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.

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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.

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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.

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Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, has responded to a letter from the Member for Warringah, Zali Steggall OAM MP.

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.

Australia has a moment in time to capture the benefits of the booming “Internet of Things”, a new report from the Australian Council of Learned Academies has found.

The Internet of Things is the name given to the ever growing list of smart devices – devices connected to the internet and harnessing artificial intelligence, which are increasingly used not only in homes but also in the management of cities, including office buildings and transport networks, and in industry.

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Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, has welcomed the awarding of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science last week, saying they have gone to scientists whose work has ”super-star global implications”.

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