Australia’s top scientist to receive USC doctorate

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Australia’s top scientist to receive USC doctorate

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Published on 1 October 2014

The University of the Sunshine Coast will award an Honorary Doctorate to Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC at its Graduation ceremony at 5pm on Thursday 2 October.

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Canberra-based Professor Chubb was set to inspire hundreds of new graduates from the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering just before they embarked on their careers.

Professor Hill said USC was pleased that Professor Chubb, one of the country’s most knowledgeable and influential people in higher education, science and research, would address graduates and their families at the ceremony in USC's Stadium at Sippy Downs.

Professor Chubb has been Australia’s Chief Scientist since May 2011, providing high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation.

Drawing on his distinguished record in university administration and academia as a neuroscientist, his national role is to champion science, research and the role of evidence in the community and in government.

“Science is the key to our future prosperity,” he said. “We need to find new ways of living if our planet is to sustain us all in health and comfort and we cannot hope to do that without science.”

Professor Chubb has been a supporter of USC since 1999 when he was a member of a panel that recommended independent status for the then fledgling University.

He is specifically interested in research development at USC and in 2011 spoke at the launch of its Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) Project, which has now received $5.4 million to fund new research staff.

Professor Chubb has been Vice-Chancellor and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at three Australian universities and chaired the Group of Eight universities.

In 2006 he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia.

— Julie Schomberg

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