Professor Emma Johnston (pictured) has been appointed to the board of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Johnston is deputy vice-chancellor of research at Sydney University and is a leading light in Australia’s marine science and conservation scene.
Johnston also sits on the board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and was a chief author on the 2021 State of the Environment report.
“As I take on this new responsibility as a member of the CSIRO board, I am reminded of the institution’s legacy of pioneering research that has shaped industries and improved lives,” Professor Johnston said.
“It’s a tremendous honour to work alongside visionary minds who are driving Australia’s scientific progress, and I am excited to play a part.”
Her current research focuses on global challenges including marine debris, biological invasions, extreme events and the future of Antarctica’s environment.
Industry and Science minister Ed Husic also welcomed her appointment and noted that her expertise would be a valuable addition.
“Professor Johnston’s impressive marine science credentials will bring environmental expertise to the CSIRO Board, complementing the board’s existing skills and experience,” Mr Husic said.
“It’s incredibly important that the CSIRO is at the forefront of applying scientific research to tackle the big challenges facing the Australian community. Having esteemed scientists like Professor Johnston as part of the leadership of our national science agency is invaluable.”
In 2018, Professor Johnston was made an officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her achievements in academia and research.
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