The Prime Minister announced on the 20th of January a new science advisory body called the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC). The council will meet three times per year to provide independent scientific policy advice to Government for both existing and emerging issues, as well as long term future scientific issues.
The council will be led by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, but most importantly for the Australian Space community is the appointment of Dr Ben Green, the Chief Executive Officer of Electro Optic Systems (EOS), one of Australia’s leading Space companies. Dr Green has had an extensive space career within both government and industry sectors, and more recently has been involved in EOS’s global success, particularly in the field of space debris tracking using laser technology.
No doubt Dr Green’s experience will be valuable to the new Council, but it is great to see a candidate with a comprehensive understanding of the space domain at the table providing advice to the top government levels.