Our Australian Patron

Dr Alan Finkel AO

L-R: Dr Alan Finkel AO, AusSMC Australian Patron with AusSMC Chairman, Mr Peter Yates AM and AusSMC CEO Dr Susannah Eliott

In March 2013, Dr Alan Finkel AO agreed to become Australian patron of the Australian Science Media Centre. He has a long history with science and the media through his own work in neuroscience and engineering and as co-founder of the multi award winning science magazine, COSMOS.

“Alan Finkel bridges many sectors in Australia with his background in research, business and media and is thus well positioned to help the centre in its mission to bring more evidence-based science to the public through the media,” said CEO Dr Susannah Eliott.

Dr Finkel is also Chancellor at Monash University, President of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, CEO of Stile Education Pty Ltd and Chairman of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics.

Chairman Peter Yates said, “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured that Dr Finkel has agreed to become the Australian patron of the Science Media Centre. We are very privileged to have two such distinguished people as patrons – Alan Finkel as our Australian patron and Professor Susan Greenfield as our international patron”.

Alan was welcomed as patron by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill at an event hosted by Flinders University in Adelaide on 27 March 2013.

Biographical note for Dr Alan Simon Finkel AO

Dr Alan Finkel has served as Chancellor of Monash University since January 2008.

Dr Finkel is a respected engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Dr Finkel completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies in engineering at Monash University before serving for two years as a neuroscience research fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at The Australian National University. In 1983, Dr Finkel established Axon Instruments, a supplier of electronic and robotic instruments and software for use in cellular neuroscience, genomics and drug discovery. In 2000, Axon was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. It was acquired by the US firm Molecular Devices Corporation in 2004. Post Axon, Dr Finkel co-founded COSMOS and G magazines to promote science awareness and sustainability; led the establishment of the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience; fostered initiatives to reinvigorate secondary school science education; and co-founded a company distributing educational toys and books for children.

Dr Finkel is a Fellow and President of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE). He formerly held governance roles at the ATSE Clunies Ross Foundation in child-abuse research and medical research. Dr Finkel currently serves as the CEO of Stile Education Pty Ltd and as the Chairman of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics.