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Ian Chubb: A man of passion and persistence

22 January 2016

Assistant Minister for Science Karen Andrews has thanked retiring Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb A.C for his remarkable dedication, as his term ends today after almost five years in the role.

Mrs Andrews acknowledged Professor Chubb’s ongoing pursuit to place science, technology and innovation at the forefront of national importance.

“Professor Chubb has brought his passion for science to the Australian community and taken his message to places where it often had a huge impact – regional Australia,” Mrs Andrews said.

“He has been tireless advocate for young people taking up study and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and ensuring our educators have the skills and support they need to inspire their students.”

Professor Chubb released a paper in 2014, outlining a scientific vision for Australia, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Australia’s Future.

It emphasised the need for strategic, comprehensive, whole-of government approach to STEM.

He continued to assist the Government in creating a comprehensive STEM policy by chairing roundtable discussions with Mrs Andrews and other Ministers around the country.

“It’s been a privilege to work closely with Professor Chubb. He has successfully galvanised the scientific and business communities, academia and policymakers to join forces to boost our national capability,” Mrs Andrews said.

“His leadership and insight helped lay the foundations for the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, which will engender a cultural shift across the nation and the economy.

“I witnessed Professor Chubb’s mantra of passion, persistence and patience first-hand; he has been a great example for us all.”

Media Contact: Mrs Andrews' office 02 6277 4360