Highgate’s next luncheon will be held at the Karrakatta Club on Monday 15 July 2019 at 1200 for 1230 hours. The cost is $40 plus $5 for a raffle ticket (optional). Please make your booking using the link above by COB Wednesday 10 July to allow for catering arrangements. Our guest speaker will be Professor Peter Klinken AC, Chief Scientist of Western Australia.


Professor Klinken is a leading Western Australian medical research scientist, highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia. His many research achievements include the discovery of a gene that supresses the growth of tumours.

After obtaining his PhD from The University of Western Australia, he undertook research at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

His previous roles have included Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at The University of Western Australia;  Director of Research at the Royal Perth Hospital; and the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (previously the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research).

Under his stewardship, the Perkins Institute attracted world-class national and international researchers to the State and made numerous acclaimed medical discoveries. He also spear-headed the development of two new state-of-the-art medical research facilities, Perkins North in Nedlands (QEII Medical Centre) and Perkins South in Murdoch (Fiona Stanley Hospital). 

Professor Klinken began his tenure on 10 June 2014 and is Western Australia’s third Chief Scientist, since the role was established in 2003. Since then he has been reappointed three times, having recently been reappointed, with his tenure in the role continuing to June 2022.

The Chief Scientist reports directly to the Minister for Science and provides independent, external advice to the State Government on:

  • Science and innovation in Western Australia
  • Broadening the economy through science
  • Developing science industries in the State
  • Promoting Western Australia as a science leader in the Asia-Pacific region.

We look forward to welcoming Professor Klinken to lunch.