Australia appoints new chief scientist

Dr Alan Finkel has been appointed Australia’s next chief scientist. Dr Alan Finkel, the founder of a Silicon Valley robotic instruments company, has been appointed Australia’s next chief scientist. Finkel, who in 1983 established Axon Instruments, a California-based, supplier of electronic and robotic instruments used in neuroscience research and pharmaceutical drug development, will take up his post in January next year. He is currently chancellor of Monash University, which has campuses in Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, India and China; as well as president of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Finkel, who will replace Professor Ian Chubb who has been in post since May 2011, said: “My personal experience across research, business and STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] education will guide my ability to formulate relevant advice.…

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