Professor Alan Finkel appointed new Chief Scientist of Australia
The Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) congratulates Professor Alan Finkel on his new appointment as Chief Scientist of Australia.
Professor Finkel was until recently the Chancellor of Monash University and is currently the President of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE) and chairs the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA). A highly respected neuroscientist, Professor Finkel is best known as the founder of Axon Instruments, a company which supplies tools for cellular neuroscience and drug discovery which was later bought by a US firm and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Ms Janice Besch, ARMS President said:
“The Society is delighted to learn about Professor Finkel’s appointment. He is a highly respected engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist and will bring to this role a breath of experience in academia as well as being someone who naturally exudes a passion for climate change and science more broadly. His appointment sends a strong message that the Turnbull government is serious about science and its economic and environmental role.”
Professor Finkel replaces Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb whose four year-plus term ends in December.