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May 31 2007

New Vice Chancellor on deck

UniSA's new Vice Chancellor Professor Peter HøjProfessor Peter Høj takes up his position as Vice Chancellor of the University of South Australia this week.

The former CEO of the Australian Research Council, Professor Peter Høj has been a teaching academic, a professor engaged in high quality research in biochemistry and viticulture, and an industry leader in his former role as the Managing Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute.

Educated at the University of Copenhagen, majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, Professor Høj has a Master of Science degree in biochemistry and genetics and a PhD in plant biochemistry. He speaks several languages and has received fellowships from Denmark and Australia for post-doctoral studies in biochemistry.

Since arriving in Australia in 1987 he has worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer in biochemistry at La Trobe University and Professor of Viticultural Science and Professor of Oenology at the University of Adelaide.

In 1992, he was awarded the Boehringer-Mannheim medal by the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and in 2003 the Centenary Medal for his contribution to research and wine science. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

From October 2004 to April 2007 he was CEO of the Australian Research Council - the peak funding body for research in Australia today.

He served as a private member of the Prime Minister's Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) from 1999-2004 and as an ex officio member in 2006-2007. He is a former member of the Australian Institute of Marine Science Council; the Cooperative Research Centres Committee; the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Committees; and of the Industry and Technology Council of South Australia, the Premier's Science and Research Council, and the South Australian Wine Industry Council.

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