Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM announced as AFMW patron

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AFMW is proud to inform our members and the public that Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM, has become our patron.

Dr Foley is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and is committed to tackling gender equality and diversity in the science sector. Throughout her career she has strived to create an environment that embraces the full human potential of both women and men for wellbeing and economic benefit and for equality.

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM, has become AFMW patron.Dr Foley is renowned for her significant contributions to research science, the advancement of women in physics, and to professional scientific organisations. Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including being elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, along with an Order of Australia for service to research science and to the advancement of women in physics. She was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2008 and was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics in 2019.

Dr Foley was awarded Agenda Setter of the Year in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in 2019, the Australian Institute of Physics Medal for Outstanding Service to Physics in 2016, and the Clunies Ross Medal of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2015. In 2014, she was awarded the International IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductivity, and in 2013 she was named `Woman of the Year’ by the NSW Government.

At CSIRO, she led the development of a Quantum Technology Roadmap for Australia in 2020 championed emerging areas of scientific research, and has been a high-profile commentator on the opportunities presented by science and technology for Australia’s economic recovery and future resilience.

 

“As Australia’s Chief Scientist, I am honoured to accept the invitation to be Patron for the Australian Federation of Medical Women. I support their mission to offer access to the collective knowledge and capabilities of medical women. Their members bring together a valuable and ever-accumulating resource, drawn from a range of experiences in our community.”

 

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