Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Alan Finkel, has had his tenure extended until the end of 2020.
The announcement was made this morning by Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews.
“I am delighted to announce Dr Finkel’s extension and look forward to working closely with him,” she said.
“Dr Finkel is a tireless advocate and highly respected champion for science, innovation and technology in Australian public life, with an extensive background and expertise as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist, educator and communicator. He has played a critical role and helped lead a number of major reviews into key policy areas.”
Dr. Finkel led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, and worked closely with the government to influence the recent Budget decision to invest $1.9 billion in critical Australian research infrastructure capability.
Speaking at the announcement, Dr. Finkel welcomed the opportunity to continue to elevate the profile of STEM disciplines in policy positions.
“When I took up my post in 2016, I said that I had every confidence in the ambition and ability of Australians,” he said.
“I am delighted to recommit to my promise to back our potential today, and to build new potential through STEM education for tomorrow and into the future–including a science workforce that harnesses the capabilities of all Australians. We are committed to developing our research and innovation capacity, as a blue-chip investment with intergenerational returns.”
Dr. Finkel is a Male Champion of Change for STEM, and prior to his appointment as Chief Scientist of Australia, was Chancellor of Monash University and the President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
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