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Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive and CSIRO Board member.

2011 ATSE oration - presented by Dr Megan Clark

This presentation at the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering was given by CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark. Provided here is a transcript of the speech, originally delivered on 26 November 2011.

  • 20 December 2011

Sciences and technology in Australia’s future

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I’d like to thank the Academy of Technological Sciences for inviting me tonight.

When I was a child I don’t think I could ever have envisaged the world as it is today.  Science, innovative thinking and technology have dramatically changed the way you and I live -creating radical advances in every segment of our life. These things have brought the world closer and every day, indeed every second of every day, we see new inventive, groundbreaking trends emerging that will continue to change life as we now know it on our planet and even those beyond.

However, in a world where science itself is being questioned, where nations must make difficult decisions on the trade-offs between energy, water, climate change, food security and land use and where technology and innovation will underpin growth - Academies like ATSE and AAS have important roles in sharing the consensus views of their members with the community and will have increasing roles in science diplomacy and education globally.

It is an honour and privilege to be here representing CSIRO, where we exist to ensure science is used - to create profound impact for the economy and industry, to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians and to create a sustainable environment.

Tonight I want to start by looking at the pressures and trends that will affect how we will live in the future and then address three questions.

  1. How will science respond to these future megatrends including what it means for an Academy or CSIRO to remain a trusted advisor in a world where science itself is questioned
  2. What new opportunities are emerging for Australia that will be driven by science and innovation?
  3. What will Australia have to do differently to remain globally relevant in R&D?

I will share with you how CSIRO is responding in our new four year strategy.

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