Australia's Chief Scientist


28 October 2013

Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb has appointed a group to advise on strategies and priorities regarding STEM education, skills in the workplace and literacy for the community.

The STEM Industry and Education Advisory Group offers a range of perspectives from academia, education, industry and research.

Members are:

Chair: Professor Ian Chubb AC – Australia’s Chief Scientist

Dr Alan Finkel AM, Chancellor – Monash University, President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and CEO, Stile Education

Dr Terry Lyons – Science Education, University of New England

Hon Dr Brendan Nelson – Director, Australian War Memorial

Alan Noble – Head Engineer, Google Australia and New Zealand

Dr Roslyn Prinsley – National Adviser, Science and Mathematics Industry and Education, Office of the Chief Scientist

Robert Randall – CEO, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Dr Deborah Rathjen – CEO and Managing Director, Bionomics

Professor Brian Schmidt AC – Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist, Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, The Australian National University

Anita Trenwith – Science teacher, Salisbury School, Adelaide, winner of 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools

The group’s terms of reference are available here.

Media enquiries: Mick Bunworth 02 6102 8179 or 0410 029 407 or Alexis Cooper (02) 6213 6723 or

The terms of reference for the STEM Industry and Education Advisory Group can be downloaded here.

A pdf of this media release can be downloaded here.