Ian Smith is Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure) at Monash University, playing a university-wide leadership role, responsibility for research strategy, infrastructure and alliances.
A major focus being building linkages to industry and encouraging large companies and SMEs to use the university’s globally-recognised research capabilities and tools to innovate, capture new opportunities and solve problems.
Ian has a background in both industry and research. He is a leader in his field of medical research, which has resulted in over 260 publications and many patents. Ian receives regular invitations to speak at international meetings and his research has had a direct impact on human health and led to changes in clinical practice. Ian also co-founded a proteomics-based, publicly listed, biotechnology company, which he helped build to IPO and trade sale and he continues to collaborate and consult widely with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
Over the years he has held office-bearing positions in a number of national and international societies and has had an active involvement in the organisation of numerous national and international scientific meetings. He is a member of the National Imaging Facility (NIF) Participant Council, and a non-executive director of Neurosciences Victoria, the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) and Microscopy Australia (MA), he is a non-executive director and board chairman of the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) and he is a non-executive director and chair of the research advisory committee of the National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation NFMRI, he is a non-executive director and chairman of the Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation (veski) board. Finally, Ian was recently invited to join and chair the Scientific Advisory Board of the recently established Euro-BioImaging European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).