Dr Adi Paterson

Chief Executive Officer, ANSTO

Adi Paterson is the CEO of ANSTO. Since March 2009 he has had oversight and responsibility for  ANSTO’s multi-facetted portfolio of activities.

Dr Paterson has driven a program of positive change and growth. Putting people first, with a focus on diversity and inclusion, underpins the transformation process. This has leveraged outcomes based on the nexus of public science investment and practical innovation with positive impacts on health, industry and the environment.

ANSTO operates the multi-purpose Open Pool Australian Light-water (OPAL) Reactor which provides access to neutrons for science and irradiation services for Australian and overseas users. The Australian Synchrotron was integrated into ANSTO operations in 2016 and is currently undertaking a major capital program for 8 new beamlines. This will extend opportunities for the extensive user communities in Australia, New Zealand and overseas.

Dr Paterson has experience in key policy areas including science and innovation, energy and the nuclear fuel cycle. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), Engineers Australia (EA), and the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Dr Paterson’s focus on the importance of diversity and equity, particularly in STEM, led to his appointment in 2016 as a Male Champion of Change for STEM.

He was recognised by the Sydney Division of EA as the 2012 Professional Engineer of the Year.

In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree by the University of Wollongong.

Dr Paterson holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Keynote Presentation: Putting science to work: Australia’s nuclear capabilities and the science of nuclear power

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