An image of Dr. Megan Clark, CEO of CSIRO.

Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive and CSIRO Board member.

Science and Australia's place in the world

This presentation 'Science and Australia's place in the world', was delivered by CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark. Provided here is an adapted transcript of the speech, which was given at the 2010 Lowy Lecture in Sydney, 18 November 2010.

  • 19 November 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011


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Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I’d like to thank Frank Lowy and the Lowy Institute for inviting me tonight and acknowledge the important work of the Institute in stimulating discussion around Australia’s role in the world. 

It is an honour and privilege to be here representing CSIRO, where we exist to ensure science is used - to create profound impact for the economy and industry, to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians and to create a sustainable environment.

Tonight I wanted to explore three questions -What are the major challenges facing the nation that will require science and innovation? What new opportunities are emerging for Australia that will be driven by science and innovation? I will explore how science is changing and look at what we will have to do differently to remain globally relevant.


To set the scene I want to share with you some work we have been doing to look at the pressures and trends that will affect the way we live in the future and how science is already changing in response to these trends.