Dr Robert Speight
- Dr Robert Speight is Director of the Advanced Engineering Biology (AEB) Future Science Platform (FSP) at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. CSIRO solves the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. A highly experienced leader in synthetic biology and deep tech commercialisation, Robert is recognised in Australia and across the UK and Europe for his work in driving the development of an industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology industry. As Director of the AEB FSP, Robert is passionate about fostering a collaborative science and technology ecosystem to unlock opportunities for the environment, society and the economy. The AEB FSP is delivering new innovative tools to fast track the development of biotechnological solutions and new industries in Australia. Robert joined CSIRO in 2022 and has extensive networks across industry, government and the Australian engineering biology ecosystem. He has held a number of leadership roles in academia, having formerly acted as Head of School – Biology and Environmental Science at QUT. Robert received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and undertook a Postdoc at the University of Edinburgh.