Last day For Chief Scientist Of Australia

After almost five years, Professor Ian Chubb will end his role as Australia’s Chief Scientist.

On Tuesday, he released his statement about the importance of science to the nation’s future which can be viewed here.

He speaks positively about the future and encourages scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to work hard and do their best. He talks about a national focus on STEM thorough communication, education and the National Innovation and Science Agenda to make a better Australia.

There is no other path to the future that I believe Australians want than to put science at the core of everything we do — a future of rising living standards, good jobs for those who seek them, healthy communities to enjoy and wondrous places to explore.

Yesterday, he launched the STEM Programme Index 2016 with more than 250 STEM programmes for students around Australia as another resource to instill STEM in our future.

Our director, Dr Paul Willis on behalf of RiAus comments on the contribution that Prof Ian Chubb has made to Australia:

Professor Ian Chubb has been an exemplary Chief Scientist for Australia during a very difficult period for Australian Science. Through some very dark days Ian maintained and dignity, resolve and an intellect that lead Australian science by example. We wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for his sterling service to Australia and to science.
We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome in the new Chief Scientist for Australia Dr Alan Finkel. Dr Finkel is an old friend of RiAus and we look forward to working with him in the future.

Prof Ian Chubb completes his appointment today on 22 January 2016.

Originally published on The Royal Institution of Australia: