Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM FAA FTSE
Chief Scientist | Industry Innovation and Science Australia board deputy chair


  • extensive career with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), appointed as CSIRO’s Chief Scientist in July 2018
  • expertise in scientific research, quantum physics, sensors, devices and systems, research translation, leadership, advisory and advocating the role of women in STEM
  • led the development of a Quantum Technology Roadmap for Australia in 2020
  • highly recognised in her field receiving multiple awards such as:
    • the AUSIMM MIOTA prize (2011), Premier's Award for Woman of the Year (2013)
    • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and  Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Clunies-Ross Award (2015)
    • the Australian Institute of Physics Medal for Outstanding Service to Physics (2016)
    • IEEE award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the field of Applied Superconductivity (2014)
    • the Agenda Setter of the Year in Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards (2019).


  • Diploma of Education, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons 1), Macquarie University
  • PhD in Physics, Macquarie University.