2019-20 Australian Science Policy Fellow: Mark
What were you researching before you started as a Science Policy Fellow?
My background is in particle astrophysics. My research was about looking for astrophysical neutrinos - subatomic particles created in the most violent regions of our universe. As part of the IceCube collaboration I looked at the data that was collected by our experiment in Antarctica and tried to find ways to better separate out these astrophysical neutrinos from the much more frequent background of other particles.
How has your research background helped you contribute to policy development?
My background has given me a number of different skills for thinking critically about problems, and trying to evaluate and discover the best solutions. I am finding that my best work is when I’m able to break down a problem and assess what matters most.
How has the program changed your career aspirations?
I want to continue with this career in public policy, as I am thoroughly enjoying making a difference in an important area of work - one I hope will have a positive impact on the lives of many people.
What is your favourite part about working in a policy role in the Australian Public Service?
We have very thoughtful conversations, work as a team to solve problems, and engage with many diverse groups to build our understanding. Everyone I work with is socially aware and is striving towards a positive future.