2020-21 Australian Science Policy Fellow: Anu
Anu, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
What were you researching before you started as a Science Policy Fellow?
I specialize in the fields of Molecular Biology, Genetics, and MicrobioIogy, and completed a PhD on the idiosyncrasies of the human genome. Immediately preceding the fellowship, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with CSIRO working in the fields of vaccine research, and developing novel genetic strategies for invasive plant management.
What policy area are you working on through the Science Policy Fellowship Program?
For my first rotation in the Science and Commercialisation Division, I am working on a joint taskforce with the Department of Industry and the Department of Education to deliver the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. This has afforded me an understanding of how policy roadmaps are collaboratively developed, the complexity of different issues it addresses, and its alignment with whole of government effort. For my second rotation, I will be working with the National Hydrogen Strategy team within the International Climate and Technology Division.
How has your research background helped you contribute to policy development?
The ability to lead complex projects, engage with stakeholders, work with limited information and applying research skills to understand new areas has really helped me unpack some of the policy issues we are tackling.
How has the program changed your career aspirations?
This fellowship has increased my appreciation for the diversity of career options in the APS, and how the transferable skills gained in research are valuable in the complex space of policy development.
What is your favourite part about working in a policy role in the Australian Public Service?
I have always relished the opportunities to directly engage with people who will be impacted through my work. As a part of the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Taskforce, I have really enjoyed contributing to national-level initiatives and enriching my ideas through stakeholder conversations.