Professor Ian Chubb AC

Chief Scientist for Australia
Australia must take a strategic approach to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM) in the National Interest
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
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Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb will officially launch his position paper Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the National Interest: A Strategic Approach.

It will outline how to strengthen Australia’s STEM enterprise in order to face major societal challenges and earn the future we want.

Action is required now to address issues like flat or declining STEM participation, impediments to our stream of new ideas, uncertainty from short-term support for programs, a narrow focus for innovation and the wicked problems facing the world.

Professor Chubb will map pathways to a better Australia and argue that getting the full benefit from our STEM enterprise requires alignment, focus and scale.

Professor Ian Chubb was appointed to the position of Chief Scientist on 19 April 2011 and commenced the role on 23 May 2011.

Prior to his appointment as Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb was Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University from January 2001 to February 2011. He was Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University of South Australia for six years and the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Monash University for two years while simultaneously the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics for 16 months.

He was also Chair of the Higher Education Council (the Commonwealth Government’s peak advisory body on higher education) from September 1990 to December 1994 and was, until mid-1994, the Deputy Chair of the National Board of Employment, Education and Training (the Commonwealth’s peak advisory body on all matters related to the Employment, Education and Training portfolio). During 1993, he was Interim Chair and then Deputy Chair of the Committee for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

From January 1986 to September 1990, Professor Chubb was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong and an Honorary Professor of Biology. During the period 1978-1985 he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in the School of Medicine of Flinders University. Before that he was at Oxford University where, during the period 1971-1977, he was a Wellcome Foundation Scholar, a Junior Research Fellow of St John’s College, and a Royal Society Research Fellow. He spent 1969-1971 as a JF & C Heymans Research Fellow at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

In 1999 Professor Chubb was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “service to the development of higher education policy and its implementation at state, national and international levels, as an administrator in the tertiary education sector, and to research particularly in the field of neuroscience”. In 2006 he was made a Companion (AC) in the order for “service to higher education, including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally, and to the facilitation of a knowledge-based global economy”. In 2000, Professor Chubb was awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Flinders University. He was made the ACT’s Australian of the Year in 2011 for his contribution to higher education.