The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) has appointed Dr Susie Robinson as Executive Director to drive future success.

Dr Robinson brings a depth of experience across research, higher education and public policy, and has strong credentials in industry development, innovation, corporate strategy and operations, both in large organisations and small private companies.

“We are delighted to have someone of Dr Robinson’s calibre join the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF),” said Dr Ron Sandland, Chair of the APPF Advisory Board.

“Trained in the sciences and business management, and with a PhD from Cambridge University, Dr Robinson brings the right mix of experience and business acumen needed to drive the development and implementation of the APPF’s next five-year strategy. This will ensure our capabilities and services continue to align with the needs of the research community and industry, to help address critical challenges in agriculture and plant science.”

Dr Robinson said: “I very much look forward to joining the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility and working with its Advisory Board, host organisations and stakeholders to drive further success and a bright future for the APPF.”

Established in 2009, the APPF is funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to provide Australian researchers and industry with open access to advanced technologies, expertise and analytical tools in plant phenomics. The facility supports high-quality research that drives greater innovation in the Australian research sector and the economy more broadly.

The APPF is a national facility with nodes strategically located at the University of Adelaide (The Plant Accelerator), CSIRO in Canberra (High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre), and the Australian National University (ANU).

Dr Robinson will start in her new role on 3 June 2019. She will be based at the APPF’s Adelaide node, located on the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.