Governance & Board

Three levels of organisation make up Science & Technology Australia:
  • The federation
  • The board
  • The executive

The federation

The federation meets at least once a year, usually in November in Canberra. All members are entitled to vote at the federation’s general meetings, and these meetings are the only mechanism to change the constitution.

The board

The board has a general overall responsibility for the functions of Science & Technology Australia. It’s made up of the executive and 12 ‘cluster’ representatives, and meets three times a year.
Ten clusters are organised along broad ‘disciplinary’ lines with two clusters covering organisations who are not primarily disciplinary-based, ie general members.
Many distinguished scientists have served on the board, including:
  • Australia’s 1996 Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology, Professor Peter Doherty AC, former President of the Australian Academy of Science,
  • Emeritus Professor David Curtis AC, eminent neurophysiologist and former Director and Howard Florey Professor of Medical Research in the John Curtin School, ANU,
  • Dr Joe Baker, AO OBE, a world authority in natural resource management, former director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science,
  • Professor Sue Serjeantson AO, distinguished medical researcher, former Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ANU, and
  • distinguished water scientist, the late Professor Peter Cullen.

The executive

The executive is responsible for the ordinary operations of the organisation. It meets monthly, with informal consultations in between.
It consists of eight members, the Chief Executive Officer and seven elected members. To ensure a steady turnover of executive members, four positions are elected each year:
Even years
President-elect (1-year term) who assumes the Presidency in the odd year (for 2 years)
Secretary (2-year term)
Chair, Policy Committee (2-year term)
Early Career Scientist (2-year term)
Odd years
Vice-President (2-year term)
Treasurer (2-year term)
Ordinary Member (1-year term)
Early Career Scientist (2-year term)

Current Board

Cluster Representatives
 Agricultural and Food Sciences

Vacant

 

Ross Thompson

 

Aquatic Sciences

Professor Ross Thompson
Institute for Applied Ecology
University of Canberra
ACT 2601 Australia
T: 02 6201 5041
Ross.Thompson@canberra.edu.au

 

Coral Warr

Biological Sciences

Associate Professor Coral Warr
Associate Dean Research – Faculty of Science
School of Biological Sciences
Monash University
T: (03) 9905 5504
coral.warr@monash.edu

Chemical Sciences

Associate Professor Dianne Jolley
University of Wollongong
T: (02) 4221 3516
djolley@uow.edu.au

Geological and Geographical Sciences

Dr Duanne White
University of Canberra
T: (02) 6201 2083
duanne.white@canberra.edu.au

 

Geoff Prince

Mathematical Sciences

Professor Geoff Prince
Director
Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
Tel: 03 8344 1779
director@amsi.org.au

 

 

Medical and Cognitive Sciences

Vacant

Physical Sciences

Professor Warrick Couch
Australian Astronomical Observatory
PO Box 915
North Ryde NSW 1670
T: (02) 9372 4811
warrick.couch@aao.gov.au

Plant and Ecological Sciences

Associate Professor Ulrike Mathesius
Research School of Biology
College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
T: +61 2 6125 2840
ulrike.mathesius@anu.edu.au

Technological Sciences

Mr Peter Elford
Director, Government Relations and eResearch
AARNet Pty Ltd
Yarralumla, ACT, 2600
T: 02 6222 3537
Peter.Elford@aarnet.edu.au

General Representative

Vacant

General Representative

Professor Brian Yates
Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of Tasmania
Private Bag 50
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
T: 03 62261799
Brian.yates@utas.edu.au

Executive

 

jimpiper

President

Emeritus Professor Jim Piper
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Macquarie University
T: (02) 9850 6369
jim.piper@mq.edu.au

 

Emma Johnston

President-Elect

Professor Emma Johnston
Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), University of NSW
e.johnston@unsw.edu.au

Vice-President

Dr Jeremy C Brownlie
Environmental Futures Centre & School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences
Griffith University
T: (07) 3735 7440
j.brownlie@griffith.edu.au

Secretary

Dr Darren Saunders
Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW
T: (02) 9385 2494 d.saunders@unsw.edu.au

Treasurer

Stephen Horn
Statistician
T: 0262 585 045
srthorn@effect.net.au

Policy

Dr Cathy Foley
Science Director and Deputy Director Manufacturing, CSIRO
T: 02 9413 7413
cathy.foley@csiro.au

Early Career Scientist

Dr Alan Duffy
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne
mail@alanrduffy.com

Early Career Scientist

Dr Francine Marques
Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute
Melbourne
T: (03) 8532 1916
francine.marques@bakeridi.edu.au

 

KylieWalker

Chief Executive Officer

Kylie Walker
STA
PO Box 259
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601
T: (02) 6257 2891
F: (02) 6257 2897
M: 0405 229 152
kylie.walker@sta.org.au

Past Presidents

Ross E Smith (2013-2015), Director, Hydrobiology Pty Ltd
Michael Holland ( 2011-2013) Professor of Animal Biotechnology, Director of Research Strategy and Development, University of Queensland.
Cathy Foley (2009-2011), Chief, Materials Science and Engineering Division CSIRO.
Ken Baldwin (2007-2009), Deputy Director, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Professor, Australian National University.
Tom Spurling (2005-2007), former CEO of the CRC for Wood Innovations; Professor, Swinburne University of Technology and member of the CSIRO Board.
Snow Barlow (2003-2005), Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture, University of Melbourne.
Chris Fell (2001-2003), former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of New South Wales.
Sue Serjeantson (1999-March 2001), then Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Australian National University, Sue retired from position as Executive Secretary Australian Academy of Science in 2008.
Peter Cullen (1997-1999; March-November 2001), then Director, Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology, Canberra; Wentworth Group of Scientists. Sadly Peter died in March 2008.
Joe Baker (1995-1997), former ACT Commissioner for the Environment; Director of AIMS and Chief Scientist, Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries.
Graham Johnston (1993-1995), then and currently, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Sydney.
Ditta Bartels (1991-93), then Counsellor for Science and Technology, Australian Embassy, Bonn, currently Director of biotechnology firm.
Tony Wicken (1989-1991), then Professor of Microbiology, UNSW, formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) UNSW.
Frank Larkins (1987-89), then Professor of Chemistry, University of Tasmania, and also a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) University of Melbourne.
Fred Smith (1985-87), then Professor of Physics, Monash University and a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) La Trobe University.