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Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

Queensland Government

Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

Dr Christine Williams

Dr Christine Williams was the Queensland Chief Scientist for twelve months from July 2017 until her retirement from the Queensland Government in July 2018.

In this role she was accountable for science policy, providing strategic guidance to a range of government departments, and was a passionate advocate for Queensland science, providing over 50 speeches to promote the great work of Queensland scientists.

During this time, she led the successful bid for Queensland to host the Defence Cooperative Research Centre for Trusted Autonomous Systems and awarded $525,000 to Engaging Science Grants recipients. Christine is passionate about citizen science and brought the citizen science community together in Queensland.

In her previous role as Assistant Director-General, Science, Christine has worked in close partnership with other government agencies (state and federal), universities and other research groups, as well as industry, a role she continued to perform as Chief Scientist.

Christine was previously an academic at Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland where she was responsible for teaching statistics and econometrics. She is an economist by training with a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Queensland and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University.

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