Should Scientists become Political Leaders?

21 March 2019

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1 Lecture Theatre, 16 University Avenue, Macquarie University

Leadership in science Guest Lecture series by Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator for New South Wales

It’s a rare occurrence to have a scientist in the parliament, let alone an accomplished one. Leadership in the political arena for scientists has often been regarded almost taboo and yet multiple decisions on policy on issues of the environment, medicine, conservation etc on non-scientific principles, often though in the short term satisfactory to the populous, are in the long term detrimental.

Come and join us to hear Dr Faruqi discuss these issues and how as the scientific fraternity, you can lead change in politics. You will learn about how scientists can influence policy, pathways to politics and why we need more science in parliament.

Political leadership for scientists is a critical topic discussed and taught in the Masters of Science Innovation program at Macquarie University. This unique program attempts to train students on critical skills in leadership and entrepreneurship along with world class discipline specific knowledge culminating in a semester long internship in industry or research.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is a career engineer and life-long activist for social and environmental justice. In 2013, she joined NSW State Parliament, becoming the first Muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament. In 2018, Dr Faruqi became Australia’s first Muslim Senator. Dr Faruqi has worked as an environmental engineer for local government and as an academic. She directed the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW and was Associate Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management. Dr Faruqi has been named one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia, received the UNSW Faculty of Engineering Award for Leadership, and remains a Fellow of the Institution on Engineers Australia and member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. Throughout her career, Dr Faruqi’s work has focused on developing real solutions to social and environmental challenges.

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Event contact

Dr Abidali Mohamedali

(02) 9850 8292