Strong membership for 2018 ARC Advisory Council

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Professor Sue Thomas, today announced the appointment of seven new members to reinvigorate the ARC Advisory Council.

“I am pleased to announce the new members of the ARC Advisory Council who will provide advice to the ARC on key research policy issues—lending independent strategic guidance and experience that will strengthen the ARC’s ability to support research and innovation in Australia,” Professor Thomas said.

As ARC CEO, Professor Sue Thomas is the Chair of the ARC Advisory Council and the new members to commence in 2018 are:

  • Professor Deborah Terry AO, Vice Chancellor, Curtin University
  • Professor David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor, University of South Australia
  • Emeritus Professor Cindy Shannon, Shannon Consulting
  • Professor Kevin Hall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), The University of Newcastle
  • Ms Lynley Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Museums Victoria
  • Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Sydney
  • Mr Mark McKenzie, Chair, Council of Small Business Australia

“It is important for the ARC to be informed by the views of suitably experienced individuals who can provide valuable insight into the issues faced by researchers in the higher education and research sector,” said Professor Thomas.

“Our new ARC Advisory Council members encompass strong backgrounds from academia and industry, to ensure input from those sectors who can both partner with, and benefit from, ARC-funded research.

“Importantly, the collective expertise of the membership of the ARC Advisory Council also spans a broad cross-section of fields of research in which Australian researchers are active, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) disciplines.

“In keeping with the priorities of our Gender Equality Action Plan 2018, the ARC is also leading the sector by example, with the full ARC Advisory Council to have equal gender representation, comprising four women and four men."

ARC Advisory Council members are appointed for up to three years and advise on: strategic issues relating to the mission of the ARC, including strategic planning; policy matters relating to innovation, research and research training; and matters relating to the evaluation of the quality and outcomes of research and research training in an international context.

For more information on the ARC Advisory Council and the new members, visit the Australian Research Council website.

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