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.
Lyn has served on numerous bodies advising State and Federal Governments, such as the NH&MRC Fellowships Committee (2006-2009) and Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Groups, for whom she continues to provide expert advice. She is a member of the National Science Colloquium for the Australian Synchrotron and currently chairs the Scientific Advisory Panel for Western Australia’s Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Fund.
Some of the boards on which she is a member of are The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA), The Institute for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Scitech, the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) and Future Directions International (FDI). She became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in November 2009 and is a member of ATSE’s Western Australian committee.
The office of the WA Chief Scientist is located at the Department of Commerce, 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA 6004.