On 28 November 2018, the Government announced a new National Science and Technology Council that will take over the role of the former Commonwealth Science Council as the main forum for advice to government on scientific and technological developments affecting Australians. Expert members of the new National Science and Technology Council are ANU VC and Nobel Prize winning astro-physicist, Brian Schmidt, UoQ cervical cancer co-inventor Ian Frazer, ANU cultural anthropologist and technologist Genevieve Bell, University of Sydney mathematician Geordie Williamson, Griffith U DVC and metabolism and diabetes researcher Debra Henley. The prime minister will chair the new council, with Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews as deputy. Chief Scientist Alan Finkel will continue as executive officer and CSIRO chief Larry Marshall will act as an ex officio member. Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton said he looked forward to the new council providing strong oversight of Australia’s STEM system. “We’ll look to the Council to ensure policy and funding certainty for STEM, to support a strategic approach to science and innovation and ensure science and R&D play the central role they should in Australia’s economic growth and development into the future.” “Our only concern”, he said, “is the omission from the Council of the Health Minister who oversees significant investment in the health and medical research sector and this is obviously a key area for our members.” The new Council is scheduled to meet four times a year, up from two for the old council.
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