The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute welcomes Dr Alan Finkel AO as Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist.
As the national voice for mathematical sciences, AMSI will work closely with Dr Finkel as he builds on outgoing Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb’s seminal work on a national STEM policy to drive innovation.
“We look forward to collaborating with Alan to radically grow Australia’s mathematical capacity, as he takes on this important leadership role for Australian science. A regular supporter of AMSI’s policy and advocacy campaigns, he has a strong record of tackling the nation’s STEM challenges,” says AMSI Director, Professor Geoff Prince.
The institute acknowledges the contribution of outgoing Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb and his outstanding leadership in driving policy development in STEM education, science, research and innovation. Science and the mathematical sciences have achieved new levels of visibility and influence during his tenure.
“AMSI has worked closely with Professor Chubb to shape policy recommendations vital to the future of STEM, research and innovation in Australia. Under his leadership, we have seen education, science, research policy and Australia’s future capacity for innovation elevated as critical national policy issues,” says Professor Prince.
Aside from Australian science’s top role, both share a strong connection with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute as part of their advocacy of science and innovation.
“Both Alan and Ian are vocal advocates for science, innovation and commercialisation in Australia. This was evidenced in their passionate contributions to AMSI’s special feature coverage of Australia’s STEM challenge in the November issue of The Update,” says Professor Prince.