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Professor Bronwyn Harch

Institute for Future Environments,
IFE Directorate

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Name
Professor Bronwyn Harch
Position(s)
Executive Director, IFE
Institute for Future Environments,
IFE Directorate
Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Assistant Deans,
AD Research
Discipline *
Statistics, Agriculture, Land and Farm Management, Environmental Science and Management
Phone
+61 7 3138 3355
Fax
+61 7 3138 4438
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 2014 – Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
  • 2013  – 2015: President, The International Environmetrics Society (TIES) – an association of the International Statistical Institute
  • 2008 – present: Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI)
  • 2007 – present: Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
  • 2000 – 2015: Board Member of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES)
  • 1998 – present: Accredited Member of the Statistical Society of Australia Incorporated (AStat)
Keywords

computational informatics (sensing, modelling, decision making), agri-environmental informatics (measure, model, evaluate), applied mathematics and statistics, spatio-temporal design and modelling, collaborative (action) learning, impact evaluation

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Professor Bronwyn Harch (FTSE, GAICD, AStat) is the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and Professor of Applied Statistical Science, at QUT, Brisbane, Australia.

Bronwyn is very passionate about delivering impact by generating knowledge, technology and practices that make our world more sustainable, secure and resilient. As Executive Director of IFE Professor Harch leads transdisciplinary research efforts – where industry, government and the community co-develop with QUT researchers initiatives that address global challenges that build a strong Australia with a competitive economy. Bronwyn sees the Institute as a catalyst for delivering innovation through transdisciplinary collaboration, nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of QUT researchers and inspiring the next generation to recognise STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) as being at the heart of the nation’s competiveness. Prof Harch is an applied statistician with 21 years experience undertaking research focused on the statistical design of landscape-scale sampling protocols and monitoring programs, as well as the statistical modelling of complex systems. Her research has mainly been applied at the nexus of agricultural and environmental systems. Bronwyn’s unique ability to lead research in “informatics”, as well as its adoption into numerous sectors of the economy, was recognised by her peers with her being elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE) in 2013.

Credentials: Prof Bronwyn Harch obtained a joint undergraduate Science Degree (Honours) in Environmental Science and Secondary Teaching (Mathematics and Science) from Griffith University/QUT. She completed her industry funded PhD (Grains Research & Development Corporation) in the Agriculture Department of The University of Qld in 1996. She joined CSIRO as a postdoc in Adelaide in 1995. She moved back to Brisbane in 2000 to build CSIRO’s agri-environmental capabilities and catalyse research collaborations with government and industry from Qld. Previously Prof Harch was Chief of CSIRO division of Computational Informatics and Deputy Director of CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship. Dr Harch’s personal research has focused on statistical design of landscape-scale sampling protocols and monitoring programs, as well as the statistical modelling of complex systems, particularly agri-environmental systems. This has seen her develop transdisciplinary research, engagement and commercialisation strategies with state and federal government and their agencies, Australian and global multi-national companies (e.g. Bayer, Orica, Boeing, AMP) and partnerships with research organisations (e.g a National Research Flagship Cluster, Chinese Academy of Sciences, NASA) – with a particular focus at the agri-environmental and informatics interface. She has held associate editor roles with a number of international journals and has recently contributed to the Australian Academy’s development of a Decadal Plan for Agriculture, for Mathematics and the Australia’s Ecosystem Science Decadal Plan.   Bronwyn is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE), an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), an Accredited Member of the Statistical Society of Australia Inc., and Past President of The International Environmetrics Society. ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7950-0790 ResearcherID:http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-3344-2008

This information has been contributed by Professor Bronwyn Harch.

Experience

Professor Bronwyn Harch has worked across the sectors of agriculture, environment, health, manufacturing and energy bringing the “unreasonable effectiveness” of digital technologies and mathematical sciences to make a real difference to industry, society and the environment. The focus on Bronwyn’s research facilitation efforts aims to ensure innovations in ‘smarter information use’ contribute to

  • enhancing productivity whilst achieving this on a sustainable basis
  • creating competitive, value added products & services for global markets
  • fostering collaboration & connection for addressing global challenges
This information has been contributed by Professor Bronwyn Harch.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2014
Details
Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership - Science Advisory Panel
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2014
Details
Healthy Waterways Partnership - Scientific Expert Panel
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2014
Details
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Science Advisory Panel - Monitoring Program Review
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2014
Details
Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - Mid Term Review Panel
Type
Editor/Contributor of a Prestigious Work of Reference
Reference year
2014
Details
Andersen, A., J. Beringer, J., M. Bull, M. Byrne, H. Cleugh, R. Christensen, K. French, B. Harch, A. Hoffmann, A. Lowe, T. Moltmann, A. Nicotra, S. Phinn, G, Wardle, M. Westoby. 2014. Foundations for the future: A long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science. Austral Ecology (to appear)
Type
Other
Reference year
2014
Details
NCRIS Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) - Board Member
Type
Other
Reference year
2014
Details
Advisory board Qld Qld Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Agricultural Robotics Program
Type
Fellowship of a Learned Academy or Membership of AIATSIS
Reference year
2013
Details
Bronwyn Harch has had an outstanding career in CSIRO where, after joining initially as a postdoctoral research statistician, she is now heads its Computational Informatics function. She works in partnership with the organisation¿s National Research Flagship program to address key national challenges across the information and decision-making value chain for government, industry and the innovation sectors.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
2010 - ICT Outstanding Achievement Award Women in Technology Awards
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
The El-Shaarawi Young Environmetrician Award, The International Environmetrics Society (TIES)

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers of Big Data, Big Models, New Insights (ACEMS)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
CE140100049
Start year
2014
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