Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, welcomed 13 scientists into the Australian Public Service last week, telling them that the events of this year had highlighted the increasing importance of science and research in policymaking.

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The science of climate change is not in doubt. Global warming is due to human activity, and must be arrested as a matter of urgency by reducing global emissions. But how do we reconcile a dramatic reduction in emissions with a prosperous economy?


"As Australia’s Chief Scientist, I have long advocated the need for a common set of advice to school students about the importance of studying core subjects.

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Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has responded to an open letter from a group of Australian climate scientists as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on 25 August 2020.

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"We truly are at the dawn of a new industry that can contribute to jobs, export income, energy storage, and, vitally, global emissions reduction."

Following the delivery of the National Hydrogen Strategy in November, Dr Finkel shared his winding journey from hydrogen sceptic to hydrogen supporter.

"For the anxious, progress towards a hydrogen future is too slow. But look back a few decades from now and history will record the hydrogen industry as an overnight success."

Following the release of the National Hydrogen Strategy, Dr Finkel looks at the history and future of hydrogen as a fuel - from the realm of science fiction to the stuff of today's science fact. The full article is below, and was first published in The Conversation on 25 November 2019.

“Imagine a zero-emissions fuel that exists on Earth in abundance, can be easily extracted using basic chemistry and offers jobs and investment in Australia f

“Our focus has to shift from quantity to quality…we must abandon the assumption that a passive apprenticeship system wo

In response to an article published across multiple news sources 2–4 December 2018, Dr Finkel wrote a letter to the editors to clarify his position on reduci

The Office of the Chief Scientist has published the 17th paper in its Occasional Paper Series on Precision Medicine.