WA's Chief Scientist 


The Chief Scientist of Western Australia is an independent advisor to the State Government providing advice on topics that are important to the future of science in Western Australia.

Reporting directly to the Minister for Science, the Chief Scientist of Western Australia is supported by the Office of Science.

About our Chief Scientist

Peter OoS photo thumbProfessor Peter Klinken is a leading Western Australian medical research scientist, highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia. His many research achievements include the discovery of a gene that supresses the growth of tumours.

After obtaining his PhD from The University of Western Australia, he undertook research at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

His previous roles have included Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at The University of Western Australia; Director of Research at the Royal Perth Hospital; and the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (previously the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research).

Under his stewardship, the Perkins Institute attracted world-class national and international researchers to the State and made numerous acclaimed medical discoveries. He also spear-headed the development of two new state-of-the-art medical research facilities, Perkins North in Nedlands (QEII Medical Centre) and Perkins South in Murdoch (Fiona Stanley Hospital).

Professor Klinken brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chief Scientist. His input will support the Government in growing the State’s science industries to achieve future prosperity for Western Australians.


WA’S CHIEF Scientist Professor Peter Klinken is chairing a review examining ways to maximise the state’s competitive advantages in health research and data linkage and come up with ways to make the most of the valuable data collected by government agencies.

LOCAL scientists will ponder medical advancements such as how to diagnose and monitor the treatment of rare chronic diseases in West Australians, simply by taking a 3D photo of their face at the 2016 Science on the Swan conference this week.

Great Southern thirsts for science

Wednesday, 07 October 2015

An eager crowd of 180 people gathered for the Great Southern Great Science symposium to kick off National Science Week in Albany.

AWARD-WINNING technology designed to produce electricity by harnessing the power of waves is being tested in a unique experiment on the Swan River

AUSTRALIA must build on its ‘big data’ capabilities to maintain its position as a ‘first world nation’ and Western Australia will be leading that charge if Professor Peter Klinken has his way.

WESTERN Australia's Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken will continue to serve in his role for the next two years following his reappointment to the position.

SCIENCE has been vital for WA's development and will underpin the state's future.

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