The Federation

The Federation meets at least once a year at an Annual General Meeting. All members are entitled to vote at these meetings.

The Board

The Board is responsible for the strategy, governance and membership functions of Science & Technology Australia. It is made up of the Executive and 12 cluster representatives, each of whom are the chosen by STA members.

Ten of these positions are elected by disciplinary-based groups, and the remaining two represent general members which are not primarily disciplinary-based.

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The Executive

The Executive is delegated by the Board to manage the ordinary operations of the organisation.

It consists of nine members - the Chief Executive Officer and eight elected members.

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Three levels of organisation make up Science & Technology Australia


The STA Board comprises members of the Executive Committee, and 12 Cluster Group representatives, each of whom are elected by STA members in their cluster.

A Cluster Group appointment is for two years, with a possibility to stand for a second term (to a maximum of four years). Elections to the Board are held every October.

STA makes a general call for nominations, and Cluster members vote to choose the successful candidate. Candidates must be a member of at least one of the organisations in the relevant Cluster.

Election for the Executive are held in alternate years, see below for specific details.

Elected in 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)

Elected in odd years

  • Vice-President (2-year term)
  • Treasurer (2-year term)
  • Ordinary Member (1-year term)
  • Early Career Representative (2-year term)


These sub-committees and working groups support the work of the STA Board and Executive

STEM Sector Policy Committee

  • Professor Sharath Sriram (Chair)
    Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (AMMS)
  • Associate Professor Vanessa Wong
    Soil Science Australia
  • Kate McGeoch
    ARC Centre for Excellence in Exciton Science
  • Professor Adrian Barnett
    Statistical Society of Australia
  • Dr Andrew Black
    Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Dr Bek Christensen
    Ecological Society of Australia
  • Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea
    Women in STEMM
  • Dr Miloš Tanurdžić
    Genetics Society of AustralAsia
  • Special advisor: Professor Les Field
    Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

  • Dr Muneera Bano
    Computing Research and Education Association of Australia
  • Dr Anita Goh (Co-Chair)
    Australian Psychological Society & Women in STEMM Australia
  • Corey Tutt
    Deadly Science
  • Dr Sumeet Walia (Co-Chair)
    Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society
  • Dr Susanna Cramb
    Statistical Society of Australia
  • Dr Erin McGillick
    Reproductive Health Australia
  • Dr Tara Roberson
    ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems
  • Kate Callaghan
    Astronomical Society of Australia



Financial Audit and Risk Committee

  • Professor Judith Dawes (Chair)
    Australian Optical Society (AOS)
  • Dr Darren Saunders
    Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • Professor Nonna Martinov-Bennie
    Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University
  • Chief Executive Officer – Science & Technology Australia

Constitutional Review Working Group

  • Dr Darren Saunders (Chair)
    Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • Dr Jeremy Brownlie
    Genetics Society of Australasia (GSA) & STA President
  • Dr Kathy Nicholson
    Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and Women in STEMM Australia
  • Professor Andrew Peele
    Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)
  • Professor Leann Tilley
    Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • Chief Executive Officer – Science & Technology Australia
  • Georgie Ovin
    STA Staff Member


Jeremy Brownlie (2019-2021) Deputy Head of School and Molecular Geneticist at Griffith University

Emma Johnston (2017 -2019), Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology, University of New South Wales

Jim Piper (2015-2017), Research Leader at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Macquarie University

Ross Smith (2013-2015), then Director of environmental consulting company Hydrobiology.

Michael Holland (2011-2013), then Deputy Head of the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland.

Cathy Foley (2009-2011), then Deputy and Science Director, CSIRO Manufacturing. Later became Chief Scientist of Australia.

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.

Peter Cullen (March-November 2001) then Director, CRC for Freshwater Ecology, Canberra; Wentworth Group of Scientists.

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), then Director, CRC for Freshwater Ecology, Canberra.

Joe Baker (1995-1997), former ACT Commissioner for the Environment; Director of AIMS and Chief Scientist, Queensland.

Graham Johnston (1993-1995), then Professor of Pharmacology, University of Sydney.

Ditta Bartels (1991-93), then Counsellor for Science and Technology, Australian Embassy, Bonn.

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.