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Prominent researcher takes up Acting DVC role

By Robyn McDougall

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Lawrence Cram Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Lawrence Cram

Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Australian National University (ANU) Professor Lawrence Cram has joined the senior management team of Charles Darwin University.

Professor Cram has taken on the role of Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor at CDU while Professor Sharon Bell takes on the role of Interim Vice-Chancellor. Professor Bell will hold this position until the arrival on 24 March of the Vice-Chancellor designate, Professor Simon Maddocks.

Professor Cram is a highly regarded university leader, researcher and teacher with extensive experience in the fields of engineering, mathematics, astronomy, physics and computing.

He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at ANU from 2004 to 2012 and in this role was a significant supporter of CDU through the ANU/CDU Partnership and most recently the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network. Before joining ANU, Professor Cram was Professor of Physics (Astrophysics) at the University of Sydney for 17 years.

He has worked as an astronomer in the USA, Germany and France.

Professor Cram has extensive experience in public sector research management and public policy, having worked for three years as Executive Director in the Australian Research Council. He has been involved in the successful commercialisation of research at CSIRO, the University of Sydney and ANU.

Professor Cram said he was delighted to take up the appointment at CDU.

“CDU is located in a fascinating part of Australia and has the breadth of research interests that reflect this,” he said. “I am looking forward to contributing to the development of this important institution.”

Professor Cram is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Physics, and the Royal Astronomical Society.