Today Professor Michael Holland commenced his two-year term as President of the Science & Technology Australia.
In commencing his term Professor Holland said the role of science in the creation of wealth and well being needs to become more overt.
We must articulate to Australians very clearly the value science has for the nation”.
“The three-way partnership between government, science and industry needs to be re-invigorated”.
Professor Holland paid tribute to the work of Dr Cathy Foley, who concluded her term today.
“Cathy has made an extraordinary contribution to STA and the science sector more broadly.
“Cathy has shown great leadership at a time when the validity and integrity of science has unfortunately been placed under question.
“I intend on pursuing this issue actively”.
Professor Holland is supported by a skilled Executive Committee:
· Vice President Dr Ross Smith
· Treasurer Professor Peter Adams
· Secretary Mr Claude Gauchat
· Head of Policy Associate Professor Rebecca Ritchie
· Early Career Scientist Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff
· Ordinary Member Dr Marc Duldig
Membership of Science & Technology Australia’s Board can be viewed at: www.sta.org.au
Professor Holland is currently the Deputy Head of the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. Professor Holland has worked with various Cooperative Research Centres and continues to work at the interface of research and industry. Professor Holland worked at CSIRO for 11 years and has spent 16 years in the United States working on the human and animal applications of stem cells. Professor Holland is a member of scientific societies in Australia and abroad and is the immediate past president of the Society for Reproductive Biology.