A leader and recognised expert in the field of water management and quality, Adjunct Professor Don Bursill AM, has been appointed as South Australia’s new Chief Scientist.


South Australian Premier Mike Rann said that Professor Bursill will bring to the Chief Scientist role a wealth of experience in water science and his appointment reflects the significance of science in key areas of industry expansion and sustainability in South Australia.


“Having been at the forefront of the most important developments and decisions regarding potable water in Australia for the past 40 years, Professor Bursill has outstanding credentials to lead South Australia forward,” Mr Rann said.


“Professor Bursill is not just recognised here in South Australia, but nationally and internationally.


“As Chief Scientist, he will help to raise the State’s Research and Development profile and ensure our research and development capabilities support important and emerging industry sectors such as health, resources, defence and agriculture.”


Among a range of senior appointments, Professor Bursill has been a member of the Board of the Global Water Research Coalition, Water Advisory Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and the Premier’s Climate Change Council.


As Chief Scientist, Professor Bursill also will now Co-Chair the Premier’s Science and Research Council, providing dedicated leadership for strategic development of the State’s science and research sector.