Australia welcomes our next Chief Scientist


The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne, today announced the appointment of Dr Alan Finkel AO as Australia’s next Chief Scientist.

Dr Finkel will commence in the role in January 2016, succeeding Professor Ian Chubb AC whose term concludes on 31 December 2015.

Dr Finkel is a prominent Australian engineer, respected neuroscientist, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with a personal commitment to innovation and commercialisation. He is currently the Chancellor of Monash University and is President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Dr Finkel will bring to the role enormous experience in science and innovation research as well as a deep understanding of the business and university sectors.

Dr Finkel will work closely with the Australian Government to provide independent high level advice on science, technology and innovation issues that will impact on the future prosperity and economic competitiveness of our nation.

Dr Finkel will also be an important advocate for Australian science internationally as well as be our champion for science across the states and territories.

Dr Finkel will begin his three year term on 25 January 2016.

For more information, including Dr Finkel’s biography and information about the role of the Chief Scientist visit Australia's next Chief Scientist.

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