WA's Chief Scientist
Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE
Chief Scientist of Western Australia
Professor Lyn Beazley was appointed Chief Scientist of Western Australia in 2006. Lyn was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2009. She is a member of the new Technology and Industry Advisory Council (TIAC) to the Western Australian Government. In March 2011 she was inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame.
Lyn undertook her undergraduate studies at Oxford University and her doctorate at Edinburgh University, her research career has spanned 30 years. She is Winthrop Professor in Zoology at the University of Western Australia, where she built up an internationally renowned research team that focused on recovery from brain damage. Her research also changed clinical practice in the treatment of infants at risk from pre-term delivery.
As WA’s Chief Scientist I am invited to launch many initiatives, but several recent ones represent real signs of the time. These events involved four apps, in other words mobile applications designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices.
Recently GeoCatch held its inaugural Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) Alliance teacher networking meeting for the Busselton area.
Humans have been taking advantage of earth's natural internal heating system since we first felt the cold! For centuries, hot springs have been used for medicinal purposes in China, whilst volcanic heating has naturally warmed the homes of Icelanders in the middle of winter.
DREAMFIT Foundation, what an inspirational place! I visited again last week and was once more impressed by the ingenuity and application of its founder, Darren Loman, and his team of volunteers.
IMAGINE my surprise on seeing a phone message to ring the Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency Mr Malcolm McCusker AC! I returned his call with excitement and a touch of trepidation. But it was a marvellous phone call because, to my astonishment, I learned that His Excellency and Mrs Tonya McCusker had selected me as only the second recipient of the Governor’s Giving Award. I was bowled over! It is such an honour and it came totally “out of the blue” but a very nice “blue” I must say. I had been selected to choose the charity or charities that would between them receive $100,000.
NATIONAL Science Week has been terrific again this year. The week was launched in Western Australia this year at Scitech by the Hon John Day MLA, WA’s Minister for Science and Innovation and the federal Minister for Science, the Hon Senator Chris Evans on Friday August 10. In keeping with the imperative to ensure Science Week was as regionally inclusive as possible, I spent the day in Albany at the Great Southern Great Science symposium. In its fourth year, the symposium which is organised by the UWA’s Centre for Natural Resource Management and the Great Southern Science Council, has always provided a forum for an eclectic mixture of topics related to, or researched in, the region and was widely acknowledged as the best ever.
AS my Twitter followers (@ChiefSci_WA) know, I have recently returned from a two-week visit to China with Perth Education City (PEC). Their primary mission was to attract Chinese students to study in Western Australia, and, as a group, we also focused on building more economic, research, social and cultural links with China, our largest export destination.