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UniSA council member appointed SA’s Chief Scientist

by Kelly Stone

Dr Leanna Read University of South Australia Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd has congratulated UniSA Council member and biotechnology expert Dr Leanna Read on being appointed South Australia’s first female Chief Scientist.

Announced by Science Minister Gail Gago at the SA Science Excellence Awards, Dr Read’s appointment to the role for a three-year term will see her become SA’s public champion of science.

Dr Read brings to the role a wealth of executive, board and investment experience in technology-based industries. She is a member of Bio Angels which supports early-stage life sciences companies, chairs the Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing and SA Strategic Plan Audit Committee, and is a member of the SA Economic Development Board, SA Premier’s Science and Industry Council and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Dr Read says she is delighted to become the fourth Chief Scientist for South Australia.

“I’m looking forward to promoting the state’s research capabilities and helping to strengthen the link between research and industry,” she says.

Dr Read says while it’s an important time for the SA economy, the uptake of science innovations by industry will be a key factor in the State’s future prosperity.

“I am very much looking forward to working with our researchers, industry groups, Government and the wider community in this regard,” she says.

Dr Read replaces water scientist Professor Don Bursill in the role. Prof Bursill is an Adjunct Professor with the University’s Centre for Water Management and Reuse.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Prof Lloyd congratulated Dr Read on her appointment and thanked Prof Bursill for his work in elevating the State’s research and innovation profile.

He says the University is proud to have both the incoming and outgoing Chief Scientists come from its ranks.

“Don has done a fantastic job in raising the research and innovation profile of South Australia, and I know Leanna will do a wonderful job in positioning SA as a leader in both research and in science education, while also working to commercialise innovative research,” Prof Lloyd says.