The Australian National University has announced internationally recognised scientist Professor Andrew Roberts as the new Dean of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.


Currently serving as the Director of the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES), Professor Roberts will commence his new posting in August, replacing Professor Aidan Byrne who has been appointed CEO of the Australian Research Council (ARC).


Professor Roberts has been Director of RSES since joining the University in February 2010. He was previously Head of the School of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton and Associate Director of the UK’s National Oceanography Centre.


ANU Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Young welcomed Professor Roberts’ appointment, saying he takes the reins at the College at an exciting time for Science.


“He is widely respected in his discipline and his Research School, and he will bring to his new role a combination of enthusiasm and experience. He will be a flag bearer for the College, and lead by example. I congratulate him on his new role,” said Professor Young said.