Research at the Australian Museum involves the study of our collections and how they tell us about our world and history. We seek to ensure that our research is relevant and innovative, drawing on the vast resources of knowledge within our collection. The Science Advisory Board provides an objective viewpoint on our research and assists the Museum in communicating its research activities to the wider public.

Terms of Reference


The role of the Science Advisory Board is to provide advice to the Director and CEO of the Museum, the Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute and the Australian Museum Trust on the strategic direction of research and collections. In so doing, the Advisory Board will be mindful of the Australian Museum’s Act, and its responsibility to conduct work in biology and geology and anthropology, and of the current aspirations and strategic priorities, as set out by the Director and listed below, including to:

- Conduct and publish scholarly research that is world leading
- Maintain and make available world class collections

And to emphasise:

- Contemporary discovery
- Impacts of change
- Supporting Australian industry
- Cultural diversity

The Science Advisory Board will:

- Advise on initiatives
- Provide networks and contacts to promote collaboration
- Provide support and help communicate and publicise the importance of the projects, particularly in order to generate resources or allow implementation of projects.


The Australian Museum Science Advisory Board comprises a broad cross-section of the Australian scientific and business community, including industry, education, academia, government and research institutions.

At June 2020, Advisory Board members and years of service are shown below:

  • Professor Merlin Crossley - Chair; Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education UNSW and AM Trustee (5)
  • Dr Jim Peacock - Fellow, CSIRO and former Chief Scientist of Australia (3)
  • Professor Steve Simpson - ARC Laureate Fellow, University of Sydney with museum leadership experience (2)
  • Dr Georgina Kelly – Executive Director, Science Division, Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Professor Michael Withford – Distinguished Professor, Macquarie University and Director of the OptoFab Node, Australian National Fabrication Facility (4)
  • Dr Linda Broadhurst – Research Scientist, CSIRO; Director, Australian National Herbarium and Director, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (4)
  • David Armstrong - ex officio, President of the AM Trust
  • Kim McKay - ex officio Director and CEO, AM
  • Professor Kris Helgen - ex officio Chief Scientist and Director, AMRI

Former members include:

  • Adam Williams - Science Educator, Summer Hill Public School and Science Education expert
  • Dr Kate Wilson – Executive Director, Communities and Greater Sydney at Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Dr Joanne Daly - Former Strategic Advisor, Science, Strategy & People, CSIRO
  • Professor John Mattick - Executive Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research and genomics expert
  • Catherine Livingstone - ex officio, President of the AM Trust