Australia’s Chief Scientist
Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM commenced as Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021.
Dr Foley was appointed to the role after a lengthy career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO; she was appointed as the agency’s Chief Scientist in August 2018, the second woman to hold that role. The position of Australia’s Chief Scientist provides high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters related to science, technology and innovation. They hold the position of Executive Officer to the National Science and Technology Council; identifying challenges and opportunities for Australia that can be adressed, in part, through science.
The position is an advocate for Australian science internationally and focuses national thinking on science across the states and territories through the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists…read more.