Thomas Baker Oration 2022
Thomas Baker Oration - 15 June 2022
Speaker Dr Cathy Foley ASO PSM, Australia's Chief Scientist
Topic ‘Harnessing the Power of Science and Technology in a Rapidly Changing world’
Time 12.30 for 12.50-2.00pm
Venue Level 1, Latrobe Room Sofitel Hotel on Collins
Price $55 (2course lunch @ Sofitel)
“As we face the challenges of a rapidly changing landscape, the world is hungry for science and technology to show us the solutions. Australia has more to offer than ever before. We need to be ambitious and harness the opportunities before us – the breakthroughs of the next 30 years will lead to extraordinary things.”
Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM commenced as Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021 after an extensive career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO.
Dr Foley is an internationally recognised physicist with major research achievements in superconductors and sensors which lead to the development of the LANDTEM™ sensor system to locate valuable deposits of minerals deep underground, resulting in discoveries and delineation of minerals worth more than $6 billion.
Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including election to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, along with an Order of Australia for service to research science and to the advancement of women in physics. She is also a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (2008) and an honorary Fellow of Australian Institute of Physics (2019).
Dr Foley is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and is committed to tackling gender equality and diversity in the science sector to embrace the full human potential of all.