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Dr Cathy Foley named as Australia's Chief Scientist


Dr Cathy Foley will take up a three-year appointment as Australia's Chief Scientist in January 2021. Dr Foley was President of the Australian Institute of Physics 2007-8 and a member of the AAPPS Council 2017-19.

Dr Foley has been with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for nearly 36 years, beginning as a research scientist focussing on semiconductor physics. Among her many achievements are her team's breakthrough work on 'SQUID' systems for mineral exploration that led to mineral discoveries worth more than A$ 6 billion.

In August 2018 she became CSIRO's Chief Scientist. In this role she led the development of a Quantum Technology Roadmap for Australia, championed emerging and future areas of science research and capability within CSIRO, and has been a high-profile and inspiring advocate for science and STEM careers. In particular she has championed diversity in science and leadership, and encouraged girls and women to study traditionally male-dominated realms of science, such as engineering, mathematics and physics.

Dr Foley has served as president of Science and Technology Australia and advised the Prime Minister's Science Engineering and Innovation Council. In 2020 Dr Foley received an Officer of the Order of Australia award for "distinguished service to research science, to the advancement of women in physics, and to professional scientific organisations"

Dr Foley is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and also of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.


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