Noosa Biosphere Reserve - A celebration of community and environment.

Prof Ian Lowe

Board Director

Ian Lowe is an emeritus professor in the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University. His degrees include a doctorate in physics from University of York, a Doctor of Science from University of NSW and two honorary doctorates. His publications include 15 books, over 50 book chapters and more than 50 journal articles. A former president of Australian Science Communicators, he has also written regular columns for a range of periodicals including New Scientist and The Weekend Australian.

Ian has served on a wide range of advisory bodies for all levels of government, including the National Energy Research Council, the council advising the nuclear regulator, the expert advisory committee to the South Australian Royal Commission on the nuclear industry and the Environmental Health Council. He chaired the advisory council which produced the first independent national report on the state of the environment in 1996, as well as chairing Queensland Conservation Council for three years and Brisbane City Council’s environment advisory committee for five years. He was recently re-appointed to the board of Health and Wellbeing Queensland.

Ian has received many awards for his work including the Queensland Millennium Award for Excellence in Science, the Prime Minister’s Environmental Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement and the Konrad Lorenz Gold Medal for contributions to sustainable futures. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2005. He moved to the Sunshine Coast twenty years ago and is Patron of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council.