Monday 7 July 2008

Queensland Science: Building a Smarter Future

Professor Peter Andrews – Queensland Chief Scientist

Professor Peter Andrews

Chronic diseases are Queensland’s biggest killers. Climate change is threatening the State’s unique natural environment – and is set to have a dramatic impact on businesses. Meanwhile, industries are vying in tough and competitive global markets, and need to be smarter than ever to keep up. The question is how can Queensland not only rise to these and other major challenges, but blaze ahead of the rest? And how are we already tackling these problems? Many of the answers undoubtedly lie in science, research, innovation and technology.

World-class research and development activities in Queensland are already delivering tangible benefits for the State – helping our economy to remain robust, our communities healthy and our environments protected. In this talk, Queensland Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Andrews, will speak about how we’re laying the foundations for the Queensland of tomorrow through the clever research and development investments we’re making today. In doing so, he will share some success stories – of innovators from around the State who’ve translated their breakthroughs into everyday outcomes.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
  • Venue: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, and Peter will be available to answer any questions.
  • Questions? Contact Joel (0411 267 044 or or Nelle (

Professor Peter Andrews is an eminent Queensland scientist and bio-entrepreneur whose role as Queensland Chief Scientist involves advising government on policy and economic development issues associated with science, research and innovation.

Author of more than 100 publications and inventor on two patents, he has led multifunctional scientific teams at research institutions in Victoria and Queensland.

Peter has been at the forefront of initiatives to develop the Australian biotechnology industry and is an active participant in the commercialisation of Australian science and research. Since 1985, he has founded, co-founded or been a director of more than 10 scientific companies. He currently serves as a director of two Australian biotechnology companies.