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‘Wonderful to return’: CSIRO appoint new chief scientist

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Almost 30 years after she began her career with the CSIRO as a research assistant, Bronwyn Fox has been appointed to one of scientific organisation’s most prestigious roles. Professor Fox has been named as the CSIRO’s next chief scientist, the fourth woman to be appointed to the position. She will return to the CSIRO after a six-year stint at Swinburne University, which included serving as deputy vice-chancellor since 2020. Professor Fox was also the university’s founding director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute. While it will still be several weeks until she formally begins in the role, Professor Fox said she was looking forward to coming back to where her scientific career began. “It is wonderful to return to CSIRO as chief scientist, after starting as a 22-year-old research assistant and to be able to champion science research and capability, working with industry and fostering STEM careers,” she said. “The depth of scientific research at CSIRO and its committed people are a unique and special national treasure and I look forward to taking up the role.” The materials and engineering scientist will take over from the work of Dr Cathy Foley, who was appointed as Australia’s chief scientist earlier this year. CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall said Prof

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