About the members of the Executive Committee

About the Executive Committee (EXCOM)

Professor John Shine AC PresAA

President, Australian Academy of Science

Professor John Shine was Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research from 1990 to 2011. He is Professor of Molecular Biology and Professor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney. The ‘father of gene cloning’, Professor Shine was the first to clone human hormone genes and the first to sequence the replication of a cancer-causing virus. These and other pioneering discoveries by Professor Shine helped to launch the biotechnology revolution that has transformed medicine and agriculture. Professor Shine was appointed to the board of the biopharmaceutical company CSL Ltd in 2006 and then as Chair from 2011 to 2018. He received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2010 and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1994.

Emeritus Professor Jim S Williams AM FAA FTSE

Secretary Physical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science

Emeritus Professor Jim S Williams obtained his BSc (1969) and PhD (1973) from the University of New South Wales. He became Director of the Microelectronics and Materials Technology Centre at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1982. In 1988 he moved to the Research School of Physical Sciences at the Australian National University (ANU) as Foundation Professor of the Department of Electronic Materials Engineering. In 2002 he took up the Directorship of the Research School of Physics and Engineering at ANU and retired from this position in 2012. Professor Williams was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2003 for his contributions to semiconductor physics.

Professor Helene Marsh FAA FTSE

Secretary Biological Sciences, Australian Academy of Science

Emeritus Professor Helene Marsh is a conservation biologist who specialises in tropical marine mammals, especially the dugong. She is a past President of the International Society of Marine Mammalogy. Professor Marsh currently chairs the National Threatened Species Scientific Committee, is the Australian Natural Heritage Expert on the World Heritage Committee and a member of the Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel. Professor Marsh was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015.

Professor Elaine Sadler AO FAA

Foreign Secretary, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Elaine Sadler currently holds dual appointments as Professor of Astrophysics at The University of Sydney, and as Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) Chief Scientist at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS). From 2014–18, she was the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), and she has previously served as President of Division VIII (Galaxies and the Universe) of the International Astronomical Union (2009–12), and as Chair of the National Committee for Astronomy (2010–2012). Professor Sadler was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010 for her world-leading research in astrophysics and galaxy evolution.

Professor David Day FAA

Secretary Science Policy, Australian Academy of Science

Professor David Day is Professor of Plant Biology at Flinders University in South Australia, and a chief investigator in the ARC Research Hub 'Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture'. He has held several senior managerial positions at the Australian National University (Head of School), University of Western Australia (Chair of Biochemistry), the University of Sydney (Executive Dean of Sciences), and Flinders University (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Research). Professor Day was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2013 for his research into plant mitochondria and symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

Emeritus Professor Hans Bachor AM FAA

Secretary Education and Public Awareness, Australian Academy of Science

Emeritus Professor Hans Bachor is a pioneer in the field of quantum optics and technology. He was founding Director of the inaugural ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Atom-Optics and Federation Fellow at the Australian National University. He has fostered many international collaborations and trained and mentored a significant number of research leaders in his field, who are now active in Australia and Europe. He holds the position of Mind in Residence at Questacon and is actively involved in national teachers’ professional development programs. Professor Bachor was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2014.

Emeritus Professor Michael Barber AO FAA FTSE

Treasurer, Australian Academy of Science

Emeritus Professor Michael Barber is a former Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University and a former senior executive in CSIRO with a long involvement in Australian science policy. Since 2016 he has been a member of an expert panel convened by the InterAcademy Partnership to improve science policy advice in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. He is chair of the National Computational Infrastructure, Australia’s peak high-performance computational service and co-chair of the Academy’s study on big data in research, funded by the ARC’s Learned Academy Special Project program. Professor Barber was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1992.

Professor Suzanne O’Reilly AM FAA

Diversity and Inclusion Spokesperson (Co-opted Member), Australian Academy of Science

Professor Suzanne O'Reilly is an international leader in studies of the properties and evolution of the lithosphere. She is Distinguished Professor of Geology at Macquarie University and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS). Starting her career as a geologist/geochemist with a PhD from the University of Sydney, she became driven to map the nature and distribution of the deep rocks hidden beneath our feet in the vast space of inner Earth. The Decadal Plan for Geoscience was produced under her guidance and she is currently participating in the Women in STEM online initiative. Professor O'Reilly was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2002.

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