Australia’s Chief Scientist has a message for our senior high school students finishing their final year of school: "Don’t lose heart. Year 12 is your last year at school and it might feel like the end of something. But actually it’s the beginning of the rest of your life!"
Australia will not solve its great challenges, including the development of new low-emissions technologies, a space industry, defence and quantum technologies, without making use of the full human potential, Dr Foley says.
Dr Foley was very impressed recently to receive a package of portraits of her from year 2 students at Burgmann Anglican School in the ACT. The students had been learning in their science unit about the Earth’s resources as well as researching Australian scientists. This led to an investigation of the role of Australia’s Chief Scientist, including about Dr Foley’s work and early life.