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Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker


Dr Cathy Foley AO

Chief Scientist of Australia

Sydney I Monday 8 March 2021
Hilton Sydney | From 11.30am

Dr Cathy Foley’s appointment as Australia’s Chief Scientist from January 2021 is testament to her personal scientific excellence, her broad vision for Australia through her invaluable work at CSIRO, and her commitment and role-modelling for diversity and inclusion for the next generation of scientists.

Cathy worked with CSIRO for 36 years, beginning as a research scientist, working in applied physics for manufacturing, and becoming CSIRO’s Chief Scientist in August 2018.

Among her many achievements, her team’s breakthrough work in ‘SQUID’ systems for mineral exploration were commercialised in LANDTEM technology, which has led to mineral discoveries worth more than $6 billion.

As CSIRO’s Chief Scientist, Cathy has led the development of a Quantum Technology Roadmap for Australia, championed emerging and future areas of science research and capability within CSIRO, and been a high-profile and inspiring advocate for science and STEM careers.

Her scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including a Eureka Prize for the promotion of science and NSW Woman of the Year, culminating in receiving a Public Service Medal in 2007 and Officer of the Order of Australia in 2020.

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