CSIRO’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, has been appointed as Australia’s next Chief Scientist.
The appointment, which begins on January 1 next year, is in recognition of Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and broad vision for Australia through her invaluable work at CSIRO, said CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall.
Dr Foley, who has been with CSIRO for nearly 36 years, began her career as a research scientist.
After working in manufacturing she was appointed as the CSIRO’s Chief Scientist in August 2018.
Her team’s breakthrough work in “SQUID” systems for mineral exploration were commercialised in LANDTEM technology, which has led to mineral discoveries worth more than $6 billion.
High-profile advocate for STEM
“As CSIRO’s Chief Scientist, Cathy has led the development of a Quantum Technology Roadmap for Australia, championed emerging and future areas of science research and capability within CSIRO,” said Dr Marshall.
She has been a high-profile and inspiring advocate for science and STEM careers.
Her scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships.
This includes a Eureka Prize for the promotion of science and NSW Woman of the Year, culminating in receiving an Officer of the Order of Australia earlier this year.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with her as CSIRO helps deliver on Cathy’s vision for science in Australia,” Dr Marshall said.