Andrew Holmes appointed President of Australian Academy of Science

30 May

Ten years after returning to Victoria as veski's inaugral innovation fellow, Professor Andrew Holmes AM has assumed his role as President of the Australian Academy of Science following the Academy’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday.

Professor Holmes, a pioneer in organic electronics, took over from current president Professor Suzanne Cory AC at the meeting in Canberra.

Professor Holmes returned to Melbourne in 2004 as a veski innovation to establish a laboratory at the then-newly established Bio21 Institute. His ground breaking work in the field of light-emitting polymers plays an important role in shaping today’s emerging field of flexible electronics and he was instrumental in forming the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium.

At the initiation on Wednesday Professor Holmes generously thanked veski for supporting his return to Australia ten years ago.

Professor Holmes carries a wealth of international accolades and honours into his role as 18th president of the Academy with Professor Cory stating that he was an ideal choice to lead the Academy into the future. 

"His proven track record as a science leader and strong international reptuation means the Academy will be in safe hands," Professor Cory said.

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