Physicist Dr Cathy Foley has been appointed the chief scientist of the CSIRO, and will begin in the role at the end of September.
Dr Foley, who has been with the CSIRO since 1985, is best-known for her work developing LANDTEM technology, which uses superconducting devices and systems that have assisted in unearthing over $6 billion in minerals globally.
Her statedpriorities will be promoting science, STEM and women in science.
“Australia’s future prosperity will be fuelled by science – science which creates new industries, new jobs and shapes the minds and aspirations of our future leaders,” Dr Foley said.
“We can’t keep thinking about science as something which is locked away in a lab. It connects and drives everything we touch and do.
“I’m looking forward to not just spreading the word, but helping shape the science agenda and raising the profile of the role of women in STEM.”