Group Executive, Nuclear Science & Technology and Landmark Infrastructure, ANSTO
Dr Simone Richter holds a PhD in Physics from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, a Master of Management from Malik Management Center and joined the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in February 2016, having built a distinguished career in nuclear and accelerator physics and as a senior science manager driving transformational change.
ANSTO is a publicly-funded research agency and the custodian of Australia’s nuclear science infrastructure, including the Centre for Accelerator Science, the National Deuteration Facility, the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering and the Australian Synchrotron. As the Group Executive for the Science & Technology arm of the organisation, Dr Richter oversees the research and infrastructure programs accessed by hundreds of national and international scientists and industry partners every year. Dr Richter’s role is specifically to foster innovation and translation in research to support health, the environment and advances in low carbon energy, as well as the development of future nuclear science infrastructure and capabilities for Australia.
Dr Richter is a founding director of one of Europe’s largest research facilities – the 2 billion Euro Facility of Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), which is currently under construction near Darmstadt, Germany. Dr Richter’s key role was to negotiate with government bodies from the nine signatory countries to the FAIR convention, and other partners, to shape the funding profile and scientific programme of FAIR. Dr Richter’s past roles have included Administrative Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for FAIR; vice-chair to the Helmholtz Association (HGF) Committee of Scientific-Technical Councils which advised the Helmholtz Senate and Assembly of Members on scientific-technical matters of relevance to the HGF.
Dr Richter has a wide range of Board experience and is currently holds position on the Board of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).