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Cathy Foley appointed Australia’s new chief scientist


Physicist Cathy Foley has been announced as Australia’s next chief scientist.

Dr Foley is the CSIRO’s chief scientist and has worked there for 36 years.

She will take over from Dr Alan Finkel, who finishes his term in December.

Scott Morrison visited the CSIRO on Monday to congratulate Dr Foley, who he says has the background needed as Australia recovers from coronavirus.

“Dr Foley has a big task ahead to drive collaboration between industry and the science and research community as we look to create jobs for the COVID-19 recovery and for the future,” Mr Morrison said.

Dr Cathy Foley is a renowned Australian physicist.
media_cameraDr Cathy Foley is a renowned Australian physicist.

The applied physicist is the second woman to hold the three-year position of Australia’s chief scientist.

She follows Professor Penny Sackett, who held the role from 2008-2011, and will start in January 2021.

“Climate change is something that has to be dealt with, and it’s not something that is just a single solution,” Dr Foley said.

“Our current chief scientist has identified gas as a transition to being able to deal with the future, and I guess my role is to see how to build on that to be able to make sure we’ve got what is needed into the long term.”

Industry Minister Karen Andrews said Dr Foley would also provide advice on Australia’s modern manufacturing strategy.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Australia’s new chief scientist Dr Cathy Foley. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
media_cameraPrime Minister Scott Morrison with Australia’s new chief scientist Dr Cathy Foley. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

Originally published as Meet Australia’s new chief scientist

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