Statement from Dr Alan Finkel AO on appointment of Dr Cathy Foley AO as Australia's Chief Scientist


I am delighted that Dr Cathy Foley will be Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist.

Cathy is an excellent choice; I have known her for many years, and I feel somewhat honoured to be followed in the role by such an esteemed person. I am confident in handing the Chief Scientist’s baton to her safe and experienced hands.

Cathy is first and foremost a scientist ─ a world renowned physicist ─ and a leader in every aspect of her professional life.

Her research into superconductors has not only led to vast strides in improving our understanding of these materials; she has translated this fundamental research into massive commercial outcomes – she really understands how the pieces come together, which is invaluable in a Chief Scientist.

Cathy’s tremendous impact in the science communications sphere is also significant.

As a science advocate she champions the importance of diversity in scientific endeavours.

This year’s pandemic, and the bushfires in January have shown that our need for science has never been greater, and the payoff from our investment has never been more obvious than in this difficult year.

I am confident that Cathy will continue to be an influential voice in providing the best scientific advice to government, for the benefit of us all, and I congratulate her wholeheartedly.