Three impressive senior STEM leaders appointed to STA Board

Science & Technology Australia is delighted to welcome acclaimed marine scientist Dr Rachel Przeslawski to its Board as its new cluster representative for aquatic sciences.

STA Board members Rachel Przeslawski, Karen Gregory & Kathy Nicholson.

Dr Przeslawski is President of the Australian Marine Sciences Association.

After 14 years at Geoscience Australia as a marine scientist and Director of Discovery & Engagement, she has recently taken a new role at the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Her research investigates how environmental stressors affect marine invertebrates.

She has led over 100 collaborators to develop a suite of nationally standard methods for sampling in Australia’s oceans. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on marine science and has a strong interest in science communication.

Dr Przeslawski will take up her role as representing scientists working in aquatic sciences following the STA Annual General Meeting on 25 November.

Dr Kathy Nicholson and Dr Karen Gregory have been re-elected unopposed to the STA Board representing the general sciences and medical and cognitive sciences.

Both have served with great skill and energy during their previous two year terms to connect the grassroots science membership into the STA network.

STA President Associate Professor Jeremy Brownlie said a key strength of STA was the voices of its membership represented in such high calibre talent.

“These three impressive senior STEM leaders highlight the depth of talent serving on the Board of the nation’s leading voice for science & technology,” he said.

“We are fortunate to have exceptional quality researchers in these roles, with many years of deep sectoral knowledge and experience.”

“We are delighted to have Rachel join the STA Board. She is a star in the marine science community, and will be a powerful advocate for her colleagues.”

“And we’re thrilled to welcome back Kathy and Karen to serve another two-year term on the STA Board.”

“Both of them have been excellent Directors who care passionately about connecting people and ideas to advance the work of Australia’s science.”

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