2 February 2013


ARC CEO thanks Senator Evans for contribution to research

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Professor Aidan Byrne, today thanked Senator Chris Evans for his commitment and contribution to research in Australia, following his announcement to resign from the Senate as Minister for Tertiary Education and Research.

Senator Evans came to the Research portfolio in December 2011 and has supported the advancement of science and research in Australia during his time as Minister.

Professor Byrne said he wished Senator Evans all the very best in his future endeavours.

“It has been a pleasure working with Senator Evans since I joined the ARC as CEO in July 2012.

“His support to me, the ARC and to advancing Australia through funding research has been unflagging.

“I can fully appreciate the difficulty of the decision to pick the right time to leave a job that you love, and I wish Senator Evans all the very best and some well-deserved time with his family.

“I thank him for the commitment he has shown to the research sector.”

Professor Byrne said he also looked forward to the opportunity to meet with the incoming Minister, the Hon. Chris Bowen MP.

“The ARC has an important role to play in ensuring high quality research is funded across the nation through our National Competitive Grants Program,” he said.

“Excellence in Research for Australia, administered by the ARC, is also a vital tool to measure the quality of research conducted in Australia.

“Australia must continue to invest in an innovative and robust science and research system, and I look forward to meeting with the new Minister and working with him to advance research in this country through the work of the ARC.”

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