Science & Technology Australia is pleased to announce a new leadership team, including President-elect Professor Emma Johnston.
Professor Johnston, who will formally assume the presidency in November 2017, was elected at the STA AGM in Canberra on Friday 25 November. Professor Johnston is a marine ecologist and incoming Dean of Science at the University of New South Wales.
Also elected were:
- Vice President Dr Jeremy Brownlie, geneticist and Deputy Head of the School of Natural Sciences at Griffith University
- Secretary Dr Darren Saunders, cancer researcher at the University of New South Wales
- Policy Chair Dr Cathy Foley, past President of STA, physicist and Science Director at CSIRO
- Early Career Researcher Representative Dr Alan Duffy, astronomer at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
They join Professor Piper (physicist; Macquarie University), Treasurer Stephen Thorn (statistician; retired) and Early Career Researcher Representative Dr Francine Marques (geneticist; Baker IDI) on the Executive Committee.
Meanwhile, Robyn Porter has stepped down as Policy Chair and Jamie Vandenberg has ended his term as Ordinary Member.
STA President, Professor Jim Piper, welcomed the new Executive Committee.
“The outstanding calibre of candidates and the broad interest in running for these positions speaks highly of STA’s reputation and growing influence,” Professor Piper said.
“I look forward to working with the new team: their energy, professionalism and networks will help position STA to continue to advocate strongly on behalf of our members and the science and technology sectors generally.
“I also wish to thank Robyn and Jamie for their service and to wish them very well – their enthusiasm and commitment to STA have been invaluable.”