Lauren Stephenson, Director, Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist.
Lauren is Director of the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist (OQCS) which is responsible for leading science strategy for the state as well as promoting science and engaging Queenslanders in science. Lauren holds responsibility within the office for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education portfolio as well as for the World Science Festival Brisbane partnership with Queensland Museum. Lauren has a strong interest in education outside of this role and has taught music, lectured in Asian Music at UQ and QUT and in 1988 established the Japanese Cultural Centre which continues to deliver education programs to primary and secondary students as well as performances for the wider community.
Lauren has qualifications covering music and literature from The University of Queensland where she also studied geology to satisfy her interest in fossils; library and information science from QUT and has a Masters in Public Administration from Griffith University.
In addition Lauren is keen to give back to the community and does so through her advisory role with the Social Good Outpost, pro bono involvement in the Japanese Cultural Centre and through contributing to the KENG Management Committee