Australia Appoints New Chief Scientist

Canberra, ACT, Australia ( April 18, 2011

Australia Appoints New Chief Scientist

Australia Appoints New Chief Scientist

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr today announced the appointment of Professor Ian Chubb AC as Australia’s new Chief Scientist. Professor Chubb has had a distinguished career in higher education and research.

Starting out as a talented neuroscientist, he then took on leadership roles in university administration and sector advocacy bodies. Professor Chubb recently retired after a decade as vice-chancellor of the Australian National University.

He will work closely with the Gillard Government to provide advice on science and technology issues that impact on Australia and the world. The Prime Minister said as a past advocate in the university sector Professor Chubb would effectively engage with industry, researchers and the wider community as part of important scientific debates.

Senator Carr said a lifetime of work in the research community was recently recognised in Canberra when Professor Chubb was named the ACT’s Australian of the Year for his contribution to higher education.

“He also understands that government needs frank and objective advice and communities need strong advocates. Professor Chubb is an outstanding leader. I congratulate him on his appointment and look forward to working with him.”

We would also like to acknowledge the work of outgoing Chief Scientist, Professor Penny Sackett, and thank her for her contribution over the past two-and-a-half years.

Professor Chubb will begin his three year term on 23 May 2011.

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