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


STA is now accepting nominations for Board Positions. For more information click here.

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)
  • Board teleconference – 10am-12:30pm, Thursday 19 July
  • Board teleconference – 10am-12:30pm, Thursday 25 October
  • Members Meet-Up (Melbourne – TBC) – 7pm, Wednesday 21 November
  • Board meeting prior to AGM (Melbourne – TBC) – 9:30am-4pm, Thursday 22 November


These sub-committees support the work of the STA Board and Executive
Cathy Foley
Cathy Foley
Policy Committee Chair
Jeremy Brownlie
Dr Jeremy Brownlie
Membership Committee Co-chair
Diane Jolley
Professor Dianne Jolley
Membership Committee Co-chair


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), Deputy and Science Director, CSIRO Manufacturing.

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.

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