The Annual Meeting and Dinner of the South Australian Division of the Academy will hear from Professor Caroline McMillen, Chief Scientist for South Australia.
Professor Caroline McMillen
Chief Scientist for South Australia
Professor Caroline McMillen became Chief Scientist for South Australia in October 2018 after serving as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle for seven years.
She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and a Bragg Member of the Royal Institution, Australia. She holds a BA (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and completed her medical training graduating with an MB, BChir from the University of Cambridge.
She has served in academic leadership positions at Monash University, the University of Adelaide and at the University of South Australia, where she held the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation before her move to Newcastle.
She has recently served as a Director on the Boards of Universities Australia, Australian Business Higher Education Round Table, and the Universities Admissions Centre and as a Business Events Sydney Ambassador.
She has been a member of international disciplinary bodies, research policy and assessment panels and industry groups, including the national Automotive Industry Innovation Council, the Boards of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology and the Cooperative Research Centre for Rail Innovation, the South Australian Premier’s Climate Change Council, the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council as well as state industry and government leadership groups focused on innovation, health, mining and resources and manufacturing.
Throughout her career she has been committed to building collaborations between universities, government, industry and communities that drive innovation and have a positive impact on the economic, social and cultural health of Australia. In her role as Vice-Chancellor, she was a frequent international commentator on the critical role of STEM in driving innovation and national and regional economic and social transition. She was presented at the end of her term with the Key to the City of Newcastle by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle.
She is an active champion for science, science education and for the next generation of scientists and she is a strong advocate for increased participation of women in science. She was a member of the Expert Advisory Group for Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) formed under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the Australian Academy of Science.