Science & Technology Australia has just announced that Dr. Cathy Foley is their new chief scientist. Dr. Foley previously served as STA President before accepting the new role. Science & Technology Australia President Associate Professor Jeremy Brownlie has stated:
“Cathy is a superb choice for this role. She is hugely respected across the worlds of science and policy, a wise and clever leader, a generous mentor, and a skilled public communicator. All of those qualities will come to the fore in this moment of historic opportunity for science: to apply the centrality of science during COVID to so many other complex challenges.
We are also especially proud that she is a former President of STA, which is a crucial voice for the science community.”
Professor Jeremy Brownlie also congratulated Dr. Foley on behalf of the STA membership that represents the country’s 80,000 scientists and technologists.
Besides being an accomplished physicist, Dr. Cathy Foley is also the current Chief Scientist at CSIRO (Australia’s national science agency).
The Australian government has taken more and more scientific advice in 2020, and Dr. Foley was involved in the STEM sector’s response to the bushfire crisis, helping its country to weather the storm.
“STA also thanks outgoing Chief Scientist Alan Finkel for his work in creating the Science Policy Fellows program, setting up the RRIF, and engaging widely,” Professor Brownlie added.