Department of State Development
  • Chief Scientist for South Australia

The Chief Scientist for South Australia provides independent advice to the Premier of South Australia, the Minister for Innovation and Skills, and Cabinet, on matters of science and research, technology and innovation.

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Chief Scientist for South Australia Professor Caroline McMillen

Professor Caroline McMillen is a distinguished medical and health researcher, holding national and international roles in research, industry engagement, innovation strategy and policy development.

Professor McMillen was Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle for seven years. During her tenure, she was instrumental in the economic transition of Newcastle through significant engagement with industry and the establishment of innovation hubs to drive collaboration between industry, researchers, startups and investors.

Her insights and experience in the intersection of research and industry is critical for the South Australian economy, in particular as Lot Fourteen continues its transformation into a world-class creation and innovation neighbourhood.

Professor McMillen previously has worked at the University of Adelaide as head of the Department of Physiology and the University of South Australia as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Innovation.


“Known as the ‘science state’, South Australia is home to some of the world’s best scientists.

“It is their passion for discovery and commitment to innovation that is creating new futures for communities across the globe.

“South Australia understands that STEM education and research are at the heart of growth in new industries, new jobs and skills, and a stronger economy.”


What has COVID taught us?

Listen to the 2020 South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation Award finalists reflect on what we have learnt from the COVID-19 experience, and how we’ve responded as a nation.

For more information on this year’s finalists, visit