Dr Ross McLennan

Director of Research and Innovation Services, University of South Australia

Dr. Ross McLennan is the Director of Research and Innovation Services at the University of South Australia. In this role, he leads teams that work collaboratively to support researchers in engaging with partners; finding and securing funding; fulfilling regulatory requirements; and other related activities. Ross is also the President Elect of ARMS.

A native of the U.K., Ross has considerable international experience in setting up successful teams and enterprises in broad fields of research – in particular, in bringing together the expertise and needs of academia, industry, government and funding partners.

Prior to relocating to Adelaide, Ross was based in Maastricht, Netherlands, where he worked as C.E.O. of Scannexus – a European Centre of Excellence that pools the expertise of an international group of technological, clinical and academic organisations.  Immediately prior to his role in the Netherlands, he played a significant part in the development of the Scottish Academic Health Sciences Collaboration – establishing networks and facilitating the development of strategic collaborative partnerships between the Scottish Medical School community, public sector funding agencies, and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology research companies.

Ross, along with his wife, Emma, and two young children relocated to Adelaide in July 2015 – they are enjoying the outdoor lifestyle, exploring the region, and are (still) adapting to the climate!

Dr McLennan will be taking part in The Great Debate – “Research Management is harder now than way back when…” and will also act as facilitator for the Chief Scientist Panel at the Conference.