Six of the nation’s most prominent scientists, including a Nobel prize winner, have been appointed as board members of Australia’s peak science advisory body, the National Science and Technology Advisory Council.
Professors Genevieve Bell, Barbara Howlett, Geordie Williamson and Debra Henly will join professors Brian Schmidt and Ian Frazer on the National Science and Technology Advisory Council.
Announcing the appointments, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the members brought an impressive range of expertise to the council.
"The six new members have outstanding records in areas that show how much science and technology matters to our lives – from understanding our universe, to cutting edge artificial intelligence and productive agriculture, as well as high quality education and healthcare," Minister Andrews said.
The new appointees include:
"They will be an invaluable source of expert advice to the government on the key science and technology issues facing the nation, ensuring we receive the best independent advice possible," Minister Andrews explained.
Other members of the council are Prime Minister Scott Morrison (chair of the council), Minister Andrews (deputy chair), Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO (executive officer), and Dr Larry Marshall, the chief executive of the CSIRO.
The council will focus on the key science and technology challenges facing Australia, providing expert advice on issues such as health, emerging technologies and education.
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