Dr Alan Finkel, a renowned engineer, neuroscientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has begun his three-year term as Australia’s Chief Scientist.
Dr Finkel succeeds Professor Ian Chubb, who served in the role for almost five years.
The Chief Scientist provides independent advice to the Government on science, technology and innovation. They also play a key role in linking scientific research and commercialisation.
Dr Finkel will also be heavily involved in the ongoing implementation of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, welcomed Dr Finkel to the role.
Mr Pyne is looking forward to working with Dr Finkel to promote science and innovation in Australia.
“Dr Finkel has been a passionate advocate for Australian science and innovation for more than three decades. He is also one of Australia’s great entrepreneurs,” Mr Pyne said.
“Science, innovation and commercialisation are at the heart of the Government’s agenda and I am delighted we have a person of the calibre of Dr Finkel to lead the national conversation on the importance of science, innovation and turning great Australian ideas into great Australian products.”
Mr Pyne said the Government is committed to fostering a culture in which science and business work hand in glove to create jobs and growth.
He commended Professor Chubb for his “remarkable contribution to science in this country.”
“I commend his vision, leadership and insight. As Chief Scientist, Professor Chubb was a tireless advocate for boosting Australia’s skills and capabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and was instrumental in identifying strategic research priorities for the nation,” Mr Pyne said.
“I thank him for his important contribution to a whole-of-government, strategic approach to science in Australia.”
Dr Finkel is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist since the role was established in 1989. He was most recently Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (formerly ATSE).