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Go8 Media Release: The Group of Eight welcomes the appointment of Dr Alan Finkel AO as Australia’s new Chief Scientist

“Dr Finkel’s appointment is a strong statement from the Federal Government about the future of science to its innovation and productivity agenda,” says Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson. “As Australia’s group of leading research universities we look forward to working constructively with Dr Finkel in his new role.”

“As Chancellor of Go8 university Monash, Dr Finkel understands the critical importance of universities to the future of science.”

Ms Thomson said the appointment of Dr Finkel continues the outstanding work of Professor Ian Chubb who leaves the position at the end of this year.

“The Chief Scientist has a pivotal role in providing leadership and expert guidance as to how best to bring Australia’s research and industry sectors together to ensure Australia’s economic future.”

Contact:     Vicki Thomson, Group of Eight Chief Executive on +61 417 808 472

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