Australia's Chief Scientist


SPEECH: A Relentless Commitment to Quality

“In the case of the research sector here and abroad, we need to acknowledge that as good as the research system is, there is a problem. There are a significant number of papers that are poor quality, and should never …

17 September 2019

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“One thing we know for sure is that social change is not achieved without effort.”…

10 September 2019

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SPEECH: Renewing the signals, restoring the continuum

“Mathematics encourages logical thought; it allows for the laying out of a problem and working through solutions; it trains you to make deductions from the learned assumptions of those who have gone before; and it encourages you to apply your …

12 July 2019

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SPEECH: Actions to advance research integrity

“The basic structure of peer review is the best we’ve ever invented. But it is showing signs of strain.”…

3 June 2019

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SPEECH: STEM careers – a broad horizon

“The reality is, you may never work a day in your life in a particular profession – and still be getting value from your degree.”…

23 May 2019

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SPEECH: What manufacturing can teach AI

“AI is seeping into every aspect of manufacturing – and manufacturing companies are buying up AI talent as fast as universities can churn it out.”…

15 May 2019

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SPEECH: Shipping sunshine at scale

“Let’s start with the big picture: zero emissions energy everywhere, for everyone. How do we get there?”…

28 April 2019

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SPEECH: Creative Innovation Summit 2019 – Keynote

Dr Finkel gave a keynote address at the Creative Innovation Summit 2019 on 2 April 2019 in Melbourne. A full version of the speech is below or you can download a pdf here.…

8 April 2019

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SPEECH: Innovation Metrics Review International Workshop

Dr Finkel gave an introductory address at the Innovation Metrics Review International Workshop on 13 March 2019 in Canberra. A full version of the speech is below or you can download a pdf here. …

14 March 2019

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SPEECH: Opening panellist remarks for the International Energy Agency Workshop on Hydrogen

Dr Finkel gave a speech at the International Energy Agency on 11 February 2019 in Paris, France. In his speech he outlines some of the motivations for an increasing focus on hydrogen. A pdf of the speech is here . …

12 March 2019

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