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.


BioGENEious and beyond

Monday, 23 April 2012

Biogene 01So many of our State’s wonderful science achievements fly under the radar. As WA’s Chief Scientist I am privileged to see science progress first hand but for many, the ‘lab’ is a million light-years removed from everyday life.

Well I’d like to try to bring you some highlights of WA science that will have affected you or someone you know.

City_of_LightsPERTH became known as ‘The City of Light,’ after American astronaut, John Glenn  passed over Western Australia during his first earth orbit in ‘Friendship 7’  on 20th February 1962.

Lady Amber visits Fremantle

Monday, 16 January 2012

Lady_Amber_ArgoTHIS month, Perth was fortunate to have the ‘Lady Amber’ drop in. She has spent the last year traversing the Indian Ocean, launching drifting monitoring devices into deep waters to help map the ocean we know so little about.

Chief_Scientist_VN1MY recent trip to Vietnam was all about showcasing Western Australia as a world class study and research destination. Vietnam is currently WA’s 9th largest source market, with about 1,600 international students.

LynUK01EACH year I have taken the opportunity to promote Western Australian science in Europe and to forge new links between the two. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with WA's Agent General in the UK, Dr Kerry Sanderson AO. Thank you Kerry and her team!

Chemistry in everything we do

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

ChemCentre_opendayFestivals, comedy debates, CO2 sorbet and shopping centres are not what you necessarily you think of as science but these were all part of National Science Week 2012.

Citizen science and supercomputing

Monday, 12 September 2011

theSkyNet_openingIn the realm of space science, what we know is so little compared to what we have yet to discover. The discovery process is often through observation with optical and radio-telescopes. We gather data from the skies, then process the information with the aid of supercomputers.

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