24 October 2011


ERA 2012 Research Evaluation Committee chairs


Professor Margaret  Sheil, CEO of the Australian Research Council (ARC), today announced the appointment of the Research Evaluation Committee Chairs for the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative for 2012 (ERA2012). 

The Chairs for ERA 2012 are:

Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences
Professor Robert Vincent               
University of Adelaide
Humanities and Creative Arts
Professor Joy Damousi               
University of Melbourne
Engineering and Environmental Sciences
Professor Rose Amal               
University of New South Wales
Education and Human Society
Professor Mark Western              
University of Queensland
Economics and Commerce
Professor Kim Langfield-Smith               
Monash University
Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences
Professor Mary-Anne Williams               
University of Technology Sydney
Biological and Biotechnological Sciences
Professor Jeffrey Schwartz               
Griffith University
Medical and Health Sciences
Professor Hugh Barrett               
University of Western Australia

The Chairs were selected from the pool of nominations submitted in  response to a general invitation by the ARC to the university sector earlier  this year.

 “The REC Chairs have a central role in the ERA  processes, and I am delighted with the appointment of this distinguished group  of researchers,” said Professor Sheil.

“They collectively  bring considerable experience and ability which will ensure that ERA evaluations are of the highest standard.”

Professor Sheil  thanked the sector for continued contributions to the conduct of ERA. The ARC  has received a significant number of nominations (from researchers from  Australia and overseas, across a range of disciplines) for membership of the Research Evaluation Committees, and is currently working through the  nominations to ensure the strongest possible membership for ERA 2012. An  announcement of full membership will be made as soon as possible.

A brief biography for each Chair is available from the ARC Archive website. 

The ERA 2012 evaluation will open for submissions in March 2012. For further information, please visit the ERA page.

Media contacts: 
Minister's office, 02 6277 7580
ARC Stakeholder Relations, 0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au