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Policy Forums Leadership

The Academy runs a suite of Forums to investigate and provide advice on issues that are critical to Australia’s future.

The Forums comprise of Fellows with relevant expertise and professional interest in each area of focus, who collaborate to develop position and action statements.

All enquiries related to Forums should be emailed to policy@atse.org.au.

If you are a Fellow, find out more by logging in.

Areas of interest for the Forums can be found here.

Below are the details of each Forum Leadership team:



1 agriculture

Agriculture & Food

Chair: Professor Sean Coffey

Deputy Chairs: Professor Paul Wood

Digital Futures

Chair: Professor Mary-Anne Williams

Deputy Chairs: Professor Elanor Huntington, Professor Shazia Sadiq

Appointed members: Michael Frater, David Thodey, Craig Mudge, Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, Dr Sarah Pearce, Hugh Williams

1 digital futures


Chair: Professor Mark Hoffman 

Deputy Chair: Professor Iven Mareels 

Appointed Member: Professor Robyn Owens 


Chair: Dr Sarah Ryan

Deputy Chairs: Dr John Söderbaum, Professor Renate Egan 

1. energy
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Health Technology

Chair: Sue MacLeman

Deputy Chairs:  Professor Ron Quinn, Adjunct Professor Elaine Saunders

Appointed Members: Trevor Danos, Professor Ian Lowe

Industry and Innovation

Chair: Dr Dimity Dornan

Deputy Chair: Professor Saeid Nahavandi

Appointed Member: Sue Keay

1. industry innovation
1 infrastructure


Chair: Dr David Cook

Deputy Chairs: Professor Keith Hampson, Romilly Madew

Appointed Members: Anthony Barry, Dr Brett Phillips, Colin Jensen

Mineral Resources

Chair: John McGagh

Deputy Chair: Dr Ian Tyler

Appointed Members: Professor Ranjith Pathegama, Rod Hill 

1 minerals
1 water


Chair: Professor Stuart Khan

Deputy Chairs: Dr Thomas Hatton, Professor Sandra Kentish

Appointed Members: Dr Wendy Craik, Professor Rob Fitzpatrick