Distinguished Professor of Theoretical Physics, The Australian National University
Distinguished Professor Susan Scott is Professor of Theoretical Physics in the Research School of Physics at The Australian National University. She became the first female Professor of Physics (with one other woman) at The Australian National University in 2009. Her research expertise is in gravitational physics, general relativity theory, cosmology and gravitational waves.
Professor Scott is a member of the international team which announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves on Earth in 2016. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and of the European Academy of Sciences. She is a Program Leader in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) and an enthusiastic Ambassador for Business Events Sydney.
In 2020 Professor Scott became the first female physicist to be awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. She also was only the second woman to be awarded the international Dirac Medal for Theoretical Physics (UNSW). She is passionate about science, and its communication, and as a woman and the proud mum of two daughters, cares deeply about the participation of women in STEMM disciplines and policy making which will determine the future survival and health of our planet.