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.
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.
Queensland's current Acting Chief Scientist is Dr Christine Williams.
In this role she will be accountable for science policy, providing strategic guidance across a range of government departments, and will also be involved with a number of reviews and enquiries.
In her previous role as Assistant Director-General, Science, Christine has worked in close partnership with other government agencies (state and federal), universities and other research groups, as well as industry, a role she will continue to perform and expand upon as Acting Chief Scientist.
Christine was previously an academic at Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland where she was responsible for teaching statistics and econometrics. She is an economist by training with a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Queensland and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University.
Professor Suzanne Miller, current Queensland Chief Scientist, commenced in this role on 12 December 2016 and was the state’s third Chief Scientist and first woman to hold this important post.