Chief Scientist

New Queensland Chief Scientist

Due to unforeseen events, the recruitment process for the new Queensland Chief Scientist is still in the process of being finalised. The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist is still fully operational and able to support any requests for advice, assistance or information.

Professor Paul Bertsch

Professor Paul Bertsch

Interim Chief Scientist

Professor Paul Bertsch

Professor Paul Bertsch was interim Queensland Chief Scientist from February 2019 until June 2020.

Paul is also Deputy Director-Science of the Land and Water Business Unit at CSIRO where he leads a team of approximately 650 scientists and technical specialists working on the stewardship of land and water resources, ecosystems and the built environment.

While interim Queensland Chief Scientist, he championed inter- and transdisciplinary and cross-agency science approaches to address the significant challenges facing Australia and the world, specifically around the environment, natural resource management and sustainability.