Chief Scientist Advocates for Australian Science on a Global Scale

At the initial invitation from the German government, Professor Chubb will depart on Thursday, 27 October for engagements across the UK and Europe.

As well as launching the Australian – German Science Circle, which is a program designed to promote mutual understanding of each country’s research landscape as well as provide a platform to explore the science linkages between our two countries, he will also meet the leaders of several international research agencies.

The visit also gives Professor Chubb the opportunity to promote Australia’s credentials as possible host of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope.

“Geographically, Australia offers the ideal environment for a radio telescope as large and sensitive as this. We, along with our partners New Zealand, have an extensive optic-fibre network already in place, impressive existing astronomy infrastructure and strong government backing,” Professor Chubb said.

“The international community stands to benefit most from this bid and I am fully committed to supporting Australia’s candidacy to host the SKA.”

Following his time in Europe, the Chief Scientist will present at various conferences in Washington DC, including ‘Neuroscience Downunder’ before visiting Ottawa to present a keynote address at the Canadian Science Policy Conference.

“As a global advocate for Australian science and innovation, I anticipate these meetings will prove highly beneficial to Australia. Opportunities like this will develop new, and strengthen existing, partnerships with leading global science policy makers crucial to Australia cementing its place on the global scientific stage,” Professor Chubb said.

“The importance of international collaboration for the Australian science community cannot be overstated.”

Although our population accounts for only 0.3% of the world’s, Australia currently contributes over 3% of the world’s scientific output.

“We are punching above our weight and performing incredibly well, but this figure also means that 96 odd percent of the world’s research is being done elsewhere and the time has passed that we can expect to share and gain from that knowledge without actively engaging with those communities,” Professor Chubb said.

The Chief Scientist will return to Australia late November.