Deputy Chief, Science, Material Science and Engineering Division CSIRO
Dr. Cathy Foley is an Australian physicist whose work in superconductivity could lead to technological leaps in how we produce and distribute electricity. Along with practical applications for mineral exploration and electricity transmission, her research is bringing us closer to the development of fusion as a groundbreaking future energy source.
Dr. Foley is head of the Material Science and Engineering Division at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, where she sets research strategies and works tirelessly to promote science. She was the first female head of the Australian Institute of Physics which she led from 2007 to 2009, as well as the 2009 recipient of a Nokia Business Innovation Award. She is the current president of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies, which represents the interests of some 68,000 Australian scientists within public policy. Dr. Foley received her PhD from Macquarie University in 1985, as well a Diploma in Education. She has a world-class reputation in her field and has received numerous awards for her support of scientific progress, science education, and promotion of women in science, including a Public Service Medal in the 2003 Australia Day Honours and a Eureka Prize.