Australia's Chief Scientist

Speeches

SPEECH: The prerequisite for success

“Every so often a parent or a student will write to me, seeking my advice. I got one of those emails this year. And I want to share my thoughts with you today, as my philosophy for what really counts.”…

7 December 2018

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SPEECH: Lessons from my father

“I learnt from my father that far more important than another factory, or another suit, are the principles that guide one’s life.”…

27 November 2018

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SPEECH: The Winning 2030 CV

“When I was a student the importance of actually specialising in something – mastering a discipline – was more or less assumed. You want a broad mix of people who excel in a range of speciality fields. But I now …

21 November 2018

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SPEECH: John O’Hagan Lecture 2018

“We can make something extraordinary even better. And we can do it as realists, and pragmatists – not as utopians. That is the research community at its best.”

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SPEECH: The Human Factor

“Australians have learned to trust researchers. They see a sector that conducts itself as it does in this country: with integrity, with transparency, and most importantly, to brilliant effect.”

15 October 2018

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SPEECH: HIGHER FACULTIES

“Kissinger once said ‘University politics are vicious, precisely because the stakes are so small.’

With due respect to Kissinger, I disagree. University politics are complex, and occasionally vicious, because the stakes are so high.”…

5 October 2018

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SPEECH: PROGRESS IN VIEW

“Without microscopy there is no modern science. End of story.”…

10 September 2018

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SPEECH: THE AI WILL SEE YOU NOW

“Would you trust doctors using data from artificial intelligence to make life or death health decisions for your child?”…

17 August 2018

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SPEECH: THE NEXT GENERATION

“Technology is not a solution for ignorance. It makes the opportunities for the educated even greater.”…

15 August 2018

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SPEECH: The future of Australian mining

“It seems to me that if we can be the best in the world at integrating artificial intelligence into mining, then we ought to be the best at capitalising on human intelligence as well.”…

27 July 2018

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