Professor John Mattick
13 November 2014
The Australian Academy of Science today announced that the Executive Director of Garvan, Professor John Mattick AO FAA FRCPA (Hon), has been elected to join its Council, along with four other leading Australian scientists.
The council is composed of 17 eminent scientists from a range of disciplines, across the physical and biological sciences.
The other new members of the Council are:
- Dr. TJ Higgins, CSIRO
- Emeritus Professor Ian Hume, The University of Sydney
- Professor Sue O’Reilly, Macquarie University
- Professor Mandyam V. Srinivasan, The University of Queensland
Professor Mattick has served on councils, advisory boards and committees of a number of research and funding organisations, including Genome Canada, the Wellcome Trust, the Human Frontier Science Program, the National Health & Medical Research Council, The Australian Research Council, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Human Genome Organisation.
Professor Mattick brings a wealth of experience in universities, CSIRO, and medical research institutes in Australia (Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney) and abroad (Houston, Cambridge, Oxford, Cologne, Tokyo and Strasbourg).
He has extensive research experience in genomics, bioinformatics and biotechnology, as well as a network of contacts within the world’s leading research and technology organisations. In addition, membership of the NHMRC’s Australian Health Ethics Committee, experience acting as expert witness in major patent cases and the NZ Royal Commission on Genetic Modification, and being invited speaker at legal conferences on science and the law, give him insight into ethical, social and legal considerations.
Through establishing start up companies and research centres (including the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, the Australian Genome Research Facility and Australia’s first Centre for Clinical Genomics), as well as being Chair of the Queensland Studies Authority, Professor Mattick is also seasoned in engaging government in the development of science and technology.
Professor Mattick said that he will be honoured to make a contribution to the Academy and to help reinforce its role as a trusted source of advice on science policy and education.
The new Council members will formally take up their positions at the Annual General Meeting in May 2015, as part of the Academy’s annual three-day celebration of science, Science at the Shine Dome.