[ASC-media] FASTS to appoint new Director

Toss Gascoigne a102588 at pophost.anu.edu.au
Mon Oct 27 13:49:23 EST 2003

FASTS to appoint new Director

FASTS has begun the search for a new Executive Director, following the
resignation of Toss Gascoigne from the position.

He will leave FASTS early in January after nearly nine years as Director.

Professor Snow Barlow, President of FASTS, paid tribute to Mr Gascoigne's
work, saying that FASTS had come a long way during his time as Director.

"FASTS now has an established position as the peak council representing
working scientists and technologists in Australia," he said.

"We have helped build up an important dialogue on science policy, which in
the long run will have significant benefits for Australia.

"It is no coincidence that Backing Australia's Ability, the largest funding
package for science in Australian history, was announced in this period."

Professor Barlow nominated a number of highlights for FASTS over the last
nine years:
* The 'Science meets Parliament' Day event
* FASTS' membership of the Prime Minister's Science Council
* Strong national representation of the views of working scientists
* The publication of a comprehensive science policy document
* A near-doubling of membership
* FASTS 'occasional paper' series, highlighting areas such as the
commercialisation of research
* Establishing better links with other science-based groups

"Toss Gascoigne has played an important part in all these successes, working
with the strong group of honorary members of our Board and Executive,"
Professor Barlow said.

"It's surprising the impact one individual can have, in channelling the
energies of the science community."

Professor Barlow said FASTS has begun the search for another outstanding
individual, and hopes to make a new appointment by the end of the year.

Mr Gascoigne is to take up a position as inaugural director of CHASS, the
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.  CHASS is being
established to serve as a peak council representing the interests of this

For interview:            Professor Snow Barlow ph (03) 8344 5008; 0407 251

Mr Toss Gascoigne
Executive Director
PO Box 218, Deakin West, ACT 2600 AUSTRALIA
Phone: (02) 6257 2891
Mobile: 0408 704 442
Home: (02) 6249 7400
Fax: (02) 6257 2897

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