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.
Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett says he is pleased that Prof Klinken is continuing in the role and carrying out his important work across the priority areas announced in WA's Science Statement.
He says Prof Klinken is a leader in the field of medical research and had been at the forefront of advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia.
Next year Prof Klinken will continue his regular responsibilities as well as co-chairing the marine science roundtables; providing advice on the Strategic Assessment of Perth-Peel Region; and working with stakeholders to develop a long-term strategy for agricultural research in the state.
Prof Klinken says he was delighted to be reappointed as WA's Chief Scientist.
"The past year has been a remarkable whirlwind for me and it has reinforced my passion for science, technology and innovation for the future of our state," he says.
"I am particularly looking forward to working with the Office of Science to guide the development of science strategies in each of the priority areas of mining and energy, medicine and health, agriculture and food, biodiversity and marine science and radio astronomy."
Prof Klinken began his tenure in 2014 and is WA's third Chief Scientist since the role was established in 2003.