Advice of WA Chief Scientist secured to 2022

by WA Government News | Apr 02, 2019
  • Professor Peter Klinken AC reappointed as WA Chief Scientist to June 2022  

Science Minister Dave Kelly is pleased to announce the reappointment of Western Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken AC for a further three years.

Professor Klinken provides high-level, independent advice to the Government about important matters that help shape the advancement of science and innovation.

He works closely with the Science and Innovation Division in the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation to enhance collaboration among the science and innovation sectors locally, nationally and internationally.

The contract extension guarantees Professor Klinken's skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for science to June 2022. Professor Klinken began his tenure on June 10, 2014, and is Western Australia's third Chief Scientist since the role was established in 2003 by the Gallop Labor Government.

Some of Professor Klinken's recent key achievements in the role include chairing the STEM Advisory Panel, being tasked with developing a State STEM skills strategy, a participating member of the Lithium Taskforce, being tasked with developing a Lithium and Energy Materials Strategy, and raising the profile of WA's space industry capabilities.

Professor Klinken was a leading medical researcher, advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia. He was also instrumental in establishing the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly:

"This extension acknowledges the wealth of knowledge and expertise that Professor Klinken brings to the role, and the value this Government places on his advice.

"Professor Klinken is highly regarded in academic and industry circles in WA, so I am particularly pleased that we have had the good fortune to secure his highly valued services for an additional three-year term.

"Securing Professor Klinken for this role is terrific news for the State because his enthusiasm for science is immeasurable. He is a driving force behind the McGowan Government's push for more Western Australians to develop STEM skills for the jobs of the future."

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