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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Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has presented an optimistic picture of Australia’s shift to clean energy, predicting hydrogen will quite quickly become cost-competitive in some industries.

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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 Low Emissions Technology Statement released on September 22 addresses the biggest global challenge of our era – how to reduce emissions quickly while supporting economic growth.


Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel has welcomed the release of a report on the future of technology in Australian agriculture.

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Australia’s Chief Scientist borrowed from the lyrics of an old country song when asked at a Year13 summit what advice he had for school leavers unsure of their next step.

“Do what you do do well,” Dr Alan Finkel told the virtual Future of Work Expo last month.

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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?