Dr. Ed Simpson is a nuclear physicist and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Applications at the Australian National University. His research focuses on nuclear collisions and how they can be used in fundamental science, from the quantum mechanics that govern fusion to the reactions that power stars. Increasingly, his research seeks to build a bridge between foundational nuclear science and nuclear applications, from particle beam cancer therapies to understanding the effects of radiation on spacecraft.

Ed is also a former Australian Science Policy Fellow, contributing to science policy at the Department for Agriculture, Water and the Environment, and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Here, he supported Australia’s delegation to the International Panel on Climate Change and helped develop to the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Significant contributions policy development include:

  • Member of the Australian Space Agency Technical Advisory Group on Space Medicine and Life Sciences (2020-2023)
  • 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap (as Australian Science Policy Fellow, 2021/2022)
  • Panel member for the Australia Academy of Science decadal plan for science, Science 2035 (2024)

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