Professor Peter Klinken AC Reappointed Chief Scientist Until June 2022

Professor Peter Klinken AC Reappointed Chief Scientist Until June 2022

Western Australia Minister for Science Dave Kelly

Western Australia Chief Scientist Reappointed Until 2022

Victor P Taffa

  • Professor Peter Klinken AC reappointed as Western Australia Chief Scientist to June 2022

Science Minister Dave Kelly is pleased to announce the reappointment of Western Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken AC for a further 3 years.

Professor Klinken provides high-level, independent advice to the Government about important matters that help shape the advancement of science and innovation.

“This extension acknowledges the wealth of knowledge and expertise that Professor Klinken brings to the role, and the value this Government places on his advice.” Minister for Science Dave Kelly said.

“Professor Klinken is highly regarded in academic and industry circles in Western Australia, so I am particularly pleased that we have had the good fortune to secure his highly valued services for an additional three-year term.”

He works closely with the Science and Innovation Division in the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation to enhance collaboration among the science and innovation sectors locally, nationally and internationally.

Contract extension guarantees Professor Klinken’s skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for science to June 2022. Professor Klinken began his tenure on June 10, 2014, and is Western Australia’s third Chief Scientist since the role was established in 2003 by the Gallop Government.

Some of Professor Klinken’s recent key achievements in the role include chairing the STEM Advisory Panel, being tasked with developing a State STEM skills strategy, a participating member of the Lithium Taskforce, being tasked with developing a Lithium and Energy Materials Strategy, and raising the profile of Western Australia’s space industry capabilities.

“Securing Professor Klinken for this role is terrific news for the State because his enthusiasm for science is immeasurable. He is a driving force behind the McGowan Government’s push for more Western Australians to develop STEM skills for the jobs of the future.” Minister Kelly said.

Professor Klinken was a leading medical researcher, advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia. He was also instrumental in establishing the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.


STEM              Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths