STA appoints new Board members

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Science & Technology Australia has announced the appointment of three newly elected members to its Board. The new Board members are:

  • Aquatic Sciences – Associate Professor Christopher Fulton; Australian Society for Fish Biology, Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • General Sciences – Dr Kathy Nicholson; Australian Optical Society, Women in STEMM Australia; Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
  • Medical and Cognitive Sciences – Dr Karen Gregory; Australasian Society of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacologists & Toxicologists

Welcoming these new members to the board, STA President Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE noted the rich diversity of talent, skill and experience they bring.

“I look forward to working with Christopher, Karen and Kathy, and I welcome the enthusiasm, extensive experience and new perspectives they offer,” Professor Johnston said.

“They add to the depth of knowledge on our Board at a time when we are carving out a strong and sustainable STEM future for Australia.”

Professor Johnston thanked the outgoing Board members for their dedication and leadership, which has led to a significant expansion in STA’s programs and initiatives.

“Each of these outgoing members has made a significant contribution to STA and has been a great ambassador for science and technology in Australia. I am deeply grateful for their commitment and contributions,” she concluded.

Outgoing Board members are Professor Rebecca Ritchie, Dr Katherine Dafforn, and Kylie Ahern.

Elections to a number of positions on STA’s Executive Committee – including Vice President – will take place at the Annual General Meeting in Canberra on Monday 25 November 2019. Professor Johnston’s term also concludes at the AGM, where she will hand over to President-Elect Dr Jeremy Brownlie.

Science & Technology Australia (STA) is Australia’s peak body in science and technology representing more than 75,000 Australian scientists and technologists working across all scientific disciplines.

Meet our new board members:

Associate Professor Christopher Fulton

Chris is an aquatic ecologist at The Australian National University. Chris is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a past President of the Australian Society for Fish Biology, and a passionate advocate for the role of evidence-based decision making in solving the most pressing challenges facing our society.

Dr Kathy Nicholson

Kathy is Chief Operating Officer for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide. As part of the STA Board, she would like to influence the national conversation about STEM issues including: gender, equity and diversity; non-academic STEM careers; and evolving the conversation from research commercialisation to research utilisation.

Dr Karen Gregory

Karen is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and leads the Endocrine and Neuropharmacology lab within the Drug Discovery Biology theme at Monash University. She advocates for the entire spectrum of scientific research from blue sky and fundamental discoveries through to translational and commercial applications. Karen is a vocal advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in science.

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