Group photo of the FACS, 2019

The Forum of Australian Chief Scientists (FACS) brings together Australia’s Chief Scientist and Chief Scientists, or relevant representatives, from the Australian states and territories. It provides an avenue to share information about common issues and challenges related to science, technology and innovation that are of national importance.

Meetings are held two to three times a year. Recent meetings have included discussion on issues relating to quantum technologies, AI, mRNA vaccine capability, biodiscovery, research infrastructure and advanced manufacturing.

The FACS members are:

In recent times, Professor Juliet Gerrard, the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, has been an invited special guest of the Forum, providing an opportunity to foster trans-Tasman collaboration.