Queensland Chief Scientist's role
The Queensland Chief Scientist is a whole-of-government position that sits within the Department of Environment and Science. It provides high-level strategic advice to the state government on the role of science, research and innovation to meet Queensland’s challenges.
The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist has three key responsibilities:
- to lead science strategy across government
- to increase engagement and participation of the Queensland community in science-based activities
- to promote Queensland science.
As an ambassador for Queensland science, the Chief Scientist fosters cooperation and collaboration amongst the government, research, industry and community sectors; raising Queensland's profile as a smart region characterised by world class research and investment opportunities; and engaging the community in better understanding the importance of science, research and innovation in the state's future economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
Queensland Chief Scientist
The Queensland Chief Scientist is a member of the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists (FACS), which includes state and territory chief scientists and is chaired by the Chief Scientist for Australia. FACS contributes to the development of national science policy, and its members represent Australian science internationally.
- Interim Queensland Chief Scientist—Professor Paul Bertsch (term concludes 30 June 2020)
- Former Queensland Chief Scientists:
- Dr Christine Williams
- Professor Suzanne Miller
- Dr Geoff Garrett AO
- Emeritus Professor Peter Andrews AO.