-breaking ideas. The Young Leaders Forum: Pitchfest is seeking bold submissions from aviators for a shark tank-style presentation to put forward their thoughts and ideas on future challenges and innovative solutions for the future of Air Force and the Defence organisation; a presentation unlike any other. Share your passion and vision.

This is not just a chance to be heard, it is a springboard to launch your idea into reality. Completed presentations (8mins max) must be submitted COB 05 April 2024. Please note, you need to have registered your attendance to Clear To Launch: Junior Aviator Symposium for your submission to be eligible. 

Submissions can be sent to Miss Cass Bowers at

Air and Space Power Centre

Royal Australian Air Force Senior Enlisted Leaders

1300 - 1330

Royal Australian Air Force History Research and Writer's Ignition Workshop

Join Royal Australian Air Force History & Heritage for a deep dive in researching, writing and preserving Air Force history. 

How do we research the past to prepare for the future? What are key elements used to preserve history in writing?

Royal Australian Air Force History & Heritage 
1330 - 1400 Break

(Light refreshments provided)

1400 - 1500

Wicked Airmindedness: Why Mobilisation is not Complicated

This presentation is going to be a rollercoaster ride into the world of systems theory and futures to set the scene for the next two days. A bunch of ideas will be explored to help aviators of all backgrounds go deeper into some of the big issues we face. Given the audience’s diversity, the presentation will aim to offer something for everyone. In other words, some parts might go deeper than you personally would like…don’t worry, just enjoy the ride. This is just a taster of a much bigger topic which you can follow up on later—if it whets your appetite. Importantly though, the ideas covered in this session are not just about mobilisation—they speak to many of the challenges facing air power and why we must think differently every time we pull on our uniform. 

Consume, Contest, Contribute.

Squadron Leader Murray Simons

Chief of Air Force Air and Space Power Fellow @ ADFA

1500 - 1530

Effective Writing for Defence - Writer's Ignition Workshop

This session will provide attendees with tools and knowledge to write effective research piece, journal article and research proposals.

“Writing clearly about simple issues may be easy, but writing clearly about complex problems and solutions is harder. Clear writing requires clear thinking which is not always easy when dealing with complex or technical topics”

Mr James Hanson

Effective Writing for Defence

1530 - 1540 Break

(Light refreshments provided)

1540 - 1700

Big Ideas: Research and Innovation Futures Network

Figuring out your pathway, maybe thinking about switching it up, just looking at options or opportunities; or have an idea to expand on?

This session is for aviators to seek advice, guidance and support on developing their research ideas, interest areas and career opportunities. Visit the booths of Air and Space Power Centre Scholars and Research Alumni, specialist academics, education entities, innovation units, and more. Ask as many questions as you can!

(Light refreshments provided)

Air and Space Power Centre

Air Force Academics, current and alumni's

Royal Australian Air Force History & Heritage

Leader Enrichment Program current and alumni's


ASEAN Scholars

The Runway