The Forum of Australian Chief Scientists is a gathering of science leaders advising State and Commonwealth governments on the opportunities the future holds, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel.
The event was hosted by the Tasmanian Department of State Growth. Professor Denzil Miller led the group of Chief Scientists on a tour of major scientific facilities in Hobart to demonstrate the critical role of science and innovation to Tasmania’s future.
Following their tour of the University of Tasmania’s waterfront campus, which houses the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC and IMOS, the group gathered for a presentation and Q&A with Tim Moltmann.
Mr Moltmann gave an overview of the role of IMOS as a national, multi-institutional marine observation infrastructure and outlined major activities with IMOS operating partners state-by-state.
“IMOS works with all of Australia’s coastal states and territories and this was a rare opportunity to be able to meet with the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists to discuss the benefits of national collaborative research infrastructure in the marine domain,” said Mr Moltmann.
It was Dr Finkel’s first forum and his first visit to Tasmania since commencing as Chief Scientist in January.
“Tasmania is a scientific hub built on a foundation of world class work,” said Dr Finkel.
“There is a growing critical mass of scientific excellence in Tasmania. The state is playing an increasingly important role in climate science and is a clear leader in demonstrating how to deliver a low emissions energy mix,” he said.
In the evening following the Forum, Dr Finkel delivered a public lecture titled Science and Innovation for the Third Millennium.