Defence Science Centre

The Defence Science Centre creates connections across universities, industries and Defence to develop Western Australia’s science and research capabilities.
Last updated: 22 February 2023
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About the Defence Science Centre

The Defence Science Centre is the Western Australian contribution to the Australian Defence Science and Universities Network (ADSUN).  This network supports the national Defence enterprise through collaboration with state university researchers, industry, the Defence Science and Technology Group, and Defence end-users. This facilitates engagement of Australia's best research and development capabilities with real-world challenges in support of the Defence mission; to defend Australia and its national interests.

The Defence Science Centre provides value to Defence and defence-industry by:

  • Highlighting the local research capability to Defence
  • Facilitating collaboration on defence-relevant needs
  • Identifying opportunities for research and technology development
  • Advocating on Defence priorities, capabilities, needs and gaps
  • Promoting and showcasing Western Australian defence research and innovation
  • Cultivating relationships and linkages between universities, industry and Defence

Key partners

We receive funding from the Western Australian and Australian Governments and work with WA's 4 public universities.

The Defence Science Centre is funded by the WA Government and the Australian Government’s Defence Science and Technology Group. We work closely with WA's 4 public universities and combine the collective resources and capabilities of our academic sector to achieve our objectives. A summary of the defence-related capabilities is available to download from the Western Australian Defence Research Universities Capability Statement publication (PDF, 4.3 MB).

Defence Science and Technology Group logo, featuring the Australian coat of arms


Curtin University logo, yellow square with curtin emblem and the text 'curtin university'
Edith Cowan University logo, featuring the text 'ECU Edith Cowan University Australia'


Murdoch University logo, featuring the Murdoch emblem and the text 'Murdoch University'


University of Western Australia logo, featuring the university coat of arms and the text 'The University of Western Australia'

Defence Science Centre Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides advice on strategies of the Defence Science Centre in achieving its objectives.

The Defence Science Centre Advisory Board provides advice on the centre's strategic direction in the support of achieving its objectives. The Advisory Board meets approximately 4 times per year. 

The Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from government, academia and industry. 

Photo Board Member Biography 
Kirsten Rose smiling

Kirsten Rose (Chair of the Advisory Board)

Executive Director Future Industries, CSIRO

Biography of Ms Kirsten Rose (external link) 

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Linda Dawson

Deputy Director General of the Department of Jobs Tourism Science and Innovation

Biography of Linda Dawson

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Professor Michelle Gee

Chief Technology Officer Innovation and Strategic Research, Defence Science and Technology Group

Biography of Professor Michelle Gee (external link) 

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Eve Clark

Manager Director, L3Harris Integrated Mission Systems Australia

Eve Clark is the Managing Director of L3Harris Integrated Mission Systems Australia Pty Ltd, a Defence Industry company headquartered in Fremantle WA. Eve provides leadership and direction to deliver innovative systems solutions and services to Australian and New Zealand Defence, and also for oil and gas security surveillance. Eve has worked for the Company for over 15 years and prior to that worked internationally in Canada, holding various engineering, programmatic and management roles. Eve is also a member of the Curtin University Science and Engineering Faculty Advisory Council.

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Professor Chris Moran

Curtin Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research

Professor Chris Moran FTSE is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at Curtin University, where he builds critical industry links to ensure University outcomes and performance. Across a 16-year career with CSIRO, Professor Moran has held a range of leadership roles and has been a Board Member of five Cooperative Research Centres. Professor Moran was Director of the International Mining for Development Centre, and also established the International Centre of Excellence for the mining industry in Chile.

DSC Board member Caroline Finch smiling in the ECU grounds

Professor Caroline Finch AO

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President

Biography of Professor Caroline Finch (external link)


Professor Peter Davies

Murdoch Interim DVC Research & Innovation

Biography of Professor Peter Davies (external link)


UWA Member

Currently vacant 



Meet the Defence West team at AVALON

Meet our team at this international airshow and aerospace and defence exposition, as we support WA organisations demonstrating their capabilities.