Science & Technology Australia welcomes four new members and a special advisor to its STEM Sector Policy Committee.
The newly elected members include Professor Adrian Barnett (Statistical Society of Australia), Dr Andrew Black (Stem Cells Australia), Dr Bek Christensen (Ecological Society of Australia), and Dr Kathleen Beyer (ARC Centre for Climate Extremes/Department of Planning, Industry & Environment). An experienced special adviser, Professor Les Field (Royal Australian Chemical Institute), was also appointed to support the work of the committee.
They will join existing members, Dr Kathy Nicholson (Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics) and Dr Pallave Dasari (Women in STEMM), and the Chair of Policy, Sharath Sriram (Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society).
CEO of Science & Technology Australia, Kylie Walker, said the calibre of applications to join the committee had been extremely impressive, which was a reflection STA’s strong and growing impact in science and technology policy.
“We are sincerely grateful to the departing members of the committee – Professor Geoff Prince, Professor Jamie Vandenberg and Professor Richard Evans – for their invaluable contributions,” she said.
“This Committee is the foundation of our policy work and enables STA to authentically represent our members, as the voice for Australian science and technology.
“We encourage all STA members to connect with the Committee on issues of importance to them, so that we continue to advocate on their behalf with decision makers in government, business and beyond.”