Bureau of Meteorology Chief Scientist Dr Sue Barrell FTSE has been named on of 30 Superstars of STEM by Science and Technology Australia.
STA says it is working with 30 of the nation’s most dynamic scientists and technologists to create role models for young women and girls and work towards equal representation in the media of men and women in STEM.
It plans to equip the Superstars with advanced communication skills and connect participants through a mentoring network, to encourage them to learn from women who have crafted a profile for themselves and who already serve as role models.
Dr Barrell joined BoM in 1980. As Chief Scientist she has responsibility also for Diversity, Inclusion and STEM.
From 2004, she was Branch Head, Observations and Engineering, bringing an integrated focus to the Bureau's observing systems and establishing an enterprise data framework. Prior roles included climate science policy, integrated system design, research and operational forecasting.
As Division Head, Observations and Infrastructure from 2014, Dr Barrell oversaw the sustained operation of Australia's meteorological infrastructure, delivering comprehensive observations of the earth system to underpin Bureau services.
She was Australia's Principal Representative to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and a member of WMO Executive Council during 2016-17, and served eight years as Australia's Principal Delegate to the Group on Earth Observations.
She was Vice President, WMO Commission for Basic Systems, from 2008 to 2016 and continues to co-chair several high-level WMO initiatives.
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