“I’m inspired by the talent and passion of our Science Policy Fellows and excited to see the how their contributions elevate and embrace the role of science in policy,” says Dr Foley.

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"The development of vaccines for COVID-19 has been described as a modern day miracle, with more than 200 million people already vaccinated around the world, barely a year after the seriousness of the pandemic became clear." Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, on the vaccine development.


Earlier this month, Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, appeared on the ABC's Radio National Science Show, outlining her vision for the role.


In one of her first public appearances as Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley chaired a discussion exploring collaborations and innovative contributions between Australia and the US in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Australia’s Chief Scientist, Cathy Foley, congratulates recipients of Australian honours this week, including mathematician Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger, who received the nation’s highest award. Professor Praeger was one of four people appointed Companions of the Order of Australia.

Professor Cheryl Praeger.

An Overview of Activities – Australia’s Chief Scientist: January 2016 – December 2020 has recently been released.

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The Finkel Files: Selected speeches from Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, has been published online.

Dr Finkel sitting with his notes at the National Press Club. Credit: Mark Graham

Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel continued his enthusiastic advocacy of the hydrogen industry when he spoke at the Australian Hydrogen Conference on Monday, telling the online audience that hydrogen has massive potential in transport, especially, but also in industry and domestic use.

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" ...We saw good reason for confidence. The states and territories have boosted investments and readiness, and their handling of the pandemic is effective. What they need to know is that their neighbours are similarly prepared."

Dr Finkel published an editorial in the Herald Sun newspaper on Saturday 14 November 2020.
The full editorial is available below.

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National Cabinet agreed unanimously on Friday, November 13, to the recommendations of a COVID-19 testing and contact tracing report from a panel headed by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel.

Cover of the national contact tracing review